Thursday, January 5, 2012

I Need Your Help

Psalm 32:8 (NASB)
I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go;
I will counsel you with My eye upon you.

“I’m sorry, Bert.”

It seems I say that a lot – especially lately. Just ask my husband, Bert.

Even though I truly regret the words or conduct that warrants the apologies, it seems I stay in the same behavior rut way too many times. And could it be true that since I began this blog, I’ve even gotten worse in some areas? How could that be?

I’m embarrassed to say that I spent more time writing about the verses then spending time in them.

But this week’s verse encourages me that God is keeping His eye on me instructing me in the way I should go. I need – and want – His constant watch over me. It’s comforting to know He doesn’t let me stray from His sight.

But I also need your help.

Naively, I thought since I knew you’d be reading where I struggle, I would naturally start doing better due to the accountability factor. But, believe me, it ain’t happening. At least not enough.

During 2012, I would like to direct us toward one of my original goals for the blog. From some of the emails I’ve been receiving, I’m convinced it could be effective for others as well.

Would it be helpful for you to have others praying with you and pulling for you in the areas you struggle with? Do you need accountability in the way you eat, the choices you make, behavior issues, the way you treat others, etc.?  Is there an entangling sin or habit you want to break this month?

I’m thinking it would be neat to set a goal each month and watch what God can do in us as we memorize, or meditate on relevant verses. Remember you can share any verse that applies to your struggle. Who knows who else would benefit from your input?

I hope you will join me and share your struggles, including prayer requests regarding areas of struggles. Of course, we’d love to hear about areas of victories as well. Hopefully, it will evolve into a dialogue as we leave comments (you can choose a pseudo name if you’d like). But the main thing is to also pull for one another as we pray and support each other.

I’ll go first. My goal for the rest of January is to show more respect to my husband. I will spend this week seeking the appropriate verse and share it with you next time.

As we each pursue becoming the person God designed us to be, here’s a powerful reminder:

Ephesians 3:20 (NIV1984)
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us


What do you think?

• What is your goal this month toward becoming more Christlike?

• What verse would help you with that goal?


  1. It always appears that when we think we are getting better in an area, we inevitably start turning in the other direction. I, too, have to constantly watch my tongue - James is right: who can control it? One way that helps me a lot is first thing in the morning, spend some alone time with God (even if its 5 minutes) giving Him my day and all that it will bring. Second, I offer to Him my body as a living sacrifice. That means ALL OF ME - especially my tongue to speak words that edify, encourage, and give grace just as they Lord does to me. I try to think, "How would I speak to Jesus in this situation?" Heaven knows I'd be nice so why can't I speak nice to my husband? Well, I can and I must first listen to the words form in my mind before they come out of my mouth. Do I always succeed? NO! But God always gives me another chance to allow His Holy Spirit to lead me in a better way. I pray that all who read this and need help in any of the areas Sheryl mentioned, be filled with the knowledge of God in all wisdom and understanding that we may have a walk worthy of the Lord and increase in the knowledge of Him. Lord, You have begun a good work in us and we surrender our areas of weakness to You for your strength to be complete in us. Thank you, Lord. We love you! Amen.

  2. In re: to the blog,"I need your help",

    I am thinking, how wonderful, how blessed is the person who has a loving Christian husband, wife or dear friend that they can ask for help.
    I can't even imagine.
    Anon in AK.

  3. I really appreciate what MJ said in her comment. I'm also thankful that God (and Bert) gives me more chances to do better. I have noticed the Holy Spirit giving clearer warnings within my heart cautioning me to change my tone or words before I speak. He is so faithful!

    Thanks, again, MJ.

  4. Anon in AK, I was wondering if I'm hearing in your comment that you don't have anyone to ask for help. If so, will you allow us (Bert, me, and all the blog readers) to be there for you?

  5. Sheryl,
    Your hearing is superb, yuk yuk. That is true and sure, but it still is different than having a human that is loving and trust worthy at your side.
    Anon in AK

  6. Of course you are so right, Anon in AK. There's nothing like having someone physically there with you. After my first marriage ended, I was single for 23 years before I married Bert. I remember very well the lonliness, and wanting an arm around my shoulder. I desperately wanted to share my life with a spouse!

    I pray - until God provides that someone for you - that you'll find true and real comfort from Him.

    And my offer remains, we're here for you, too. You are not alone - although it sure feels like it at times, doesn't it?

    In the meanwhile, how else can we pray for you, Anon in AK?


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