“He does not value the power of a man. The LORD values those who fear Him, those who put their hope in His faithful love.”
I have never been someone that is good at accepting help. I could have my hands full of things, while holding one of my children, and trying to open my car door, and still reject help if someone offered. I may look like a crazed Mom but, by golly, I did it all by myself. Accepting help is difficult for me because I feel like I am putting someone out. However, deep down behind that excuse, the issue is pride. I want to know that I did “it” on my own. As God often does, to purify us into His likeness, He forced me to face this issue head on about 2 years ago.
In October of 2018, the miscarriage of our third baby was the result of an ectopic pregnancy. The ectopic pregnancy was causing internal bleeding, so throughout the course of two weeks, I had multiple trips to the hospital and ultimately ended up having an impromptu surgery to stop the bleeding. Our nearest family was hours away, and the thought of asking my friends to watch our two children was so uncomfortable to me. Obviously, my husband and I could not be in two places at once, so we had to accept the help that was so generously offered. Even though they were all more than willing to help, it was a struggle for me to let go of my pride. It was amazing to see how God used our church, the body of Christ, to take on the role of “family” and shower us with love and support. He also provided ways for some of our family to come be with us as well.
Not only is God teaching me how to accept help from other people, He’s also teaching me how to accept help from Him. Whether I realize it or not, I often find myself operating in my own strength, even if it’s unintentional. When an issue arises, my first step should be to ask for His wisdom and help, yet I tend to draw from my own strength to figure out how to solve the problem. Even in the mundane things of life, like laundry, I could ask for His motivation and thankfulness to do them, instead of grumbling.
He alone is omnipotent (all powerful), omnipresent (existing everywhere), and omniscient (all knowing). God never intended for any of us to strive to be these things and He makes that very clear in His Word. Psalm 147:10-11 says, “He does not value the power of a man. The LORD values those who fear Him, those who put their hope in His faithful love.” This verse is so profound because it reminds us that God does not deem us valuable because of what we do in our own strength. Instead, He values a humble heart that is in awe of and totally reliant on Him. Whether it’s relying on His equipping and understanding instead of our own, or accepting help from other people that God has placed in our lives.
My precious husband, Bill, and I have been planted in Fort Myers, Florida for almost 35 years. As a newly married couple, God most graciously had placed people in both of our jobs to share Christ with us. Its hard to believe it has been almost 34 years since we asked Jesus into our hearts! Bill and I have been blessed with four children, 3 daughters, then a son. These blessings came quickly, all within 6 years!! During these years I'm so thankful I was able to be part of women's ministry classes at our church, helping me to grow in my walk with Him. Then came the day when I was asked that question that stretched me way outside of my comfort zone...will you teach a class? Its hard to believe that I have now been teaching more than 20 years. Bill and I love to travel, most of the time going to visit our 9 grandchildren, oh ya, and their parents! I also love reading, walking and hanging out with some very special young moms in Beloved that bless my socks off!
Julie is a Kansas girl who resides in sunny Southwest Florida. She's been married to her husband Sean for 23 years and they share two boys ages 21 & 17. She enjoys baking and biking, but her absolute favorite thing is snow skiing which is a little difficult to do in a sandy 80 degree land.
She became a follower of Christ at age 10. She loves studying and teaching God's Word. She has a passion for encouraging moms to love and follow Jesus.
Beth grew up in a loving home; however, in her early 20s she faced a very lonely time. During that time, she cried out to God and asked “If You are real, please show yourself to me!” God met her where she was and she trusted in the Lord Jesus at that time. Her life verse and desire is “no matter what happens, to conduct herself in a manner worthy of the gospel.” Philippians 1:27
Beth now resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband Larry. The Lord has blessed them by blending their family of five children. They currently have eight grandchildren and are hoping that there will be more grandchildren in the future.
Donna accepted Jesus as her Savior at the age of nine and has been amazed at God’s goodness and faithfulness throughout her life. She has been blessed to have had many mentors through each season of life, who have shown her what trusting God looks like. Donna and her husband, Bryan, have five children, one son-in-law, one soon to be daughter-in-law, and one wonderful grandson. Donna and Bryan have recently moved back to their home state of Arkansas after livingin southeast Alabama the past 23 years. Donna enjoys spending time with her family, laughing with friends (usually over coffee), going for long walks with her husband, and reading a good book (which may also be accompanied by a cup of coffee).
Sarah is a true Florida Cracker. She was born and raised in Southwest Florida. At the age of 6, Sarah accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior, and she hasn't looked back since. Hebrews 13:8 is one of her favorite verses, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever." Eating delicious desserts, spending time with her family and friends, and teaching people about Jesus are a few of the things she enjoys to do in her spare time.
Sarah has been married to her best friend and husband, Brandon, for 7 years. They have been blessed with one beautiful, determined son, Asher, who keeps them on their toes. Sarah and her family live in the Tampa area. They love exploring their community together, family hugs, and eating pizza whenever possible.
Katie Flint just recently moved back home to Fort Myers, Florida with her husband, Ryan and two children, Collins and Madden. At the age of 5, Katie accepted Jesus Christ to be the Lord and Savior of her life, after attending Vacation Bible School. Through each phase of her life, God has shown her that He alone is trustworthy. The verse that has been her life source is Psalm 46:10- “Be still and know that I am God.”
She is a stay-at-home mom and enjoys exercising and baking. She has been married to her husband Ryan for almost 9 years, who is her high school sweetheart. They enjoy trying new restaurants, family trips to the beach, and relaxing at home.
Marsha grew up in a small rural town in upstate New York. In 2006, after finishing college, she moved to sunny SW Florida where she met her, now husband, Shawn. Together they enjoy spending family time with their two fun-loving toddler boys Zachariah and Kairos.
Marsha enjoys living an active lifestyle, which is helpful, considering that her favorite hobby is baking.
Though she attended church as a child, Marsha was not saved until adulthood when her eyes were finally opened to the love and mercy of Jesus Christ.
Since being saved, God has placed a loving burden on her heart to share the truth about God’s healing grace with those who may feel like forgiveness is not possible for them.