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Help Often Comes Unexpectedly

I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
(Psalm 121:1-2 ESV)

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Where does my help come from? I love this psalm that tells us our help is from God. I truly believe that, because I believe what God says is true.

Sometimes help comes in the form of other people who see a need and fill it when they can.

Sometimes help comes in unexpected ways. Click To Tweet Take tonight, for instance. I have enjoyed conversing with people at the Twitter #fmfparty. One, in particular, Andrew, who is terminally ill, can still find things to laugh about. His strong courage and fighting spirit is such an inspiration.

He endures pain and suffering, and I’m sure his wife suffers too. It must be very hard to know that life could end soon.

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But, really, do any of us have any assurance of another day? Click To Tweet We can be perfectly healthy but our lives could be drastically changed because of a car accident or some other tragedy.

Enjoy the Life You Have

Andrew’s life reminds me that we are never guaranteed to live to be a certain age or fulfill all our dreams. But because of that, he also reminds me that I need to enjoy the life I have.

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I need to look around every day and be available to help those God brings in my path that I am able to help.

I need to be willing to help and be helped by my family and friends. Click To Tweet That includes allowing others to inspire and to give of myself to help cheer others on.

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So, Andrew, thank you much for showing up every Thursday evening at the #fmfparty.
Thank you for showing us what it means to continue to trust God.
Thank you for your love for animals and how you help these unwanted pets, showing them love and compassion.
May God bless you richly and send comfort and healing in His time.

You can find Andrew blogging at Blessed Are the Pure of Heart.

I’m linking up with: Kate Motaung and #FiveMinuteFriday, #ThoughtProvokingThursday, #SittingAmongFriends, #LetUsGrow

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20 thoughts on “Help Often Comes Unexpectedly”

  1. Love, love, love! Andrew truly is teaching us all so much….to treasure each day, ask for help when we need it, and so much more! Thanks for writing this tribute to him. I’m over in the #5 spot this week.

    1. Thanks, Tara, I’m glad you like the post. I wasn’t sure if Andrew would appreciate it, but God just put him on my mind tonight, so I wrote about him. Yes, he is teaching us a lot. Blessings to you!

  2. Gayl, lovely post. You’re right, we need to be open to both receive help and be willing to give it. God has given me the opportunity to mentor a young lady who wants to be begin her blog. It’s been such a blessing to get to know her more and to see her passion.

    And I agree, Andrew is such an inspiration! His example and his words help me keep my eyes focused on Jesus, and they help. Me keep an accurate perspective.

    1. Thank you, Jeanne. It’s hard to ask for help sometimes, but we weren’t meant to do it alone. So good you’ve been able to encourage someone with a new blog. How exciting!

      Yes, Andrew’s example does help us to keep looking to Jesus.

      Thanks for stopping by! Many blessings to you, Jeanne!

    1. You are very welcome, Andrew! You are such an inspiration.

      I love this: “…my friends carry me over mountains.” What a beautiful way to show how friendship really works. 🙂

      Blessings!

  3. What a beautiful and challenging post Gayl! I know that I struggle with letting go of my time and being open to helping those that God puts in my life. Thank you for your encouraging words.

    1. Thank you, Kristina! Yes, it can be a challenge sometimes to just let go of our time in order to help someone else. We can’t help all the time, but I believe God does send people in our paths that He wants us to help. May He give us wisdom to know how and when to give help.

      I’m glad you were encouraged. Blessings to you!

  4. Beautiful, Gayl! And I love Andrew. Having been widowed — and my husband didn’t talk a lot about his feelings during his illness — Andrew has given me beautiful insights that have brought such peace. While encouragement comes from many directions, I know that my truest help comes from the Lord.

    1. Thank you, Shelby! I’m glad you have been encouraged by Andrew and that it has helped bring you peace.

      Yes, encouragement does come from many places, but our truest help is definitely from the Lord. 🙂

      Blessings to you!

  5. Gayle, you inspire and uplift with your wonderful words. I miss you guys, but I fly home tomorrow night and will have my linkup running Monday morning. 🙂

  6. Thank you for sharing this sweet testimony of resting in the arms of Jesus in the midst of great trial and the peace and joy that is a byproduct of his beautiful relationship with the Savior.

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