Psalm 86:5: “O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help.”

People can be hard to please, but this does not apply to God.  We don’t need to jump through the hoops to please Him. We don’t have to bend over backwards to get into His graces. He already loves us. The Lord is good, and it’s His desire to be good to us. Asking Him triggers a boatload of blessings:

  • God is ready to forgive and forget. Often a major hurdle for us is to forgive ourselves, God help us! The blessing of getting unstuck, the blessing of moving on, the blessing of experiencing God’s tender mercies are a huge milestone in many people’s lives.
  • Unloading burdens not meant for our shoulders is another huge blessing. I for one have a tendency to obsess over things I have no control over.
  • God is good. His goodness is a great blessing. What a relief to know that He’s on our side, He’s our advocate and He has our best interest at heart!
  • God is love. Goodness and loving kindness will follow us for the rest of our lives. Think about that for a minute. His love never goes away!

The beauty lies in the simplicity: we unlock His blessings by asking. Just ask Him and see what happens.

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James 1:5: “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.”

The first step to wisdom is asking for advice. Of course ultimately it also depends on whom we ask for advice, but still the first step is asking. Sounds simple enough, doesn’t it? For some reason I used to have a hard time realizing that. It didn’t occur to me to ask until I was in the middle of a problem.

Asking is involving. My husband and I are currently working on a music album. For the first time we’re using an online studio. A lot of team work and communication is involved. Songs are being shaped. Instruments are chosen. It’s our first time ever we’re doing this sort of thing. So what did we do? We hired a production manager, and we ask him questions. We ask and we value his input.

I’m sure there are lots of things that come our way, and we just lack the experience or expertise to handle it. Stop trying to handle everything yourself. Ask for advice.

James wrote in his letter to involve God in our day to day lives. His advice is to ask God for wisdom, and He will give it to us.

I feel that I need a lot of wisdom these days! I don’t believe that God puts a lid on wisdom. He won’t say: “Oh here we go again! Another question to help solve a problem! That’s it – you’ll have to figure it out on your own this time!”

Let’s not be shy about needing advice. It never hurts to ask. It hurts us more if we don’t!

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