Does God help those who help themselves?

I was drawn back to the post again and again as I ( for one) am in constant conflict between what I have been taught growing up in my birth family, societal misnomers, my own personal beliefs, hardships of late , and biblical teachings. I can’t tell you how many times I sat down to try to make sense of these contradictions. And they have been on my mind a lot lately. 🙂 GREAT POST!

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America. The land of opportunity. A refuge for the persecuted, the downtrodden, the sick and poor. The Colossus, a sonnet inscribed in the Statue of Liberty exemplifies our nations foundation with it’s closing:

“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

– Emma Lazarus

We tell our children that they can be whatever they want to be when they grow up. We glorify the Cinderella story in which one pulls himself up by his bootstraps and makes his own place in the world. My grandfather told my dad as he started his first job, “Keep your back bent and your head down and everything will be fine”. Work hard. You will be…

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God Sees the BIGGER picture …

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AMEN! 🙂 No, I don’t have all the answers yet, ( in life or in my present circumstance ) all I can do is step out in the day-to-day and do the VERY BEST I can and with faith that it will all work out.

Yes, GOD SEES the BIGGER picture so thankfully for me, I don’t always have to. 🙂

And it appears that the blinder I get, the more I see. Make sense?

God Bless Yall!

Prayer is good but …

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“Prayer is good, but when baked potatoes and milk are needed, prayer will not supply their place.” ~ Brigham Young

I found this quote the other day while blogging about and it has a lot of meaning to me.

Yes I am a BELIEVER in the Almighty, I also PRAY as much for others as I do for myself. I have seen too many miracles in this life NOT to BELIEVE , and I am not just talking about those small, every day GARDEN VARIETY miracles, but some pretty amazing things that could only have come from the BIG GUY. On the other hand, I’ve seen horrible things happen to the most WORTHY souls on the planet. And yeah, I question those things I think as much as anyone else.

But I am getting off track here. The reason this quote has a lot of meaning to me is that I have certain family members who think prayer is the answer to life’s every problem.

I don’t have food.

I am about to lose my home.

” Oh keep your chin up, you are in our prayers.”
” I will pray for you ” ” Etc. Etc. Etc…”

And Without lifting a finger to help! It’s like saying I love you without meaning it. Incredibly trite. Absolutely no meaning. Sorry, and God forgive me, but I have issue with that. I bet you HE has issue with it too.

What do you think God is going to do? Stick a check in the mail?

God puts people out there to do his works.

Furthermore, if I was to let myself be totally dependent on their prayers, I would have perished a long time ago. or at the very least, be living in a cardboard box somewhere.

And what makes them think that God will listen to them anymore than he will listen to me?

What makes them so special?

He’s really BUSY ya know! Depending on all humanity to do the right thing. Sucks but we are failing miserably.

Some of them are actually confident, that they have this thing ALL figured out AND that the Kingdom of God, excludes me somehow.

Anyone else with me?

Yes, this quote is fast becoming a favorite!