If you’ve been around here very long at all, you know that my past wasn’t always pretty. It held lots of hurt from betrayal, sin, and brokenness. I spent many years repeating the words, “Please, God, help me.”
It took a long time for me to discover and embrace God’s unconditional love. After an abortion as a teen followed by an abusive marriage and divorce, I hit rock bottom. I didn’t see myself as a child of God — created with and for a purpose. I didn’t see myself in the reflection of the God of Wonders. Instead, I saw myself as broken, rejected, and irredeemable. I saw myself in the reflection of an unsteady, often angry, and cruel world.
Please God Help Me
But, there was a better way to live. A way that freed me of the chains that held me back. And the same is true for you. Friend, you need to know there is hope.
God helps us. God changes us from the inside out. He redeems the ugliest of our sins and of the sins committed against us.God helps us. God changes us from the inside out. He redeems the ugliest of our sins and of the sins committed against us. Click To Tweet
However, may I challenge you right here, though, with a critical question or two?
How much do you want to be free of the chains holding you back? How much do you want to be free of bitterness, hopelessness, and weight of feeling as though there is something wrong with you?
I ask you that question as a challenge because I first handedly know it’s not easy to face what hurts.
Facing pain usually wreaks havoc with our well put together images, and it unleashes the emotions we’ve diligently tried to suppress. Then, with those two coping strategies unleashed, life gets complicated before it gets better.
So, you have to be all in. You have to want the freedom and be willing to be self-disciplined and to do the hard stuff.
But I can also give you this tangible hope ….
Getting free is possible and it is worth it. God created us with and for a purpose so living out that purpose as He designed is nothing short of the best way to live.
It starts with asking God for help. But it doesn’t stop there.
This is where many of us err. Somewhere along the way, we came to believe that because God is all-powerful, we have no role in our faith. We think that our part ends by saying we believe.
I know I did.
Because I didn’t know what lay within the pages of my Bible, nor did I grasp the scope of His power and healing, I didn’t know that a relationship with Jesus was possible. And I didn’t know that the more I grew in my faith and understood the power of His Word, that I would heal and overcome the sin eating away at me.
It comes down to an aspect of that complicated idea of free will.
Yes, Jesus loved you and me even before we were born. We were created in His image and He called us wonderful. Yet, as humans, we have the ability to make choices. If I may make a bold assertion, I believe it went something like, “I love you, but come to Me. Make a choice to follow me and surrender your heart to Me.”
Think of it in terms of our lives with others here on earth. Do we want someone we love to love us back because they choose to? Or because they are forced to?
Forced love doesn’t satisfy the longing in our hearts. Not in our earthly relationships nor in our relationship with Christ.Forced love doesn't satisfy the longing in our hearts. Not in our earthly relationships nor in our relationship with Christ. Click To Tweet
“Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! You can make this choice by loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life… ” -Deuteronomy 30:19-20 NLT
So, if we believe God is the God of the Universe — that He sent His only son to die for us — are we willing to choose life over death?
Are we willing to do the work it takes to know Him, His love, and His way?
This week we are taking a departure from reading and reflecting. This week, I’m asking you to dig in. Instead of giving you the 7 verses, one for reflection each day of the week, I am asking you to find 7 of your own. The free coordinating journal (hopefully you have downloaded it!) has 7 empty pages with space at the top to write and reflect upon your verse each day.
Beyond that, are you willing to continue the commitment as you ask please God help me? Friend, the journey doesn’t stop at the end of this week or at the end of this series. It continues each day of your life as you step toward deeper faith and relationship with Jesus. Here are 10 action steps and ideas I highly recommend!
10 Action Steps and Ideas for You to Deepen Your Faith
1. Find a Bible Reading Plan.
There are several free and paid Bible reading plans available to help get you in the Word and stay consistent. Some consist of themed devotions with readings and some simply focus on reading through the Bible.
My favorite place to go for a reading plan is YouVersion.com. I have used them for years to keep me on track and in the Word. Right now I am finishing a one-year chronological reading plan. However, I’ve completed plans on every topic you could think of. So, whatever your need is as you ask please God help me, they have it for you!
Download the app to your phone to make it convenient. I never have an excuse to not read each day when it is right at my fingertips!
Other great options can be found at:
2. Start a Bible Study either on your own or as part of a group
There are all kinds of Bible Studies. Most churches host Bible studies that are open to anyone to join. There are online studies that connect via Facebook groups, Zoom, or even a simple email style. And finally, there are both free and for purchase Bible Studies available in digital or hard copy, These give you the freedom to work through them independently or with a friend or small group.
The beauty of so many options is that we are each in a different season of life with different needs and different time constraints. Let’s not use our unique situations to not step out in faith!
Here are a few of my favorite free online Bible studies:
These are a few of my favorites for purchase:
3. Buy a new Bible that fits your learning style
There are so many fun Bibles these days! Whether it is one of the many translations or a journaling and coloring Bible, you can find one to fit YOU!
4. Create a Worship Song Playlist to Listen To
Whether you listen as you work out, cook dinner, drive to work, or take a bath, worship music sinks into our souls. Most worship music is based on and references Scripture. As we listen, sing, dance, or work out to it, the Word of God has power in our lives.
Here is a list of my most current favorite worship and faith based songs.
Oh, friends. THIS. Prayer is your lifeline. Don’t ignore it. As you read the Word, pray the Word. When we pray Scripture, we can know we are praying the will of God. It gives us words when we are at a loss for them. And then, bring your heart to the Lord. Get personal and authentic with Him. Praise Him, thank Him, and bring your requests to Him. It’s remarkable that the God of the Universe wants to spend time with you — so don’t miss out on the moments with Him!
I have a few great resources and series right here on my site to help you understand and grow your prayer life. And they are always free!
The Way We Pray — a Series that answers many of our “how-to” and “why” questions. It includes several resources to encourage and inspire you to grow in your prayer life.
The Lord’s Prayer Kit — This printable kit walks you through the Lord’s Prayer as it teaches you what each verse means and how to apply it specifically to your life. The kit can be used individually or as a small or large group.
6. Keep a Prayer Journal
Keeping track of your prayers in a journal not only keeps you consistently praying, but it gives you a glimpse into God’s holy work. Sadly, it is easy to forget God’s goodness. But one of the best ways to hold onto faith during the hard times is to remember His faithfulness in the times before.
If you are a DIY kind of girl, here is a great link to learn how to make your own prayer journal.
But if you’d rather purchase one, here are a couple of options.
7. Learn, Learn, Learn and Read, Read, Read
Keep learning. When I was an elementary school teacher, my goal was to foster a passion for learning in the children who came into my life. I prayed for them to be life-long learners. That prayer never stops. The more we desire to learn, the more we grow. And the time you invest learning about and growing in your faith will never return void.
These are some great books I recommend to continue answering some of your questions and learning more about God and His unconditional love.
8. Listen to a Podcast
Below is just a sampling of the thousands of podcasts available to grow your faith and encourage your spirit. As a busy wife and mom who always seemed to have more on her plate than she could possibly accomplish, I loved listening to podcasts on the go. Whether it was while I waited for one of my kids outside a gym, while I snuck in a walk or run, or folded laundry, I was able to squeeze in these tidbits of wisdom and encouragment that equipped me for my next step.
9. Find a Church Home
I know this one can be tough … especially right now. But a church family is place where you and your family can grow spiritually. Not only do we go to a church to be fed, but we go to share our gifts of service, to expand the Gospel, and to be held accountable in our walk.
If you are someone who has experienced church hurt, my heart understands. I’ve been there. Yet God calls us to community with other believers and when we obey Him, He does things far beyond our wildest imagination. I wrote a series about dealing with hurt and betrayal which included a post to help those hurt by the church. If this is your situation, I pray it encourages you.
10. Join a Facebook Faith Group
I pray these resources encourage, equip, and bless you as you deepen your faith and continue asking, “God, please help me.”
7 Bible Verses to Grow Deeper in Faith
This week this list is all YOU! Dig into the Word. Crack open your Bible or Bible App. Do an online search for “Bible verses about God’s love”. Find one each day this week that speaks to you. If you haven’t downloaded the free Journal, do so today! There are 7 pages for you in week 6 to fill out with this challenge. (The form to sign up is at the end of this post!)
A Prayer to Grow in Faith
Dear Jesus, Thank You for creating and knowing me so well. You know both my strengths and my weaknesses. Please God help me grow closer to You. I ask You to draw me in. Give me an unquenchable thirst for Your Word and the self-discipline to do the things I need to do to grow in knowing You better. When my schedule overflows and demands come at me from every angle, remind me to make You a priority. Multiply my moments and reveal Your love and Truth to me. Give me eyes to see and a heart to feel all that is of You. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.Please God help me deepen my faith: A prayer to grow in faith. Post #6 of the series: For When You Want to Know God's Unconditional Love Click To Tweet
A Time to Reflect: Week 6 Focus Questions
- An action plan works better than an action idea. Which of this week’s action steps do you think you can commit to?
- With help from this week’s action steps, create an action plan that will work for you in your current life season or situation.
- Since we are talking action steps this week, I challenge you to choose and write out 7 Bible verses to focus on this week! Where I typically have a verse at the top of each page, you will find that this week there is a blank space for you to fill in.
The Series: For When You Want to Know God’s Unconditional Love
If this topic resonates with you and you want to start from the beginning … Just click on the title below.
Finally, here are all the resources you get with the series.
- Each week, I will give you Bible verses, a prayer, questions to ponder, and extra resources.
- I’ve created a printable journal to help you walk through the series. Each page will have scripture at the top and an area for you to journal your thoughts and answers to the challenge questions found in each post. The journal is available free to all subscribers.
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