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You Have Not Because You Ask Not

James 4:2 says, "You have not because you ask not." These were the words that came from the radio on my way to work, and I couldn't help believing God sent them for me. God wants so much to help us. I thought about my home and the multitude of renovations and projects that need to be completed. There are so many needs that I have. One huge one is knowing that this home must be finished and eventually sold. I need to move away. My ache to have a home near water and my need for a change in my life is growing. But at times, this desire seems so impossible. How on earth will it ever be done? I have felt so alone and isolated for so many years. I have lacked a team and a network of people to help me. This verse continued to mull around in my mind. "I have not because I ask not." Then I realized that the night before, I finally contacted a team of people that are involved in real estate. I was seeking for a solution and hoping to express my dreams, desires, and struggles. This verse kept rolling around in my mind, and I was reminded that as crazy as it seemed to open that door, asking questions, seeking help, and explaining my needs was not such a bad idea. Maybe it was the beginning of a solution. I finally had the phone call with this team of individuals I've been connecting with for the past year. For the first time in months, I felt heard and felt there was a solution to my difficulties. A door opened. God has a solution, and He has a plan. Nothing at all is too hard for Him to do. A few months ago, as I was praying about my desires, God told me that it would happen in nine more months, and I told Him, "There is no way, Lord." The magnitude of things to do made that seem impossible. Yet God responded with, "Trust me. There is nothing too hard for me to do." The urgency of my needs was noted by the team I spoke with. They understood my situation and realized that I needed help right away. For the first time in years, I felt the weight of this burden, and the challenges I have been juggling suddenly seem possible. I wouldn't be doing it all alone anymore. A team of people was willing to walk me through the process needed to help me with my home situation and open new doors elsewhere. Nine months is indeed not an impossible feat for God to do. He showed me the truth of the text in James. I have not because I ask not. God is pushing me past my introverted, self-determined personality into one that begins to work with a network of people who can help me achieve my dreams. I am networking with a team of individuals to get my book published. I have networked with a team to help me with the refinancing of my home, and now I am going to work with yet another group that will help me accomplish the next vision God has for my life. Indeed, nothing at all is too difficult for God to do.

What is it that you need to ask for today? May God give you the courage to ask. When we begin to seek God for help with our struggles and when we reach out to other individuals, God begins to open doors for solutions to our needs.


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