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One evening after an intense “discussion,” my husband, J. J., told me that no matter what he did or how hard he tried, it was never enough for me. He was right. I constantly found fault with him as a husband and as a dad.

But when he implied that I was impossible to please . . . well, that sent my already-out-of-control emotions reeling. I grabbed my coat and stormed out the front door. Hot tears streamed down my cheeks as I replayed our conversation in my head.

I was determined to figure out what J. J.’s problem was and get Jesus to fix him. So I started filing complaints against my husband in what you might call a prayer. And I finally heard myself — all the ugliness, all the anger. That’s when I realized, I need help. I needed God to help me figure out how — after seven years of a happy marriage — we had gotten to this ugly place.

Instead of just crying, I found myself crying out to God for help.

King David had a habit of crying out to God for help when he was in distress. In Psalm 18:6 he wrote,

“In my distress I called to the LORD; I cried to my God for help.” {NIV}

One Bible scholar notes that the phrase, “‘In my distress’ refers, most probably, not to any particular case, but rather indicates [David’s] general habit of mind, that when he was in deep distress and danger he had uniformly called upon the Lord, and had found Him ready to help.”

That night, when I stopped talking and started listening, I sensed God showing me I wanted J. J. to make up for all the ways my dad had fallen short as a father to me and as a husband to my mom. Years as a child in a broken home with a broken heart had led to a significant sense of loss and deep disappointment. Yet, up to that point, I had never grieved the happily-ever-after that I longed for but didn’t have.

My unfulfilled hopes had become bitter expectations. I became controlling and critical, thinking that if I could get J. J. to be the husband and dad I wanted him to be, maybe my broken dreams could be put back together. But I was wrong. Instead of expecting my husband to make up for my losses, I needed to cry out to God with my hurts and call on Him for help.

As I continued to process what had happened in my childhood and how it affected my marriage, I learned to ask God for help through each step of my healing journey. It took time, prayer, and courage, but God was so very present and able to help me get to the other side through His counsel and the help of a mentor.

I’m so very thankful for that day, several years ago, when I finally asked the Lord for help.

Is there a place in your life where you could use God’s help? I’d love to pray with you today. Simply copy and paste this prayer in your comments with your word — filling in the blank — to let us know an area where you need help. We’re praying for you and with you!

Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with _______________. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Amen.

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  • Bev @ Walking Well With God

    Renee,
    ,Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with _waiting patiently on You and trusting that you’ve got this_. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Amen.
    I am so used to doing things in my own power and strength, but God has me in yet another place where I need to wait patiently…there is nothing more I can “do”. Thank you, Renee, for this call to turn it over to the Lord and let Him work it out and in the meantime, stretch my patience muscles.
    Blessings,
    Bev

    • Jas

      Praying for you Bev for the Lord to give you comfort and to find the answers you seek by waiting with the Lord to finish his plan, Amen.

      • Stephanie

        Jas, just prayed for you. Have a blessed day ! Xo

    • http://www.ReneeSwope.com Renee Swope

      Just prayed for you and with you, Bev!! I know it’s hard. I’m right there with you. He’s got us.

      • Bev @ Walking Well With God

        Thanks Renee xx

    • Beth Williams

      Bev,
      Praying for patience for you! May God help you to see why the wait and bless you in the process! May those answers come soon and God guide you along the path He has set for you!
      Blessings :)

      • Bev @ Walking Well With God

        Thanks Beth…your prayers are always a balm to my soul!! xx

    • C C

      God cares about every single detail in your life and He is always at work even when we don’t perceive it. Never doubt His goodness and love for you. He loves you with an everlasting love and Will always keep His promises… Jesus said “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you . I do not give you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27

      • Bev @ Walking Well With God

        CC,
        Thank you for this much needed reminder…God IS always at work!
        Blessings,
        Bev

  • Jas

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with being happy not angry, more understanding less anger, forgiving, less anger, to let go of all the past. To be a better mother, daughter, wife..Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Amen.

    • Stephanie

      Jas, just prayed for you. Have a blessed day! Xoxo

      • Jas

        Thanks so much!!

    • http://www.ReneeSwope.com Renee Swope

      Just prayed for you Jas. Thank you for sharing your hearts’ cries with us. {{with}}you!

      • Jas

        Thanks so much Renee x

    • Bev @ Walking Well With God

      Jas,
      Praying, as well, for you!! ((hugs))

      • Jas

        Thanks Bev x

    • Katie concha

      I could have wrote that myself,for a second I thought maybe I did,I share in your struggles,,Let’s be quick to listen slow to speak and slow to anger….I just prayed for you,may the Lord transform your heart with gentleness and self control….I pray that for both of us…in Jesus Mighty Name!!!!!

  • Louise

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with wanting to be married when I’m not even in a relationship and there is no one at all in sight and I would like children and to be a mother and I’m turning 43 at the end of this year and I think I’m just never going to be a mother and it’s something I never expected. Please show me how to be content if it’s just going to be me and be joyful in just you alone. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Amen.

    • Stephanie

      I’m praying for you Louise. May God bless you. Xo

      • Louise

        Thank you

    • http://www.ReneeSwope.com Renee Swope

      Oh sweet Louise, I wish I could just hug you. I’m praying for you right now – He is close to the brokenhearted. We are {with} you!!

      • Louise

        Renee, much appreciated

    • Marcia

      Praying for you Louise. Psalm 10:17 says, “You, LORD, hear the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them and you listen to their cry”. Nothing is impossible with God. I pray for your hearts desire that the Lord’s will be done. May the joy of the Lord be your strength. In Jesus name. Amen

      • Louise

        Thank you for this.

    • Beth Williams

      Louise,
      Praying for God to send that special someone your way! May He shower you with His love! I pray He shows you how to find the right person He has for you!
      ((((hugs))))

      • Louise

        I hope he shows me

    • Katie concha

      Remember Sarah!!!! With God all things are possible!!! Believe and receive….I pray so many blessings for you….

      • Louise

        I try and remember Sarah! Thank you

        • Katie concha

          Hi,it’s Katie again,I just want you to know that I did not get married till I was 40,,I got married in the end of Nov ,and I was pregnant by Feb.I had my baby at 41, and I did not know my husband for a long time at al,l we got married in i think 4 months,and I felt just like you….,I pray the Lord sends you a wonderful Christian man who will be worthy of you,and that God will be your focus,find peace with The Lord,and all will follow,this side of the coin isnot always easy,and not always wonderful,I don’t mean it in any negative way,it’s just hard work,and alot of struggles..Life is hard,so pray harder!!!!All my love to you,I just want you to feel happy and in joy with The Lord…I am going to pray again right now after I send this,and I will put your petition in my Tuesday night prayer bowls,I believe they go straight up to our Father,and that it is a pleasing fragrance to Him….Jesus Be With You!!!!!!

          • Louise

            Hi Katie, Thank you for sending this – it’s so kind! It’s so wonderful that you are a wife and Mother!! Thank you for your prayers, that means a lot. I imagine struggles are hard too on the other side of the coin – just different struggles!! Joy in the lord is only way to be and I am reading lots about this at the moment! All my love to you too – you sound like a wonderful wife and Mother – I’ll pray for you too. Much love.

          • C C

            Hi Louise, I also want to encourage you to be patient and wait on God’s perfect timing. I want to share this with you about myself. I was also waiting and praying for my Godly husband and I ended compromising my walk do to my impatience. Never saw the red flags and all I saw was what I thought I needed it. As a single women I was able to fellowship with other believers and spend time with the Lord. I thought I was ready for a husband after reading many books and attending single classes that would prepare you for a relationship at church, but when I met the man I thought God had send my way I didn’t put anything into practice. My point is when we get too focus on what we think we need we open ourselves to deceit. Wait on God, He will bring the right person without you having to look for him. They’re things He needs for us to change within us before He can bring the right person and get that person ready as well. Pray for discernment. I’ll be praying for you and may the Lord fill your heart with peace and contentment until He brings the right person into your life. Don’t make the mistake I made the price is too high. LORD be with you!

  • Elaine Kovacik Tomasello

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with my financial situation & my health. Please give me the spiritual guidance I need. Fill me with Your shalom peace & help me to REST in the knowledge that You are always with me and that You will “never leave me or forsake me” as You promised in Your Word. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

    • Sandy Holt

      Agreeing with you in prayer Elaine. My prayer is the same.

      • Elaine Kovacik Tomasello

        Thank you Sandy. I will remember you in my prayers. God bless you!

    • http://www.ReneeSwope.com Renee Swope

      Praying with you and for you Elaine!! xoxo

      • Elaine Kovacik Tomasello

        Thank you Renee. I will remember you also in my prayers. May the Lord always bless you.

      • Jas

        Praying for both Elaine and Sandy, Lord please hear their ptrayers individually and together, please provide them with financial stability. We ask this in your heavenly name, Amen

  • Stephanie

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with trusting in You and Your perfect timing and remembering You are always good. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Thank You Jesus, Amen.

    Thank you for your prayers, xo!

    • http://www.ReneeSwope.com Renee Swope

      Praying for you right now Stephanie. Trust and His timing. Me too.

  • Kay

    Dear Lord, I need
    Your help, especially with this depression I’m suffering through. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Amen.

    • http://www.ReneeSwope.com Renee Swope

      Oh Kay, I know the darkness of depression and the clouds of sadness that just won’t life. I’m praying for you right now, in this place. Lord, bring LIGHT and joy. {with} you.

  • Cassady Schulte

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with forgiving my mom. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Amen.

    • http://www.ReneeSwope.com Renee Swope

      Lord, please give Cassady what she needs from You today. Grace, insight, peace, courage.

  • Sophie

    Dear Lord I need your help with my prayer life I want so much to be able to wake up and read the bible, say a prayer and commune with you daily I keep procrastinating and postponing and never get to do it. Please help me to try even if for just 5 mins everyday. Amen

    • http://www.ReneeSwope.com Renee Swope

      Praying for you Sophie, for courage to start. Distractions to leave. Focus and determination to do what matters most to you, and Him. He loves you no matter what!

  • Donna

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with _being the mother I need to be to my adult daughter who has just been diagnosed with MS. I don’t think she knows You. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Amen.

    • http://www.ReneeSwope.com Renee Swope

      Praying for you and your daughter Donna. He is {{with}you!!

    • C C

      Donna, God is with you and His desires is that one would perish. Hold on to His word and don’t doubt. Your daughter is loved by God and He will do what ever it takes to save her…Lord is with you!

  • Ana Brooks

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with deep wounding and paralyzingly anxiety. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Amen.

    • http://www.ReneeSwope.com Renee Swope

      Praying for you Ana. Oh I know this pain you describe. Lord, bring release, freedom, grace, healing, power and joy.

  • Ann Marie

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with knowing the truth of your love for me, believing I am worthy of your love. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Amen.

    • http://www.ReneeSwope.com Renee Swope

      Praying for you Ann. Praying for you to know and for HIs love and promises to move into a deep place of believing for you!!

    • C C

      Ann, God’s love for you had never been based on your performance, but in His character. Your emotions will sometimes tell you different therefore you cannot trust them, what you need to do is read God’s word and find a good bible teaching church. Pray about the right church and Christian friends that can encourage you y trough your walk. Not sure what city you live in , but there’s Calvary chapels all over the United States. Will be praying for you and you are of great value and God wants to save your life, it is written in His word!

  • Monica

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with health and finances. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Amen.

    • http://www.ReneeSwope.com Renee Swope

      Praying for you and with you Monica!

  • A

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with continuing to trust in you, letting go of old expectations, forgiving myself and others, and healing in the deep wounds, PTSD, and depression. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Amen.
    Lord, please enfold each of Your children here today in the warmth of Your great love. Bring them your peace that passes all understanding as You work in their lives to bring all that is needed. Help each of us to be patient and hold Your hand. Loving Father, may the glory be yours. In Your Loving Son’s name, Amen

    • http://www.ReneeSwope.com Renee Swope

      Amen amen. Praying for you and also with you for each of us here today. jesus we need YOU. Thank you that there is power in the praying of hearts together. You are in our midst.

  • His Treasure

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with suicidal thoughts and addiction. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Amen. (I am on meds and in counseling. I am safe.)

    • Tami

      Praying for you from across the globe! Reading your post made me thing of “I Need You” by All the Sons and Daughters and some Crowder songs (I Am, Lift Your Head, Come as You Are). I don’t know your music style at all, but I wonder if they could encourage you a tiny bit? Listening to music helps me at times. I just use youtube. I also love Kristan Stanfill and JJ Heller.

  • Kim

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with, my health. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Amen. I’m in need of your wisdom, guidance and direction, so that I will know clearly which path to take. I’ve been sick for so long, and I know that you alone are my healer, but also know that you use the wisdom of Drs to step into our situation. More than healing, I want your will, Lord.

  • Penny

    Dear Lord, I need your help, especially with (someone). Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way.Amen

    • Penny

      Renee,

      Thank-you for posting this. Prayers for all that have posted.
      Blessings,
      Penny

  • Marilyn

    Lord, I need your help with spreading joy in my home and being able to surrender my disappointments, hurts and anger to you. I need more of you in me and so much less of me. May I be the women that you desire me to be. Thank you so much Renee for your openness and encouragement.

  • Martha

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with my marriage. So many deep hurts need to be healed within me and our children. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Amen.

  • Jessica

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with ______finances and my family’s walk with you_________. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Amen.

  • Deloris

    ear Lord, I need Your help, especially with my marriage. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Amen.

  • tammy cordery

    Dear Lord I need your help with our home please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way, amen

    • http://www.ReneeSwope.com Renee Swope

      Praying for you Tammy!

      • tammy cordery

        Thank you so much.

  • Patty

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with friendships. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Lord, I also need help finding my yearning for you again. I’ve distanced myself and I’m having a hard time coming back to you. I don’t know what happened and I don’t know why I’m having such a hard time feeling close to you. Please Lord, help me to open my heart and mind to your love. Amen.

    • http://www.ReneeSwope.com Renee Swope

      Praying for you and {with }you Patty!

  • Elizabeth

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with these insecurities I feel from past broken relationships and the discernment and trust needed for this new relationship. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Amen.

  • Kayla Russell

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with sharing my testimony. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Amen.

  • Annette

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with dealing with/coping with my husband’s death. The full reality has hit me and I’m lost and angry. I miss him so much and I don’t know what to do. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Amen.

    • Beth Williams

      Annette,
      Praying for you sweetie! May God swoop down and shower you with His loving arms!@ I pray He sends friends/church group to help you cope daily!
      Father,
      Guide Annette on the journey you have set for her! Show her where to start and love her each step of the way! Bless her~~
      Blessings :)

      • Annette

        Thank you so much Beth. All I can do is take one minute at a time, that turns into an hour at a time then that turns into a day at a time… This journey is not one that I would want anyone to have to go through. My husband was in the Army for 22 years and that was often a rough road to walk, but this, this is unbearable. Thank you for your prayers. God bless you

  • kathy

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with abandonment from many people in my life. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Amen.

  • Grace Anne

    Dear Lord I need your help. I have become so angry and i fear I am ready to stop trying.
    Help me find the love in my heart that has
    turned cold. Help me to become more like you and soften my heart. Help me find a way out of this unhappiness.
    I have so much to be thankful for. Help me to focus on those things each day. Forgive my ungrateful heart Lord!

  • Jamie Finney

    ear Lord, I need Your help, especially with dealing with having a broken heart and having trust issues.
    Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way.
    Amen.

  • Jamie Finney

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with having a broken heart and having trust issues.
    Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way.
    Amen.

  • Mo

    Dear Lord, I need
    Your help, especially with family direction, family/friend health concerns and wish to adopt foster son. Please show me where to start and
    be my help each step of the way. Amen.

  • Webbgurl2000

    I too, wanted the same future Renee dreamed of with the picket fence…I did EVERYTHING within MY power to redeem the past by “marrying up”, unfortunately, my husband was more broken than I was even though he had two seemingly nice parents.
    Not so, his home was wrought with dysfunction.
    Made mine so much more acceptable. We had at least been raised in a Christian home, and I had some where to run with my hurts.
    I see now that my husband didn’t know how to love after closing himself off from a alcoholic father who rejected him at least in my husband’s eyes, and a mother who doted on him, but had her on plans for his life.

  • Diana

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with expectations of others and myself. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Help me to accept other people, their limitations, and myself and my limitations. And to give thanks. Amen. Thank you, Renee, for this devotional that speaks to me and for sharing your own personal experiences. Heavenly Father, I pray for the other people who have read this and commented. Please speak into their hearts and lives and bring peace, healing…whatever they truly need. Amen.

  • Katrina Marie Somers

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with anxiety and illness. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Amen.

  • Brooke

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with the healing of my marriage, from an affair I had and show me how to love and respect my husband, be faithful and courageous to you and my husband on this journey with lots of strength to keep fighting for our marriage, even when it seems it’s going to fail. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Amen.

  • Sarah

    Dear Lord, I need your help especially with trusting that you’ll provide financially for us. You’ve never let us down and I need reminding of this in the desperate times.

  • Linda

    Renee,
    Dear Lord, I need your help, especially with dealing with my alcoholic son. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Amen

  • Helena

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with hearing Your voice and knowing what You would have me do….instead of trying to take control and “fix” things myself. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Amen.

    Renee….I read your book “Confident Heart” 5 years ago and it changed my life! The Lord was really working on me as I read and did an online study of it. I’m thinking I need to take a refresher course! God bless you for all you do.

  • Rebecca Jones

    I know this feeling, Renee. It happens the most with people you are so close to. I have to turn to the Lord. He has shown me a lot about perspective. Everyone doesn’t see things the same. I see Jesus as everything to me, He is. In trying to turn people to Him, I was turning them off with my intensity. But the kindness and sweet words appeared wasted on some people who have already dulled their senses with sin and drugs. I don’t like seeing people waste their lives or leave behind children. But I know His Word is never a waste, you sow where you can. I really had to search for calm, for the Prince of Peace. I can’t change people. I don’t have to. He does, He’s in control and He will tell you when to let go of a situation. My mother knows me better than anyone,except God, and when she heard me scolding one of these children, she said. ” That is so beneath you. ” I was angry at her too, but she was right. I refuse to become what I hate! I am too good with word to let the devil decide them. I know where these children have learned their bad behavior, it wasn’t from me, and it’s not going to be from me. When you can face yourself looking into the mirror and seeing Jesus coming though, I think we’ve got it.

  • Marcia

    ear Lord, I need Your help, especially with my finances and my job. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way.
    Amen.

  • Zella Knight

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with Anastassia overcoming obstacles regarding her career path, Cindy overcoming health obstacles and comfort her in her areas of pain spiritually, emotionally and physically, and help me overcoming the financial obstacles that are before me and the attacks of the enemy through different mechanism vessels and people. Give me the wisdom, knowledge and patience to discern. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. As your Word says that when two or more agaree we can receive. As you Word says that we walk by Faith and not by sight. In Jesus Name Amen.

  • Marcia

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with my job and my finances. Please show me where to start and be my help each step
    of the way. Amen.

  • Marian

    Dear Lord I need your help especially with understanding God’s timing and how I react when things are not my way. Like you said sometimes we have been hurt when we were little and it’s not easy to let go. Thank you for your prayers.
    Marian

  • LORETTA CULBERT

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with my grown children. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Amen. It is much harder when they are grown,it really is. Out on their own in relationships that are sometime not good for them. My oldest daughter especially I can only describe her marriage( in process of divorce ) as a TRAIN WRECK! Never in my life have I seen such a mess!

  • Tara

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with overcoming the need to be and feel perfect and live in Your peace and joy. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Amen.

  • keljo

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with walking through a painful divorce after 20 years, yet trying to be a powerful role model to two wonderful special needs children – not to feel so overwhelmed and trust in turning my worries over to God. . Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Amen.

  • Amy Veen

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with ____physical pain____. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Amen.

  • Kristin

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with my marriage. I find myself doing the same thing, wanting my husband to be and do everything my dad didn’t. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Amen.

  • Deb Dean

    Renee,
    Thank you very much for your boldness to share your weaknesses and inadequacies. I cry out to the Lord quite frequently but become very fearful to expose them to friends or those in the public eye. I too, have been married 20 years and think to myself, was I crazy? I even find myself in a state of depression and hopelessness for decisions that I made and feel I had a part in a poor outcome. These thoughts cause me to spiral down and hate myself and not want to live anymore. I cry out to GOD for strength and perseverance to go on.
    Deb

  • susie

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with _fear _. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Amen.

  • Helen

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with my psoriatic arthritis since my son was born and the trauma that came with it as a new mum nearly 10 years ago_. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Amen.

    • http://www.ReneeSwope.com Renee Swope

      Praying for you Helen.

  • margaret_helen

    Dear Lord, I need your help, especially with the decision to sell our home and move on, I am still looking for a job and hoping you will open the doors of where I should go. Forgive me for my fretting and worrying what the future holds. I know You are in control and You love us.
    Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way.
    In Jesus precious Name.

    • http://www.ReneeSwope.com Renee Swope

      Praying for you Margaret. He is your Shepherd Who knows the way. He will lead you as you seek Him and provide for your needs. Praying for peace and comfort in this unknown season of changes where trust is so hard yet so beautiful.

    • Beth Williams

      Margaret,
      Praying for God to guide you with the right decisions regarding home sale and job. Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you” declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. To give you a hope and a future”. Prayers for peace and contentment as you wait on God!
      Blessings :)

  • Veronica

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with ____my dead marriage ___________. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Amen.

    • http://www.ReneeSwope.com Renee Swope

      Praying for your marriage Veronica!

  • Amy

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with my marriage. Reading this article was like You and Renee were speaking directly to me. Please open my heart to hear You. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Amen.

    • http://www.ReneeSwope.com Renee Swope

      He is speaking Amy. He sees. He knows. He wants to draw you close and heal all those hurts. Praying for you right now.

  • Anita Williamson

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with the exact same things Renee needs help with. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Amen.

    • http://www.ReneeSwope.com Renee Swope

      Praying for you Anita.

  • Teresa

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with this disease of MS. It’s affecting every area of my life, especially the job I was so sure that You led me to. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Amen
    Teresa

    • http://www.ReneeSwope.com Renee Swope

      Praying for you right now Teresa.

      • Teresa

        God bless you Renee- your writings have uplifted me so many times. If we never meet here I can’t wait to meet you in Heaven! ❤️

  • Kristin

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with how I view _my marriage I have so much anger & resentment towards my husband & his addiction You know that we have been in recovery that we have barely made it past his acting out & affairs on top of it our marriage has had many crisisis deaths in the family, health crisisis, financial problems because I am the only one working you have seen all of our health issues my MS & you know that I still work full time & he has chronic pain & heath issues I don’t know why he has been turned down for disability 3 times all of this we have made it though you see that we love each other deeply but we are just surving I am struggling with lack of intimacy & my resentment that I am feeling like things will not get better. Lord i pray you work a miracle & heal my heart & marriage.______________. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Amen.

    • http://www.ReneeSwope.com Renee Swope

      Praying with you for a miracle Kristin. For comfort, wisdom, healing and provision. Lord move mightily in this family and home. in Jesus name. Amen!

  • Lina Rochette Hill

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with ______MOVING___. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Amen.

    • http://www.ReneeSwope.com Renee Swope

      Just said a prayer for you Lina. Strength, stamina and provision, in Jesus name. Amen!

  • Annette

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with
    spending. Please show me where to start and be my help each step
    of the way. Amen.

    • http://www.ReneeSwope.com Renee Swope

      Just said a prayer for you Annette. Praying for Him to be your help, your portion, your supply and comfort. In Jesus name, amen.

  • Karen

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with
    _a particular friendship that I’m confused about.______________. Please show me where to start and be my help each step
    of the way. Amen.

  • Beth Williams

    Renee,
    Great post! Thanks for being open & honest!!! I’m praying for everyone here today! May God give you all the wisdom, finances, health, healing you need! I pray He showers you all with His love and mercy!!!
    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with being patient with my aging father. He tends to repeat himself and does/doesn’t do things he should. Give me the wisdom to just love him for who he is and overlook his faults–after all he is 90.

  • Kim C.

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with my marriage. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Amen.

  • Michelle Kouagnia Mbakop

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with my Finances. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Amen.

  • Latasha

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with loving myself,forgiving myself and others, stop living in my past and believing God to work in my life and to help me help my children_______________. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Amen.

  • Jaimie Hawkins

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with anger and frustration. I always feel the need to defend myself and be heard. At times I feel so broken because I never received or was loved as a child. My heart hurts still as an adult. I struggle with forgiveness. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Amen.

    • RT

      Dear Jaimie,
      I am praying for you. I can truly relate as I too deal with childhood issues of not being loved and being abandoned by my mother. One scripture that helped me was Psalm 27. It says that when your mother or father forsake you, God will take you up as His own! I read this until I got it into my spirit; I also read scriptures regarding God’s love for us. Remember NOTHING can separate us from His love. You are His and He loves you with an everlasting love! Receive his love! Worship….stay in His presence so you can be saturated with His love and kindness (His beauty for our ashes). God bless you dear sister!!!!

  • Veronica Garcia

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with ___my dead marriage ____________. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Amen.

  • Karla

    Dear Lord, we desperately need your help in parenting our sons. We want to raise strong men of God. These are great kids – big hearts with a lot of love in them!! But one of our sons is really struggling at this ripe middle school age, and he is challenged with ADHD, Anxiety and Learning Disabilities. As if things in Middle School are not hard enough without those additional challenges! whew! We are praying that YOU Lord will show us the best way to parent based on how you have wired both boys in all your special ways! It has been a tough run lately and we just need you to intervene and be right in the middle of all this. We are grateful to be parents – and you chose these awesome guys to be raised by us! I am also praying for the “right thing” to happen in my job. I don’t know what that “right thing” is, but YOU do Lord!! You know everything about it, You know my hearts true desires, and I believe in YOU because i know you are much bigger than this company, and you will move mountains just to make this right for me. Thank you Thank you thank you for all the blessings in my life, and I will trust you as you unveil this all. Blessing to all of you and I am thankful for your prayers and am doing the same for all of you.
    k

  • Janet Hamilton

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with figuring out what is best for my marriage and my daughters concerning our relationship with my parents. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Amen.

  • Heather

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with my marriage. Please help me to respect my husband and to love him for who he is. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Amen.

    Heather

  • Joanne

    Dear Lord, I need Your help with Mark and I friendship. Especially with the way things are. I was so happy that You allow us to meet. I thought this is the man You sent to be my husband. Father God, I want Your help in this relationship. I want it work out. Please show me where to start and be with me every step of the way. Amen

  • Gabe

    Dear Lord, I need your help, especially with my anger/worry/anxiety/control, starting a family, and my job. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Amen.

  • https://crippledatyourtable.wordpress.com Julia

    with ___worrying____________. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Amen.

  • Linda S. Aranda

    Dear Lord, I need Your help in waiting for You to take care of the things that only You can and stop getting upset when it doesn’t happen my way. Teach me to not jump ahead of You and to trust You to handle everything.

  • Katie Fredericks

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with working through my past abuse. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Allow me to trust in you during this very hard and painful process. Amen.

  • Katelyn

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with my anxiety and fear of the future. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Amen.

  • Kelly

    Dear Lord, I need help with trusting more and not relying on myself too much. I also need help with spending time alone with him. Struggling with mom’s cancer and being the only care giver right now.

  • Sandra

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with finances. You enabled me to get this car and now I am late with the payment. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Amen. Thank You, Renee. Like Bev, I do appreciate this call to turn it over to the Lord and let Him work it out for me. As a retiree and widow, I know that God will take care of me. Thanks so much, with much love.

  • Meredith Van Tamelen

    Dear lord, I need your help, especially with calling out to you instead of worrying. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Lord make me the person you desire me to be, change me to be humble, loving, kind, thoughtful and to have your peace. Thank you Lord, in Jesus name I pray, amen

  • dwishman

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with finances & health.
    Please show me where to start and be my help each step
    of the way. Amen.

  • RT

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially when I do not feel loved by my husband because of my insecurities and the lack of love I received as a child. My mother abandoned me as a child and still does not want to have a relationship with me in my adult life. My paternal grandmother who raised me, hated me because I “looked and acted” like my mother (whom she loathed). She never once told me she loved me. I feel abandoned when I do not feel loved by my husband — when he doesn’t spontaneously hug or kiss me, when he doesn’t hold my hand, when he doesn’t meet my emotional needs, etc. Please help me to see his love language. Please help me to see just because he does not love me in the ways I would like/expect, it doesn’t mean he doesn’t love me at all. In fact, I know he loves me, but I’m not being loved the way I want him to love me. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Please Lord, I need your help!! Amen.

  • Helen

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with receiving healing 10 years on after a diagnosis of psoriatic arthritis when my son was born. I’ve only realised recently that this was a trauma that has left deep rooted hurt and disappointment. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Amen.

  • jean

    Lord, thank you for your blessings each day. thank you that I only need to follow you one day at a time. I need your help with my sweet earthly father who is now in a nursing home. My Mom cannot care for him any longer at home, he has had a stroke and now has advanced dementia. His medical needs are overwhelming, and now I am trying to help Mom with all his financial affairs, which is daunting. the weight of responsibility to my parents, to honor them, to look out for their very best interest, seems impossible to do from 2 states away. Help me Lord to do the right thing for them both!

  • Priscilla

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with rejections and feelings of unworthiness. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Amen.

  • Nanette

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with __my marriage__. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Amen. My husband did many things early on in our marriage, and has started doing them again recently that have proven him a thief and a liar. He admits to it, but expects me to forgive and forget because I’m a Christian and his wife. At some point that doesn’t fly…I’m begging God to show me the way….

  • Kristi Parker-LaRoche

    Dear Lord, I need your help, especially with wanting everything in my life to be perfect all the time, help with being MORE patient and less emotional, help with my WORDS and not being so critical when it comes to the words that I use with my kids and my husband. Father, I thank you for the life, and many blessings that you have given me. Help me to turn to you for wisdom, words, and guidance instead of reacting on pure emotions and doing it my way. Work in me, LORD, and let me hear YOUR voice above all!!
    AMEN

  • Camille

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with sorting through the pain of my childhood, and the fear, anger, and guilt I hold from it. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Amen.

  • beatrice

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with
    _financial crisis and_ let me feel your presence in my life, and down and really need you Please to show me where to start and be my help each step
    of the way. Amen.

  • Cecily Bornemann

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with my relationship with Taylor. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Amen.

  • Cyril Materu

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with my financial situations and my relationship with my gf. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Amen. Over the years, I have worked hard to be were I am but everyday, month year my past keep on catching up with me. The negative thoughts of thinking to end my life, the disappointments with my past employment whom until now has not pay my salary, the hardship that is ahead of me, just don’t know how to deal with all this at the moment. Just don’t even know who I am. Please pray for me that I will hear the voice of God in me and being able to understand what God wants me to do…

  • Alex

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with anxiety and fear. It is been a constant battle for the past couple of years and I am weary. I need your help to have the strength and the courage to keep going when I want to quit. Show me you are there Jesus and working all of this for my good. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Amen.

  • Paula McLane Jennings

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with anxiety and issues with our living situation. I need Your guidance to make better decisions. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Amen.

  • Sheila

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with my finances. Thank you for the new house you’ve blessed me with, however I am battling with my debts 10 months into a new house, please show me any areas of my life that may be hindering me from receiving increase in blessing and prosperity, show me where to start and be my help each step
    of the way.

    Amen.

  • GloriaM

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with my relationship. Show me if Izekiel is the man for me. I do not want a time waster or a counterfeit.

  • Ellen Ramiah

    Hi Renee,
    Over the years I prayed over my marriage. When I look back at it ( long story short – my husband and I separated) but since I started praying we are talking, he’s visiting, we having dinners, he’s helping me around the house).All this has been through prayer The emails via Proverbs 31 has been such a inspiration to me when l was at my low.

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with full restoration – remove doubt & unbelief – minister to my husband to believe we can start again and for him to move back. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Amen.

  • amy

    ear Lord, I need Your help, especially with ____health and finances___________. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Amen.

  • Stephanie

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with companionship- restore anything that’s been broken, remove all doubt and hinderances keeping the relationship from progressing. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. amen

  • Carmen

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with __bitterness, __anger, resentment, disappointment, patience. worry, and all other negative feelings I am holding on to because of past hurts.___________. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Amen.

  • Missing Mickey Mouse

    I have felt the same way in my marriage and ultimately (along with other issues) my husband divorced me. I am still grieving the divorce but allowing God to show me how to put my trust in Him. Thank you for being so open and honest about your past hurts. I am currently reading your book A Confident Heart and it is so encouraging. Blessings to you!

  • C C

    Dear Lord, I need your help especially with husband and in-laws. They don’t know your ways and they can be very cruel and destructive. Help me with the feelings of inadequacy and rejection. Lord, I feel very sad and I just want to turn away from all of them. I am hurting so much and don’t know how to be. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way.

  • Bokang Makhetha

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with my marriage and our finances. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Amen.

    Thank you Renee and everyone for your prayers.

  • The Lord Knows me

    Dear Lord, I need Your help, especially with my immigration issue. Please show me where to start and be my help each step of the way. Amen.

  • Candy

    Thank you for sharing with me but I really think it is my story as well. Thank you for helping know that only God can fill the hurts and the holes in my life. That is the only way to make me truly at peace.