Lent Devotional – Our Source Of Help
March 6, 2023 Creekwood United Methodist Church

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Where does our help come from?

In my one, each and every day begins with giving thanks for the dawn of a new day and asking for guidance, strength, and the power to do all things.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13

And , as we have all experienced, rarely do our days go just as we have planned. There are interruptions, distractions, detours, and life gets in the way.

I am the proud owner of a small business, which I started at the age of 26, as I always wanted to own my own company. I wanted to avoid the corporate world, after watching the career of my dad with a large corporation…a closet full of perfectly starched shirts folded and and ready for the suitcase and another week of travel. Although it provided well for our family, I simply wanted something else. I wanted to control my own destiny. Gosh was that true…and false! When you have employees, control of destiny is hard to maintain, with the consistent need for resilience, drive, and creativity.

I quickly realized I could not go it alone. I needed something or someone else to help me in this journey and that someone was God. With early success, the challenges and the obstacles started coming fast and furious, which led me to become a marriage counselor, a financial wizard, a peacemaker, and a jack of all trades. You go it alone. you look in the mirror and it’s always back at you.

Having been raised in a very strong generational family of faith, I knew that God was with me the whole time but I had to stop and realize the only way I could negotiate the challenges was by allowing Him to be in control. I had to let go of my ego and my “Mr. Big Britches.” I had to fall to my knees and ask God for help. I want a marriage partner and God answered that prayer, as He knew I needed someone to keep my focused in my adult life, with my old hard headed mule of independence.

Forgetting those things that are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 3:13-14

We cannot avoid difficulties in life or business. We must learn to deal with them through the support of God and other people of faith. I know that if I keep my focus on God and the plans that he has for me, my day is more productive, more successful and brings me great happiness. Philippians 4:13.

Pete Heres

Owner of Exterior Solutions, Inc.

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