Three Hard Words

“When was the last time you said, ‘I need help’ to someone?”

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This question was posed to me this morning. I could not recall the last time I admitted a need of assistance from someone, not even my husband. For some reason I prefer to pretend that I am self-sufficient. I think part of me feels like I need to do everything myself because of my SAHM title. I’m sure my husband would rather me ask him to help with tasks rather than have a stressed, scattered, tired wife.Β 
Most people are more than willing to help when asked. I need to change my mindset and realize that life is much more enjoyable with others rather than pretending to live on an island. I lament not having family close by but fail to invite friends to become my local body of support.Β 
I do ask God for help but it’s not asking him to bring helpers to me. Often it’s asking him to give me the ability to keep working independently or to be a help to others. Obviously I need to learn how to ask for help and accept offers of help from others. There’s nothing wrong with showing vulnerability or admitting I don’t always have it all together.
So here’s a request for help. How does one change an independent, self-sufficient mindset? Do I seek opportunities to include others in everyday tasks? Do I say yes to more/most offers of assistance? Has anyone else struggled with this and been able to find success/freedom in this area?Β 
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One thought on “Three Hard Words

  1. this isn't really something I've struggled with. I could go all pop-psychology and say its because I'm the younger sister and since I was small, my sister was helping dress my barbies.
    maybe start small. something that has no real recourse if you ask for help and the answer is “no”?

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