As you start this school year, you might feel like you can't do it alone -- and you're probably right.  But the good news is that you don't have to go it alone.

We remind you here that there is more than enough support available to you to successfully see you through the year.

"The joy of the Lord will be your strength."  Relax and have a good time learning with your children this year!

Don't try to tough it out all alone.  Line up your support team now for smoother sailing; don't wait until it's too late.

Look to the Lord as Your First and Best Support
Others may let you down or fail to fulfill your needs, but not God.  Go to Him first for the support you need.

"My soul, wait thou only upon God;
for my expectation is from Him.
He only is my rock and my salvation:
He is my defense;
I shall not be moved.

In God is my salvation and my glory:
the rock of my strength,
and my refuge, is in God.
Trust in him at all times; ye people,
pour out your heart before him:
God is a refuge for us."
(Psalms 62:5-8)

1.  The Lord Is Always There 24/7.
You don't have to wait for next month's support group meeting or until someone else is available to help you.  You can call on the Lord at any time, day or night.  His invitations and promises to you assure that you will never become a burden to Him.

"Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28)

"I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." (Hebrews 13:5)

2.  The Lord Is All-Knowing and All-Wise.
The Lord knows exactly what you are going through and how you feel.  He knows precisely what your family needs, both now and in the future.  He is willing to share this wisdom with you; all you have to do is ask.

"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God,
that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not;
and it shall be given him.
But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering." (James 1:5-6a)

"For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched
with the feeling of our infirmities;
but was in all points tempted like as we are,
yet without sin.
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace,
that we may obtain mercy,
and find grace to help in time of need."
(Hebrews 4:15-16)

3.  The Lord Is Loving and Kind.
The Lord loves you and your family with unfathomable, pure, and unfailing love.

"Behold, what manner of love the Father
hath bestowed upon us,
that we should be called the sons of God." (I John 3:1)

"Casting all your care upon him;
for he careth for you." (I Peter 5:7)

He will give you what is best in His time and in His way.
This is where our trust in Him must be implicit.

"But without faith it is impossible to please Him (God)."
(Hebrews 11:6)

"And we know that all things work together for good
to them that love God." (Romans 8:28)

How To Avail Yourself of the Lord's Wonderful Support
Sadly enough, we all too often fail to receive the gracious gifts of our Lord for various reasons.

 •  We get into the habit of trying to meet our own needs, forgetting to turn to the Lord.

 •  The physical world can seem more real to us than the unseen spiritual world.

We can correct this habit and misperception and find our Lord's aid and fellowship in the following ways: