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Our conversation went like this: “I just need God to fix this . . . and you need Him to fix things too.” Have you ever thought or said those words? Do you just need God to fix something?

We usually come to that conclusion when we have exhausted all of our resources; jumped every hoop, pleaded our case until our words ran out, and prayed every prayer we can think of. And then finally in complete surrender we come to the reality of the situation—we just need God to fix it!

I’m reminded of Hannah; she needed God to just fix it too! “And it happened year after year.” (1 Samuel 1:7) Year after year is what wore Hannah out and that’s what wears us out too, especially when we need God to just fix it! Hannah was barren, and she needed God to fix that. But it was the harassing thing; the year after year thing, that Hannah needed God to fix too! Often when we just need God to fix it there is a “harassing” that accompanies the need: doubt, fear, anxiety, hopelessness, sleeplessness, eating disorders, distress, and bitter weeping’s. Just like Hannah.

And then Hannah prayed her last prayer over the matter, she poured out her soul before the LORD. And then Hannah went her way, and her face was no longer sad. And then it happened; Hannah got her baby boy! And then there was a new thing that happened year after year: “And his mother would make him a little robe and bring it to him, from year to year . . . “ (1 Samuel 2:18).

Only our God can fix things like that! God fixed the very thing, and even fixed the harassing things too! God even gave Hannah a new yearly thing to do!

As we begin the Christmas season—many would prefer to just skip it; because it’s the thing that happens year after year. Another year to be reminded of what still has not been fixed. God knows. And God knows how much you need Him to fix those things. Do you believe that He can? “I do believe; help my unbelief.” (Mark 9:24) That may be your answer and that’s okay, because the Lord already knows the truth. We don’t muster up belief for the sake of believing; but we pray for Him to help our unbelief.

This is the thing that I really want to encourage you with today. God can change things in an instant! Even without our help—imagine that?!

Get into the presence of God, just like Hannah did. Get there and stay there! Pour out your soul to Him. Hold nothing back. And when you leave, leave the thing that needs fixing too!

And may I speak this over you today: The Lord bless you, and keep you; the Lord make His face shine on you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance on you, and give you peace!

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