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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Prayer of Jabez

     How many of us want to be blessed?  I know that I do, and I also know that only the One true God can grant these blessings.
     Bruce Wilkinson wrote a small, powerful book on "Breaking through to the blessed life",  The Prayer of Jabez.    This book changed my life. 
     The simple prayer of Jabez is found in 1 Chronicles 4:10.  Jabez is mentioned in only a few verses and, for years, was completely missed by me because he is in the midst of the who begot whom.  It seemed that Jabez was more honourable than his brothers and he prayed, "Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me!  And God granted him that which he requested."
    Wilkinson broke this prayer into 4 sections:

1.  A request to be blessed personally

2.  A request to have his territory enlarged for God

3.  A request to be kept away from evil

4.  A request to not cause pain toward others

     I know that my prayer life needs to be about being thankful to God and about others, but Wilkinson's book cleared the path for me to stop feeling guilty for requesting blessings for myself .  God wants to bless and He wants us to tell him our desires. 
     I had a hard time with the second request about asking God to enlarge my territory.  I was afraid of what God might ask me to do, but I finally took that step.  I did not know what to expect and did not even recognize it at first.  After I retired I kept having to do this or that for someone else.  There were errands to run, financial planning to do for them, and concern on my mind.  At first I thought, "What is going on? When will this stop?"  Then it hit me!  Wow!  God had enlarged my territory with something I could manage and do.  It was time to stop complaining about the extra hours out of the day and enjoy the moments. 
     Request three speaks for itself.  We all need to attempt to stay free of temptation or anyone or anything that will lead us away from the blessings God has in store for us.
     I believe request four comes through love.  If we show love toward all men, we will watch our tongue (what we speak), and we will watch our actions (what we do), so that we will not create hurtfulness or harm toward others. 
      For those who have not read The Prayer of Jabez, please take a few hours out of your day and let it revolutionize your life.  It is packed with powerful thoughts that will enrich your life.  

 

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Wisdom

     In the troubling world we presently live in, Reba wrote and sings a song, Pray For Peace.   We do need to pray for peace, but we also need to pray for wisdom.  That is what Solomon prayed for when the Lord appeared to him in a dream.  God said, "Ask, What should I give you?"  In answer Solomon asked for wisdom and God was pleased and gave it to him.  
     Through Solomon we are introduced to wisdom and given an example of wisdom, but in James 1:5-6 we are told even more about wisdom and how to acquire it.  "If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.  But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind."
     Why do I believe we need wisdom?  We need wisdom when we face trials of any kind.  It is the wisdom from God which best aids us in our times of need.  When we face temptations, we need wisdom.  When it comes to money, parenting, giving advice, or handling suffering, we need wisdom.  Whether facing problems at work, developing friendships, or even going through addictions and trials, we need wisdom.  There is never a time when I do not need wisdom in order to know what to do, what to say, or how to act in any given circumstance.   I was also reminded in this morning's Sunday School lesson on Solomon that I need wisdom in order to serve, bless, and love those around me. 
     Not only do I have to rely daily on the wisdom which God gives me, but I must, above all, believe in Jesus Christ and His great love for me, knowing that His hands are big enough to take care of all my needs and help me through my trials. 
     My prayer:  "Lord, give me wisdom so that I may better serve and love you and others better.  Give me wisdom to discern the truth.  Give me wisdom to overcome my trials and follow in your ways. I ask, believing without a doubt, that your wisdom is being provided to help me with all my decisions here on this earth."

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Give It Away

     There's a song which George Strait sings,  Just Give It Away.  It is about moving on through a divorce and the spouse says, "just give it away."  As I listened to the lyrics I thought about "giving it away" in a completely different sense.   Wouldn't the world be so much better off if we could just give it away?  By this, I mean true love.  If we could move on, by getting away from sin, and began to give free, unconditional love away to others, not expecting anything in return, our land would be filled with more love instead of the growing hate which is materializing every day.   
    In fact, that is just the example Jesus gave to us.  He gave His love to us when He died upon the cross.  He knew many people would not return that love, but He did it anyway. 
     So I say, "Just give it away.  There ain't nothin' in life worth hating about.  If we're tired of what this ole' world provides, just give your love away.  Quit that old sinful life of fussing, fighting, hating, envying and just give it away."

Monday, June 27, 2016

Satan Roams

      The heat of the day caused me to recline inside "A Friendly Shade" today.  During this relaxing time, I took a few moments to review the past Sunday morning sermon.  It was taken from Ephesians with the topic of "We have an Enemy".  The pastor led us through the steps of empowerment to protect us from the evil one.  In Ephesians we are told to take on the full armor of God.  Below is my simple review:
   Satan Roams

 Satan roams about waiting to devour,
seeking the weakened in their lowly hour.
Living in, living about,
look to the hand of the Lord, reaching out.
Put on the armor of the Lord,
seeking truth through His holy Word.
Satan roams desiring to destroy,
to empty the heart of abundant joy.
Tempted, tested, and full of doubt,
do not, the Spirit, be without.
Satan roams the parched and weary soil;
Heavenly life he wants to foil,
looking for those he can control,
destroying the heart, the very soul.
Put on the breastplate of righteousness,
seeking God in daily consciousness.
Living in, living out, Satan tempts the flesh,
but God is there to guide and refresh.
The enemy roams.  He sees the easy prey,
but God will protect.  Just pray! 
With the whole heart, seek the Lord,
taking up His truth, the Spirit, and His sword.
Against wickedness in the land,
God will help you to firmly stand.
                                                                 Mary Crisp Jameson
 
            Ephesians 6:11 "Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand
            against the wiles of the devil."

 

 

 

 

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Father's Day

     Father's Day is everyday. 
     It's about the Father! 
     It's about the Father's love!
     As the Father's child I remain human, weak, and sinful;
     Yet, I am loved no less.
     I am not as good as others, not as talented as others;
     Yet, I am loved no less.
     My Father fills my need. 
     He sent His only Son to die and give me grace.
     He sent the Holy Spirit to fill my soul; to lead, guide, and teach.
     Life's instructions are set in His Word;
     He presents the way to live to be free from bondage;
     His discipline strengthens.
     His love is felt;
     Found through the peace within my heart and mind.
     My Father daily walks and talks with me.
     He embraces me for just who I am,
     For He created me.
     I believe in the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!
     Oh yes, everyday is Father's Day;
     It's about the Father's love!

   
  Romans 5:5   "And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us."

Monday, June 6, 2016

The Old Old Story

     Most of us know the wonderful written Old, Old Story of Jesus and His love, but so often, in the course of daily life we forget the amazing things He has done for us and is continuing to do for us daily.  We grumble and complain although we have so much to be thankful for.  When I think of how much I complain, I can't help but remember how the Israelites did the same.  Although God was with them and leading them daily, they grumbled. 

There is an old, old story
about continued worry;
all the people's groaning
and forgotten blood's atoning.
 
There is an old continuing story
of forgotten promised glory;
all the people's whining,
moaning, and pining;
A forgotten death on Calvary's cross
a love to still the pain of loss.
 
What a feat to remember the old, old story
of a Savior who came from glory;
of a victory in death
as He took His final breath.
                                            Mary Crisp Jameson
 
 
 


Saturday, May 28, 2016

4Ds to Pruning

     While watching a video on pruning crape myrtles, the instructor said to remember the 4Ds to pruning.  They are: diseased, decayed, damaged, dead.  Those are the limbs that need to be cut off.
     I believe the “4D Rule” could apply to everyone's life as well.
     If we harbor resentment and hate, our hearts will become diseased.  If we look at the lives of others and dwell on their accomplishments and possessions rather than being thankful for our own blessings, we are allowing jealousy to decay our outlook on life and remove our joy.  When we allow deceit, falsehood, envy, drugs, and addictions to invade our hearts and bodies we become damaged.  When we ignore God, His Word, and His ways we become dead in heart, soul, and mind.
     In Luke 11, Jesus told those who ridiculed Him “Any kingdom divided by civil war is doomed.   A family splintered by feuding will fall apart….Anyone who isn't with me opposes me, and who isn’t working with me will fall apart.”
     In my opinion, diseased, damaged, decayed, and dead limbs, whether within our nation or within the individual body, will get sick and die; they work against God.  They need to be pruned to allow growth and unity in the right direction; God's direction.