1 Chronicles 4:10 "And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, 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."
I am really reminiscing on this one, it goes way back to the late 70's. Let me start at the beginning, hope you have time, we had gotten saved in 1974, about two years later my dear husband was called to preach. Well he started praying, *long before the prayer of Jabez was ever written in a little book* and this verse he claimed, 1 Chronicles 4:10, he surrendered his all to the lord, and ask him to enlarge his coast, to give him the mission field he wanted us to serve in, to give him the strength to carry out any assignment the lord would give. We lived in Jacksonville, FL at that time, January 1 1980 God called us to Miami, FL. I sure did not want to go there, but being the obedient wife, and obedient child of God I held in my feelings. We packed our my belongings, our children, and away we went. Bound for a new ministry, a new life, with all new surroundings.
Well I wish I could tell you I was happy, because we were in the lord's will, but I was not, I kept praying oh God why did you send us to this strange land. Of all the places, to a place we did not speak the language, and the people were different than I was used to. Well After a couple of months, and a very bad battle with a virus, I surrendered my will to God also. Anywhere he would send, I prayed lord use us, and let us be a blessing to others. I had finally settled in, started working with the youth, and we had a good life going. I was started to get rooted again, in my little garden of life. Then one day my dear husband said I feel a strange drawing to the west, and we giggled and he said, is that you lord saying, *Go West Young Man, Go West* well strangely enough a pastor called from Colorado, wanting us to come and be assistants Pastor with him, and youth director. Well we packed up, giving away more of our belongings and away we went to the Rocky mountains of Colorado, well some strange things were happening in this church, and we only stayed there about 10 months, then defeated and broken we came back to FL, we had to stay with friends, and start from scratch once again. By now I am getting tired of moving, and tired of being in others care, and just plain tired of living the life of a preacher. Shame on me, I never was vocal about this, but just keep harboring ill feelings for some, and even for my husband, that was dragging me all over.
We did get back on our feet, he went to work as a Superintendent on construction, and God worked it all out for us to buy some land, and put a home on it. Now finally I had my own home, I could relax and just serve the lord with all gladness, and things would be all hunky dory, WRONG... I actually felt like I was being planted, and I was growing, and I was doing all the things I wanted to do, *Now tell me does that statement look right to you?* Kinda looks like that statement in Isaiah made by Satan huh. Well that was most of my problem, I was not blooming where I was planted, I was shriveling up, and ready to drop my leaves.
My dear husband had to have back surgery, WOW now what am I going to do, that my first thought, how will we survive now, well in case you do not know, we serve a very big God, who is very capable in caring for his children, He did, we never missed a meal, we never missed paying a bill, and I fell on my face one night after I came home from the hospital from seeing my beloved, and ask God to take that selfish streak out of me, to replace it with a giving Spirit, of love and kindness, to take the bitter feelings I had away, and to replace them with a worshipping heart to God. I got up different that night. God took care of us, always had, and he always will, not long after that my husband became a Pastor, we were trying to plant a church in Georgia, well God planted us, and honestly I seen myself bloom as never before, I was becoming what God wanted of me, He has the lead in my life, and my dear husband follows him, as I follow my husband, happily and gladly serving God where ever we go. Now my dear friend, let me ask you to search your own heart, are you following God obediently and not holding back any thing from him, he want to use you, he wants to make you bloom like the finest rose in your garden. Let him, yes just let go and let God.
Wherever God makes flowers bloom, praises rise to heaven. Whenever he floods our lives with blessings, we too, respond in songs of praise!
The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come. Song of Solomon 2:12
A Friend loveth at all times (Proverbs 17:17)
God certainly has uniquely designed each person he has brought into your life. Some bring balance, while others infuse vibrancy, bring focus with Pizzazz, or fill in empty spaces with simplicity. Together, you make a brilliant bouquet. Each person comes to you, intended as a blessing from your Lord.
Now Consider these examples:
Do you know Rose? Rose buds begin tightly closed and then slowly open up in reveal individual layers of petals that lead deeper to the flower's center. Is there someone in your life who is difficult to get to know? Don't grow weary in waiting. She will bless you as she unfolds in God's time.
Remember, "The entrance of they words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple" (Psalm 119:130).
As God reveals his mysteries to your "Rose", she will become increasingly more beautiful.
Do you know Lily? Lily of the Valley, I mean? The valley is a place of growth but it is often also a place of suffering. Romans 5:3-5 promises blessings to those who persevere in suffering: "We glory in tribulations also; And knowing that tribulation worketh patience, and patience experience, and experience hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us."
Yet when trials are severe or persistent rejoicing isn't so easy, perhaps God is inviting you to come alongside your "Lily" to encourage her.
Do you know Forget Me Not? Forget-me-nots have clusters of small blue flowers, unforgettably beautiful! Have you said good-bye to someone you'll never forget? Perhaps a family member has gone on to be with the lord, or a dear friend has moved far away. Their absence leaves you feeling blue, and yet the beauty of your realtionship remains. If so, contine to praise your generous Lord for that treasured friend. Join the psalmist in worship: "Bess the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits" (Psalm 103:2)
Lord, I am so thankful for the bouquet of relationships you use to beautify my life. Help me to add beauty to the lives I touch. Amen. This was in a little devotional book called Bouquet of Blessings, and I wanted to share it with all my friends, I thought it was very special, and needed to be seen.
Well another Thursday has rolled around, it seems like they come and go so fast, but none the less I am still praising God for all he does, I am so thankful he knows me, and that he keeps an eye on me. Others may come and go in my life but God is constant, he is one I can depend on to always be there for me, I can cry to Him, I can laugh with him, and he will always be on my side. He never leaves, he never makes fun of, he never turns his back on me, or tries to shut me out.
Romans 8:31 "What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?"
We had a lady in our church that always used to say that, so many were ugly to her, and she lived with many lost family, that was her reply when they made fun of her or laughed at her. Now she is with the lord, and snuggled up close to his side, and I bet still saying, Ayep...If God be for me, who can be against me. I loved this dear couple, both are in heaven now waiting for us, her dear husband went on about two years before her, to help guide her show her around when she got there no doubt. They were a loving couple who adored brother Chuck and I so much, we loved them like our folks. Oh yes I am so thankful for all the dear people of all kinds who I have had the honor of knowing thought my life. God has allowed me to touch some lives, and allowed me to be touched by some wonderful people, I am forever thankful for that, God bless each of you, and may you have a wonderful and thankful Thursday. Now tell me ladies what or who are you thankful for today?
Gen. 1:1: In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
John 1:3: All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
Gen. 3:15: And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed.
This limits the seed. Normal births are the seed of the man -- not the woman. Jesus had to be virgin born.
It was prophesied, in Gen. 22:8: "And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering" -- not, as many say, "God will provide for himself a lamb", but "God will provide himself a lamb."
John 1:29: Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
John 8:19: Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father?
John 8:24: I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.
NOTE: If you do not believe that Jesus is God the Father, you will die in your sins.
John 14:9: Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?
Heb. 1:8: But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.
There are many more Scriptures that prove that Jesus is very God. Here is the "DNA" of Jesus' blood:
Acts 20:28: Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
God purchased His church with His own blood -- the blood that came out of Jesus was God's blood. What an humbling fact, that God would leave heaven, enter human flesh on earth, and die for you and me. God did all of this for us, but He cannot save you unless you open the door to your heart and let Him in.
Heb. 7:25: Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
Jesus died to save you, He lives to forgive you and, if you trust Him, He will come and receive you.
AMEN...Praise God for his seed (Jesus)
Be Blessed and have a wonderful prayerful time tonight, God bless you, and keep you until we meet again. Lots of Hugs, Barbara♥
So tell me are your taste buds all primed up and ready to see what I whipped up for you today? I thought I would post the Chocolate Delight I took to the mother daughter tea Saturday, everyone so enjoyed it, I know you will too. So here is your yum yum for today, and hope you enjoy it as much as everyone else does.
Crust 1 c. flour 1 stick butter (1/4 lb.) 1 c. crushed walnuts Melt butter, add flour and nuts. Spread into 9 x 13 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown (approximately 15 to 20 minutes). Let cool.
Mixture 8 oz. cream cheese 1 c. granulated sugar 1/2 of a 12 oz. Cool Whip Spread over crust. LET SET UP
Beat 2 large instant chocolate puddings with 3 cups milk. Spread over cream cheese. Top with remaining Cool Whip. Garnish with grated chocolate (can use chocolate bar) or add nuts.
You can change this to Lemon Delight by changing the 2 large chocolate puddings to 2 small lemon instant pudding.
I just cannot a go a day without putting some little jot and tittle about our lord here too, what a wonderful attribute God give us in taste, I say taste the word of the lord, for it is good, nothing will ever satisfy your longing or your hunger as the word of God will. It is the bread of life, it is the living water, that springs up from within our soul daily, to give us the peace and joy and comfort, if we did not feel those those things, we certainly would not enjoy the taste of food either, everything would be so bland and not taste good. I praise God for each of my senses that he has so wonderfully and marvellously created in me, I say to God be the glory for great things he has done. Psalm 34:8 "O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him." Psalms 119:103 "How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!"
Taste occurs 22 times in the KJV of God's Holy word, so I do believe God puts importance in the taste he has given us, we could do a study on taste, and I am sure we will come up with so many variations of the word, how it is used, and how we apply it. But that is it for this day, hope you have enjoyed the little tidbit, and hope you make this delicious dessert for your own family, it will tantalize the taste of all.. Hugs and Blessings, Barbara♥
I am a Born again Christian Woman,Preacher's Wife, Mom to 5 grown children, Nana to 11, and great grandma to 8. I love the Lord my God with all my heart, soul and mind.
I just want to be all he wants me to and to live a simple and very peaceful life serving him daily. I want to be a blessing to those around me, and let my lord shine through me. We use the KJV Bible only, we believe it is the holy word of God, written by inspired men of old, filled and being led by the Holy Spirit of God.