Day 24 Prayer of Jabez

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Everything at work seems to be getting more chaotic. I am fighting the stress of training a number of new people. Sometimes I try to hide and sometimes I am on the front line. My territory is being enlarged as I try to help each new person.

Revelation 19:6 Then I heard again what sounded like the shouting of a huge crowd, or like the waves of a hundred oceans crashing on the shore, or like the mighty rolling of great thunder, “Praise the Lord. For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns.

In the midst of the chaos and stress, my God reigns. I can relax and watch Him work.

Day 24 Prayer of Jabez

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I have continued to pray 1 Chronicles 4:10
“Oh, that you would wonderfully bless me and help me in my work; please be with me in all that I do, and keep me from all evil and disaster!” And God granted him his request.

When I started this prayer journey 24 days ago, I was thinking my life would change radically. I am committed to praying this prayer for 31 days. After 24 days, my life continues to look the same. I am still too busy “doing stuff”. Just when I establish a balanced routine, something happens to throw my rhythm off.

The world doesn’t look the same. The freedoms I have always depended on are being threatened.

The roles of parent and child are changing. The people I always thought would be there for me, now need me to be there for them.

Since November 11, I have been doing a lot of thinking about freedom. The dictionary defines freedom like this: the state of being free or at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint.

I am free to confine myself to whatever gives my life meaning and purpose.

Leviticus 26:13 Living Bible For I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, so that you would be slaves no longer; I have broken your chains so that you can walk with dignity.

My freedom was bought for a price. I am free to love with a Christlike love. I am blessed to worship my Creator who keeps all of His promises. The world I live in will change. The people in my world will change.

No matter how many events in my life shift, the truths of God’s word will not change. That is the freedom I need to depend on.

Day 15 Prayer of Jabez

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Day 15 I prayed the prayer 1 Chronicles 4:10“ Oh that you would wonderfully bless me and help me in my work, please be with me in all that I do, and keep me from all evil and disaster!” And God granted him his request. (That is the wording from the Life Application Bible)

Today I was blessed by going to church with my friends. Then spending a little time with some of my family members.

I would rather live a pain free life, but I was blessed by pain. I now can relate to those who are missing their parents.

2 Corinthians 1:3-5Living Bible (TLB)

3-4 What a wonderful God we have—he is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the source of every mercy, and the one who so wonderfully comforts and strengthens us in our hardships and trials. And why does he do this? So that when others are troubled, needing our sympathy and encouragement, we can pass on to them this same help and comfort God has given us. 5 You can be sure that the more we undergo sufferings for Christ, the more he will shower us with his comfort and encouragement.

At the end of the day, I was blessed by hugging my daughters and telling them how much I love them.

Prayer of Jabez

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Day 11 I prayed the prayer 1 Chronicles 4:10“ Oh that you would wonderfully bless me and help me in my work, please be with me in all that I do, and keep me from all evil and disaster!” And God granted him his request. (That is the wording from the Life Application Bible)

Today is garbage day. I run around the house emptying the trash from each bin and carry out a big bag of garbage. I jog to the curb and proudly drop it to the ground before the garbage truck comes by.I love garbage day because it reminds that the past is gone and it is time to move forward.

13 God speaks of these new promises, of this new agreement, as taking the place of the old one; for the old one is out of date now and has been put aside forever. Hebrews 8:13Living Bible (TLB)

I no longer have to live under the law of sacrifice. Jesus took my garbage away and I can live in the newness of life with Him.

When I come home at the end of the day, my curb shows no signs of a garbage bag. The burden has been taken away never to be seen again.

Thank you for walking this new journey with me.

Day 9 Prayer of Jabez

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Day 9 I prayed the prayer 1 Chronicles 4:10“ Oh that you would wonderfully bless me and help me in my work, please be with me in all that I do, and keep me from all evil and disaster!” And God granted him his request. (That is the wording from the Life Application Bible)

I dropped my guests off at the bus and then went to work. It was a day of meeting after meeting because of missing two days the previous week. I was tired by the end of the day. But my eyes remain a natural pink color so I think my infection is cleared up. It was late in the evening by the time we could spend a few minutes together as a family. We are all feeling the jet lag of time change.

I am confident that God is working behind the scenes. I am not sure why He includes me in His plans but I am delighted that He does. Delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalms 37:4.

Day 8 Prayer of Jabez

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Day 8 I prayed the prayer 1 Chronicles 4:10“ Oh that you would wonderfully bless me and help me in my work, please be with me in all that I do, and keep me from all evil and disaster!” And God granted him his request. (That is the wording from the Life Application Bible)

Just over two months ago, I said good-bye to my foster baby and to her parents. I thought our paths had separated and we were walking in opposite directions. It hurt so much to walk away from what I was so sure was God’s plan.

Only God can change pain into vision. This was the fourth Sunday I picked them up for church. It seems surreal. I am watching God’s vision develop in front of my eyes.

Although, I have never been on the front seat watching God move in another person life. I am growing to love these people. They have turned their lives around. After spending years numbing their pain, they are ready to face their disappointments and give them to God.

They are picking up the pieces and still don’t have a place to live, so I invite them to my house. God opens my eyes wider. We want the same thing. Family to love. Success in life. We are not so different from each other. And my territory is being enlarged.

I want to adopt them and make them a part of my family. We spend time together and trust is building.

This is beginning to sound a lot like church. My prayer is to be the church, not just go to church. My prayer is not be a better me, but to be more like Jesus. As long as, I am working with God to build His kingdom I will never be without family. Now my loss has been turned to the most amazing gain.

I have prayed the prayer of Jabez for eight days now. I am constantly looking for God’s hand in the world. If you haven’t experienced life with a radical God, I challenge you to start praying 1 Chronicles 4:10 and watch God move in your life. Leave a comment below.

Day 7 Prayer of Jabez

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Day 7 I prayed the prayer 1 Chronicles 4:10“ Oh that you would wonderfully bless me and help me in my work, please be with me in all that I do, and keep me from all evil and disaster!” And God granted him his request. (That is the wording from the Life Application Bible)

It’s Saturday. My day to sleep in. The girls went to an event in the city and left me without a vehicle. I started organizing for the day and put the patio furniture away for the winter. A rather uneventful day. When the girls came home they brought a friend over for a visit. They went out trick and treating with the dogs and I handed out play dough to the 46 little visitors at my door.

All in all a rather dull day. This journey has some major highs and lows but mostly it is just day to day life happening. Nothing super spiritual. How was your journey this week? Leave a comment below.

Day 4 – Prayer of Jabez

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Day 4 I prayed the prayer 1 Chronicles 4:10“ Oh that you would wonderfully bless me and help me in my work, please be with me in all that I do, and keep me from all evil and disaster!” And God granted him his request. (That is the wording from the Life Application Bible)

My eye was still red when I woke up. I’m beginning to get a little concerned, but I have had trouble with my eyes all my life so this isn’t unusual.The kids are having great fun having a zombie for a teacher. By noon I have to take my contacts out because now both eyes are red. I can’t see very well with my glasses but I have no choice but to wear them. Now I can’t drive home so my daughter has to come and drive the car home. As I do my usual walk, I pray fervently that God will use this set back to show His power. I go home and put cold teabags on my eyes to sooth them. I know God will heal me.

When I look in the mirror 30 minutes later, both eyes are completely red. There is no white showing. I look like quite freaky. When my daughter comes home from work, she has an injured her hand. So off to the emergency room we go. After two hours of sitting in the waiting room visiting with a former grade 2 student and her daughter. Does that make me a grandteacher? Anyways final diagnosis, my daughter has a badly sprained wrist and I have a bacterial infection in my eyes. I get a doctor’s note to stay away from work for two days. In 32 years of teaching, I have left work to take care of the girls but have only taken a handful of days for me. I don’t even know how to fill out the sick day form properly. So I get to miss the day of the year I hate the most – Halloween at school.

Now my laptop has decided it doesn’t want to be a part of my day. It is completely frozen.

Is this what Jabez was praying for when he asked God to bless him and keep him from all evil and disaster? I thought I was praying for comfort. What is your experience praying the prayer of Jabez after 4 days? Leave your comments and share your experiences.

Day 1 Update

1 Chronicles 4:10

The service at church was celebrating the gifts of the Spirit. It was an experience of hearing people prophesy, watching people receive miracles of healing and empowerment. Then I had the privilege of having lunch with three of my favourite people. It was a time of encouragement and laughter. After a tasty lunch, we went to see the movie, Woodlawn. An inspirational movie of the power of love and belief in a God in spite of racism. The last part of the evening was spent regrouping and organizing for the week. I can’t wait to see how God will move today. How was your day? Please share in the comments below.

Roller Coaster

 

I can see the tracks in the distance ascending 37 metres into the air and descending with a 33 metre drop.  As I move closer, I can see the roller coaster train twisting and turning around sharp curves. Then I  hear the voice through the loud speaker.” Get ready screamers! Head back! Face forward and hold on to your seat! 5,4,3,2,1 Go!

In the background I can hear screaming.  This bad boy goes from 0-100 km/h in just under  seconds. And it has scream tubes. so the happy visitors can hear  the screaming right across the Adventure park.

Now I’m standing under the roller coaster watching as group after group gets on. I watch them scream as the roller coaster goes up and down at a breakneck speed. I have a choice. I can either stand there and watch others scream and have fun. Or I can get in line and experience the drama for myself.

Part of me is trembling with excitement, but a bigger part of me is numb with fear. I am trying to keep my mind distracted from my feelings of fear because if I get into the ‘what ifs’ I will end up missing out. The line inches along and the anticipation grows.

I look at all the people in line. Some of them are just kids. If kids can trust this ride to hold them, surely it will be safe. I study the faces of the each person. No one seems to be concerned for their safety. Some are even playing games on their electronic devices. My adrenaline is rushing. I take a deep breath trying to get control of my instinct to run.

Before I know it, I am being corralled into a barrier which only allows four people in. These are going to be my companions for the ride of my life. I am sweating. Is this a hot flash? No, it’s a panic attack.

I focus on my daughter so I don’t have to worry about how I am feeling. My heart is beating faster and I realize I am holding my breath. I smile reassuringly at my daughter and point to another amusement in the park.

We move from the line to our seats somewhere in the middle of the train. The bar clicks as it comes down and secures us in. I try to lift it. Yep! It’s secure. I hang on to the handles and put my head back like I was instructed. The train climbs slowly up the tracks.

I try not to focus on how high up we are going as my stomach starts to twirl with anxiety. My muscles are so tense I am beginning to loose the feeling in my fingers. The first corner is terrifying as my body adjusts to the speed. I hang on tighter and smile at my daughter reassuringly.

Breathe! Breathe! I can’t let her know how frightened I am. I begin to feel more calm as I put my trust in the thought that the workers put this ride together securely.I seize the moment and decide to have fun.

No amount of preparation gets me ready to experience the jolting experience of going upside down through the loop. When the train levels out and then heads for another incline, my confidence is building. I survived going upside down at 100 km/hr on the eighth longest roller coaster in the world. There are more inclines and sharp drops and I surrender myself to the experience.

As the train pulls into the docking station, I feel like I have conquered a giant and I am ready to go again.

Sometimes my life feels like a roller coaster ride. I often lose my direction when balancing life while guiding my daughters into adulthood. I try to gain control by hanging on tighter or by convincing myself that it isn’t as bad as I feel. When I surrender to God and breathe in His Spirit, I can hear a still small voice say “I am in control. The plan I have for your life is good. I am with you all the way.”  It’s not a bad thing when fear drives me to stop and inhale the fragrance of my Creator. I can see the path ahead and I am ready for the next drop.

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