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 16 Prayer of Jabez

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Day 16 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)

Here I am at Day 16 of praying for blessing. I want to be blessed by God. I feel I am blessed but I sense there is more.

Today I was dry and needed the support of others to hold me up. I didn’t think I had anything to offer others in my life.

I know the cross has blood and splinters on it. In order to become more like Jesus, I have to embrace that cross. Do I have what it takes to carry the cross?

Lord, bless me so that I bring glory to your name. I don’t like pain or discomfort. Thank you for carrying the cross for me. Give me the courage to believe in the power of the cross.

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.

Day 14 Prayer of Jabez

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Day 14 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 has been a busy week. One of my colleagues is going through a crisis in her family. The stress of her absence as well as the empathy stress is felt throughout the school building.

My mom injured her back. Each of her children deal with the reality in their own way. Comfortable relationships become stretched and strained relationships beg for forgiveness and grace.

My college daughter carries her stress of assignment deadlines. Everyone in the house feels her pain. Even the housetrained dogs, return to their puppy ways.

My other daughter carries the stress of high school and working in the evenings. She has a nagging cough that won’t go away.

Reality of this journey can become overwhelming very quickly.

Romans 8:26 And in the same way—by our faith-the Holy Spirit helps us with our daily problems and in our praying. For we don’t even know what we should pray for nor how to pray as we should, but the Holy Spirit prays for us with such feeling that it cannot be expressed in words.

When I don’t know the right words to pray, I am blessed to know that Christ’s Spirit which dwells in me intercedes on my behalf.

God blesses me so that I can take care of my body, His temple,so the Spirit can live in me and change ordinary into extraordinary.

Day 13 Prayer of Jabez

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Day 13 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 am still not rich, but I did receive some back pay. It was a busy day at work, ending with sitting in on some interviews of a term teacher.

When I got home, my daughter’s friend was cleaning our eaves and fixing the burned out light in the house. We are blessed by others taking care of our petty needs.

We enjoyed a quiet evening together. We are blessed beyond words.

Day 12 Prayer of Jabez

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Day 12 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 found journal of our trip to the West coast ten years ago. It is amazing to see how God weaves threads of our lives together so whatever is happening in our lives for God’s purpose had it’s start many years ago. I met a friend in university many, many years ago. When my girls are young teens, we go to the West coast to visit her and her family.

During our travels, we stop to visit other friends along the way. We visit the West Edmonton mall and stop at Drumheller to experience the amusements and tourist attractions. We travel on the Rocky Mountaineer. We learn together as tourists.

We bond as a family. Sometimes through conflict. Sometimes through common interests and enjoyment.Sometimes by watching the hand of God protect our family and provide our needs. Like when the check engine light comes on while driving in the hills of Alberta. Like when I haven’t booked a hotel and all the rooms are full for that night. Like when my daughter cuts her finger with a carving knife.

Our experiences create in the girls a love for travel. They are confident in their skills to navigate Vancouver’s transit system.

They now have the travelling bug and aren’t satisfied unless they are planning a trip. The thread goes on. Sometimes splitting in different directions but always tying the whole picture together.

It could be coincidence, but I know my inadequacies and weakness. I know it is God’s hand blessing me.

If you are encouraged by anything you read, please share it with others who need to hear of a greater purpose for their lives.

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 10 Prayer of Jabez

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Day 10 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)

“He has reading disability. He will never learn to read.”

As a reading specialist, I hear these words all the time. I have worked with many children tested and decreed non readers or poor readers for life. What those tests don’t recognize is the boy or girl behind the tests who is hurting because what comes naturally for other children is hard for them. They decide that they are less than. They are not as valuable as the other children.

It hurts me that a set of tests can determine a child’s future. I serve the God of impossibilities.

Antoine transferred in to our school this year. He is seven years old and has a file as thick as a novel. Bottomline, he is reading disabled. I have been working with him for six days. I pray the prayer of Jabez for him.

Lord, bless Antoine and help him learn to read. Today he read a simple book, Baby Lamb’s First Drink, with a little support. After he is finished, he sits up tall and says “I am coming back tomorrow. I want to read more books.” It’s a good thing he never read his file. He doesn’t know he will never learn to read, so he picks up a book and reads it. The tests do not define him.

Today I reflect on my file. All the lies I believed about myself.

Today, I accept God blessing.

Today,I believe the God of impossibilities can accomplish in my life His purposes because I am depending on Him. The tests do not define 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.