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 6 – Prayer of Jabez

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Day 6 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 was a fairly uneventful day. My eyes are almost better. I worked on the household budget and did some rearranging in the basement. Both girls were home for supper and we spent some family time carving a jack-o-lantern.

I connected with a few special people through text. A very ordinary day at home. And best of all I got to miss out on the chaos of Halloween at school.

I thought after six days of praying for blessing this would get easier. But asking for God to bless me still seems unnatural and I am still not sure what I am looking for. I do, however, feel a shift in my heart towards those I would have previously judged.

These words struck a chord in my heart this week. True compassion demands action. Am I ready to pay the price for caring?

Day 5 Prayer of Jabez

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Day 5 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)

Well, I’m not drowning in money yet. In fact, I received an unexpected bill. I had a little more sleep than usual to rest my eyes. Then I got busy and cleaned my closet. Now I have two big bags of clothes to share with others and mornings will go smoother because I know where my clothes are.My eyes are getting better although still quite red around the edges.

My daughter came home and can now move her hand. Even more amazing she reported that she is enjoying her grade twelve year. She hasn’t said school and like in the same sentence since Kindergarten. She is making new friends and appears to be happy. Also, she has secured a job for after graduation. She will continue as a swimming instructor at the local pool hanging out all day with the friends she has made there.

When she came home she turned on the laptop because she didn’t know it had froze on me and it worked. Wonderful!

My college daughter came home early enough to eat supper together. She is making a few friends at college as well. She sat at the table and did her assignment. I love to watch her work. It gives me a glimpse of how creative God is.

I mopped up the water from the leaking dishwasher and now have to go unplug the bathroom sink. No we are not millionaires, but we are wonderfully blessed serving an extraordinary God on an ordinary day.

Are you experiencing the riches of God? Why not leave a comment?

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 3 – Prayer of Jabez

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Day 3- 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)

To be honest, I thought today God would bless me financially. It was an ordinary day. After having a headache all day yesterday, I woke up with a red eye. My students said I looked like I had zombie eyes. I told them I was getting ready for Halloween. They thought I was really cool.

I looked forward to getting the mail, because I was so sure when I prayed “God would you wonderfully bless me”, He would send me a big cheque. But there was no big cheque in the mail. I did,however, pay all my monthly bills.

I went to a financial education course in the evening. The knowledge I received will help me become a better steward of what God has given me.

When I got home, I spent some time just chilling’ with my two daughters. Life has been very busy this fall so we don’t get a lot of time to just enjoy each other. I would say I am wonderfully blessed but I feel God wants to show Himself in an even more powerful way.

How was your day? Have you joined me in praying this powerful prayer? Leave a comment below.

Day 2 – Prayer of Jabez

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Day 2- 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 woke up with a small headache. But I thought as I got moving it would disappear. However, that little headache hung on all day. I eventually took a pain killer and then I was so tired I almost fell asleep in my staff meeting. I finally got home at the end of the day and had a little rest. Then it was time to take care of my household. I went grocery shopping, ate some supper and taxied the girls home. While I ate my supper I listened to a message on the power of Jesus. He doesn’t want to make me a better me. He wants me to become like Him.

I had to admit I was disappointed in how my day turned out. I thought if I prayed for blessing. I would have a fabulous day. It was very ordinary and I couldn’t keep ahead of my headache.

Just before I went to sleep, I listened to a message about the Atheist Christian. That really struck a chord in my heart. I want to be like Jesus in my heart, but I am really willing to live in His power? It costs Jesus His life. Do I really want that radical of a christianity? I am blessed by the challenges of great people who are willing to speak the truth.

How was your first day of blessing? If you haven’t started the challenge yet, start today. Invite a friend. I know God is going to lead us into His purpose. Have a blessed day. Feel free to leave a comment.

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.

Day 1 -Prayer of Jabez

Ordinary day with an extraordinary God

Day 1 – I pray “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil.” 1 Chronicles 4:10.

An ordinary day with an extraordinary God. Let’s meet together and share how God is moving in our hearts