The Prayer of Jabez

Monday, January 22, 2018

Welcome to my Monday Blog my friends and I thank you for the time you give me each week. You are a blessing to my heart and soul!

Have you ever read that little book, The Prayer of Jabez? Well, several years ago my son called me early one morning and asked me if I had heard of it. Apparently it had not been out in the book stores very long. He went on about what he had heard from a loved one over the weekend and he had just bought it. Naturally, I got the book right away and read it for myself.  Afterwards, my son and I discussed it in length and both realized we had found ourselves a little Jesus Jewel.

To this day, I have a music stand from my childhood piano lessons days which stands by my desk at home in my office. This is where I keep my awesome little book, It’s opened to page 92, the last page, where the prayer is printed. I can see it from my desk and when I come into my office each morning I get on my knees and pray the prayer of Jabez. It just starts my day off right, ya know, and there’s just no better way for me to communicate with God than on my knees.

The Prayer of Jabez

“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, that I may not cause pain!” 

It’s my joy now to share some excerpts from this small but mighty book, The Prayer of Jabez:

“Jabez had the briefest of Bible biographies, but God surely did bless him! You could think of him as maybe the Bible’s Little Big Man.”

“Now Jabez was more honorable than his brothers.” (Chronicles 4:9)

“His Mother called him Jabez, saying, ‘Because I bore him in pain.’ ”

“And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying:

‘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, that I may not cause pain!'”

“So God granted him what he requested.” (Chronicles 4:9-10)

The author tells us “you just gotta know something about this guy named Jabez. He stands head and shoulders above the rest, yet you won’t find anymore information than we have in these two brief verses…

*Things started badly for a person no one had ever heard of.

*He prayed as unusual, one-sentence prayer.

*Things ended extraordinarily well.

Clearly, the outcome can be traced to his prayer. Something about Jabez’s simple, direct request to God changed his life and left a permanent mark on the history books of Israel.”

The author goes on with profound questions & comments for us throughout this amazing little book:

“Is it possible that God wants you to be more “selfish” in your prayers? When was the last time God worked through you in such a way that you knew beyond doubt God had done it?”

“For the eyes of the Lord run to an fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.”  (Chronicles 16:9)

“He eagerly seeks those who are sincerely loyal to Him. Your loyal heart is the only part of His expansion plan that He will not provide. By His touch you can experience supernatural enthusiasm, boldness, and power. It’s up you. Ask every day for the Father’s touch, because for the Christian, dependence is just another word for power.”

“Jesus wept”  (John 11:35)

“Rejoice always” (1st Thessalonians 5:16))

These two are the shortest verses in the Holy Bible with this verse being a close second:

“Pray without ceasing.” (Thessalonians 5:17)

The prayer of Jabez is the shortest known prayer in the Holy Bible –  Only one sentence, with four parts. I believe when we pray, we’re judged by the intent of our loyal heart, not the number of words.  Jabez’s prayer is proof of this.

If you haven’t read the book, check it out – It’ll make you feel better – Honest!

The Prayer of Jabez, – Bruce Wilkinson, author  – #1 New York Times Bestseller (2000)

This week, my prayer for all of us is that when we go to the Lord in prayer, we go with a loyal heart. And remember, amazing things happen when we call on the name of Jesus! Amen!

GOD is Good! GOD is Great!! Always!!!

I love you,

Margaret

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Happy New Year!!

 

Monday, January 15, 2018

Hello my Friends and welcome to the New Year! Yesterday is in the past, it’s gone and today is our holy Gift! What will we do with our Gift?

THANK YOU to all of you who visit me here each week and may we all say good-by to 2017 and hello to the New Year! I’m so excited for an opportunity to get started on some new projects as well as finish up on some which are still in the works. How about you?

We’re all blessed in such ways we can’t even imagine it sometimes. We take so much for granted too! We all do it. We want this, that and something else, right? Plus, we want it when we  want it – NOW (end of sermon).

I had planned out 2017 so cleverly. When all didn’t materialize the way I had envisioned and planned, why, I was a little bummed. In His infinite wisdom though, God just let me sit and stew in myself for a while.  He did just that because He is a good Father and I listened because I love Him and trust Him and I knew He was right. He’s always right – He doesn’t make mistakes.

2017 is now in the past, however, I’m taking some valuable lessons from it into the new year. Being honest with ourselves in all we do is a wise thing…goals are great, however, God is greater. When we make our plans for the future He is gifting us with, it’s also a wise thing to keep Him in the loop, for without Him, we have no future. Oh, and when something doesn’t work out in my New Year plan, the first thing I intend to do is ask me what happened. Did I stray off course, did I exclude Him, how can I be better this year?

My prayer for us all today is that we will live in the present and not plan too far in advance…the “future” does not belong to us, not really. If we put our faith in God while we’re planning and live one day at a time, not carelessly, obviously, but trusting in God to guide us, our lives will be so much more enriched and rewarding!

The past is gone, we are to learn by its’ lessons. The future is not here but today is the gift of all gifts. It’s the day we can be worthy of, by living it as if it’s our last. If we knew we were living our last day, how would we live it?

We’re all loved by God and nothing can ever take that away from us! WE are so blessed. Amen!

“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.”  – Matthew 6:34 (MSG)

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

GOD is Good! GOD is Great!! Always!!!

I love you,

Margaret

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Turkey and Love!!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Greetings, my dear friends and welcome to my Monday Blog!

How was your Thanksgiving?! Well, I don’t know about you guys, but I’m still feeling a little like one of those stuffed Butterball Turkeys…plus, I’m certain I heard myself utter “gobble-gobble” a few times before I left the table. What a real blessing that day was with family, friends, fun, and the foooood!! We were all so blessed and we were and still are most grateful for all our incredible blessings on our most celebrated Family Day!

“Count your many Blessings, Name them one by one.                                                                             Count your many Blessings and See what God has done.” Amen.                                                                                                                                         

Each year after Thanksgiving, I hold onto those  wonderful feelings…the stories, the laughter, the jokes and the pure JOY we all shared, for as long as possible. One of the reasons I’m certain I do that is because it helps me to stay humble and charitable towards others by reminding me of how fortunate I am.  I know that true humility is not thinking less of ourselves, but thinking of ourselves less.  This is a good thing and here are a few other little tidbits of humility for us all to embrace before next Thanksgiving:

*“Pass over the mistakes of others”

*”Be kind and gentle even under provocation”

*”To speak as little as possible of one’s self

*”Avoid the need to always be right” 

*”Accept contradictions and correction cheerfully”

*”Avoid curiosity”

*”Never stand on one’s dignity

And last but certainly important to consider…“It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is heathy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.”   – Gandhi

Amen, my friends. Amen!

This week, let’s all remember to count our blessings…ONE BY ONE and, as we get into the glorious Christmas season, let’s also think about what we might do for someone in need, less fortunate than us. How may we be good stewards and express our love in some way? We never know how even the smallest gesture of kindness may help another dear soul in need. We also should keep in mind that it’s possible we, ourselves, may need a helping hand one day; it’s true.  We must remember that Christmas is the season of LOVE and the true reason for the season is all about our Savior, Jesus Christ. As we are celebrating His holy birth, we know that Jesus is all about “FAITH, HOPE and LOVE; these three things will last forever, but the greatest of these is LOVE.”  – 1 Corinthians 13:13

GOD is Good! GOD is Great!! Always!!!

I love you,

Margaret

*Thank You to Mother Teresa (Saint Teresa), for her pure heart, courage and divine wisdom.

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Thanksgiving Day!!

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November 20, 2017

Welcome to my Monday Blog, my dear Friends!!

This week we celebrate one of our most beloved holidays in this great country of ours – Thanksgiving Day!! Oh, what wonderful memories I have of this special occasion with family and friends! As this Thanksgiving draws near, it’s the perfect time to consider all our blessings and the incredible gifts our Savior has bestowed upon us.

We have four days to revisit this past year and embrace in our own individual ways, the many blessings we have received from our heavenly Father. Even many of our “unanswered” prayers have by now most likely, shown us that they too, are blessings. He always knows what’s best for us, doesn’t He? I’m most thankful for that!!

May we all be mindful of every single one of our gifts and humble ourselves in His sight. He sees all, He knows all and He blesses all. Amen!!

Thanksgiving Day Prayer

Lord, so often times, as any other day, When we sit down to our meal and pray,

We hurry along and make fast the blessing, Thanks , amen, Now please pass the dressing.

We’re slaves to the ol factory overload, We must rush our prayer before the food gets cold. 

But Lord, I’d like to take a few minutes more, To really give thanks to what I’m thankful for.

For my family, my health, a nice soft bed, My friends , my freedom, a roof over my head,

I’m thankful right now to be surrounded by those, Whose lives touch me more than they’ll ever possibly know, 

Thankful Lord, that You’ve blessed me beyond measure, Thankful that in my heart lives life’s greatest treasure,

Dear Jesus, resides in that place, And I’m ever so grateful for Your unending grace.

So please, heavenly Father, bless this food You’ve provided,

And bless each and every person invited. 

THANK YOU!

Amen!

Let us remember,  “when we pray within His will, in the authority of Jesus, persistently, unselfishly, and in faith, we will receive what we need.”  – 2 Corinthians 12:7  

GOD is Good! GOD is Great!! always!!!    

I love you,

Margaret

A special “Thank You”, to Scott Wesemann for his gracious Thanksgiving Prayer.

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When The World I Bid Adieu…

Monday, November 13, 2017

Welcome to my Monday Blog dear friends and Blessings to all of you!!

Today, I’m honoring the memory of a wonderful man and friend. He left on his Holy journey to Heaven on October 28th.  It’s taken me this long to get my heart and thoughts together, as  he was loved by so many, including my family and me. I’m sharing a profoundly beautiful poem which captures his attitude to a tee…

“I would rather have a little rose From the garden of a friend,

Than have the choicest flowers When my stay on earth shall end.

 I would rather have the kindest words And a smile I can see,

Than flattery when my heart is still And this life ceased to be.

I would rather have a loving smile From the friends I know are true,

Than tears shed around my casket WHEN THE WORLD I BID ADIEU.” 

In honor of my friend, loved one and just your basic, awesomely wonderful human being, AUGUST “AUGIE ” CHARLES BERING IV – August 10, 1942 – October 28, 2017

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.”  – 2 Timothy 4:7-8

“Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.” – Isaiah 40:31

There is a huge hole left in the hearts of all those who knew and loved Augie; however, the beautiful memory he has left us with and the comforting knowledge that he devoutly loved our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, will live on in the hearts of so many, for many years to come.

Augie Bering was a good man. Amen!

Thank you, Augie. I love you and until we meet again, may you rest in peace my dear Friend.

God is Good! God is Great!! Always!!!

I love you,

Margaret

 

 

I Never Knew You

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Welcome to my Blog, my friends. A special hello to those of you who are visiting for the first time today. I love it when I see new followers and feel especially blessed when I have visitors from other countries! Please know I cherish all of you and all of you are in my prayers – I hope you’ll keep me in yours.

I have a little test for us all today. This test has only two questions, but they’re really BIG:

QUESTION #1: Do you know Jesus?

QUESTION #2: What are the four saddest words in all of scripture?

I’ll share my answers with you right now:

#1: YES, I know Jesus.

#2: “I never knew you.” – Matthew 7:23

If you know Jesus and have pledged the Life He gave to you, to His heavenly Father, then Amen & Hallelujah!! It not, then I encourage you to make a change in your Life. As long as God keeps waking you up, He’s not done with you yet, but it you don’t know Him, the day may come when you could hear the four saddest words in the scripture: I never knew you.”

Most of you who follow my Blog, know I prefer not to preach. I do, however, make suggestions based on my devout faith, trust and love for my Savior, Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, and Jesus is very clear about how we get to heaven:

Jesus answered, “I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”  —John 14:6

You know, sometimes there’s no next time, no time-outs, no second chances. Sometime it’s now or never. If you don’t know Jesus, but want to know Jesus, then ask someone who does. Believe me, we’re all over the place, just waiting to talk about Jesus. He delights in us when we do that and it gives us a chance to shine for Him — It’s the very least we can do for Him. Let’s face it, Jesus gave His life for us.

This week, let us Christians all pray for those who do not know our Savior and for God’s holy will in our lives; that we will be still, hush and listen for His guidance…then, have the courage to follow His Word. Amen!

GOD is Good! GOD is Great!! Always!!!

I love You,

Margaret

P.S.  If you’re determined to win, no one can stop you. Jesus is the greatest example of that, of all time. Jesus is our awesome Lord. Thank you, Jesus!

NOTE:  My novel, “That Melvin Bray”, a spiritual thriller about love, hate and forgiveness is available on Amazon:

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