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2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)

14 if my people, who are called by my name,  will humble  themselves and pray and seek my face  and turn  from their wicked ways, then I will hear  from heaven, and I will forgive  their sin and will heal  their land.

There has been so much going on in my life in the last couple weeks!  All I have been able to muster the energy to do is repeatedly and constantly call on the Lord.  As this day got underway today this song, that I have loved for a long time touched and moved me in ways it hadn’t before.

http://youtu.be/rq-5UjgtiYA – (Fred Hammond) Thank You Lord for being There for Me.

When I couldn’t find a voice to ask for help, He heard.

When my eyes shined with unshed tears, He heard.

When it seemed that hope was fading, He shored me up and renewed that hope.

When it seemed that one door had slammed shut, another opened.

It is so easy to wallow in what is not right, but the reality is that there are so many other little blessings along the way that deserve my abundant thanks and gratitude.

Thank you Lord, for always being there, for hearing and answering my unspoken prayers and for sending angels to minister to me, when I need it most.

“My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood…”

Making His praise glorious!

Ree

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9 Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez,[a] saying, “I gave birth to him in pain.” 10 Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request.  1 Chronicles 4:9-10

What?!!!  You mean I could have prayed and asked God to keep me from harm so I could have been free from pain?!  Somehow I missed that nugget back when the “Prayer of Jabez” was all the rage a few years back and I was reading/praying it.  I distinctly and clearly recall reading and praying to have my blessings and territory increased.   Yet, blindly glossed right over the last phrase.  Yes, I asked God to keep His hand with me, but feebly figured that since I lived such a b-o-r-i-n-g life the harm and pain portions would wait or lacked merit.  WRONG!!!

Months, than weeks and years filled with one misstep, mistake monumental blunder or error in judgement after another that kept me on the fringes of pain.  Harm not so much, but pain…buckets full.  Oh wait, it was buckets full of tears shed because of the pain.   My nugget mining days had not yet begun and I believed that if God allowed the hurt it must have been for my own good.   I did not stop talking to God, but there were days where the exchanges were less than cordial and my reverent tone was definitely missing.  More than one the utterance of “Come on, God!”  escaped my anguished lips.   The sought after increase of territory, well it did finally appear, but prosperity it seems was not what I truly desired.  God knew that in order for my territory to increase I needed the pain, moments of despair and doubt in order to be ready to serve.   Through those lessons came the willingness and desire to humbly and unconditionally love and help others.   Again, I have arrived at the realization that we are here to mine nuggets that will later enrich and help the lives of others. 

Making His praise glorious!

Ree

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