Wednesday, November 03 2021
Week 44 - #Prepare “Bless”
"Bless and Be Blessed"
"Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse." - Romans 12:14
"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God." - Matthew 5:9
"Blessed are those who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart." - Psalm 119:2
I find it so powerful this short prayer just appears in the midst of an Old Testament book filled with history and genealogy.
It’s a brief oasis for lost readers like me struggling to wade through what seems to be one biblical list after another.
In this myriad of remembrances, and historical accounts starting with Adam, God reminds us all of His presence and the real blessings He alone provides, if we just prepare to acknowledge Him along the way.
This prayer of Jabez for me reveals a God who never rests, is always present, always ready to bless us whether in our seeking or in our sleeping.
I wish that I could say the same.
I once heard a speaker ask the question,
“Are you a blesser or a stressor in the lives of the people that you come in contact with?”
When I reflect upon this question, I find myself more on the receiving end of God's countless blessings, rather than being a blessing to others.
And with those I may cause stress, I rarely consider opportunities for reconciliation.
Yet God wants to bless us indeed, while having His hand in our lives, ensuring we don’t cause pain!
So DADs our preparation and partnership with God is twofold:
To prepare to receive all God has for us, and to include Him along the way in every aspect of our lives!
Our preparation for blessings is to first be one. To be the peacemaker. To seek Him first. To bless and not curse those who persecute us.
DADs…who are we blessing and not stressing today?
To fully receive, let’s first be the blessing others need us to be, representing God's love in all we say and do.
To God be the glory!
DADs “get in the game”…Today is game day…and so is every day…God gives you! So…C’mon Men Suit Up!
**Today we prepare for “Blessings." Next week we will consider how critical it is to prepare to “Anticipate."
Note: *For this new year of 2021, the combination of my age (understanding my own fragile mortality), this current and ongoing global pandemic, and most recently the personal loss I’ve experienced of one of my students, has amplified the need to land on one word...#Prepare.
In this "pursuit to prepare" I am determined to dedicate the 52 weeks of 2021 blogging every Week about one aspect of preparation God lays on my heart.
As mentioned in week 1, the word “prepare” means “to establish, fix, or apply.” It conveys the idea of deliberate effort over a prolonged period of time.
- May 2023 (4)
- April 2023 (4)
- March 2023 (5)
- February 2023 (4)
- December 2022 (4)
- November 2022 (4)
- October 2022 (4)
- September 2022 (5)
- August 2022 (4)
- July 2022 (4)
- June 2022 (5)
- May 2022 (4)
- April 2022 (4)
- March 2022 (5)
- February 2022 (4)
- January 2022 (2)
- December 2021 (6)
- November 2021 (4)
- October 2021 (4)
- September 2021 (5)
- August 2021 (4)
- July 2021 (4)
- June 2021 (5)
- May 2021 (4)
- April 2021 (4)
- March 2021 (5)
- February 2021 (3)
- January 2021 (4)
- March 2020 (3)
- February 2020 (4)
- January 2020 (5)
- December 2019 (4)
- November 2019 (4)
- October 2019 (5)
- September 2019 (4)
- August 2019 (4)
- July 2019 (4)
- June 2019 (5)
- May 2019 (5)