The Intent of This Blog

This blog is intended to be a tool for the growth of whoever wants to use it. It is a daily journal intended to help us be more introspective. Every day I will do my best to supply a motivational quote, a Bible verse, a vocabulary word, and a personal message from myself. Use these if you like as motivation to improve yourself. Then, simply answer the daily questions provided honestly and see if it has an impact on your life. Zig Ziglar said, "If you don't have daily objectives, you qualify as a dreamer." Lets not be just dreamers but doers. Remember Martin Luther King Jr not only had a dream, he also had an objective. Thanks for reading, Jake

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Ask


“Never trust anyone completely but God.  Love people, but put your full trust only in God.”  Lawrence Welk

Jabez called upon the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that You would bless me and enlarge my border, and that Your hand might be with me, and that You would keep me from harm so that it might not bring me pain!”  And God granted what he asked.  1 Chronicles 4:10

Supplication:  “to make a humble entreaty; especially: to pray to God”  Merriam-Webster Dictionary

So I’m reading the Bible this morning, and I happen to be in the midst of genealogies.  Genealogies are where a lot of people stop reading the Bible.  The blessings of the Bible are pretty accessible when God is blessing His people, when He’s creating the world, or when He’s saving it.  But when it comes to begetting, well, that’s when our patience is tested.  So why are they there?  A quick google search yields no genealogies in any other religion’s holy writings.  In the Bible God consistently puts His money where His mouth is.  The Bible gives keys to verifying everything in it.  If the Bible couldn’t get a genealogy right, why would we believe it could get a promise right?  The genealogies are proofs of God’s word and of His promises.  Maybe that’s why every once in a while He inserts a promise in the midst of a sea of names begetting names.  God loves to point out the people He loves.  He loves to give us little snippets into what happens when we follow Him.  Nobody knows anything about Jabez.  But here he is, listed in the midst of the descendants of Judah.  Because God knows about Jabez, just like He knows about you and me.  I don’t know if Jabez was considered great in his time.  But we know He was blessed.  And who knows if you or I will ever be considered great in the minds of people.  But we know that God can bless us.  We know because God has done it time and time again.  He’s promised it.  “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”  Matthew 7:7  That’s what Jabez did.  And God didn’t forget to point him out and highlight him in history.  

Daily Journaling Questions:
  1. How did I help someone in kindness today?
  2. What did I learn today?
  3. What am I thankful for?
  4. Who did I love today?
  5. What am I dreaming of?
  6. What about today do I want to remember forever?
  7. What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,
Jake

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