Thou Art Mine

                                                                Thou Art Mine
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABut now thus saith the LORD that created thee… Fear not: for I have redeemed thee,

I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.”

Isaiah 43:1

       “Oh, Lord, I ask that you bless me indeed.” Thus began the prayer of a long ago saint named Jabez. His mother suffered profoundly during labor andnamed him Jabez meaning, “I gave birth to him in pain.”

       However, Jabez cried out to God to change his future, pleading for a double blessing. His prayer continued as he asked for an enlarged territory and that he would not cause pain.

       Could I be so bold? Wouldn’t that be presumptuous? But to my wonder the Bible says, “And God granted him his request” (I Chronicles 4:10).

      The Prayer of Jabez, by Bruce Wilkinson has captured the hearts of many. One of the first chapters is titled, “So, Why not Ask?” I read the startling chapter with reeling doubts. My mother raised me right. It was impolite to ask for something frivolous. Asking God to bless me simply the sake of blessing seemed outright selfish!

       Scripture states that Jabez was more honorable than his brothers.” This was worth investigating. “Lord, will you bless me today?”

      At day’s end, I had received no special blessing. Feeling rather smug and certainly justified, I spoke up, “See there, Lord? You didn’t bless me.” I had made my point. It is wrong to ask for a blessing for no gallant purpose.

       But Father is so kind. As soon as I had spoken my husband announced, “Oh, Margie, a teacher friend (a finance instructor from China) has a gift for you.” The time was six pm. Bob handed me a long red box. Opening it, I gasped!

       I held a smooth pearl necklace in my hands—a surprise from Father. They were perfect, beautiful and my Bridegroom gave them to me— for no apparent reason. But why, Lord? I could live without these. Isn’t this too much?

       And although He whispered I felt His ardor packed with power, packed with crazy love to change a heart—a life. “Because… thou art Mine.”

       Have you ever prayed, “Lord, if you answer this one prayer, I’ll never bother you again.”?   Stop it, dear sister.

You are His treasure. He is enthralled with your beauty.  Get alone with your Beloved and ask that your joy may be full.

All day His arms are outstretched toward you. Because…you are His!

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10 Responses to Thou Art Mine

  1. Carol Weeks September 24, 2013 at 3:03 pm #

    Oh, Margie — so beautifully written…

    • admin September 26, 2013 at 12:14 pm #

      Dear Carol,

      You have a beautiful spirit.
      I love you,

  2. Michelle Mann September 24, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

    Dear Margie,
    Thank you for reminding me of our Father’s great truth. It comes to me at times I need to hear them the most. Thanks for letting God bring his words through you. With much love,
    Your sister in Christ,

    • admin September 26, 2013 at 12:11 pm #

      Dear Michelle,

      Your words have encouraged me also. You are more than a conqueror, an unstoppable warrior for your King!
      I love you,

  3. Mary Brawner September 24, 2013 at 6:59 pm #

    You are the true teacher. Thank you,

    • admin September 26, 2013 at 12:09 pm #

      Dear Mary,

      You…are the encourager and i love you!But oh, the love of God how rich…how free! We love Him today!

  4. Robbie September 25, 2013 at 9:39 am #

    Amen! I love this. What an encouraging word this is. Thank you so much my dear friend, Margie.

    • admin September 26, 2013 at 12:08 pm #

      Dear Robbie,

      Isn’t the love of Jesus something wonderful? Thank you Father for your everlasting love!
      I love you,

  5. Jo October 9, 2013 at 4:08 pm #

    An example of the expressions of love the Father gives us on a regular basis.

    • admin October 15, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

      I like that…on a regular basis! Lord, wake us up to your truth. Thank you, Lord! “Daily, He loads us with benefits.” Psalms 68:19
      Thank you dear, Jo!

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