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God's Fingerprints

Our pastor at church has been preaching about keeping track of God's fingerprints at church. I heard the last two sermons of four on this topic due to missing the first two due to work and going away on Labor Day weekend.

Basically, he challenged us to write down even the littlest things. It could be as little as God pointing you the right way in something you want to do. Like I really like writing and I would like to be published some day. I've written a lot of science fiction and fantasy stuff. Some of it not half bad either though it took a lot of work to even get it half good. =) Anyway, the ideas of what to write next have changed drastically, I get a magazine offer that actually has info on how to write things for them that matches my new ideas, and I know of publishers that would print what I have to write. And what I really want to write now are things that glorify God. Before I just wanted to be a famous writer. Now I don't care if anyone knows me, but I do care they get to know God with something He compells me to write. Then I can't boast about and can simply say God did it through me. =)

A bigger thing would be praying for someone's healing and it happens. It happens in a way that none of the doctors can explain, but there the person is HEALED!

You pray for someone to show up at the house that you could share God with, and before you know it someone does show up. Or you pray that you can do this on a trip or wherever and then it happens.

I'll even note that I feel compelled to step out of my safety zone and ask God for more just like Jabez did. You can find him tucked away in 1 Chronicles 4:9-10. That is the only place you will find him, but you will see that God granted him what he prayed for. I have a book called "The Prayer of Jabez" by Bruce Wilkinson which is part of the Breaking Through to the Blessed Life series. An awesome little book at how to look at this prayer and I highly recommend it. I'm taking his challenge to pray the prayer for at least thirty days and see where God leads me because of it. I know the writer still keeps on praying it because it has worked for him and so many others he has shared this with.

So I'm going to keep track of what God does in my life no matter how small and I'm going to keep praying that he does.

And just to save you to have to run to your bible this very minute for the Prayer of Jabez here is 1 Chronicles 4:9-10 (NKJ):

Now Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, "Because I bore him in pain." And Jabez called on the God of Isreal 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.


And a little side note here, the name Jabez means pain. That gives a tad more significance to this little two verse listing for this man in a long line of geneology I know I have trouble reading through due to how some of it drones on with names I can't pronounce.
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