"And ENLARGE MY TERRITORY" yes. YES YES YES! To ask Jesus to enlarge the territory, to seek to share His message, to be a light of His works in a world that is so big and large and full of people and in need of light in much darkness. Why would we limit ourselves to only sharing with our family? Our Church? Our co-workers? Why not ask Jesus to enlarge your "territory" so that you may share Him with ... YES, the entire, great big, huge ... there are no limits .... world. This is a favorite prayer of mine. Each day before my husband and I depart (ok.. MOST days) I ask Jesus to provide opportunity for sharing with others, and I ask for opportunity to be shared with. It isn't my hope that I am the light of the world .. solo on my own going about shine shine shinning. I want to see others shine! I desire to have others omit their Godly love & light and share it with me.. to enlarge their territory, to enlarge OUR territory. To be so bright in such a dark world that WE glorify God in such a way, people can't hide from His Truth, His Blessings, His Promise.
Yesterday at work a friend asked if my husband & I were still interested in finding a house with property. I explained we'd found a place in reply to an email and the subject ended. Later I ran into her and she shared why she mentioned her property and inquired did I mind sharing what we'd found. Ohhh Yes... THIS is what I desire. For I fully and completely without a doubt believe that God is before us in the journey and so I want nothing more than to make sure I give GOD THE CREDIT for what is happening in our lives. When she inquired, my friend, who is a Christian would appreciate my going on and on for a few more minutes than we actually - when my story ended she would come to understand exactly why my parting comment was "GOD IS SO AWESOME"... to which she smiled and replied "Yes He is!"
As we parted, I am not sure if I was smiling because I am truly moved by all of the movement I'm feeling with God or that I was moved by the opportunity to share and give Him glory. Aweeee either way, Isn't God So Awesome!
"Your hand would be with me and you would keep me from evil"... yes, that Jesus would lie His hand upon me, upon my family, upon my friends... that His hand keep guard over me and move in a direction which seeks Him and moves me from those events, situations, actions and people who He would deem to have evil intentions. Oh thank you Jesus for laying Your hands upon me and protecting me from that which may harm me. So blessed to have the comfort of His peace when my family heads in many directions each day. So thankful for the comfort knowing, without fear or doubt, God has His hand upon my family and His spirit is within them. Such a gift for this a momma.
Oh yes! That you would bless me indeed, enlarge my territory, that you would keep me from evil so that I may not know pain... SO grateful for Jabez and this small prayer which I speak often and see ENOURMOUS blessings in.