Bible in 365 Days – Day 11

Focus Chapters:

  • Genesis 30:25-43
  • Genesis 31

 

Standout Verse(s):

THE ACTION

Genesis 30:25-26 NLT

Soon after Rachel had given birth to Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, “Please release me so I can go home to my own country. Let me take my wives and children, for I have earned them by serving you, and let me be on my way. You certainly know how hard I have worked for you.”

 

THE REACTION

Genesis 30:27-30 NLT

“Please listen to me,” Laban replied. “I have become wealthy, for the Lord has blessed me because of you. Tell me how much I owe you. Whatever it is, I’ll pay it.”

Jacob replied, “You know how hard I’ve worked for you, and how your flocks and herds have grown under my care. You had little indeed before I came, but your wealth has increased enormously. The Lord has blessed you through everything I’ve done. But now, what about me? When can I start providing for my own family?”

 

Observation (s):

  1. Jacob was committed to the task he had undertaken. His efforts were blessed by God. Through his efforts and God’s blessings on Jacob’s life, Laban became a wealthy man.

    Jacob replied, “You know how hard I’ve worked for you, and how your flocks and herds have grown under my care. You had little indeed before I came, but your wealth has increased enormously. The Lord has blessed you through everything I’ve done.

  2. Laban acknowledges that his wealth has increased because of Jacob and God’s blessing on Jacob’s life. He knows that God blessed him because of Jacob’s commitment to God.

    “Please listen to me,” Laban replied. “I have become wealthy, for the Lord has blessed me because of you.

     

Application:

It is quite lovely the way God works. Imagine through His guidance and blessing on Jacob’s life, favour filtered down to Laban who became wealthy. While the Bible speaks of physical wealthiness, I cannot help feeling that it also meant spiritual and intangible wealth. It is heartening to know that when I follow God, the fruits of my labour not only multiplies but also become blessings not just for me but the persons around me. Just imagine it! You are blessed because of someone else’s connection to God! Similarly, others are blessed because of your connection to God!

But wait! This is the interesting bit! Through this, God receives the glory because the people who are blessed acknowledges that their blessing is not through anything special they have done. Rather, it is God blessing them through you. They acknowledge you and your relationship/connection to God! They acknowledge God! I don’t know about you but that’s definitely a deal I can live with. I will definitely work with God to be in more positions for God to use as a blessing to others. I want to make others rich.

 

XOXO,
Chañel

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Death Could Not Hold Him Down

For the last few nights, I’ve had difficulty sleeping soundly. There has been a few things on my mind and I kept taking naps before my sleep patterns kept getting disturbed. This habit has made me restless, edgy and tired. I also recognized that if I kept it up, I would soon be unable to function efficiently.

To make matters worse, I was ridiculously ill yesterday. I spent the day in pain, popping pills, nauseous and dizzy to the point where I kept digging my nails in my palms to fight the waves. Only God knows how I managed to stay on my feet for practically the whole day as I worked non-stop. I was unable to keep anything down until dinner. When I finally went to bed, I found that once again I was unable to sleep properly.

This morning, rare for me, I got up before my first alarm, my thoughts centered on a project that I am currently at the tail end of. It has been a long couple of months and let’s just say that the last few days have not been easy as we draw closer to the end.

Early morning found me talking to God about the project and all the moving pieces that refused to settle as well as my health. For the first time in a while, I pulled up a Benita Washington medley to listen to as I completed my morning routine. I headed into the shower singing along to the worship medley. My shower time turned into a worship session. The thought that struck with me was:

No matter how dead your situation may seem, remember you serve a God who not even death could hold Him down. Our God is ALWAYS victorious.

God used this opportunity to remind me of the many dead situations that He had resurrected in my life. He reminded me of His story where not even death could hold Him down. He, Reigning King, had conquered death and the grave. He reminded me that He’s got me covered.

For the first time in a while, my soul felt still and comforted. I knew then that everything would be okay despite what seemed to be a storm.

Folks, God is simply better than slice bread. He always sends a word or shows up on time. Today worked out well and although there is still much to be done and there was a moment when things seemed really dark, He came through.

Then again, if He is a God who conquered death, why should I worry about seemingly threatening discombobulating situations. He has never lost a battle and is always victorious. Death couldn’t hold Him down!

XOXO,
Chañel.

God’s got you COVERED – Part 2

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Yesterday I shared two testimonies with you guys about how God has me covered. As I mentioned it was the first of a two part series showing how God has worked in my life to preserve my life. Today was a rough day for me. I was in a lot of pain and the Lord just reminded me that I still had a lot to give Him thanks for even though things didn’t go my way.

LAST WEEK MONDAY MORNING
I left early for work that morning. In fact, I was very determined to be early for work. During the ride into town, I started to feel really nauseous. I questioned the Lord as to what was the issue because I knew I had had been fine just moments ago. The only thought that came to me after my query was that I should walk a bit slowly instead of my normally rapid pace. Even though I knew slowing down would make me late for work, I decided to obey the thought.

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God’s got you COVERED – Part 1

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For the past few months, I kept talking about God having my back and tonight I want to share with you a 3-part testimony in a 2-part series. I COULD HAVE LOST MY LIFE 4 TIMES IN THE LAST 5 DAYS!!!

FRIDAY MORNING
Though tired from my week of Youth Congress activities, I woke early with the resolve that I wanted to reach work early to get more things done.

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Goodbyes (Part Two)

So Friday was my last day. I did not cry (I feel so proud of myself) but I was really touched by my send off. The words and the thoughts, man I don’t have the words. In this case showing is better than telling so here goes….

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Goodbyes (Part One)

Today was a very emotional day for me. Although it’s not my last day, my department decided to surprise me. They have been sneaking around for the last week and had to keep conspiring of ways to get me out of the department :). I suspected nothing! It was truly a surprise. Custom-made cards, gifts, paper confetti, speeches, quotes that touch me to the core and all.
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You never realize how much work you have to do until you have little time…and a lot of problems

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This week has been extremely crazy! I feel like one of those mad ants running around trying to get things done. So, for all those who have been following me, I ACCEPTED AN OFFER ON MONDAY! I now have two weeks (well one week now) to get my desk up-to-date while they try to find my replacement.

Doing all in two weeks that would normally take a month is driving me batty. I literally spend most of my time making lists, doing and ticking off items on my lists, fast forwarding certain projects and making more lists… To top it all off, my wisdom tooth decided to declare war. I’m teething (my friends’ and mom’s words) and this morning I woke with a sensitive swollen right cheek! My brain is working in overdrive! Plus everybody wants a piece of me. Did I mention I’m making a lot of lists? And my computer has decided to make a mockery of me… I’m more than ready to declare a Chañel lockdown…

Lord Jesus, HELP ME!!!! I’m stressed out…

XOXO
Chañel