Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Prayer Of Jabez...

Don't you love those unexpected encounters that bring absolute joy? While out to dinner the other night, we were seated next to an older couple that couldn't get enough of our little Samuel. They were smiling so big as they glanced over at him periodically. Then when the wife got up for a minute, the husband came over to talk to us briefly. He told us how adorable our little man was and that he was such a joy to watch -- that we were blessed with such a sweet boy, etc. Well, as the couple was leaving, they stopped by our table again. *This is the reason why I decided to blog about any of this.* The husband then handed me a business card with something written on it. He had the biggest joyful smile on his face (as did his wife) and he said that we should read The Prayer of Jabez over our sweet boy. I can't remember what else he said now, but it was along the lines of being blessed with Sam and praying for his future. I sure didn't expect any of that, but it brought incredible joy to my heart!

After they left and we continued with our meal, we talked about the encounter and how sweet that couple was. James chuckled and said how only in the South would a random stranger come up to you and talk like that -- referring to prayer and faith, etc. We both enjoyed the conversation, but I imagine it could possibly make someone else feel a little uncomfortable. What a sweet couple! They had no idea what our story was, but they sure expressed praise for our little miracle in their own way. If only I was so bold in my witness -- a lesson I could definitely take from them!

I fully intend on saving that business card and keeping it with Samuel's stuff...

1 Chronicles 4:10
"Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, "Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain." And God granted his request."


  1. How special and blessed God made you feel through that couple.

  2. So sweet! I don't know about you, but there are times that I feel like other parents who have been through what we have can sense that we've been through it too. It seems that every person who has ever stopped me in the grocery store or wherever to talk about my girls and ask the usual questions about the # of children I have, "just know". I'll mention Erik's name and a little bit of his story and the stranger usually goes on to tell me that they themselves have lost a child as well.

  3. The conversation that you had with that couple gave me goosebumps. What a special message from a loving couple. So nice to have those moments. <3