Rainy Days And Mondays

There was a song written and performed by the Carpenters called long ago called, “Rainy Days And Mondays Always Get Me Down.” If you listen to it long enough you’ll be depressed! The song reflects the life of Karen Carpenter. She had a continual struggle with self-image and eventually died from the affects of an eating disorder called bulimia.

How could such a talented person be so messed up? She had a very successful career. But the voice in her head told her she wasn’t good enough. 

Whose voice are you listening to? Maybe you have been told all of your life you weren’t good enough. And you believed it. Could it be that you were born on a rainy day, or on a Monday? The circumstances surrounding your life were very difficult and hard to overcome, so you just accepted the pain over the years.

Depressed, yet? There was a man in the Bible who didn’t accept that dark cloud over his life. He didn’t let the rain bother him or care if it was Monday. Let me tell you about Jabez.

“There was a man named Jabez who was more honorable than any of his brothers. His mother named him Jabez because his birth had been so painful. He was the one who prayed to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and expand my territory! Please be with me in all that I do, and keep me from all trouble and pain!” And God granted him his request.” I Chronicles 4:9-10

His birth had been painful to his mother, so she named him “Jabez,” which in Hebrew means “distress,” or “pain.” This was a fulfillment of the curse on Eve (Gen. 3:16).

However, Jabez did not accept that he must live under the “curse.” So Jabez prayed for God to bless him and be with him, and to expand his territory beyond what he was destined for. Jabez didn’t just settle - Jabez trusted God!

Have you settled for less than what God wants for you? It can be easier to be complacent than to pray for God’s best, but at what cost?

Don’t allow rainy days and Mondays rule your life. Pray for God’s best and watch the clouds go away and the Son will shine!

God Bless you,

Deb McClellan

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