Pastor Doris G. Deckard

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Dallas, Texas, United States
Pastor Deckard is a native Texan and lives in Dallas with her family. She preached her first sermon in 2004 and was ordained in 2008. Pastor Deckard has continued to preach and teach at Church of the Solid Rock. She has made her life all about service and participated in many workshops and seminars, from parenting symposiums to diversity conferences along with speaking engagements. Pastor Deckard has traveled locally and internationally, preaching and singing for the Lord. She is a Partnered Ally with the University of North Texas Equality and Diversity Programs and received many awards for her various community-outreach programs and volunteer services. One ministry very close to her heart is Sand Branch. As a Preacher of the Gospel, Pastor Deckard desires to introduce more souls to Christ as she encourages others to focus more on spirituality and their relationship with the Lord. Pastor Deckard founded D. G. Deckard Ministries in 2007, a 501c3 Christian organization. She is also the founder and Pastor of Church the Solid Rock, Dallas TX; a place of worship, acceptance and spiritual growth.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Be Careful What You Pray For

The Prayer of Jabez:
"And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that you would bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that your hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested." 1 Chron. 4:10

What are you asking God for today? What type of blessings would you request? Enlarge your coast - how? Do you really want God to keep you from evil? Do you REALLY believe God will grant that which you have requested?
Oftentimes, I ask these exact questions myself; and the answer is YES I want God to bless and keep me from evil. Yes, I want God to enlarge my capacity to learn and teach, reach and achieve and NO, I do not want to be in pain due to my own infliction choices.
Of course, those who Believe, wants God to bless BUT what type of blessings are we asking for? What if God grants the blessing then you discover that you weren't really ready for? Hmmmm??? We have to be careful what we ask God for. Sometimes God has to show us that we are really not ready...maturity is still shallow...mindset is unstable...not ready for that huge responsibility.
  • We THINK we want that executive position, only to discover that we are really working harder trying to make our mark instead of just "pushing a pen"...
  • We THINK we want to become parents until we discover that parenting does NOT come with a manual and that the children are not disciplined and out of control!!
  • We THINK we want to become home owners until we find out that maintaining the home could cost as much as the monthly mortgage payments (over a period of time)...
  • Think you're ready for a new love & relationship but discovered the old one worked just fine - you just had to put some work into it???

Remember, when you pray, be sure to pray for all the right reasons. Your heart must be sincere and your level of maturity says you're ready for the blessing. Remember the old cliche' ...'be careful what you pray for 'cause you just might get it'....

I am very careful to pray with a sincere heart; to petition my requests to God carefully because I want to be sure that I am ready [in maturity and of sound mind] to handle the avoid "losing my head"...thinking that I have arrived...avoiding the evils of this world...

God loves a humble servant - not a prideful fool.

Be thankful in all things. Always pray with a sincere and mature heart. After all, God knows our motives so make sure you're praying for all the right reasons and God will grant your blessed requests, such as He did for Jabez...and that blessing will not be a burden but a real blessing!

Are you ready? Are you sure? Then GO FOR IT!

Sharing God's Promise,

- Rev

Psalm 127:1-5

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