Enlarge my Coast Womens Devotional

Enlarge My Coast

Julia Bettencourt

Posted April 18, 2016

And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.  1 Chronicles 4:10

I have to tell you how much I detest mobile websites and apps.  I do know they are useful when you are in a hurry.  My website is not mobile friendly and I'm sure it is something I need to address.  I know I need to keep up with technology, but frankly it is low on my priority list at the moment.

The reason I dislike website apps and mobile friendly sites so much is that is so aggravating to pull one up on your phone and not get all the options you would get otherwise on the full website.

Sure, apps and mobile sites are pleasing to the eye.  Everything fits all snug and nice on the screen just right.  It is nice that you don't have to scroll back and forth and up and down to read things on them when you are on your phone. I get it.  I really do.

My issue with them is if you are used to frequenting a website and you go log into their mobile site, you start noticing things are missing.  If you are on a shopping site, you sometimes don't see all the products that you know should be there.  If it is information you are looking for, you may not automatically see it all.  Mobile sites tend to scale back the menuing on some websites.  You have to start digging for the rest of the links that are normally there.

I used to always look for the "view full website" link at the bottom of a webpage when I would automatically be taken to a mobile site on my Nook or on my phone.  It would be so aggravating when there wasn't one to find.

Recently, I was telling my husband how frustrating this was one day when I was on my Nook.  He laughed so hard at me.  He told me that I could go up to the top of the page and click on the little menu thing and get to the full website I was at. He's like, "Didn't you know that?".  Well, no I didn't.

Amazing!  At least to me it was amazing that there was a little checkbox that I could click for any website I visit that says, "Request full website".

I treasure small joys in life and this was one of those.  I was thrilled to find a little tidbit of knowledge that I'm sure the rest of the world already knew, that I could get to a full website without looking all over for a link that sometimes wasn't even there.

I have a need to see things as they really are. I need options.  I want to have access to all the links.  I crave the broad view.  I want to see all the shoes, blouses, and dresses that an online store has available.  I want to see all the information a website offers.  Give me the full package.  Don't skew my view!

I was thinking about this the other day and realized that we sometimes take the app or mobile site view when it comes to the Christian life.

We want to push our Christianity right up there with our technology.  We tend to want our Christian life simple with not much to clutter it up.  We get content with only a small view.  We hide the things we don't want to work on from the menu.

We don't dig into the Word to read whole passages and books anymore.  We stop at a verse or even a phrase of God's Word to get us through the day.  That's not to say that just a word or two from the Bible won't get us through for several days, but don't we need more than that?  We need the entirety of God's Word to feed and sustain us.

What about our prayer lives?  Are we keeping them on mobile view?  Do we look at them like an app?  Quick.  Easy.  Use it and done?  Sure, we can talk to the Lord like that, but what about spending time in prayer with the Lord that requires more than just a few moments at a time?  What about praying like Jesus taught?

I think of that prayer that Jabez prayed in 1 Chronicles,

And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.  1 Chronicles 4:10

Jabez asked God to "enlarge" his coast.  He wanted his life to be blessed to the fullest.  He wanted to extend his borders.

What about us?  Are we living in a way that we can be blessed like that?  Do we take on living for Christ at full view?  Are we tapping into all that is there for us on the menu?  Are we taking every opportunity to witness?  Are we taking every opportunity to learn the Word of God and walk closely with Him?

Or are we only taking things from the Bible that we think fit snugly on our screen and into our life and leaving the rest?  Are we hurriedly glancing at God's Word and going on our merry way?  Are all our prayers shorter than a text? Is our faith lacking? 


I know this is something I need to work on.  I don't want to be living in app mode.  I don't want my Christian life closing down after a few minutes of use. When we do that, we find ourselves sitting on the shelf not doing anything for the Lord and I don't want to end up there.

I want the full view.  I want to gain all the knowledge from the Bible I can.  I want to see everything that God has done in His Word.  On top of that, I want all of the blessings that He has waiting for me.  I'm clicking the box to "Request full website", please.  I want all that the Christian life can offer.

So, is your Christian life on "full view"?

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