Today’s Truth

“So Mephibosheth ate at David’s table like one of the king’s sons”

(2 Samuel 9:11 NIV).

Friend to Friend

Who in the world is Mephibosheth and what possessed his momma to give him such a name? Well, I can’t answer the second question, but I can shed some light on the first. Mephibosheth was a man who was living way below his potential. He was the grandson of King Saul and the son of Prince Jonathan, but he lived like a pauper. When he was a boy, his nurse dropped him while fleeing from their enemies. As a result, he was crippled in both feet (2 Samuel 9).

When David took over as King of Israel, he wanted to know if there was anyone in Jonathan’s household to whom he could show kindness. Jonathan had been David’s best friend and he loved him as a brother. A servant told David about the crippled Mephiboseth, and he was summoned immediately. Mephiboseth lived in a place called Lo-Debar (meaning a pasture-less land).

My own (very unofficial) translation of Lo-Debar is “below the bar.” Mephiboseth was living below the bar. He was the grandchild of a king, but he was living in a pasture-less land like a pauper. When he came before King David he said, “What is your servant, that you should notice a dead dog like me?”

David didn’t even answer him. He simply turned to his servant and commanded that all the land that had been Saul’s be given back to his grandson and that Mephibosheth should eat at the king’s table everyday.

Perhaps you are walking around like a crippled because of something that has happened to you as a child. Perhaps you feel like a “dead dog.” And yet, God is looking for ways to bless you, to restore what has been taken away, and invite you to feast at His table everyday.

Mephiboseth was a grandchild of King Saul and potential heir to the throne. However, he saw himself as nothing more than a “dead dog,” unworthy to receive even the smallest crumb of kindness from David. Mephibosheth didn’t see himself as he really was. “A dead dog?” I think not! He was royalty.

Do you see yourself as you really are? You are a chosen, dearly loved child of God. You have been blessed with every spiritual blessing, delivered from the domain of darkness and transferred to the kingdom of light! You, girlfriend in God, are a child of the King!

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, so many times I walk around with an emotional limp like a wounded animal. But the truth is, I am a child of the King and I should act like one! Thank You for inviting me to feast at Your banquet table every morning by feeding my soul from Your Word and drinking in the Holy Spirit’s power. Today, I will not limp about, but run, jump, and even dance with the joy!

In Jesus’ Name,


Now It’s Your

Be honest. Do you act more like the pitiful Mephiboseth or a powerful princess?

What mind adjustment do you need to make to start acting like a child of the King?

More from the Girlfriends

Unfortunately, many of us limp around like poor old Mephib. We live below the bar of what God intended. If you would like to learn more about who you are as a child of God and start living the life God intended all along, check out my book Becoming Spiritually Beautiful: Seeing Yourself as God Sees You.

10 Responses to “Are You Living Below the Bar?”

  1. Wanda Hughes says:

    I call myself in my mind an idiot, stupid, worthless, ignorant; the list goes on. There are many reasons but in November and December of 2013, I had to have emergency stomach surgery; they removed 8 more feet of small intestines. During that surgery my back was broken due to severe osteoporosis. A couple of weeks ago I went to my tummy doctor; he had already had me have blood work and he said I need a small intestine and liver transplants but due to my poor health Cleveland Clinic wouldn’t do the surgery. I lost my husband when he was 56, I was 48. I have been trying to establish a personal relationship with GOD but I don’t know how. I read my Bible every day and pray; I don’t know what else to do. GOD and I have had many problems with each other; when my husband passed due to having gall bladder surgery and the surgeon came out and told us he had accidentally cut into his liver, I was in agony for at least 1 1/2 years; I was also angry at GOD because we all know He could have changed things so my husband wouldn’t die; I stopped blaming GOD many years ago but due to health problems, I can’t go to church. I do watch Dr. Charles Stanley both online and on TV every Sunday morning but I miss going to church as well as going anywhere. I didn’t mead to write a book; please forgive me and if you wouldn’t mind, would you add me to your prayer list; I certainly appreciate it. I enjoy reading Girlfriend in God and tell my facebook friends to check it out. Thank you for reading this if you haven’t fallen asleep; may GOD bless all of you and your Friday helpers.

    • Roseanne says:

      Your story is familiar to me but mine is not nearly as tragic as yours. You are loved girlfriend by the only one who matters! So embrace that love and you will not be able to contain giving it to others. Please find an opportunity to listen to the song “Flawless” by Mercy Me. My prayer is that you find victory over sadness and darkness. I will pray for you!

    • Lani Jo says:

      The very painful stuff in our lives is so hard to understand and yours especially. I am glad you continue to seek the Lord in your pain even though it is hard…. this is where true healing comes from so keep at it girl- you will be victorious! I am not sure if you are a reader but a book I read years ago that really opened my eyes to the “gift” of pain was Hinds Feet on High Places. I will pray for you.

    • Brittney says:


      We all are going through something and at times i find myself blaming God as well for all the wrong that I felt could have been prohibited BY HIM. But we must look at the bigger picture “All things work together for the good according to those who love him” it may not make sense now but you have to pray hardest when its hardest to pray. In the end we will all see how are lives are meant to be through the eyes of our heavenly father. I am praying for you. You are NOT alone. Gods got you, Hes fighting for you, and he loves you dearly.

      Have a blessed day 🙂

    • Aly says:


      Praying for you!! The God of the whole world loves YOU! And has chosen YOU! I am so sorry for the tragedy in your life. Praying that you can see the light shining through the broken darkness. Praying that you can feel God’s love.

      I have been in the midst of great tragedy as well (along with two small children). What I have learned is that God doesn’t want us to suffer or be in pain- but to grow closer to him and find comfort in the pain. He is a warm hug in the thick of sorrow. It took me awhile to realize this – but the pain and hurt I am going through is a blessing. It has sent me running to my Savior. With out the heartache – I don’t think I would be seeking and as close to the Lord. I pray that you seek him and he comforts your broken heart.

    • George Jenkins says:

      Hi Wanda, I can’t imagine what you are going through, nor can I imagine how I would feel in your situation. I do admire that you had the courage to relate some of what has happened in your life and humbly ask for prayer. I will pray for you. You are right to read the Bible and pray. In the end abiding in Jesus and trusting Him is all we can do. about the only thing I can offer in addition to prayer is a poem a wrote for a lady who was lonely. I hope you like it. May God bless you. George

      For the Lonely

      There comes a time we feel alone;
      When friends and hope seem lost.
      And memories come, and thoughts renew;
      And tears come with a cost.

      The cost sometimes we will not pay,
      Because it brings us pain,
      But if we trust and battle through,
      Old friends can live again.

      And even when our earthly friends,
      Just can’t seem to relate,
      There’s one above, who filled with love,
      Smiles down from heaven’s gate.

      So when the days seem really long
      And nights seem even longer.
      Just know He died to give us life
      And make us ever stronger.

      For power He will give to you,
      Not fear to fill the soul .
      He’ll add some special wisdom too,
      And love to make us whole.

      George Jenkins Revised 12-1-15

    • Melissa Bush Hite says:

      Wanda, I wish I could come over and sit down and share a cup of coffee and some girl time with you! You are so very dearly loved. Please know that I will be praying for your relationship with your Abba Father (Daddy/God) to become the sweetest thing you have ever had in your life. Please feel free to send me a Facebook friend request; I would love to keep up with what I KNOW God is going to do in your heart : ).

  2. Judy Presson says:

    Wanda Hughes I will add you to my prayer list and pray for you, I work everyday in a cancer clinic for the past 8 years and I worked in the hospital on the cancer floor for 7 years before that – I see others struggle and pain daily and I count it as a blessing for me to be able to see -we all have problems and hurts and pain. I look for where Fod blesses and focus on that and it helps me. I notice nature, the wind the clouds and sky and all the birds and animals and It helps me feel joy. I hear your hurt and I pray for God to heal you. God bless you today and always.

  3. Cathy Grace says:

    A great book to get is “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young
    This little daily devotional has helped me tremendously.
    I was “stuck” ~ I now walk a JOYfilled courageous life!!
    Getting plugged into a Bible believing/taught Church will help as well…we all need
    fellowship with like minded Believers!
    May our Awesome Father God continue to Bless you!

  4. George Jenkins says:

    This is a great devotional. We have an open invitation to the banquet, but sometimes we don’t use it. It reminded me of the poem “Touch Of The Master’s Hand” J. D. Sumner recites it on YouTube.

    ‘Twas battered and scarred and the auctioneer
    Thought it scarcely worth his while
    To waste much time on the old violin,
    But he held it up with a smile.

    “What am I bid, good folk?” he cried.
    “Who’ll start the bidding for me?
    A dollar, a dollar … now two … only two …
    Two dollars, and who’ll make it three?

    “Three dollars once, three dollars twice,
    Going for three” … but no!
    From the room far back a gray-haired man
    Came forward and picked up the bow.

    Then wiping the dust from the old violin
    And tightening up the strings,
    He played a melody pure and sweet,
    As sweet as an angel sings.

    The music ceased, and the auctioneer,
    With a voice that was quiet and low,
    Said, “What am I bid for the old violin?”
    As he held it up with the bow.

    “A thousand dollars … and who’ll make it two?
    Two…two thousand, and who’ll make it three?
    Three thousand once and three thousand twice …
    Three thousand and gone!” said he.

    The people cheered, but some exclaimed
    “We do not quite understand …
    What changed it’s worth?” and the answer came:
    ” ‘Twas the touch of the master’s hand.”

    And many a man with soul out of tune
    And battered and scarred by sin
    Is auctioned cheap by the thoughtless crowd
    Just like the old violin.

    But the Master comes, and the foolish crowd
    Never can quite understand
    The worth of a soul, and the change that is wrought
    By the touch of the master’s hand.

    O Master! I am the tuneless one
    Lay, lay Thy hand on me,
    Transform me now, put a song in my heart
    Of melody, Lord, to Thee!

    – – – written by Myra Brooks Welch

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