What delight’s you? Think about it for a minute. Do not respond too quickly, mull it over in your mind and reflect on what truly brings you delight.
If you have been reading my blog for more than a week, or if you simply have read the bio on me, you know that I LOVE coffee, cupcakes, snowflakes, snow skiing, and worship music!
But if you asked me the same question I just asked you…
What delight’s you Lisa? I would immediately respond with the answer, “MY FAMILY!”
There is a smile on my face just thinking about them! When we are together it is a true delight! We laugh together, eat together, play together, cry together and worship our Lord and Savior together! They truly are The Desire’s of My Heart!
I desire to be with them every day. When they are not close by me physically, they are in my heart and prayers daily! Like I said above, they put a smile in my heart and on my face just thinking about them!
Jim and I are blessed with two biological adult children, two adult children through marriage, and two beautiful grandchildren. We are praying for more of those if it is God’s Will. It is certainly our desire!
But, three years ago last July, God called two of those “desire’s”, to leave Southern California and follow His call to Northern California. My heart was sad to have them move farther away from us physically, but overjoyed to watch them listen to God and step out in obedience to follow His call on their lives.
Then, twenty-one months ago, Jim and I heard God calling us to minister to a church in the Bay Area of California. This meant that we would be closer to our son and daughter-in-law, 2 hours away instead of 8, but would have to leave our daughter, son-in-law and grand babies.
God’s call was clear and we left, but my life’s verse, Philippians 4:13, became my daily support and sustainment. God proved to me that we truly can do “…ALL things through Christ who gives us strength!”
My step of obedience first started with letting go of my children and entrusting them to God!
He asked me to take a further step to GO and minister to His people and trust Him to guard and protect my heart. What I learned was that He desired me to DELIGHT myself in Him FIRST! I had to trust that He would fill the lonely days with His presence and His peace and His joy, AND HE DID! Oh yes, I still missed them, but I learned to delight myself in Him first and desire His presence over their’s!
God’s blessings do not come to us because we deserve them or earn them, they are out of the overflow of His GREAT, VAST LOVE FOR US!
I believe with all of my heart that God’s blessings come after we step out in obedience to His call and His will for our lives.
My motto has always been…
“God’s Blessings Follow Our Obedience.”
God’s call on your life at times, may seem unclear or blurry at best, but the key is obedience!
God may or may not choose to reveal His will or call clearly to you in the moment. But undeniably, He has one for each and every one of us. As we seek it daily through His Word and Prayer, what is our attitude to be?
I shared last week on the blog about my daughter and her family moving to Northern California, where my son and daughter-in-law live. That happened twenty-one months after Jim and I stepped out in obedience, left our grandchildren, and followed His call North.
I believe our attitude at all times, seeking God’s will, stepping out in obedience, waiting on His will, and living His call daily, should be to “Delight ourselves in Him!”
“Take delight in The Lord, and He will give you your heart’s desires.” Psalm 37:4
We are to “delight” ourselves in The Lord every step along God’s path for our lives. That means each and every day! Weather or not we see His will and plan perfectly laid out for us.
I recently heard a sermon that made the statement…
“What you think about and what you act on, equals how you feel.”
Don’t miss the point here! The “feeling” does not come before the mind and action, it comes AFTER!
GOD’S BLESSINGS FOLLOW OUR OBEDIENCE.
Whether the obedience God asks of you today is to make a huge move, a gigantic change in your lifestyle, or to simply “Be still and know that He is God,” take delight in it! He will bless you and give you the desire’s of your heart!
Delighting in you my Friends, and in the relationship we share in Jesus!
Have a delightful week! I’ll see you back here next Tuesday!
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