Delight in the Lord!

“Delight thyself also in the LORD and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” Ps. 37:4

I began this week sharing two choices I faced as a young adult and the quote, “Follow me.” Through the second quote, “Be Ready”, I shared how the Lord taught me to follow Him. Today finishes my 3 Day, 3 Quote Challenge, Psalm 37:4, penned by David the shepherd king,  the fruit of the first  and second quotes.

blogpraise-1154566__340“Delight thyself also in the LORD…Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee… That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; if by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead…(Ps. 73:25;Phil. 3:10,11).

Do you delight in the Lord?  Is He your number one pleasure? Do you seek Him above all else? If so, He gives you this promise in Matthew 6:33.

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

The choice I believed lost to me by choosing one direction in life became the path of God fulfilling the choice forsaken. I only needed to follow Him, sanctifying Him in my heart and He would give me the desires of my heart because the desires were the very ones He put there.

“…he shall give thee the desires of thine heart…He will fulfill the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them…If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him… For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory; no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.” (Ps. 145:19;Matt. 7:11;Ps. 84:11).

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The Lord showed me the desire of my heart to be Himself, His word, His plan to use me for His glory. He did this through seeds of desire He placed in me as a young woman; the desire for a family and the desire to take the gospel into all the world.  The first desire He fulfilled in the traditional way with a family filled with blessings. The second desire He didn’t fulfill as I had foreseen it but as He planned through summer camps, mission trips, and even now through those around the world who read the words He gives me to write. I don’t want to leave you thinking my life has been without trials, for if it hadn’t been for the losses and the hard times I wouldn’t know the joy of the Lord as my strength.

To borrow from a chorus, “The longer I serve Him, the sweeter He grows.”  Jesus is the only One to satisfy a longing heart.

How has the Lord fulfilled the desires of your longing heart?

Personal Note:

Thank you, txjessy for throwing this challenge my way. I do hope you all will visit her site for more encouraging words.

I have been blessed to think on these scriptures and how God has used them in my life. I pray each of you have been blessed and encouraged as well.

The Old Country Church

“And Simon Peter answered and said,Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Matt. 16:16-18.

My toothless grin, gangly arms and legs, and blonde pigtails with strands of hair sticking out this way and that identified me as the tomboy who feared nothing, almost nothing.Churchthumbnail_IMG_0080

The country church, with its high steeple, filled each churchthumbnail_IMG_0079Sunday with friends, family and giggling, whispering children. Sitting high on a hill, cradled by woods it looked like a painting by Norman Rockwell(Okay these two pictures maybe not but remember cameras don’t show it all). Two things tainted my joy attending this picturesque church.

The basement, unfinished and haunting to a seven-year-old often, at least in my memory,  contained secret hiding places for these humongous black snakes. More than once, a squeal would carry up the stairs and some brave man would come rescue us. And people wonder why I don’t like basements or snakes.

Then there were the outhouses, one for men and one for women.  Now, mind you, the women’s sported a four seater, two tall seats for grownups and two small seats for children. But the outhouses sat on the edge of a hill near the woods. I cautiously opened the door, peered in every corner and even down the hole. I had no plans of a snake sneaking up on me while I took care of business. I would have waited until I got home, but that’s what we had at home, too.

Of course, now, I look back on these memories and laugh. Faces, pass through my mind, who have long been gone. I treasure the memories of those who cared enough to give us a place to worship together, loving one another, singing off-key, pastors preaching holiness, heaven and hell, praying at the altar. It wasn’t until I was much older I realized these were the things that make a church, not the building.churchthumbnail_IMG_0083

The common thread among us was, and is, knowing Jesus Christ the Son of the living God as our Lord and Savior as we joined one another on the journey homeward. It’s good to know the church of the living God goes beyond any one building into the far reaches of the world. I’m thankful to know you as my brother/sister in Christ. May we join hearts and hands as we continue on this journey.

Did you have the privilege of growing up in church? What special memories do you hold dear?

Heavenly Father, thank you for making us one in you.