Take Delight

As I was looking down past the shallow waterfall, I noticed a duck playing in the water.

There were other ducks nearby, enjoying the refreshing flow on a very hot day.

God made the ducks to be water birds.

Although they couldn’t tell me, I think these beautiful creatures were delighting in the rushing bubbles as the water made it’s way down to the lake.

Psalm 34:7 reads, “Take delight in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart.”

I think God made us to take delight in Him.

If we seek Him and draw closer to Him, the desires of our hearts will be given to us as our desires become focused on Him.

 

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The Desires of Your Heart

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The sun was setting as I went for a walk in the neighborhood.

I consciously thought of enjoying the time, taking in the reality of the moments I was being blessed with.

The sunlight was still falling on the trees in the orange grove beside my house, giving them a warm glow as they nestled in the thick green grass that had succumbed to the shadows.

Turning around, I noticed the flowering Crepe Myrtle trees in my yard, towering high with bundles of color.

A dog barked in the distance.

Gopher turtles had dug holes in the ground to shelter themselves in many places I walked.

The pink, fluffy clouds to the south looked like a lovely painting.

If I had decorated a room especially for someone, I wonder how I would feel if they entered it, but failed to notice or appreciate the decorations?

Day after day, God creates unspeakable beauty in our surroundings.

He gives it especially to us, to appreciate and enjoy.

Instead of hurrying through the hours and moments I am given, failing to notice and appreciate the creative works of His hands, I should take the time to enjoy what He has prepared with a thankful and grateful heart.

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Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

—Psalm 34:7

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What Your Heart Desires

 

 

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Who gets to decide what we like or what our dreams and goals should be?

In an article I was reading, the author recounted a decision that she had made.

It had been a tough choice.

Was the option she chose actually the wrong one?

That’s something I can’t answer, but it made me begin to reevaluate my own thoughts about pleasing other people.

The author had determined to give her home a makeover.

Choosing a new color scheme, those who were working for her wanted certain items to be replaced.

That included something that had been handmade for her.

Something she really cared about.

Something she really, really liked.

So, what was the problem?

The people doing the upgrade on her home thought that this cherished possession was the wrong color.

It wasn’t broken.

It looked nice.

It still served its purpose.

It just happened to be the “wrong” color for someone else’s tastes.

Well, now.

What did she do?

After having great difficulty with the whole idea, the author got rid of her special belonging.

Later, she considered many aspects of why she had wanted to keep it, and, in the end, felt that she had made a good choice.

As I considered her decision, I had to rummage through my thoughts about why this made me a little uncomfortable.

It was her house, right?

She gets to pick what’s in it and what’s not, right?

If her handmade item was important to her, was pleasing other people about a color scheme even more important?

Actual things may not be that significant in the long run, but allowing others to push us toward a decision that we are not convinced of seems to rid us of our identity and, in some cases, our dreams.

Dreams that God may have placed within our hearts.

Dreams that are attached to a heavenly purpose.

We wouldn’t want to be swayed away from those just because other people thought they  didn’t “fit” with how they thought our lives should go.

Psalm 20:4 reads,

May He give you what your heart desires and fulfill your whole purpose.

What dreams and goals has God planted in your heart today?

 

 

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