God Aches to be Your Delight

God Aches to be Your Delight

  We sat at the corner table in a local restaurant. Huddled over cold Pepsi and hard problems we struggled together-with life, friendship, identity, value. I tried to form logic from tangled emotions caught somewhere between my mind and tongue. Finally, words wrenched from deeper within me than I could fathom. I just want someone to delight in me. Over the next several days, I was raw. Someone to delight in me. The declaration took hold and wouldn’t let me go. Someone to delight in me. Delight. In me. And there it was-the splinter that festered in every part of my life. Once examined, I realized the hope permeated my being. No wonder I chafed at people expecting me to get things done. My friend said that she needed me. She was talking about my value to her, but all I heard was the word “need”. I callously replied, “I hate being needed.” Are you like me? Do you wish for someone to simply want you, not what you can do for them? I’m the one who works and serves and does what everyone needs and Aches. Often that has been translated to mean to a beautiful house, wonderful husband, superb job or precious children. It can even enter into prayers for healing or reconciliation. Those blessings are wonderful, but God wants to be more intimate. He doesn’t want to just be needed. He longs to seep deep into every part of our soul. There, a beautiful dance begins as we weave our heart with His. He grows love which feeds our desire to delight in Him and with...
Confession of a Love Affair

Confession of a Love Affair

A friend recently asked how my spiritual life is. I loved the question. We were talking about work. My first response was that I am much more dependent on God than ever. True, and a great stability in my life. But there is an even bigger change. I’m in a love affair. A full tilt, deeper every year, can’t get out of it and don’t even want to love affair. Sure, I’ve loved God forever. Politely, respectfully as one would a teacher, creation wondrously and saving thankfully. But, God wanted more. He desired to go deeper and so, much deeper I’ve gone. It happened in stages starting with breaking open the locked door. Ugly feelings. Lies. Bared soul. Captivating words read and healing words spoken by ladies who could see more than the lies. He spoke intimately to my heart and a love avalanche began burying crags and crevasses in white. I delight in my love. My love delights in me. God longs to be your everything too. It doesn’t matter what stage of life or relationship you are in. It doesn’t matter if you are desperately alone or blissfully happy.He wants you. Intimately.  He desire for you is healing and freedom and love that delights. If you have ever wondered if there is more, and who hasn’t? If you have ever been left feeling hollow no matter how great life appears to be, take a chance. Open that door. He is waiting to take you on a delightful journey. How have you fallen more in love with God? In His Delight, Linda...
Staying Calm When Life Seems Impossible

Staying Calm When Life Seems Impossible

There they stood like ducks on a firing range. Only it was Pharaoh and 600 chariots breathing down their backside. The Red Sea and certain destruction the only other choice. The newly released slaves had no way to defend themselves and nowhere to run. Trapped. Terrified. Have you been there? I’ve had my back against the wall this week. Mounting pressure makes me feel like someone hijacked my life. My pressure, my Pharaoh, comes from work. Maybe your Pharaoh is illness that robs. Your Pharaoh might be a relationship that poisons. Does Pharaoh attack your faith like the slaves at the edge of the Red Sea? God has other plans for you and me.  The Lord will fight for you. Just stay calm. Ex. 14:14 The waters may not part, but he still gives victory. Right now, I don’t see Pharaoh, backing down and God may not part the waters for me to escape. My victory comes in a calm heart. I am thankful for the stillness God gives. Knowing I’m powerless, I just stay calm. Am I perfect at it? No, but I’m learning more every day. He can give you same sense of calm. When your back is against the wall and the warriors of destruction are looming, He will fight for you. Just stay calm. What is your Pharaoh today? How has God fought for you? I’m part of Team 365 Reading God’s word every day.  It is a great way to read through the bible. Would you like to join us?...

Broken Hallelujah

“Take the hand of the person next to you and let’s pray.” It was a baby dedication at church, but with those words, the dam broke. The whisperings I couldn’t identify and fears I fought to validate by acknowledgement, rushed unbridled through the canyons of my heart. And again, tears. I’m part of our church worship team. Often as I sit and look out at my church family and feel thankful for people who worship unashamed, empathy for families who have suffered loss, encouragement from those who are living above their trials through the strength of God. Last Sunday, I felt naked. The worship set started. We took our places and began the first chorus. I tried to push my torment down, but my voice soon faltered. Strength evaporated and by the third chorus, my voice fell silent. I prayed. God, this is all I can do right now. I’m here, before You. This is all I have for You today. When a broken hallelujah all you have, that is all God...
Choosing to Bend into Burdens

Choosing to Bend into Burdens

If I made a list of my favorite years, years upon remembering bring a smile to my heart, 2010 would not be on it. There was no catastrophic event, when once survived, I could pin a badge of courage. It was simply the accumulation of life. Family loss, business changes, work stress, overwhelming demands, health challenges. I would be embarrassed to divulge details because any one of these are small potatoes compared to the suffering some faced. Nevertheless, I was worn down.By mid-December I was checking off days until I could turn the calendar, close the lid on a tough year and tuck it on the back shelf. I know there isn’t anything changed on the 1st than there was on the 31st, but it just feels different. A clean start. With much of the muck resolved, I hoped 2011 would be a year of ease. Boy, was I ready for ease. I peered into the months ahead and I knew they would times to embrace and savor. Christmas week, our business got a bad report. My spirit slumped. In the following days, the breadth of the situation widened. Business was brought nearly to a complete stop while we assessed, regrouped and planned. This problem will negatively impact our business until long into 2012. My hope of ease vanished. God, do we really have to do this AGAIN? ” . . . to refuse to bend our shoulders to carry a load is to miss a new opportunity for growth.” J.R. Miller from Streams in the Desert Yes, AGAIN. He said I sat before Him in silence. I should...
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