Sunday, May 18, 2008

Delight Yourself in the Lord

Most of you who read this blog are fellow siestas (translation sisters in Christ) and I just have to share something with you.
As August approaches I had started feeling guilty about going and spending money on myself to go on that trip. Yet my heart longed to go and be there. I have some upcoming dental work that is going to be pretty expensive so I just couldn't justify going. I had Rods complete blessing to go and we had the money for me to go but still I had no peace. So sadly, I told Rod I wasn't going.
Then later on I prayed and asked the Lord to provide for this trip if He wanted me to go.
Thursday, I get a call from my church telling me that there was something in the church office waiting on me. Friday, I went and picked it up and it was a money order (from an anonymous person) in the amount of $600. That is the exact cost I had calculated that it would cost me to go. I cried when I got it that the Lord would think of me and that He would do that for me when I truly deserve nothing.

Then, it made me think of one of a very taken out of context verses:
Psalm 37:4
4 Delight yourself in the LORD
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
The word for delight yourself used here is the word anag meaning to delight in, and enjoy.

Sometimes you will hear people misconstrue this verse and try to say that God is all about them being healthy, wealthy, and prosperous and since we live in a fallen world that is just not going to be true for most of us. God owes us nothing. Yest as we delight in Him and pray in accordance with His will He acts even when we don't see the action taking place.
Everything is in accordance with His will. Sometimes our answers to prayer are yes, no, or wait. He is completely in control so we have confidence in these verses:

John 14:13-15

13And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. 14You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit
15"If you love me, you will obey what I command.

I praise Him for doing what He doesn't have to do, and for building my faith to remind me once again that He hears me and that I can pray in secret to Him without telling anyone else of my need and He hears.

Also, I got back from watching my sisters kids and Morgan 4 kids under the age of 3 and I seriously was completely spent of every ounce of energy in my body so hopefully I will get to read some blogs later. I am still trying to recover! =)



Elaine said...

I just wanted to tell you how much of an encouragement you are to me. You challenge me to "think", you open my eyes to all things great and small, and when I am down your posts lift me up.
I am so happy you are able to go to the conference. You are very deserving and just hearing of your anonymous gift blesses me in the knowledge of all the things possible through the Lord.
You are inspiring!

Bev Brandon said...

I think it is God's will for you to be there because just to be in your presence will bless us immensely. We needed you to be there Jenny HOPE and so grateful to our good God for providing for you and for us. I will be jumping up and down and try not to cause too big of a scene to get to meet you! Love you to pieces. You possess such a sweet tenderness and passion of your beautiful God that so pours out! Feel like I've known you a lifetime! Love, Bev

StaceyStace said...

Yay! I'm so glad you are going. It is so neat how God impressed upon you to wait, because He knew how He was going to take care of it! What a great testimony.

connorcolesmom said...

God is so GOOD!
I just knew you were suppose to be there I had this feeling everytime I was praying for you that God wanted you there
I can't wait to see you again
Much love

mandy said...

oh now this is amazing.

i'm also praying about the possibility of a future trip... we'll see if the Lord provides!

Lindsee said...

That is so awesome, Jenny! We will all be so thrilled to meet you!

Fran said...

Yes Lord!! Praise you Lord!!!

I'm so thrilled Jenny!! I truly was hanging on every word of this post!

Email me when you can.
Its gonna be a complete blast!

Amy said...

Girl I love to hear about Jehovah-Jireh!! Praise Him!! See you tomorrow night!

debra said...


i hope that you have recovered.

Stephanie (Ocean Mommy) said...

Oh Jenny!

I too am praying that God will provide the airfare money I need for August.

I know I'm supposed to go, and believe that He is going to make a way.

Thanks for sharing this...God used you to encourage me today!

Love you girl and can't wait to hug your neck!


He Knows My Name said...

i am thrilled for you to no end!!!i know exactly where you were at. the issue is the money for me. at this point i'm going to just have to wait and see. i do not have the peace i need to take the next step but i do know God is going to heap blessings on all who are going and especially the siestas. i have put it in his hands. ~janel