What is it that brings me delight?
Of course our marriage we’ve worked so very hard on—one we’ve built with intention and no secrets
My children and the joy they bring—even mixed with the hard work, they are a source of great pleasure to me
But what brings me the most delight these days—the thing that gives me the greatest amount of pleasure, what I look forward to each and every day …
Without a doubt it’s my time with God. The time I pause and still myself to read His words, to soak in His precepts, to grasp His great love for me, to journal about what I’ve read, and to write out my prayer. To write down what I long for, to tell Him what I’m struggling with, to share my dreams and hopes, and just transparently bare my heart to the One who created me.
And just two years ago I could not have said this and meant it. If I would have said it then I would have been over-spiritualizing and exaggerating. That’s because for 34 of my 36 years as a Christian I didn’t do this daily. I didn’t even do this monthly.
And I’m so sad at the time I wasted–sad for the lack of growth and insight and maturity I missed. All because I considered it an obligation, a task, a duty–something I was just supposed to do, that I rarely did, and then always felt guilty about.
But all that’s changed. Today is day #579 with God. We meet every day. And many days I come with many cares, but He delights me every time. And with every meeting, I am changed.
Psalms 94:19 When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations delight my soul.
I long for it to be the same for you, my friend.
What has been your biggest struggle spending time with God?
How can I pray for you?
Some resources to help…
A Daily Reading Schedule: A Psalm & Proverb each day for three months, then through the Old Testament once in one year and the New Testament twice in one year
SOAP Journaling Plan: Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
SOAP Journaling Page: A printable journal page
Accountability Groups: which helped make such a difference for me!
My favorite study Bibles:
My favorite chronological Bible:
I’m joining Lisa-Jo, over at her site today, to take five minutes and just write without worrying if it’s just right or not. The challenge is to write for 5 minutes flat with no editing, tweaking or self critiquing, with the prompt she gives. And today, her prompt: