Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Delighting in the Lord

"Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart." Psalm 37:4

The scripture that we discussed last night with our girls is listed above. As I was going upstairs for the third time tonight trying to get my little one to bed, this verse popped into my head. I was on the verge of getting frustrated because I have a million things to do before we leave town for Thanksgiving and she did not want to go to bed.

As I handed her, her blanket and laid down next to her in bed I thought of the verse again. . ."and he will give you the desires of your heart."

Three and a half years ago I was trying to serve God to the best of my ability, supervise 17 employees in a high stress career, be super mom and a wonderful wife. I was failing! I was very unhappy and I was taking it out on my family. At first we contemplated a move with my job. It was a move to a new town, but in the same position I was already in. I thought for sure I would get the job. I had the interview. It was horrible. I could not answer their questions, I was at a loss for words.

I usually have no problems in interviews and I bombed this one. I accepted that we were not going anywhere and I settled back in to my unhappiness. Out of the blue my husband told me that his company had asked him if he would be willing to transfer. We had not even considered that. The only catch was that it was to a small town (one that in the beginning of our marriage I had said "I will never move there").

One of the first things out of his mouth was, "The only way we will move is if you can be a stay-at-home mom". I asked him in the next breath, "When can we leave?"

I had never really considered being a stay-at-home mom. I had my sights set on being a career mom. God had different plans for me.

I realize now that in this whole season of transitioning from working to staying home that God was giving me the desires of my heart. I was growing in my relationship with Him in this whole process. Spending more time in my Bible, praying, learning about Him and trusting in Him. I was delighting in Him.

The more my relationship with Him grew, the more my desires changed. I thought my desire was to be a Super Career Mom, but after I started putting more focus on God that was not the case.

As I walked up those stairs tonight and cuddled my daughter in bed I was praising God. I am so thankful this Thanksgiving season to walk up those stairs a million times to tuck my little ones into bed. I am so thankful that in the morning I am not frenzied trying to get myself ready for work and them shooed out the door to school and daycare. I am so thankful that my littlest loves the days that we get to spend all day together.

Can you think of how God is giving you the desires of your heart? Are you delighting in Him today? I know that he is taking great delight in you.

One of my favorite verses that I just came upon recently is in Zephaniah 3:17, "The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing."

I am unwrapping this day with Emily over at Chatting at the Sky. Check out more Tuesdays Unwrapped.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Collette@Jesuslovesmums said...

I hope you have a lovely time away for Thanksgiving! This was a lovely post!
Love Collette xxx

Graceful said...

This is a beautiful application of that verse to the reality of life! Thanks for sharing it with me, and for reminding me that even a half-dozen wake-ups can be a blessing, too!

emily said...

What a gift! I love this. It is easy to forget what a blessing it is to be able to stay home with my babies. Thanks for reminding me!

Also, I changed your link to the permalink of this post because you had linked up simply with your blog name. When you link up next week, use the permalink or your lovely link will have to be deleted and I hate deleting links! But this week, you're good.

Christy said...

What a beautiful post, and a lovely witness to how God works in our lives. thank you .

Dawn said...

i think i really needed this today. thank you... and i hope that your thanksgiving travels are uneventful(in a good way!)

The Scooper said...

I was living your high-stress life until 2 1/2 years ago. Now I'm a stay at home mom and I can't believe how easily I take it all for granted. I'm happy for you and the blessed life you enjoy!

two two five said...

i'm a sahm mom and homeschool our kids -- it is such a gift. a gift for me, a gift for my husband, and for my children. happy thanksgiving!

Sandy said...

Amy, I read this same Psalm this morning. Thank you so much for your post!
Happy Thanksgiving!

Anonymous said...

Wow. Thank you for this. I think I spend too much time worrying about the desires of my heart and not enough time delighting in the Lord. I really needed this today. :)

everydayMOM said...

great story... you remind me of me!

deb said...

I am blessed to have the option, and staying home is a choice I am so very thankful to have made.
Beautiful words.

kellyjae said...

Thanks for this post!! It brought tears to my eyes as I read it. God is so good to us isn't He? To change the way we feel about something in a way that we never would have imagined. . . He is just so AMAZING!! Thanks for sharing, Amy. Have a great Thanksgiving!


Corinne said...

He is pretty amazing :) The places He takes us can be wonderful.
Thank you for sharing!

Michelle said...

Amy this is an amazing story of trusting and depending on the one we should trust and depend on.

dawn said...

He really does know best, and our desires more than even we do. Great story of how God works in our lives. Thanks for sharing it.

A Gracious Home said...

I love your post. So sweet. God has given me the desires of my heart in too many ways to express. I have a great family who all know the Lord. That is one of my hearts desires. Doylene