Delight, Desires

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“Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”‭‭

Psalm‬ ‭37:4‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Which side of the comma are you living in?

Take delight in the Lord,

or

And he will give you the desires of your heart?

Delight, desires.

What you focus on determines how you experience Him.

When you are focusing your life on delighting (joy, great enjoyment, and pleasure) in the Lord, the world seems like a wide open space for you to experience with someone you love.

When you focus on the desires of your heart, the world seems a small closed space in which you can only see what you don’t have and experience and envy what everyone else seems to have.

I’ve learned that my desires are not good taskmasters but they do make great idols.  They also make flawed foundations for a relationship with God or anyone else.

I’m not saying that your desires are bad, in fact, I believe that the Lord puts loads of good desires in your heart: the desire to love and be loved, to connect and be connected to,  to cherish and to be cherished.  What I am saying is that if the focus of your life is getting your desires met that you will be miserable and probably not even know why.

Living on the delight side of the comma means that your focus is on your relationship with God and being delighted in Him, by Him and with Him and trusting Him with the rest.

There is sweet freedom found in delighting in your relationship with God while letting Him hold all your desires to do what He may. He is a good Father and knows you more than you know yourself.

How are you delighting yourself in the Lord?

What is making you miserable?

What side of the comma are you living on?

Don’t Go It Alone

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You are not created to exist alone.
Introvert or extrovert- you are created in Christ to be in healthy relationships.
First with God, then with those around you.
Love God, Love People (in that order).
“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had,”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭15:5‬ ‭NIV‬‬
Relationships are not easy and they are endlessly complicated.
They take grace, forgiveness, honesty, and courage.
You may think that it would be easier and simpler to withdraw altogether but God created you to be connected.
Don’t cheat yourself or others by withdrawing in fear.
Persevere.
Quiet the fear-filled beat of your heart and listen for the encouraging whisper of the Holy Spirit.
God can make a way where there seems to be no way.
Be brave and reach out today.

Gifts to Give

Each person is given something to do that shows who God is: Everyone gets in on it, everyone benefits. All kinds of things are handed out by the Spirit, and to all kinds of people! ”
1 Corinthians 12:7 MSG

Today is the Grasso’s traditional day to begin the Christmas Shopping mayhem. It is Black  Friday and it seems as if the gift-giving potential skyrockets to the stars with the amazing deals thrown at us from every source.  There is, of course, a budget, a plan and the execution of that plan lead by Bobby Grasso himself.

As the gift-buying season begins, I want to remind you that God has already given you precious gifts to give this year. Gifts unique to you and those gifts are meant to be given.

A great orchestra with a hundred different instruments playing together is great because each individual has grown in, practiced relentlessly and played their own instrument until it is an extension of themselves.

By using the gifts God has given you, the talents of your hands, the strengths of your personality, the driving passion of your heart, God uses you to reveal Himself to others.

It is not a prideful thing to use your gifts for the glory of God, it is a needed thing.

The world needs people who are connected to God, using their gifts so that God is revealed and those people can get connected to God. When people are connected to God they pass from death to life and from darkness to light.  With Him they begin to develop their gifts so that others can get connected to God and pass from death to life… you get the picture.

You may hide your gifts thinking they are not good enough. You may not grow in them because you think you are not good enough. But this isn’t about you, this is about God using your gifts to bring blessings to others through you.

In the midst of gift buying madness, may you not neglect the rich gifts God has given you and give them away freely with love, grace, and joy.

What gifts has God given you?

How are you going to use them to bless someone today?

Have you grown them, practiced them relentlessly and walked in them until they are an extension of who you are to the glory of God?

If not, begin doing it today.

If you have done it before and stopped, begin again today.