For several weeks, one verse from a little known book of the Bible has appeared in my reading – during my Bible study, a blog post or as I am doing some research. One word seems to pop off the page every time I read this verse – DELIGHT! In the back of my mind, I have been pondering why this verse seems to appear over and over and a still small voice whispers “I delight in you! Believe it!” The verse is from Zephaniah 3:17…
For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.
God clearly says that He delights in us, but my skeptical mind says “Who me? Really???”
Delight is my word for 2014. In a year that should not have “delight”, God has the final say and He is teaching me daily about embracing delight in my life. In a year that began with the devastating loss of my mom, God reminds me over and over – “I delight in you.” He will rejoice over me with joyful songs when the ache of life becomes all-consuming. God will delight in me when I feel shattered from the wave of broken emotions and pick up the pieces lovingly.
In a year when I am an empty-nester for the first time, God brings me snapshots of delight through the connection of friends to remind me that I am never alone and He adores me.
In a year when being a teacher, who sees the state of education taking a sharp turn from doing what is best for children, God gives me students who teach me pure delight in their daily actions such as a “wink and a nod” or in moments of boldness.
God knows what you need even when you are flailing wildly and you’re trying to catch your breath from the weight of your burdens. He takes the bleak moments and provides you with beauty in Polaroid moments such as these…
And so today, I continue to count my blessings because brokenness is healed the moment gratitude springs forth from your mouth. May you all take time to look for those snapshots that cause you to pause and give thanks. Blessings, Mary What brings your daily routine to a halt and brings immediate thanks to your lips? Linking up this year with Ann Voskamp’s 2014 Joy Dare. Find the link up at A Holy Experience. Counting blessings daily will bless you immeasurably! JoyDare #330-348
- Students focused and learning today, leftovers for dinner-yummy, a walk to restore and enjoy new life
- Students learning how to relax before the big test, baking to relax this evening, joy in the blessing of a day completed
- Friends that know you need coffee after work, new life- another great-niece has joined the world, relaxed teaching
- Early morning gray skies and rain turning into PM sunshine,visit & dinner w/ my son, a visit from my favorite dog-Parker
- A walk in the park #spring, church with a good friend and a great message, love of a son #priceless
- Another walk soaking up sun and spring colors, homemade veggie chili, a conversation with my oldest brother
Linking up with my friend Holly at…
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This was an encouraging post to read. What a blessing it is that God tucked into His word words that would bring joy to our hearts. I love the verse in Isaiah 30:18 where He says He longs to bring compassion to us…the fact He longs for us fills my heart with joy. The God of all creation longs for us…Blessings
I am blessed you stopped by and provided your own encouragement for me. Knowing that God chose each of us and is willing to let us start fresh each day makes me happy! Hope to see you around here again! Blessings!
He does take great delight in you, Mary! I’m so glad that you are seeing how much He loves you in your everyday life. Thanks for linking up to Testimony Tuesday!
Thanks, Holly! God is so protective of me and He has guarded my heart through my hurt, loss, challenges etc. His love has far outweighed all the rest. Thank you for the wonderful linkup each week!
I needed this Mary. Thank you. It’s funny how it’s easy for me to tell others how God delights in them, but I don’t know if I ever stop to remind myself that He delights in me. Loves me, yes. But delight. Wow, that makes me smile. And that is something to delight in and give thanks! Blessings to you!
Blessed you stopped by, Deb! God does delight in us and shares His creation with us as a reminder of all the possibilities we have before us. Blessings to you!
Mary (passage through grace),
Fun to peek into here with you and smile along. I’m sorry for the weird transition of the empty nest though, and the anxieties that pop up in your field of work. Thanks for sharing the honest ups and downs here for us.
Re your comment on my post “Dance Parties in the Sunset and Life’s Questions at the End of day,” thank you for your kid words! Nice to have you here. Noting and writing down seems to help build my gratitude to God too, I’ve found.
Have a great week,
The best part about absolute delight is that God reminds you through your ups and downs that He wants to surprise you with moments of who He is. Thanks for your encouragement and for stopping by.
Yes, He delights in you! I keep thinking about how I strive to do things for God, but I often forget that He simply delights in me, and I don’t have to do anything to earn His approval.
It’s such a relief to realize that God takes us exactly as we are and loves us right where we are. Moments of delight are His gifts to us each day! Love seeing your beautiful face here at my blog!!!