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I was reading Kariss her daily devotional before school this morning and it had a picture of a little girl picking off petals of a flower; remember those days of, “He loves me, he loves me not”? The focus was wishes – instead of wishing for what we want, wish for what God wants FOR us. When we align our hearts with His, He grants those desires.
Is this really possible? If we delight ourselves in Him, will we receive our greatest desires? Sometimes this seems too good to be true, but it is absolutely God’s promise to His children. The key is to delight ourselves IN HIM and His way, not in the mall, the internet or the person we share our lives with. When our will matches up with God’s will for us, we receive blessings beyond what we could have asked for ourselves. What does he ask for in return? Complete and reckless abandon to Him.
I find myself telling my kids this a lot, but I wonder if they see me modeling it frequently enough. When I focus too much of my attention on my work, our home, or even them, I’m communicating that God is not the priority. Instead, I’m transmitting the notion that somehow I have a better idea of how life should work than God does. While schedules and priorities are necessary, they should never take the place of complete and reckless abandonment towards God’s desires for our life.
What are you hanging on to? Who are you clinging to? If your answer is anything besides God, take the time now to confess and release it to Him. Sometimes it’s just the idea of someone or something that keeps us from claiming the blessings God has in store for us…