Friday, October 2, 2009

I Am Delighted In You, Says The Lord



Word of the Day

Beloved One, I am so delighted when I see your heart respond to the natural beauty displayed around you…delighted to know your heart is being lifted up to the mountains…to the Lord from whence your help comes without interruption. I am delighted in you when you trust in My unfailing love. It is not about doing. However, it is about delighting…about simply being delightfully conscious of My presence, beauty and love. How this pleases Me.

Everywhere new life emerges, showing off its splendor, its hope, its promise. Declarations are made about My goodness, and provision for your life. Don't let your heart, which has so much to be grateful for, be despondent because the accuser of the brethren has made an attempt to cloud in any way, the incredible beauty of your life.

There are many principles and things I could teach you today; but, what you need most is a tender touch…a whisper of love. I made you to love Me, be loved by Me, and by others. It is MY perfect, love without condemnation which will sustain you in the days to come, nothing else. Yes, I will send others, and they will love you as well; but remember, they are human just like you, and can fail too. Therefore, receive from Me…be with Me, and when they do, you will have the love and grace they need.

I am delighted in you, with you and for you. I never want you to feel far away from me. It simply isn't true, and cannot be true. You are hidden in Me. Lay your misgivings down, and lay your ear against the beating of My heart. Find a soft chair…soft music and crawl up in My lap…My embrace. Hear My heart beat words of encouragement, and praise.

Beloved, it isn't your obedience to Me, your faith in Me, or even the amount of love you have for Me, that honors me the most. What honors Me the most is when you rest in…when you trust in My unconditional, unchanging, unfailing love. What honors Me, is when you know you are accepted no matter what. Regardless of behavior, regardless of performance, regardless of success, or failure, you are accepted in the Beloved. Come and rest…

The LORD's delight is in those who honor him, those who put their hope in his unfailing love. Psalm 147:11

Prayer

Lord, I lay my misgivings at Your feet and crawl up in Your lap, Your embrace. I lay my ear against the beating of Your ever encouraging heart. How I delight in you, my God and my King…my Friend and my Comforter…my Hope and my Wisdom. I receive Your tender touch today. I receive your touch right now, right in the midst of my busy, and sometimes confusing life. I receive a sustaining grace to walk out the beauty of a life set free from expectation and performance. I am accepted in the Beloved, and nothing can change that.

No power or principality can change the truth of who You say I am to you. I could lie down and never do another thing, and you would love Me. This kind of love motivates me…encourages me to be about Your business…not out of duty, but out of reciprocal love for one who adores me. Today I relish Your closeness…Your faithfulness which never fluctuates no matter if I am joyous or despondent. Love is love, and Yours is ever-present and unchanging. I am humbled by such an amazing grace. I have come this day to rest, and be refreshed. Fill me to overflowing with love and strength. Amen.

Reflect and Journal

1. Have you ever thought about how the Lord delights in you, simply because you hope in His unfailing love?

2. When nature displays its beauty, when the rain falls on parched ground, when new life emerges from a seed, declarations about the faithfulness and sovereignty of God are made in visible ways aimed at capturing our heart. Have you ever thought about the connection between the marvels of nature, and the voice of the Father being connected? Have you ever just sat and marveled at Gods goodness and power in what you see. Scripture says He cares for the sparrow, and cares even more for you. What misgivings do you need to let go of for even a moment, to enjoy the beauty around you…to listen to His heartbeat…to sit in His lap. I was walking in my garden, and the beautiful pink roses were in full bloom. I almost walked by. Instead, I cupped one in my hand. As I smelled its lovely fragrance, I thought of Jesus, and the lovely fragrance of His life. I imagine Jesus smells like my rose and I hoped in Him. This delighted the Lord. Selah (meditate).

3. Are you so caught up in principles and obedience (all of which are good if walked out as Christ lives through you) that you miss the sweetness…the beauty? Are you so concerned about what you have, or haven't done that you miss delighting in the one who delights in you?

4. Do you feel accepted by Him who loves you no matter what? If not, write down your so called warts, and give them to Him in an act of faith. Receive His rest…His complete acceptance.

14 comments:

luvmy4sons said...

Wow...thanks sweet sis.

Samantha said...

Today I also relish in our holy fathers closeness and thank him for his wonderful love !
~ God bless you dear Denise.

RCUBEs said...

Thought-provoking indeed and encouraging at the same time! Blessings to you today sister!

Apron of the Month Club said...

Denise, that was a wonderful post. We are so blessed to have such a loving Father God. I'm a single mom, and I tell my friends that Jesus Christ is the man of my house!

Yoli :)

Saleslady371 said...

This is encouraging to me right now,Denise. Love you!

Angie said...

Such a good reminder! We are so busy all the time trying to prove our love for God. It's so refreshing to think that He loves us and delights in us. I forget sometimes that God actually pursued me, not the other way around. Very good post! Thanks

MyJourneyBack said...

Oh Denise this was great. Thanks so much for sharing this. I know a girl that I want to share this with. She needs so to know that God really does delight in her.
Thanks so much.
BTW your new background is so cute. I tried to see where you got it but didn't find a link. I am looking for a new background. Would you let me know where you found yours? Please.
Have a Great Weekend.
Hugs,
Sherry

Pam D said...

Hello, dear friend! Oh my, life has been speeding by over here. One more week, and our Fall Festival will be reality; I pray that we will glorify God in everything we do. And then? I think I will sleep for a whole day and then blog for another! Or not, because life just keeps calling, and God has more for me to do. But, I do pray that I will be able to at least sit down and do more than quickly read your posts. They are so deep these days, and it takes time to digest them. You have really become quite the devotional writer, and I would love to see you put them into a book. Oh.. I also love, love,love your fall background! It just brings me right into the beauty of the season. Praying that you are able to escape the prison cell of sickness and enjoy the cool fall air... I love you, Denise!

Laureen said...

Thanks for sharing the encouraging words.

Cathy said...

Thanks for that beautiful, encouraging post, Denise. Hope you are feeling better ~ Hugs ~

Laureen said...

Thanks for sharing this encouraging post.

Peggy said...

WOW...sweet blessing Denise...a love letter written right to your heart & for you, especially! How delighted He is in you, Denise! Very encouraging & comforting message...going to read more...how very precious & meaningful each word...a drop of honey to your soul! love & hugs, Peggy

Melanie said...

This is great! God does delight in us... although, I must admit that many days it is beyond my realm of understanding how He could delight in ME. But, I know that He does.. whether I feel worthy or not! So encouraging and uplifting and comforting to know that our God delights in us ALWAYS!

Brenda Craig said...

Thanks so much for posting the word from my Journals website...I so appreciate you sharing His heart...and I am amazed at all the comments...I am so encouraged.
Blessings to you...Brenda