Giver of all Good Gifts

I went shopping today. I’m on a search for a new comforter set, but have time to find just the right thing. However, I did find a pretty, teal throw to place at the foot of the bed in our guest room. Don and I folded the afghan in thirds and laid it in place, then stepped back to admire how it brings out the turquoise and teal in the pillow shams and the stained glass window. The throw complements and completes the room.

Do you enjoy redecorating? Sometimes finding just the right pillow, throw, or picture makes a delightful change, refreshing and making a room feel new again. I love that feeling. Sometimes it’s just a matter of rearranging what we already have in a new way. Sometimes it’s reorganizing so what I need is easier to find.

As we ate our eggs florentine this morning, I looked out the window and watched the tall, golden grasses waving as they yielded to the power of the wind. Our lives are like that grass. We have a firm foundation in our God. When the wind blows we may bend; but by his grace we continue to stand.

We can be swayed in many ways. Every day, we choose which way we will bend. Will we trust God and allow His Spirit to form and shape us to His will, to allow Him to continue His work of perfecting, beautifying us? Will we yield to Him when the road is rough or try to make our own way out of trials? We might be swayed by the influence of the world, friends, and our own desires that run contrary to God’s good will. Will redecorating, losing weight, finding the right mate, or achieving a long-awaited goal be our primary focus? Or will we allow God to mold us, enjoying in His good gifts, trusting Him, delighting most of all, in Him as the ultimate Gift and Giver?

Today I am delighting in Him, and in the good gift of an inexpensive throw that completes a welcoming room for guests in our home.

Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.” James 1:17, NLT

What is delighting your heart today?

 

 

4 Responses

  1. MarJean Peters says:

    Ahhh, I love those sweet delights when I find a garage sale treasure to redecorate a room. It sends good endorphins through my brain and seems to reset it. Yet, I know Psalm 37 says to delight myself in the LORD and He will give me the desires of my heart. I interpret that as Him putting His desires into my heart. I think His desires include for me to cooperate with the way He designed me, which means to enjoy creating together with Him. I love to feel His smile when we create together, much like a child who “helps” make cookies with Mommy or “helps” Daddy wash the car. I think the bottom line delight comes with the actual relationship we enjoy by “working” together.

    • carolnl says:

      Well said MarJean. I feel the good endorphins when this happens too! And yes, I agree with your interpretation that God puts His desires in our hearts and then wants us to align with Him in using those gifts, interests, desires. Love how you talk about feeling His smile when you create together. Your comment reminds of a line from “Chariots of Fire” that has always stayed with me: “God made me fast. And when I run, I feel His pleasure.”

  2. Karen O'Connor says:

    What a lovely article, Carol. I do enjoy decorating too and recently I took great delight in purchasing a large decorative pot that perfectly complements my colorful bedspread and I bought a new plant for the pot, as well. Every morning and evening I smile as I look at these new ‘gifts’ to myself that remind me of all the beautiful gifts I receive daily from my generous God–health, provision, shelter, family, and friends!

    • carolnl says:

      How lovely, Karen. Isn’t it amazing how these “little gifts” remind us of the many other gifts with which God has blessed us. Thank you!

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