Hello friends! It has been quite a while since I’ve posted on my blog, due to tech issues. I finally asked my husband for help and he was able to get me up and running again in no time flat. This was a good reminder to humble myself and ask for help sooner rather than later when I get into situations that are bigger than me.
I hope to get back into a somewhat regular routine of blogging again. However, I have been surprised by this season of life, raising teenagers. They require a lot of my time and attention, which makes time for other endeavors more challenging. But because I know this season will be over in no time, I am making the most of it by giving it (and them) my full attention, which is the joy of my life.
Last Sunday, I had the opportunity to share the message for Mother’s Day at our church. It was based on Hannah from the Old Testament, entitled “Trusting God to Fulfill Your Desires.” I thought I would share the basics of the message with you. If you’d like to hear the whole message, click on this link and it will take you to the video on our website from May 8, 2016.
You can find Hannah’s story in the first couple chapters of 1 Samuel. If you are unfamiliar with her story, why not take a few minutes to read it now?
Hannah’s story teaches us that we can trust God to fulfill the desires that He’s placed within our hearts.
What did Hannah do with her desire?
- She gave it to God. 1 Samuel 1:10
- She made a vow. 1 Samuel 1:11
- She fulfilled her vow. 1 Samuel 1:28
What did God do with Hannah’s desire?
- He remembered Hannah. 1 Samuel 1:19
- He gave Hannah what she wanted because he knew he could trust her to offer what she wanted back to God. 1 Samuel 1:20
- Did something bigger than Hannah could have ever imagined. 1 Samuel 2:26
So, what can you do if a desire is consuming you?
- Determine if it is Godly or not. If it is an ungodly desire, do whatever you can to remove it from your life. Don’t rest until it is.
- Surrender it to Him daily. Give it back to Him as often as you need to – even if it’s several times a day.
- Discipline your heart and mind to focus on God. This is where it gets really challenging. But a desire can be dangerous because it competes with God for first place in your heart and mind. You could have the Godliest desire, that’s put in your heart by Him, yet it could become an idol in your life, if that’s all you think about.
- Believe that God remembers you and is working on your behalf. The word remember means so much more than simply to recall – it means to express concern for someone, to act with loving care on their behalf. God expresses concern for His people and acts with loving care on their behalf. He did that for Hannah and He does that for you too. When you submit a desire to God, you can trust that He is working on it.*The Lord will work out His plans for my life – for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever. Don’t abandon me, for you made me. Psalm 138:8, NLT*For since the world began, no ear has heard and no eye has seen a God like you, who works for those who wait for Him! Isaiah 64:4, NLT
- Have faith that God will fulfill your desire in one way or another. Use the verses below to bolster your faith in God while you’re waiting.
*I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:13-14
*The Lord is faithful to all His promises and loving toward all He has made. Psalm 145:13, NIV
*Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4, NIV
*He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; He hears their cry and saves them. Psalm 145:19
*Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. What a person desires is unfailing love; . . . Proverbs 19:21-22a, NIV
How many know, that when you do these things I’ve shared with your desires, an amazing transformation takes place. Crying out to God, especially when it’s done for many years, becomes less about our specific request and more about getting to know, trust and rely upon our God. He becomes our heart’s desire. I love the verse in Proverbs 19 because it perfectly concludes what God wants to speak to us today, through His Holy Spirit . . . Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. What a person desires is unfailing love; . . . Proverbs 19:21-22a, NIV I believe if you get to the root of every desire, it can be linked to the truth of this verse – what a person desires is unfailing love. Hannah’s desire was to have a baby so that she could prove that God loved her and hadn’t forgotten about her. If you examine your desire, deep down, you can most likely link it to the desire of unfailing love. Aren’t you grateful that unfailing love is exactly what you are promised? Through God sending Jesus to walk among us and give His life for us, He fulfilled each of ours greatest desire. Unfailing love. I want each of you to hear me right now. You are loved. You are not forgotten. God right this very moment, is working on your behalf. He can be trusted. He is faithful to all His promises and loving towards all He has made. You can be confident of this – you will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
Your Friend in Ministry,