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Trusting God to Fulfill Your Desires

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?

  1. 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.
  2. Surrender it to Him daily.  Give it back to Him as often as you need to – even if it’s several times a day.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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,

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Psalm 145:13

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Psalm 145:13 was my memory verse for April 15th. I was supposed to choose a new one for May 1st, but I am having a hard time letting go of Psalm 145, because it is so beautiful and meaningful to me.

First of all, I am so grateful that God is timeless and never changes. His kingdom “endures through all generations”. I have been experiencing lots of change lately, personally, in our family and in our church. Change is hard, because it makes me feel a little unsure. Yet, it is reassuring to know that even if everything around me changes, God remains the same. I take great comfort in that truth!

Next, this verse says that the Lord is “trustworthy in all He promises”. Have you ever had someone say something to you and wondered if you could believe them? Maybe someone paid you a compliment, but really they just wanted something from you in return. Or maybe they told you a story that just seemed too good to be true.

Have you had people in your life that weren’t completely trustworthy? Maybe a close friend says they want to spend time with you but you can never seem to connect. Or your husband says he will be home from work at a certain time, but you know to add a half hour to the time he told you. No matter how good-hearted your friends and family are, they are human and therefore they are not 100% trustworthy.

I find that I often transfer the untrustworthiness of others onto God. It is hard to wrap your mind around Someone being 100% trustworthy, 100% of the time, isn’t it? Yet, according to this verse (and many others in the Bible) God is trustworthy in ALL He promises! Every single promise He has made He will deliver on! Every. Single. Time.

What promise are you standing upon right now? If you haven’t seen it come to complete fruition, keep trusting. Your God is trustworthy!

In addition to God keeping His promises, Psalm 145:3 also promises that God is faithful in all He does. I think one of the reasons I have been so attached to this verse is because I have been regularly noticing God’s faithfulness these past couple of weeks. By the way, God is always faithful; we just don’t always recognize His faithfulness.

I have seen His faithfulness in the following ways:

  • Very specific answers to prayer for not only one, but both of my children and their friends.
  • In relationships where things could have gone bad, but God turned it around for good.
  • In growth in my life and others lives as well.
  • God’s provision of resources, abilities and time.
  • God’s protection of my heart through various circumstances.

Even when it seems like things are falling apart, God is faithful in the middle of it all. He can take anything that happens in life and turn it around for good. In fact (according to Romans 8:28) that’s His specialty!

Are you looking for God’s faithfulness? Are you praying for eyes to recognize Him at work? That’s a prayer He loves to answer. God loves to show off for those who are looking for Him to show up!

God never changes. His kingdom endures forever. He is trustworthy in all He promises and faithful in all He does. May this truth be an encouragement to you today!

Your Friend in Ministry,

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