A Misinterpreted Verse

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This weekend my husband and I are in New Hampshire visiting family. Being out here reminds me of how the Lord has worked in my heart to make His desires my desires

Psalm 37:4 is one of the most misinterpreted verses in the Bible. The verse says:

 Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.

We often take that to mean that if we are delighting ourselves in Him – aka loving and following Him – then He will give us what we want.

No. That is not what it means. It does not mean that you get whatever you want. Delighting yourself in the Lord is not some means of manipulation to get God to give you what you want.

Delighting yourself in the Lord is submitting yourself to God’s will. And when you submit yourself to the Lord He often changes what you want to be what He wants. So He does give you what you want. But because you have delighted in Him and submitted your will to Him, His desires become your desires.

So delight yourself in the Lord by submitting to His Word and loving Him with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength and He will give you the desires of your heart by conforming them to His will.

Happy Lord’s Day!

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Yeah Write // How-to and Tips for Journaling

ImageI don’t know about you, but I am one of those people who always had a hard time journaling. I can’t even tell you how many journals over the years I have started – with good intentions and high aspirations – only to give up a couple of weeks later. So if you had told me that eventually I would be a consistent at journaling, I would have said, “Yeah write.” (Like what I did there!?😉 ).

But over the years it has been a habit that I have developed. I believe that journaling is important for a couple of reasons:

  • It helps you recall what God has done in your life.
  • You can capture memories that you might be likely to forget or that you would have forgotten the details of.
  • It is a place to keep track of prayer requests.
  • It can be filled with quotes and passages of Scripture that you want to remember.
  • It is an excellent way to expand your devotion time beyond just reading Scripture. You can write out your meditations on Scripture or your prayers.

I encourage you to use a journal to remember things and to enhance your walk with the Lord. Here are some tips that will, Lord willing, help you journal:

  1. Start small  – If you start off with huge goals of journaling every day or journaling two pages at a time, you probably won’t keep that. Start off by committing to writing a line a day or a page a week. Once you get it down, you can expand that. It is like excerising – we don’t start off with running a marathon. We have to work up to that.
  2. Don’t be discouraged – Who says that you have to do it every day? Journal when you can. If you miss a couple of days, it doesn’t matter! There are no rules. It’s your journal!
  3. Make it a part of your routine – Usually it is easier to do something when it fits in your schedule. Do it as a part of your devotions in the morning or keep it by your bed and write a few lines at night.
  4. Keep it visible – The old saying “Out of sight, out of mind” can apply to journaling. If you keep it on your nightstand or with you Bible where you will see it everyday, I promise you will be more likely to pick it up and write in it.
  5. Use a real journal – There is just something about writing by hand and being able to flip through the pages. If you use a real journal, you can easily tape in ticket stubs or other memorabilia. You can also sketch or personalize your journal. Writing by hand allows you more creativity, helps you remember more, and helps you connect more with what you are writing.

Many a blog post have come directly from the pages of my journal. I have a theory that a lot of bloggers are also journalers. Try journaling. I think you will like it!

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Countering Selfishness


When I am tempted to fuss and fret,

Because all my “needs” have not been met,

Or when I am prone to great despair,

Despite working hard life isn’t fair.

I realize I’ve come to believe the lie,

That the most important person in the world is, I.

My anger or my wallowing sorrow,

Results from the selfish attitude that I borrow.

When I let self my conscience cloud,

Fleshly rule has been allowed.

But to counter my naturally sinful bent,

I have a help that’s heaven-sent.

I dwell on His most precious blood,

And to my heart the joy does flood.

How can I help but praise and sing,

When dwelling on the selfless King?



Monday Morning Mantra


Monday Morning. It is another week – another day. I don’t know about you, but sometime I feel more tired after the weekend. My weekends are spent catching up on chores and cramming in some social time. This weekend was particularly crazy with our car breaking down. Fun times!

After a busy weekend, it can be hard for me to get going with everything again. I have been realizing more and more my weakness and my total dependence upon Christ. The Lord has been showing me that I need to take time every day to cry out to Him and ask Him for strength. If I don’t do that, I end up getting frustrated with myself and what I didn’t get done or I focus on how I failed.

So my “Monday Morning Mantra” and really my every day mantra, is to preach the Gospel to myself. I recall the truths of God’s Word and the work He did on the cross for my sins.

Why do I do this? I preach the Gospel to myself for the following three reasons:

1. Remember His Faithfulness – Lamentations 3:22-23
When I am tempted to doubt God’s goodness or be frustrated by His timing, I recall His faithfulness. He has always done what He has said. He promised to send His son and He did. He has promised to make me more like Him and He has. Great is His faithfulness!

2. Repent of My Folly – Psalm 69:5
When I remember His faithfulness, I am ashamed of my lack of trust in Him. I foolishly think I can handle things, but I can’t. Only the Lord knows what is best and He is working things out according to HIS perfect will.

3. Reap the benefits of Filling My Mind with Truth – Philippians 4:7
When I have remembered what God has done and repenting of my lack of trust, then I can reap the benefit of preaching the Gospel to myself. The promises of His Word and a restored relationship with Him fill my heart and mind with peace.

What do you preach to yourself on Monday mornings? What promises of God are comforting to you in times of doubt?

One Week of Cooking with an Iron Skillet // Final Day


Today concludes my week of cooking with an iron skillet. It has been fun to experiment with different types of recipes in my iron skillet. Last but not least, we have a skillet chocolate cake from the blog Cookies and Cups. My husband loves chocolate cake and it is my lifelong goal to find a cake that he loves more than any restaurant’s cake. This one was pretty good! The frosting is so creamy and buttery! (Maybe because it is basically all butter!!😉 )

In case you missed anything, here are the recipes from the week:

1. German Pancake

2. Three Cheese Mac and Cheese

3. Easy No-knead Skillet Bread

4. The Classic Frittata

5. Skillet Chocolate Cake

If you made any of the recipes from this week, I would love to hear from you! What did you like best? Thanks for following along this week!