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Thought: Make the Lord Your Delight

A few weeks ago, I received a timely letter from my aunt encouraging me to smile. It arrived on a day when I felt like doing anything but smiling. But as I pondered her letter, God began to convict my heart. While I'd been asking God to help me change, I'd been refusing to take the first step--I hadn't been doing the tasks He'd given me with a willing, surrendered heart. Without even realizing it, I'd bought into the lie that I simply needed a change of circumstances, a firm plan, or more time to myself. In reality, however, my heart was what needed changed.

While simply putting on a happy face in itself wouldn't help me change my heart, choosing to delight in the Lord regardless of my feelings or circumstances could make a difference. I found this principle over and over again in the Psalms. King David didn't always feel like praising the Lord (especially when hiding in caves or fleeing for his life), nevertheless he chose to delight in the Lord and the truth of His Word. This month let's follow King David's example and continually choose to make God alone our delight.

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"To God, my joy and my delight." Psalm 43:4b
"Then my soul will rejoice in the LORD and delight in his salvation." Psalm 35:9



Story: One Step at a Time


Katie wanted to slide down that slide desperately! She just had one problem--she couldn't figure out how to get to the top. She had tried climbing up the slide, but had failed. Now she was vainly attempting to jump to the top. Although she jumped with all her might, she couldn't reach the platform. She kept falling, scraping or banging something in the process.

A few minutes later, Katie had finally convinced herself that she couldn't get to the top on her own. She did what she should have done from the beginning--turned to her father for help. "Daddy, no can! No can! Helps me!"

Katie's father looked tenderly at his little daughter. He had been trying to help his daughter the whole time, but, wanting to be a big girl on her own, she had persistently resisted his efforts. Now, however, she allowed him to gently lead her to the other side of the platform.

There, to Katie's surprise, was a chain ladder she hadn't noticed before. While the rungs were way too far apart for Katie to climb on her own, Katie's father put his strong arms around her and helped her climb. Soon Katie had reached the top of the platform. What had appeared impossible a moment ago had been achieved--when she had let her father take her one step at a time.

Homeschool Tip: The Everyday Moments of Life

"Be very careful, then, how you live--not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil." Ephesians 5:15-16

We normally don't look at a pile of dishes or a trip to the grocery store and say, "Wow! What an incredible opportunity!", do we? Yet, in reality, the everyday moments of life provide us with excellent opportunities--opportunities that we, sadly, often fail to even see.

This past week, my mother was out of town (which is why I am writing this tip). When she first left, the thought of doing all the housework and shopping nearly overwhelmed me, but those very chores I originally dreaded actually turned out to be incredible blessings. I was amazed at how God could speak through everything if I would listen. When I viewed tasks as opportunities, the time spent folding the wash or watering the lawn became a precious time of fellowship and service. On the other hand, when I viewed tasks as simply chores to cross off my list, I completely missed out on that time with the Lord.

I know that as mothers you all have a lot of tasks around the house to do. I would like to encourage you to remember this month that those everyday tasks are really opportunities in disguise.


Hymn/Poem: A Springtime Reflection

Winter clung to ground and tree,
The grass rustled dryly in the wind, completely brown,
Not a flower dotted the field,
The trees alone stood, but without their leafy crown.

Then one day spring arrived,
The grass turned green in the sun's ray
Flowers burst up everywhere,
The trees, once barren, now grow more leaves every day.

Once again earth gives us the reminder,
That in Christ all things become new.
First in our hearts, we, by His grace,
Put on His righteousness and become His chosen few.

Then one day our bodies also,
Will be made new to live where tears are never--
Nor suffering, nor heartache nor fear--
Yeah, in God's perfect presence we shall dwell forever.

Unless otherwise indicated, articles are written by Katherine Loop, 2006.  Scripture taken from the NIV Bible. Feel free to pass these e-mails along to others in whole or part (please include a link to our website when you do). If you do not regularly receive Christian Perspective's monthly e-mails and updates and would like to receive them, please send your e-mail address to info@christianperspective.net or sign up on our website, www.christianperspective.net.   If you would like to be removed from the e-mail list, simply let us know, and we will promptly remove you. We'd always love to hear from you. Drop us a line sometime and share with us your thoughts and suggestions.