As a teen, Psalm 37:4 became a favorite verse of Scripture for me: “Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart” (NKJV). In my immaturity, I assumed as long as I lived for God, I could have anything I desired—wealth, a classy car, many friends, and more. It was magical in a sense: Live for the Lord and you will have a life of ease!
Time and maturity taught me this verse of Scripture had deeper meaning. If we truly find satisfaction and worth in living for God, then our desires parallel His desires. Jesus instructed us in Matthew 6, “Do not worry about your life” (verse 25, NKJV) and “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” (verse 33, NKJV). I’ve also learned to draw from the instruction of the previous verse in Psalm 37: “Trust in the Lord … and feed on His faithfulness” (verse 3, NKJV).
Life rarely goes as planned. But I have learned that the Lord does give us the desires of our hearts when our delight (happiness) is centered around His will. I am blessed with a husband and children who also find their delight in the Lord. I am blessed with many friends. As far as the classy car—well, my vehicle is over ten years old. And I am content with that. It has been the reliable source of many miles traveled in ministry, time spent with family, and employment.
Further down in Psalm 37, it is written: “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He [the Lord] delights in his way” (verse 23, NKJV). When we find pleasure in living for God, He orders (guides) our steps down every avenue of life. In this issue of Reflections, several women share their stories of God directing their steps in their chosen careers. God can use these women—and many of you who read this magazine—for such a time as this (as He did Esther of old) to bring people to salvation.
Melody Reever, Editor
Wednesday @ 9:40 AM
by Bailey Aguiñaga
Big sisters can’t help but want to fix their little brothers. It’s an innate talent, a God-given duty, really. Some little brothers need a big sister’s help to stop picking their nose. Others with taming a stubborn cowlick. But my five-year-old little brother needed help with something different: saying his /r/ sound correctly.
Eight-year-old me made it my number one priority to “help” …Read More +
July 17th 2019 @ 2:14 PM
Like many women, I strive to be a Proverbs 31 woman and a courageous Christian. This can be difficult with the plethora of responsibilities placed upon women. One of the greatest stressors for Christian women who work in secular employment is the difficulty of balancing motherhood and professional duties. For women like me, add the role of pastor’s wife, and the responsibilities and duties can sometimes be overwhelming. I …Read More +
May 2nd 2019 @ 1:10 PM
by Emily Spaugh
Have you ever felt as though your life was a maze? You started with a destination in mind, but now you’re stuck somewhere in the middle, unsure of which path to take. You feel lost, maybe even disappointed, yet there remains within you a need to reach the goal.
Sometimes our callings are similar. Some people are called to do something specific. However, most of …Read More +
March 19th 2019 @ 2:25 PM
My daughter was the loudest kid in the store that day. Everyone we passed was looking, I didn’t care. At the top of her lungs she sang, “I love my mommy. Oh yes, I do. I love my mommy and she loves me too.” If ever I had been on one of life’s mountaintops, I was on one at that moment. Our sweet girl, Tayla, came into Child Protective …Read More +
February 14th 2019 @ 4:25 PM
Four hundred years of slavery changes your perspective. A nation known as God’s people, whose common ancestor (Abraham) had a special friendship with God that was designed to be passed down, were now incapable of seeing themselves as anything but slaves.
So ingrained was this slave mentality that most parents didn’t bother to pass down stories of Abraham and his covenant with God. What was the point? Rather, …Read More +