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“Just what I’ve always wanted!”

I learned, or relearned rather, a lesson yesterday.
I will start off with the most shallow part of this lesson which begins with a frightful moment in 6th grade. I had always thought that it would make perfect sense if I married an artist because then he could illustrate my books and we would be like Don and Audrey Woods. While I was in 6th grade, this was about the time when I began to hear people say that God “called them to marry” so-and-so or “led them to pursue” someone. And so, as an adolescent, I thought that this meant that I had nothing to do with who I married. Then, during Vacation Bible School, I discovered that one of my peers, a boy who I was less than fond of, was an artist. I was quite scared! I thought “Oh great, now God is going to tell me to marry this guy!” So this was a fear of mine for a little while. Next, I began to hear about those girls who have all these ideals and then fall in love on a whim and marry some guy who is totally different than she expected the guy she married to be. This was another fear of mine.
Yesterday in Anne of Avonlea (which I finished by the way and will soon review) Diana Barry became engaged to Fred Wright. Anne, besides feeling alone in the world of singles, wondered what Diana saw in Fred. He wasn’t the ideal man that Diana had claimed to want. He wasn’t tall and slim, he was short and stout. He was just Fred!
Diana had changed and now no one could make her happier, and she wouldn’t even want Fred to be tall and slim because then he wouldn’t be Fred. And at this, Anne thinks that she will never change her ideals. But as we all know, she does. She finally sees the light and falls in love with Gilbert Blythe. And right as Anne says this, I think the exact same thing. But Anne changed her ways…no! Neeeevvveeer!
As this files through my head, not yet processed I learn part two of the lesson.
I was having a sort of “low day” yesterday and so I looked to my trusty black bible for help. In the Reader’s Help under “filled with longing,” I found a verse which now means a lot to me:
“Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
Psalm 37:4
God says that if we delight ourselves in Him then he will give us what we want.
If you delight yourself in God your desires will match His own heart and you will want to do his will. Then, your heart’s desire will be fulfilled because your desires will change.
Just like how Diana Barry was happy when her ideals changed.
So I will delight myself in The Lord and receive the desires of my heart!

Everly Pleasant

Content now…satisfied later

I go through life…

happy with what I have. I see other people, their lives, their possessions and families and friends and I am grateful. I am thankful that I am who I am. But, then I stop and think:
What is that staleness I feel in everything? Am I the only one who senses some sort of emptiness?
No, I don’t think so. I think that at one point or another, whether we know Christ or not, everyone feels this. Even the richest things in life sometimes don’t satisfy us. So I think to myself, am I to live life unsatisfied like someone who is never happy? But I am happy. Though I sense this feeling of emptiness in all things of the world, I know that I should be happy and grateful for it. That’s it.
Though I acknowledge that there is more to life then earthly things and that there is more to existence than life on earth I can still be content. Not satisfied. I do not and should not feel satisfaction from things of this world. My only true satisfaction will be after this life, beginning the moment I arrive in Heaven and for eternity. But, I am here now. I am meant to be here and make the best of it currently, so I know that part of my goal is to be content with the here-and-now as I look forward to the ultimate, the only true satisfaction of Heaven. And for anyone who hasn’t bought into this and is still stale and empty themselves, I pray for you and hope that someday I see you in Heaven. I cannot imagine how you see the world, stale and empty now and forever without the blood of Jesus to give you hope and a glimpse of a future in Heaven.
I know that the real definitions do not differ, but to me, content and satisfied are two different things.
Only Christ Can Satisfy
Psalm 81:15-16
15 Those who hate The Lord would cringe before him, and their punishment would last forever. 16 But you would be fed with the finest of wheat; with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”
Psalm 90:14
14 Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
Psalm 145:16
16 You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.
Isaiah 58:11
The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.
Job 36:11
If they obey and serve him, they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity and their years in contentment.
Everly Pleasant

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