Intentional growth is my desire to develop well-rounded in my spirit, soul and body. Intentional progress comes through cultivating my heart to delight in the Lord, worship Him and to pray.
My two Scriptures for 2022 are:
Matthew 7:7-8 NASB
- Ask, and it will be given to you
- Seek, and you will find
- Knock, and it will be opened to you
- For everyone who asks receives
- And he who seeks finds
- And to him who knocks it will be opened
Psalm 37:3-5 NASB
- Trust in the Lord and do good
- Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness
- Delight yourself in the Lord
- And He will give you the desires of your heart
- Commit your way to the Lord
- Trust also in Him, and He will do it
Webster defines delight as “a high degree of pleasure, or satisfaction of mind; to have or take great pleasure; to be greatly pleased; delight is more permanent pleasure than joy, and not dependent on sudden excitement.”
Delight in His Presence
Spiritual delight is finding great pleasure in God’s Presence. There is nothing quite like sitting at His feet and allowing Him to pour His love into the very depths of my being. And to commune and fellowship with the Lover of my Soul is truly satisfying.
Delight in His Word
My spirit and soul delight in His Word. I enjoy listening to audiobooks and this month, I listened to several audio-Bibles.
- The Passion Translation: The New Testament (With Psalms, Proverbs and Song of Solomon). Published and narrated by Brian Simmons on June 22, 2018. Length: 36 hours 23 minutes.
- Letters from Heaven by The Apostle Paul (Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Timothy). Published and narrated by Brian Simmons on August 29, 2016. Length: 2 hours and 41 minutes.
- Acts of the Apostles (Dramatized). Published by Your Story Hour on December 11, 2008. Narrated by Carole Pezet and Stanley Hill. Length: 6 hours and 39 minutes.
Delight in Celebrating Life
My intentional choice of eating well, drinking water and doing 10k steps a day has emerged well this past month. Because we have several birthdays in January and February, we enjoyed: cheesecake, carrot cake, double chocolate cake and blueberry cake. Though we don’t usually eat cake, we enjoyed celebrating and loving on special family members.
Worship Him with My Spirit
I enjoy worshiping God with all my heart and spirit. I can do this alone or in a gathering with other Believers. Worship is an attitude of the heart.
Webster states worship is “to honor with extravagant love; to adore; to reverence with supreme respect; to pay divine honors to the Supreme Being, consisting in adoration, confession, prayer, thanksgiving and the like.”
I re-visited Kari Jobe’s music album, Majestic. Her desire to worship, adore and honor the Lord is evident as she pours out her heart to Him in song.
Worship Him with My Soul
Digging deeper into worship, I invested in several audiobooks. Matt Redman has a heart of worship, a longing for God to be exalted, and a yearning to lead others into pure worship of God because He is worthy of our praise.
- Blessed Be Your Name (Worshiping God on the Road Marked with Suffering). Published and narrated by Matt and Beth Redman on December 31, 2008. Length: 1 hour 38 minutes.
- Finding God in the Hard Times (Choosing to Trust and Hope When you Can’t See the Way). Published by Matt and Beth Redman on April 19, 2016. Narrated by Reed Walker. Length: 1 hour 48 minutes. [This is actually the same book as Blessed Be Your Name with a new narrator]
- Indescribable (Encountering the Glory of God in the Beauty of the Universe). Published and narrated by Louie Giglio and Matt Redman. Length: 2 hours 6 minutes.
- Mirrorball (Living Boldly and Shining Brightly for the Glory of God). Published and narrated by Matt Redman on August 23, 2011. Length: 2 hours.
Worship Him with My Body
Posture affects our heart worship. Whether we humble ourselves by bowing or laying prostrate before Him; raise or clap our hands or spin our entire body around – our heart expresses its love for the Lord of lords and the King of kings through our bodily expressions.
I am so thankful we have a Living God who hears us.
“For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears open to their prayer; but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” Psalm 34:12 WEB
We can come before Him with confidence.
“Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” ~Hebrews 4:16 NASB
“The Lord is near to the heartbroken and He saves those who are crushed in spirit (contrite in heart, truly sorry for their sin).” ~Psalm 34:18 AMP
“He has responded to the prayer of the destitute, and has not despised their prayer.” ~Psalm 102:17 WEB
“The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him sincerely and in truth.” Psalm 145:18 AMPC
We can pour out our heart before the Lord and know that He hears us. We can listen to His still small voice, know His guidance and receive His direction.
“And My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” ~2 Chronicles 7:14 NASB
A friend and I met and prayed for our families, our cities, our state and our country. We had a wonderful two days of fellowship and prayer, and we trust the Lord did hear our prayers, is forgiving us (people, government, etc.) and is healing our land.
Intentional enlargement came through cultivating my heart to delight in the Lord, worship Him and to pray. I’m so thankful the Lord is expanding and enlarging my heart for delighting and worshiping Him. And what a joy to partner with Him and with others in prayer!
May “the Lord bless you, and keep you; the Lord make His face shine on you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance on you, and give you peace.” ~Numbers 6:24-26 NASB
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