how do we gain from god the true desires of our heart?

I know I am not alone in wondering this question, i feel it in my bones. And the answer is actually very easy, but sometimes the things right in front of our cute noses we just do not see.

As I enter 2020 and I am secure in myself, but I find I still desire to fine tune what my purpose is on this earth God created and along with that, continue to be happy. Remember it is not those around you that make you happy, but it is YOU … and only YOU that can create your happiness. Note: If you wait or demand someone else to create your happiness, that is just not gonna happen, more on that in another blog.

But, back to my humble thoughts on how we obtain the desires of our hearts. There was a time I would ask God and pray for success in my art business, healing of my fibroymalgia, more attention the way I WANTED from my husband, etc. These are not wrong as God loves us as his children to talk to him and be specific, but I honestly I realized I was missing one very important point that should precede these other requests.

I realized that I need to be praying and asking God for ONE THING…. instead of all of those other things that I needed.

The key is in Psalm 27:4

One thing I have desired of the Lord,
That will I seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord
All the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the Lord,
And to inquire in His temple.

You see, the key is …. if we seek the Lord, He will give us the desires of our hearts. It is such a beautiful thing. God knows what we want, He knows our desires and our down deep cherished needs. With the fast pace of our culture today, there seems to be so many “things” that pull us away from truly seeking God. We also can be too self-absorbed in trying to seek one detail we think will make us happy that we miss seeking God as the bigger picture.

I have tried to describe this thought like a donut. If we seeks Gods path and HIM, He will in turn give us the desires of our hearts. If we do it the other way around, we might miss for years what God truly has to make us happy. Does that make sense?

It is my firm belief that, second only to salvation, seeking God is the most important aspect of the Christian life…to truly know God: “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13).

As we enter into 2020, think about this concept, think about seeking God first and allowing Him to give you each one of your desires. I am going to refocus on this concept. It sounds simply but … well, lets make it simple!!!

The Desires of Our Heart….Whose Dream is it?

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I have always heard the verse “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”  This verse is found in Psalm 37:4.  But what does it mean when God says he will give us the desires of our heart!!  Does that mean I can list all the things I want and push that list up to God in a prayer like a list children do and send off to Santa? 

You might read that verse and focus on the second part of the verse as it might look more appealing!!!  BUT, of course the result will be quite disappointing.  The sentence is structured to read the first part of the sentence first….  “Delight thyself also in the Lord”….  to make this clearer, it means something like this….  Make God the object of our desires.  I feel the verse is saying He will in turn give us our desires. 

I also think that if we make God the object of our desires, follow Him, pray for His direction, our hearts will be so right with God that our desires will be what is best for us! 

The question many people face almost daily is whether or not their desires are covetousness selfish wants. So how can we know our desires are from God?  Again, read the first part of the verse, “delight in the Lord.”   When we allow God’s word to renew our hearts and mind and we allow God to have His way in our hearts, we will find our desires are in alignment with His will and our desires are His desires for our life.  

When I started my art venture several years ago, a complete opposite direction from my professional career path, I promised myself I would NOT do it alone.  In other words, I did not just list all the things I wanted as an artist and expect this list to be fulfilled.  I put my entire art path in God’s hands.  I asked for complete direction and took my hand off the door handle and let God open all the doors for me.  

In turn, I never worry about my art business because my path is already planned, each corner I turn!!  Even down to the little things like the sale of that next painting or where I will show my art. Putting God as the first person I talk to each day, the one I ask for guidance for any decision, allows me the peace in knowing my path is already sanctioned by God.  Does this mean I sit back and not work hard, but expect opportunities to fall into my path?  Absolutely NO.  Most that know me will say I am one of the hardest working people they know. 

The difference is, there is this walk in such faith that I have because I have asked for guidance by God that I know the desires in my art world are in sync with God.