I believe in this verse:
"Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you your heart’s desires." -Psalm 37:4 (NLT)
And the give in that verse - I believe happens two-fold. When I choose to be delighted in God, reaching for Him with open hands more than I reach for anything or anyone else, He will both plant divine desires in my heart and make them come to pass. It's a win-win. Do you see?
What He has planted in my heart is this purpose for my life:
To reveal the extravagant love of Christ to others by offering them the love that I have been given.
My name means "shining with fame." There is a part of me that despises it, though. Because I don't do well with fame. I'm a closet introvert, if I'm honest. I don't do well with criticism, and everyone remotely famous has plenty of critics. And I can't stand it when I get the credit God deserves. It makes me want to run into the corner and scream "Don't look at me!" Recently, the Father has refined me, however, and I'm embracing my identity and purpose with fresh courage, determined to shine His fame. If I am continually deliberate, He will fulfill the seed He planted in my heart, and also give me the desire and bring it to pass. This desire to reveal His love to others. To you, precious reader.
I want to open a new column here in the nest - and I'm calling it "a little bird told me."
In these posts, I'd like to field a question from you. If you send me your questions, I will answer with His love and truth, and straight from His Word. You can email it to me, and sign it like a "Dear Abby" signature. I vow to keep your name out of the post, even if I see it in your email address. Here's an example:
Dear Robyn -And then I'll answer with a post here under the label a little bird told me. I promise to shine His love through my words, and offer His Word and wisdom in my answer.
Sometimes I wonder if I'm ever going to accomplish God's purpose for me. Sometimes He seems so far away and I get confused about what I should be doing with my life. Friends tell me one thing, my parents and family members tell me another, and my heart says something totally different. How can I tell what He wants?
-Floundering in Confusion
So - how about it? Will you flood my inbox? Send me an email today with your question - about life, God, the Bible ... anything. (Okay, that last one was slightly scary, but I'm believing Him for answers, so I'll be alright.) Of course I reserve the right to answer you in a private email as opposed to here in the nest if for any reason God guides me to do that.
So, right now, before you forget - won't you write me? firstname.lastname@example.org [Please insert "a little bird told me" in the subject line so I can flag it.]
I can't wait to hear from you ...