Once a Year

Tomorrow we celebrate Easter. The tomb is rolled away, Christ is Risen!! And everyone, even those from other religions, find a church. Because you can’t miss Easter in the South…It’s the hottest show in town.

If we aren’t careful, we can make a mockery of Easter. When Christ actually rose from the dead, it was a scandal. The disciples didn’t believe the women who said the tomb was empty. Many hid for fear of being arrested.  The government tried to cover it up for goodness sake. Some to this day still deny it. I don’t say this to diminish Easter, I say this in hopes of adding some sense of reverence to this day.

It is not just a day to put on pastel dresses and show up to church for the first time in a year. (Although my sky blue sheath is ready for tomorrow.) If Easter is the only time you go to church, I am so glad you do!!! But I hope you ask yourself why you are going. Why bother with this Jesus just once a year? Why pretend to follow Him if He’s only worth a day of your time?

I say this with no condemnation but with a heart full of jealousy for our Lord. Tomorrow is His day. But so are all the others. If we don’t even make an effort to worship Him the other 364 days a year,  maybe we should be asking why we bother to show up on this one.

With Love,

Natalie

 

 

 

Delighting in the Undelightful

This blog is called the delighted heart based on Psalm 37:4. (My very first post explains why.)  I want to be transparent with y’all, always sharing what the Lord is teaching me through His Word and Holy Spirit in real time, not just what He has taught me in the past. Even when it is isn’t that delightful. And although being delighted in the Lord absolutely can be a happy, sparkly thing, I would be a liar if I told you it was like that all the time.

The past few weeks, I went through an intense time of enemy attacks, the likes of which I hadn’t experienced before. (Don’t worry, I lived to tell about it! God is faithful!)  I found myself going back time and again to 2 Corinthians 12…If you haven’t read it you should. The apostle Paul is so transparent, talking openly about a thorn in the flesh, a messenger from Satan that has been tormenting him. I have read this chapter so many times throughout my life, but as I was reading it this last time something jumped out at me… Look at 2 Corinthians 12:10:

That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Did you catch that? Paul delights… I think we could say that Paul had a delighted heart while going through some major trials. He even delighted in those difficult circumstances. Woa.

The very last thing I want to be is weak or go through difficulties. I can be somewhat vulnerable with y’all because I am behind a screen typing, controlling what I am telling you. But to be weak in real life? To lose total control of my circumstances? No. No way. Not interested. Definitely not something I would delight in.

But for Christ’s sake I can. Because that is when His power shines through us. When we are weak, He is strong. Shouldn’t that be our greatest delight? To glorify Him and exalt Him whatever the cost, even if it means being weak sometimes?

The past couple of months have not been all rainbows and sugar cookies for me but guess what… my heart is ABSOLUTELY still delighted. Possibly, even more so than before, because the Lord has showed me, as Paul said, that His grace IS sufficient for me. What more do I need? My heart is delighted in the LORD and He is giving me the desires of my heart, more than I could have ever imagined.

Is your heart delighted in Him?

Natalie