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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Desire (01/17/05)

TITLE: Delightfully Yours
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01/21/05


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Two years ago I would have never imagined being in the position that I was presently in both personally and professionally. I knew the Lord as my Savior but my spiritual growth was at a stand still. One Sunday morning the pastor preached an unforgettable sermon titled “Pursue Him”. That same evening I prayed for the Lord to reveal Himself to me. At the prompting of the Holy Spirit I began to journal the desires of my heart. As I reviewed my notes I observed that my list was comprised of material items that would provide only momentary happiness. These things would ultimately rust, fade, crack or even perhaps be stolen.

I then pulled out my sermon notes from the morning service, and after studying Psalms 37:4 “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart”.(NIV) I realized that what I truly desired was peace, joy, contentment and the love of a family. I decided that I would delightfully give myself to the Lord by devoting the early morning hours to bible studies and prayer time. I would also contact the Sunday School Dept. Head who had invited me to teach a youth class. I then recalled the family who lived down the road who had fallen on hard times following a house fire. The children often played outside and looked like they needed some attention. I would pay them a visit to offer support and homemade cookies. I quickly comprehended that there were endless ways that I could delight myself in the Lord, and I was determined to make the first step by telephoning Mrs. Smith of the Sunday School Dept.

The firm that I worked for was about to reveal its new vanilla perfume product and as a member of the team responsible for creating, researching and developing the fragrance I was eager for the board meeting to begin. As I sat listening to the C.E.O. of the company give an overview of the project my mind wandered back to a time when my life was so different. The sound of my name being called jolted me back to the present. It was time for me to give my presentation. At the conclusion of the meeting, Mr. Dee, Sr., the founder of the company, stood and expressed his extreme pleasure over a job well done. Later that evening I sifted through my old journals to study my desire list. I found it and reflected on how my early morning study and prayer time had helped me a great deal with organizing the Sunday School lessons that I taught. I had also befriended the family who had suffered the house fire and the children were now attending church.

For the very first time in my life I felt peace, joy, contentment and the love of a family. I knew that the temporary excitement of spending money on material items like a car, house, exotic trips, or a fancy wardrobe could have never compared to the feeling of satisfaction that I experienced now. While I was immersed in my pursuit of the Lord the most unanticipated events came about. I was finally able to purchase a car that was only a few months old and in very good condition. The vanilla bean research for the fragrance required me to take frequent trips to tropical locations. On one particular journey I met an airline employee who I later discovered was a Christian. We became good friends and after dating for only six months we were engaged. Plans for our future included building a new home which would be easier to achieve now that my job promotion and salary increase was official. I praised and thanked God who had blessed me above and beyond anything that I could have ever imagined.

There would be an evening function full of celebration at the Company headquarters. As I was about to leaving home it dawned on me that I had forgotten to spray on my new Dee Lyte perfume. I smiled as I recalled the day that I put forward the name for the fragrance to the other team members. There was no doubt in my mind that my own spiritual walk was the inspiration behind my suggestion. The aromatic vanilla scent enveloped me as I left the bedroom. It warmed my soul to think of how the Lord’s many blessings would linger over me like a fragrant mist each and every day of my life.


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Cheri Hardaway 01/24/05
A great illustration of God's faithfulness and the truth of His word! God bless you.
Carol Sutley01/25/05
Very nice! Easy to read and insightful. Good semantics and content. Keep writing.
Deena Walls01/25/05
Beautiful in Christ Jesus my precious sister !
Sally Hanan01/27/05
Very enjoyable.
Donna J. Shepherd01/28/05
Pleasant reading. Thanks for the entry.
Debbie OConnor01/29/05
Beautiful! All these things were added unto you as you sought Him. A delightful entry.