Thursday, July 08, 2010

I'm Just Wondering

I am going to be speaking at a women's retreat in the fall, and am making preparations this summer.
Been thinking about the topic quite a bit - Delighting His Heart. And I'm just wondering...
Do you believe God delights in you when you're simply being you? Or do you think He delights in you just a little bit more when you're doing something in service for Him?



gianna said...

I know the answer to this yet, it's still hard for me to believe that I don't have to do anything. I'm trying to worship that God who delights in me for being me and not worship myself for doing more to make him happier with me!

luvmy4sons said...

I not only think...I KNOW God delights in me because I am His child not because of anything I do. I know, that I know that I know! And this knowledge has set me free. It reminds me of that song by Casting Crowns: Who I Am

"Not because of what of who I am,
But because of what You've done.
Not because of what I've done,
But because of Who You are...

I am Yours!

I am a flower quickly fading,
Here today and gone tomorrow,
A wave tossed in the ocean,
A vapor in the wind.
Still you hear me when I'm calling,
Lord, you catch me when I'm falling,
And you've told me who I am.
I am yours.

Not because of who I am,
But because of what you've done.
Not because of what I've done,
But because of who you are."

Amen! When the son sets you free you are free indeed! Whoo hoo! Love ya gal. Thanks for getting me thinking today on the promise, the surity of who I am in Christ! *hug*

Patricia/NYC said...

I am so incredibly hard on myself, so this is a tough one for me. But, one day, when I was particularly feeling overwhelmed with impatience, I spoke with a priest in my parish & he told me:

"God loves you just as you are...even when you lose your patience. Jesus accepts you for who you are...that's what He does"

Those words have carried me so far since.

On Purpose said...

As hard as it is for my 'perfection' self to let me...I KNOW He delights in me. He created me to be in relationship with Him...He doesn't need me to do anything for Him! Thats just a bonus. I believe He delights in all His children...He sees us through His eyes...its a whole different perspective...called grace and love!

Irritable Mother said...

Gianna - "and not worship myself for doing more to make Him happier with me." I'd never thought of it that way. Great insight!

Leslie - I LOVE that song!!!
Indeed, one of the most freeing moments for me was when I FINALLY understood that God's love for me had nothing to do with me. It's all because of the grace He's given me through Jesus. *Ahhhh!*

Patricia - God loves me, even when...
Yes. Those are good words to carry me, too.

Nichole - My 'perfection' self has struggled with it, too. What freedom there is in God's amazing grace!

Sara K. said...

What a good question! Just today, while driving down the road with my boys in the backseat, I was crying out to God, "This life is too hard. I wish I could just be a pretty little flower in a garden, praising You." :) Oddly, feeling challenged as I do in my role as a mother, I don't think I have much to offer Him anymore in terms of the "doing" (perhaps a blessing in disguise?) — but am truly learning to embrace that He made me (and each one of us) special... "He knit me together in my mother's womb" as it says in Psalm 139 — He chose every unique trait about me, and He delights in me, quirks and all! Being a parent has helped me see that better, and experience it for myself. :)

Angie Muresan said...

I believe He delights when we are simply being us.

Irritable Mother said...

Sara - Being a parent has done so much more than just bring children into my world. I love how God uses these experiences of ours to draw us closer to Himself.

Angie - I believe it, too!