I have discovered over the years, that life can be challenging. God desires to sustain us as we look for "splashes of His grace" every day. My desire is that through posts, or book reviews, you may find something that points you to the grace of God, and that He ultimately will make a difference in your life.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Delight yourself in the Lord

How often do you use the word "delight"?  It's kind of a fun word to me.  The word itself sounds free, light, and enjoyable when you say it!  It actually means to have or take great pleasure in something.  What delights you?  What do you delight in?

A couple of years ago I found myself going through an unexpected and difficult time. "Delight" was far from what I was experiencing, and yet the theme of "delight" kept popping up in the Scriptures I read, sermons I heard, and even in a Christmas gift I received from my sister-in-law.  She gave me a wooden plaque with the simple word "Delight" on it along with a verse from Zephaniah.  Tears welled up in my eyes when I opened it, and I had to explain to her that I really DID love her gift!  She had no idea what I had been dealing with God about that year, but God did.  Her gift to me was just one more confirmation from God that HE delights in me and wants me to delight in Him, even in the hard times.

When I had the opportunity to receive a beautiful tote from DaySpring, the "Delight Yourself in the Lord" tote jumped out to me.  Once again, it was a reminder of God's desire for me to delight in Him -- to take great pleasure in Him.  The Scripture on the tote, Psam 37:4 says:  "Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart."  At first that may seem like a "blank" check!  But what I have come to understand is that when we truly take great pleasure in the Lord, the desires of our heart change.  It is then that the Lord is free to give us the desires of our heart, because our desires line up with His.

The tote is a beautiful white oil-cloth (leather-like) bag with a floral print and the verse, Psalm 37:4, printed on both sides.  The sides and bottom are an elegant black and white checkered design that just adds another dimension to the bag.  I like the long black handles too.  It makes carrying the tote on your shoulder very comfortable. 

Inside is a bright and "happy" pink lining.  There is a zippered pocket on one side, and a couple other organization pockets on the other side for your cell phone and other smaller things you may need quicker access to.  The tote is held closed by a magnetic closure which seems to hold securely. I think would be a wonderful travel bag for any trip or outing. It would also be great if you have children and need to have a handy tote for their books, extra set of clothes, and toys. The uses are limitless!  It's not only attractive and useful, but can serve as a way to share God's Word!

I also received a second tote to share with someone.  It is made out of jute (similar to burlap), and it has Phillippians 4:8 as it's theme. It lists those things that we should think about -- things that are true, noble, right pure lovely admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy.  I'm thinking about giving this one to my daughter who is a school teacher.  It would be a wonderful way for her to carry her lesson plans, and supplies, and school things, back and forth from the classroom.  It could also serve as a reminder to her, that in times when she feels stressed or overwhelmed, the Lord desires for her "think and dwell" on these things instead.


  If you are in need of a tote for yourself or for a gift, now would be a great time to get one.  DaySpring is having a great Buy 2 Get 1 Free sale.  This includes both regular price and clearance totes.  You can find them by clicking here.  While at DaySpring.com, why not check out the other wonderful things they have to offer!

Disclosure:  I received these totes from DaySpring in exchange for my honest review.