Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Desires of our hearts?

“Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.” 37:4

Read a really good reply to a post on another blog today that got me thinking about the same thing the woman posting was thinking: Psalm 37:4 is a tough verse.

Intellectually I get it, but I guess it’s the application. I know it’s not red letter, but it starts me down the journey toward the red letters. All my Christian life, I’ve grown up with people quoting this verse to me. Granted they are well meaning folks, like grandparents, Sunday School teachers and friends, folks that I think know what they are talking about. Yet here I am today, I do not have the desires of my heart. What I have is a huge faith struggle.

Don’t hear what I’m not saying…(thanks Reggie McNeal). I’m not saying I’m not blessed or loved or anything like that or that my home, family, friends, church, etc are not awesome – they are. I am only saying, if you asked me if I had the desires of my heart (and those close to me know what they are) I would honestly say no, I do not.

Back to the verse. I then try to figure out what the desires of my heart should be because apparently they are not correct desires, as they have not been granted. Then I beat myself up for having bad desires. I then realize that these desires are not rooted in evil nor are they stemmed from anything bad or wrong. The desires are fine. Then, I look at myself. Maybe I’m not fine.

This is not wholly about me. It’s really about any of us that have found our “desires” forgotten. It’s about coming to terms with what the Bible says and can any of it be believed. I think it can of course, but need some help.

Any takers?

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Welcome - virgin post

Welcome to the first post of red-letter girl! What is red-letter girl? Not a superhero by any stretch...I'm just someone trying to follow the red letters of scripture. I don't do very well all the time and question some of them...but feel they are the foundation for all I believe and want to hold on to.

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I work at a Christian School district only 4 miles from my home. The people there are full of grace and love and I am glad to be a part of this ministry. I have a neice and nephew whom I love dearly. They are 12 and almost 15 respectively. I have two amazing sisters and two amazing brothers-in-law. Of course, I would not be here if it were not for my mother agreeing to marry my dad. Good going mom! My parents are my life and I would literally be NOTHING without their unconditional love, support and care. You rock mom and dad. Then there's Will & Lora...their giggles are like sunshine and their parents crack me up too.

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