I’ve started reading John Piper’s book, The Pleasures of God. It’s a heavy read and something I really am trying to read super slowly. I want the words to sink in. I don’t want to just read it for the sake of reading it. I’m only still in the beginnings of chapter one, but already the word that I keep hearing is “pleased.” God is well pleased with His son. He loves Him. And He was pleased to come down and rescue us. It was His pleasure to become a man and dwell among us. And with this pleasure and this same love, He loves us. He loves me with the same love that He loves His son with. Because of His son.
Today I read this post on Desiring God (it’s a Piper kind of day I suppose!) about Psalm 19:1, The heaven’s declare the glory of God. He gave ten steps about being aware of this pleasure. The two that hit me were number three:
I shall not fall into the falsehood that this day, or any day, is merely another ambiguous and plodding twenty-four hours, but rather a unique event filled, if I so wish, with worthy potentialities. I shall not be fool enough to suppose that trouble and pain are wholly evil parentheses in my existence but just as likely ladders to be climbed toward moral and spiritual manhood.
and number five:
I shall not demean my own uniqueness by envy of others. I shall stop boring into myself to discover what psychological or social categories I might belong to. Mostly I shall simply forget about myself and do my work.
I am praying that I walk through this year, each day, realizing the pleasure that God finds in me. Enough love to offer me another day in this world, with my family and friends. A day that is unique and full of amazing opportunities to bring Him praise…but only as I keep my eyes lifted on Him and off of me.
I’m still counting my gifts with others throughout the blog world, but this year it’s a little different. Ms. Voskamp has offered up a monthly list of things to look for throughout our days. You can read more about it here.
384. a simple Amish story with the reminder that God is in all things
385. seeing embroidery patterns finally coming to life on the screen
386. the joy in picking my children up after school (what a gift this is that I never dreamed possible)
387. the few dollars left in my purse
388. the overflowing fridge
389. thankful for God’s forgiveness when I don’t parent well
390. forgiveness for my quick temper
391. missing friends, yet thankful for their support
392. encouragement from so many to step out
393. my child’s dreaming face
394. praise for my health
395. deciding on a paint color and loving it in all lights!
396. the park outside my door and friend’s who drove up to take a fun walk in the rainy drizzle and how the Lord held off the heavy rain until we arrived back home. How steady His hand is!
397. sitting with my husband and cups of teach watching Downton with such excitement! What a gift he is to me.