"Remember that you live in a fallen world:
an abnormal world tainted by sin.
Much frustration and failure result
from your seeking perfection in this life.
There is nothing perfect in this world except Me.
That is why closeness to Me satisfies deep yearnings
and fills you with Joy. ...
Make Me the deepest desire of your heart.
Let Me fulfill your yearnings for perfection."
These words bring me joy, and bring me conviction. How often do I elevate someone else, or something else to the level of perfection, making them idols in my life? I do that at times ... elevating family, children, home, trying to arrive at perfection, trying to be perfect. And the only One who is perfect is God ... and through Jesus, He has made a way for us to draw close to Him. The place where all our yearnings for perfection are met. The only place. And the place where we find Joy.
"Delight yourself in the Lord,
and He will give you
the desires of your heart."
Thanking Him for many blessings this past week ...
~ for trials which show us our need of Him
~ for His Words, speaking truth to us
~ the beauty of the green grass and potted flowers on our patio
~ a husband who loves to plant, water, and arrange this beauty
~ thankful that a daughter and son-in-law could take a little getaway trip
~ for three days of taking care of two little grandsons, two years old ... lots of bonding time and fun
~ for peace, and for joy ... available every day as we draw close to Him, the Source
(One Thousand Gifts #449-456)