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Anna is the author of A Moment of Christmas and Pumpkin Spice for Your Soul. She's worked at (in)courage since 2012, and lives in Minnesota with her husband and their four kids. Anna encourages others to look for and embrace the extraordinary moments found in their ordinary days.

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  1. Anna,
    It is truly hard sometimes to be in a period of waiting…especially on things that you are pretty certain are in God’s will. For a long time I have been waiting for my son to come to know Jesus as his Savior and no longer walk a prodigal path. Am I envious when the college graduation announcements come in the mail and I know full well my son would be graduating this spring had he stayed in college? Yes. Do I see people around me with plenty and then see pictures of my dear sweet children in the Christian School in Pakistan with nothing and get angry…Yes. Do I feel the arms of my sweet and caring husband around me when I grieve and thank God…Yes. I am learning, that even in the midst of pain I can delight in the Lord. It’s hard but I remind myself that regardless of circumstances, God is always good. Thank you for this very timely reminder to keep my eyes focused on Him and not the disappointments that surround me. Lord, help me to see you and to delight in you when it’s hard…
    Blessings,
    Bev

    • Amen Bev! I to am struggling with waiting on God, I am learning that He is in control and knows what is best for me. However it is very hard and I find myself asking Him WHY?? I pray that God will hear me and speak to me. Help me God to be still and wait for you.

    • I too am waiting on God and my son to choose Him and the path God has for him. It is hard, but I know that God is good and loves him more than I do! I need to open my eyes and delight in all God has given and is.

  2. I so needed to hear this today. I have been trying really hard to not get bitter when my friends get engaged with no troubles after 6 months of dating, and I’m still in my long distance relationship, two years later, waiting on God’s timing. I am comforted just to know that there are others feeling the same way, in the same position. God has been speaking to me the whole time about putting Him first, and I have seen glimpses of His absolute jealous passion and affection for me when I DO put Him first in my heart, but it is so easy to revert back to “but God, I want to be married now!!” Thank you for showing me I’m not alone and giving me the encouragement I needed today 🙂

  3. Wow! This was so timely for me! I was just praying thank you to God this morning for so many things and found myself praying for a desire of my heart that He hasn’t fulfilled. It just reminded me to keep soaking in the day to day little moments, like being outside barefoot in this beautiful weather with my daughter, my growing tummy with a little one outside, a wonderful, very kindhearted husband, husband and much more. The desires of my heart do not go unnoticed, but they may take a little bit more time to come, and that’s okay!

  4. Good word! Sometimes the desires are things that I know are not really a big deal but I make them a big deal in my rush to consume. Immediate gratification comes to mind. Oh how we appreciate things/relationships all the more when we’ve gone through the struggle of waiting though. Or sometimes God even changes our desires in the waiting and we realize looking back why those desires never came to pass and we are thankful. Great article! Thanks for sharing.

  5. This was written just for where in this moment. I’ve recently, as in 3 days ago, been made aware that the anger I feel when I see married couples happily together or babies to moms pregnant for the 3rd or 4th time, is a sin of jealousy for me.

    I’m 43, never been married, no children. I’m a teacher and I work in children’s ministry at my church so I’m around families and children all of the time. I love working with them, I have a very maternal heart, and I can’t understand why God hasn’t given me these things. It’s very painful because I love Jesus wth all of my heart yet I haven’t been able to say Lord, if I never have those things, I’m satisfied with you. It’s hard as well in the church world when 99% of ministry is geared towards families with children.

    This encouraged me and I will print it and read it again and again until I can somehow gain the peace in knowing that Jesus is all I need.

    • Unfulfilled desires can indeed be painful as it is also a very real experience in my life. Yet it is in coming to our Lord again and again in the midst of that pain in obedience to that call to take delight in Him that gradually reduces that pain and brings comfort and strength for each new day.

    • Melanie,
      Let God be the desire of your heart for now! I will pray about God sending someone your way. Perhaps God is keeping you single to be able to work in these ministries. He may be refining you and making you and your future spouse ready for each other.
      Prayers and ((((hugs))))

  6. This awakens the heart to what truly matters. Despite the hard delight in all that is good that God has done for me.

  7. I needed this today. My boys have been acting out in many ways in tough ways. I know I can delight in Christ, but often I keep my eyes too long on the things that are happening in my home. Then I can get destructive in my thoughts and words. Very, very, good word.

  8. Ugh – the whole waiting thing has been so heavy on my heart. My problem is I fill my life with other things so I can distract myself from the waiting and often times, I am sure I have not been able to learn the lesson God wants me to learn. It would be like distracting myself by counting teeth in the belly of the fish instead of listening to God! But God is faithful and He holds me again and again until I learn that lesson! Thanks for this story of hope Dear Friend! Love you so!

    • Angie, I so relate to your comment about distracting yourself by doing other things. I hadn’t realized that I do that, but I do! And your analogy of counting teeth while in the belly of the fish instead of listening to God is spot on. Thank you for sharing and may we both do less distracting and more listening and learning!

  9. Always wanting more can be a thief which robs us of appreciating & enjoying what God has already blessed us with. We can lose our focus on God if we are constantly pursuing more things. Choosing to delight in the Lord involves making the choice everyday to celebrate Him. – His love, goodness, mercy, etc.

  10. I love the Bible verse. I have learned my desires through making goals and seeing what are priorities in my life. That has taken me being alone, independent, and Christian. And I am away from my closest family and friends. Agape Love: Love for the Father first, spouse or significant other second, children and extended family first. J.O.Y. = Jesus first, others second, yourself last. F.R.O.G. = Fully rely on God. A.C.T.S. = Pray with Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication. Since I have let go of my past problems and given them to God, it is easier to see my true desires. My desires do match Jesus…He is my matchmaker! And I am a Disciple of Christ. God bless you all!

  11. Delighting in your delight, Anna sitting on the back screen porch with your husband and kids. The simple things, the simplest things…aahhh…how delightful.

  12. We were doing well when the 2008 Crash came. We learned just how much is “need” and how much is “want or desire”. I have now retired and share my life with the love of my life off the treadmill of life. We appreciate each other and that God has allowed us to remain together though we’ve both had life threatening medical issues. We enjoy the birds feeding outside and the squirrels playing. The most beautiful flowers this Spring after a tough Winter. We now move slow enough to savor those things we use to rush right by. God is good!

  13. Thank you for this. How did you know to keep trying to conceive? After trying for three years and having a miscarriage, did the thought ever cross your mind that maybe God wasn’t going to bless you with a living child and how did you keep having hope in the Lord, without getting lost in the hope of your desire? I’m struggling because we have four years of secondary infertility and multiple miscarriages. Some have told me that because I still have the desire that God is still planting hope in Him for the fulfillment of this desire to have another living child. I struggle with not letting trying to conceive become an idol before the worship of my Lord.

    • Sorry – My question came off as being snarky and it was really an honest question! Basically, how did you know keep trying through the years?

      • You were totally not snarky! =)

        I think for the first year, it wasn’t a huge deal. We weren’t charting, doing infertility treatments or anything, we were just not trying to prevent pregnancy. Then the next year, we really realized it hadn’t happened yet and decided to start on the road of infertility tests, slowly and as we were able. After some time, my husband and I made a big move, both in location and career, and babies weren’t absolutely center stage, but we continued the testing until one day, pregnant! I carried that baby until 11 weeks when we found that it had stopped growing around 5wks. My body needed a break to heal, and then about nine months later I became pregnant with my now 3yo son. It was almost two years after his birth when I had the second miscarriage, and then another seven-ish months when I became pregnant with my now 1yo daughter.

        Our journey was slow, and I think that’s what allowed God to work, to heal, to bring joy and delight back. He used the other things happening in our life to be ‘big’, which helped my desire for kids to not overwhelm. But somedays were really, really hard. I would get angry at other people who had babies so easily and flippantly. I turned down invitations to baby showers and baptisms because my heart couldn’t take it. There were those days too.

        I wish there was some formula that I could tell you to follow, but it’s all you and Him, girl. I’ll be praying for you, for peace and comfort and joy, and for delight to come.

  14. Altho I am a few days late to the party, reading this today was perfect timing for me. Thank you so much for sharing your insights. This blessed and encouraged me!

  15. I have prayed for the desires of my heart for a while now. I would whine and tell God that my desire would be the answer to all my problems at the time. Since then I have learned to stop & thank God for what I have. Really treasure everything I have big or small and tell Him how much I need and love Him in my life right now.
    Been going through a rough few years with aging parent and work stresses both me and hubby! So Praising God in the Storm!!
    Blessings 🙂

  16. I have questions, I have been going through some really rough stuff concerning the desires of my heart as well… A couple years ago, three different times, I was prophesied over — all three prophesies said God wanted to fulfill my crushed hopes in some way. Three different people said this over me. And none of them knew what was going on in my heart. I was even told I needed to believe it would happen, or it would not. That scared me.

    I have had feelings for my best friend for five years. He led me to Christ around the time I realized I saw him as more than a friend, we knew eachother for a year beforehand. I never had feelings for anyone before, so they went deep and they have stayed deep, in spite of our attempts to drown them — my friend has made it clear to me that he will never date me, that he wants to be with his ex. To believe God will give me the desire of my heart, to me, means indulging in false hope, yet again, that God will somehow change the heart of this boy to love me. That in itself seems selfish and I’m certain at this point that it will never happen. I used to believe. But now, I know better. At least, that’s what I tell myself.

    I don’t want someone else. I have a very hard time finding any other guy attractive. I wanted my best friend, I love who he is and his godly qualities, in spite of his not-so-great parts too that need growth. So I don’t know what else God would give me. I have lost all hope for my heart’s desires.