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Because He Delights In You~ {Link-up}

August 1, 2012

It happened so quickly, I could have missed in the chaos of kids and kitchen timers beeping– but I didn’t.

Not this time. He made His presence known.

Bending to slide the cookies into the hot oven, He showed up for a split second. Maybe less than a second, He revealed Himself in the tiniest, strangest way.

Only a month or so ago, my chest heaved and burned with the words words of Isaiah 62:5. Overwhelmed by the refining fires and the state of my mishapen heart those words pricked, rather than comforted.

And here, this wild day of baking cookies and trying to school children, He shows himself long enough for me to feel His smile at me. How do you describe the feeling of an invisible smile? Warm. Gentle. Sudden joy.  It sounds absurd, but yet the moment was so real. His presence so strongly felt, as a puff of air, or a flash of light that comes and passes in an instant. I don’t know how to describe it other than that–I know that’s what it was–He smiled at me.

It’s just over month out from one of the most difficult seasons I’ve endured spiritually, and I’ve made peace with Him in so many ways, and this invisible smile, this split-second gift enforces the words that just weeks ago made me want to hide in a cave,  underground–in the dark.

The Lord delights in you–

as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you. Isaiah 62:5

He delights in YOU.

Isn’t that amazing?

He’s writing a different story with me these days.

Lets celebrate!

Last month I hosted my first ever link-up. You all humbled me with your willingness to participate. I had several people ask me if I’d do it monthly,
So, here it is.

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Encore post link-ups will happen the first of every month and all you need to do is:

  • link up your favorite post from the previous month
  •  share some encouragement for the person (ot two!) who links up before you.
  • Add the button to your post

Easy enough, right?

What story is He writing in your life right now? I’d love to hear about it!

Let’s have some fun- show me what you’ve got!


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  • Reply Rosie August 1, 2012 at 6:09 am

    Hi – I don’t have a blog so can’t link but just wanted to let you know how you have been a part of my story 🙂 A few months ago I commented on one of posts (about waiting, I think. It might have been on (in)courage) about how I was waiting to become pregnant after a miscarriage. You prayed for me which was so sweet. I then discovered I had hyperthyroid which is now under control and I am now 15 weeks pregnant! Thanks so much for your prayers xx Rosie

    • Reply alwaysalleluia August 1, 2012 at 2:39 pm

      Yay! So thrilled for you, Rosie! I sent you a email, and wanted you to know that I’m praising God with you! What joy! 😀

  • Reply Sarah August 1, 2012 at 6:28 am

    What’s beautiful post. So happy you’re out of that dark place.

    • Reply alwaysalleluia August 1, 2012 at 2:39 pm

      Thanks, Sarah. It’s been a long slow picking through and I am in awe of the work god is doing! Your prayers have helped! So much! 😉

  • Reply Michele-Lyn August 1, 2012 at 7:45 am

    Oh, I know this place so well. And when He comes to meet us. Yes, this is where I get to feel the most loved. I know we receive His love by faith — but sometimes truly knowing He is there and sensing His Presence, I get to “feel” loved. Do you know what I mean?

    Journeying with you, with love,

    Michele-Lyn

    • Reply alwaysalleluia August 1, 2012 at 2:40 pm

      I know what you mean. Those moments are so very special. Thank you for cheering me on and joining my link up. I cant wait to meander through all of these awesome posts!! You’re a blessing!

  • Reply Ro elliott August 1, 2012 at 8:31 am

    They say you can look at a woman and know how good the marriage is and if she feels loved…well the same is true with our Bridegroom…knowing we are loved changes everything…and that is what shines in the world…a radiant Bride…glowing in HIs Love. So glad you are finding this place of peace and love…love to you my friend.

    • Reply alwaysalleluia August 1, 2012 at 2:41 pm

      Ro~ Your prayers have helped usher in this new season for me. You will never know the value of your faithfullness here on earth, but someday–we will rejoice with Him in heaven. Thank you, my friend. You’re part of my story!

  • Reply Nikki August 1, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Oh this is sooo reason to celebrate! You are well on your way! God is so good…what faithfulness! Such grace. And I can’t wait to hear the story He is writing in you even now… Love you! (and thanks for letting us share here you selfless love you)

    • Reply alwaysalleluia August 1, 2012 at 2:42 pm

      Nikki~ Thank YOU for linking up and sharing such grace here. It’s pure gift to call you friend. You know my heart well. He is the author and finisher of our faith!

  • Reply Nancy Franson August 1, 2012 at 11:27 am

    I grew up within the church, and I know my Bible inside and out. But somehow, this concept of God’s delight in me escaped me for many, many years. And it is such a beautiful, powerful, life-giving truth.

    Thanks for hosting this link-up. Blessings.

    • Reply alwaysalleluia August 1, 2012 at 2:44 pm

      Nancy- it IS such a life-giving truth, I love the way you put that. I had lost this concept for so many years, sort of like a slow leak down a drain. I hadn’t realized it until I hit the bottom and it was bone-dry. How graciously he restores and fills us…. thank YOU my friend, for linking up and sharing your wisdom. Grateful for you!

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  • Reply Liz August 1, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    These moments are so hard to describe, and yet you did so beautifully. It’s only in the last year or so that I’ve started to grasp the depth of God’s love for me – and it is life changing. Thanks for hosting the link-up!

    • Reply alwaysalleluia August 3, 2012 at 5:46 am

      Life changing. Yes, that’s it. Thank you for joining us here!

  • Reply Lolita Valle August 2, 2012 at 12:41 am

    Wow, what kind of love is that? He declared His holy presence to you while at a hot over, bending to retrieve a tray of cookies delight.

    Thanks for this one. I will be on my alert for my own signals too. It would be great. Because He really can put a smile on our lips in the midst of full hands and crammed up time.

    GBU and thanks for the link-up

    • Reply alwaysalleluia August 3, 2012 at 5:47 am

      Oh yes! Keep watching! I think we miss it so often when He speaks. Bless you! Thanks for joining us and linking up!

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  • Reply Lisa notes... August 2, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Those smiles are priceless and can sustain us for a long time, until the next one comes. A beautiful story.

    • Reply alwaysalleluia August 3, 2012 at 5:46 am

      Yes, Lisa. This is the first time I have ever experienced that. It was startling, amazing and filling–healing even. Such a treasured gift. Thanks for reading, sweet friend!

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    Yes, I once was told by God that it makes him laugh when I dance with my dog. 🙂 He does delight in us.

    • Reply alwaysalleluia August 3, 2012 at 5:45 am

      What a great word to hear from Him 😉

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