Delight

 In Five-Minute Friday, Hope, Identity

[H]e tells me I am His delight, and I believe Him.  I see Him smile when He looks at me, the bright twinkle in His eye, the playfulness when He rejoices, and the sure footing when He walks.  He knows where He is going, so I go, too.  I don’t know the path much of the time, but I am happy not to know.  His shoulders ahead of me, strong and confident, are what I see.  More than that for me to know and I would surely stumble.

And with Him I do not fall.

He tells me I am His delight, and He shakes off cobwebs from the past, showing me where He was, even when I didn’t know it.  He grabs my hand and shows me what I love, what brings me joy — reminding me what brings me delight, what brings me life — movement and stillness, rushing water and quiet breezes, loving with a heart of surrender, forgetting myself and knowing only Him.  He reaches in to the aches of yesterday and redeems today.  There is beauty in each corner of pain, each moment of sadness.  He has never left, leaning in, weeping, too.

To know delight, one must know sorrow, too.

To believe I am His delight stirs me to want to tell you, too, to be a voice of hope and faith, to want to pray that His adoration of you — you — is more than you can even imagination and dream.  His delight in you is light in moments of doubt, stirring love toward hope, bringing joy from darkness, life into death.

You, my sweet sister, are His delight.

Would you like to join me and run with this prompt, too? It’s a fun adventure, letting your fingers flow with Lisa-Jo’s prompt: Delight.

I pray you have a beautiful, weekend, girls, soaking up His love and believing — just a little, even — how much the Father delights in you.

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  • Chasity
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    ” He shakes off cobwebs from the past, showing me where He was, even when I didn’t know it.” Beautifully written truth. I am delighted (pun intended) to have found you through Lisa Jo. May you have a weekend full of remembrances of His delight in you.

    • Jennifer Camp
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      I am so thankful for His delight in us involves His healing of past wounds and helping us discern where we need His help, now!  Thank you so much for your sweet blessing, Chastity. Blessings to you, too!

  • Anonymous
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    oh yes.  I need to hold tighter to this truth, and let it warm me through…lovely as always!

    • Jennifer Camp
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      I love this: “let it warm me through.”  Beautiful image.  Yes, me too! :) Thank you so much, Tara.

  • Amy McCollister
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    I am His delight. That’s a truth I need to cling to more often! Great thoughts

    • Jennifer Camp
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      What freedom there is in truly believing that — living like I believe this.  I need His help to do this — it just seems too wonderful, too amazing!  But it is true!  It is!  We are His delight!  (Isn’t that just the best? :) )  Thanks so much for your words here, Amy.  

  • Dionne
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    Thank you for that reminder. Beautiful attribute how delightful our God is as well!

    • Jennifer Camp
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      Yes!  Absolutely!  He is the delight! :) Thank you, Dionne!

  • Mollie Turbeville
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    What a gift of encouragement you have! Thanks for your sweet words. It is so true that in order to find delight, we must know sorrow. I LOVE your blog and I am so happy to find you here :)

    – Mollie

    • Jennifer Camp
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      Mollie, I was delighted (am loving this word today!) to find your blog today, too!  So happy to have met you here! Bless you!

  • Anonymous
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    Just this for me today,

    ” He reaches in to the aches of yesterday and redeems today.”. Clinging to this and thanking God for your beautiful translation of His mysteriously awesome ways. XO, Jennifer!

    • Jennifer Camp
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      Amazing.  He is just amazing.  Love to you, Kris.  

  • Meredith
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    “To believe I am His delight stirs me to want to tell you, too, to be a voice of hope and faith, to want to pray that His adoration of you — you — is more than you can even imagination and dream.  His delight in you is light in moments of doubt, stirring love toward hope, bringing joy from darkness, life into death.”

    Wow.
    *blinking back tears*
    Thank you for passing along that message.
    Moved more than I can say.
    *nod*

    • Jennifer Camp
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      Sweet Meredith, I know this.  I know.  So wonderful.  We are so, so blessed.  So happy to have met you here and to have found your blog today.  Blessings to you, sister.

  • Anonymous
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    There is fullness in these words, a sweet surrender, too. I find myself encouraged to surrender to Him and enjoy His delight in me so I, too, might delight in Him. Lovely and encouraging. Thank you.

    • Jennifer Camp
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      Thank you so much, Hyacynth.  Yes, there is surrendering in this act of believing, this act of faith, isn’t there? Freedom and beauty and life.  I am so grateful to have found your beautiful words on your blog today, friend. 

  • Denise J. Hughes
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    To know delight, one must know sorrow, too. ” This is so true. And to the extent we’ve known sorrow, that is the extent we can know delight. Yes, there is beauty in each corner of pain. He was there with us the whole time. And I’m so grateful. Beautiful post.

    • Jennifer Camp
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      “There is beauty in each corner of pain.”  Wow. Yes.  And to trust that He will help us see it . . . for He is there.  Thank you so much, sweet Denise.

  • Theresa
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    I’ve missed coming here. Your words are so rich and beautiful! Thank you!

  • Alymae29
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    To know delight, you must know sorrow, too. What a great truth- how we run from pain, but Gid can use it to frame delight and joy! Bless you today!!

    • Jennifer Camp
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      I love that — the image of God “framing” delight and joy.  I want that lens, the beauty through which He sees, the lens of truth and light.  Beautiful. Thank you, Alymae!

  • Caroline @UnderGod'sMightyHand
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    Yes, yes, yes: “His delight in you is light in moments of doubt, stirring love toward hope, bringing joy from darkness, life into death.” I pray to remember this always.

  • Anonymous
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    Your words:”He reaches in to the aches of yesterday and redeems today.  There is
    beauty in each corner of pain, each moment of sadness.  He has never
    left, leaning in, weeping, too.
    To know delight, one must know sorrow, too.”  So beautifully true…so grateful for how He does redeem and so grateful to have you as a friend on the journey… what a blessing and a delight!  Thanks for surprising me yesterday – so very kind of you!

    • Jennifer Camp
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      You are His delight, Dolly.  Love you, dear friend.

  • Amy Lee Ellis
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    Oh, this is so beautiful!  It reminds me so much of the language we find in Psalms where David and others sing of how they delight in God and He in us.  Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    • Jennifer Camp
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      I love how we are all singing here!  :)  Bless you, Amy!  I hope you have a wonderful weekend, too!

  • Anonymous
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    Jennifer, how beautiful! Brought a smile to my face for certain. Grateful for this reminder!

  • Annie | annieathome.com
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    So much good stuff here, Jennifer : the connection between delight and sorrow, the gift of his delight in us, so much. Thank you.

  • Bluecottonmemory
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    I.Love.This.
    I am just learning to see the twinkle in his eye. The other day, as I was walking, I felt as though He put His arm through mine, and we shared a smile as He pointed out something to me.

    A living, real relationship. That is what He wants WITH us – just like you described!!!!!!

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