Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37 :4
I have used the words in the title of this post many times on the Cross Moms Facebook page. Tonight, though, I am overflowing with tears of joy because He let me indulge in my heart’s desires.
From my recent post, It’s a New Day–Embrace It, you will find that I have really been struggling with how little real time I have with my three boys, even though I am not working full time anymore. Well, out of the blue, my husband proposed that we go out for my Mother’s Day dinner tonight rather than dealing with the crowds on Sunday.
Now, since all my boys were outside playing with their friends, I thought for sure it would be a hassle to draw them away for a family dinner. In our house, there is usually always one, and it’s not always the same one, who opposes the family plans, and that can start the whole evening off on the wrong foot for everyone. Not tonight, though.
The food itself was not so great, but in all honesty, it didn’t matter. The laughter, joy, silliness, and real time made up for the stale hamburger buns!
On our way home, my husband dashed into the local market to quickly pick up some ice cream. Little did I know that he bought my absolute favorite–Cherry Garcia Ice Cream! Yum! You see, that ice cream flavor sings of one of the most amazing times in my life, when my husband and I lived in NYC–before children wiped out our bank accounts! 😉
Before we savored each bite of the ice cream together, we first walked out to the beach for a simple family walk. Those last glowing rays of the setting sun shimmered on each crashing wave, and every ripple in the sand was highlighted. Two of my children reveled in burying each other in the sand, while my middle son sought after his Daddy for some one-on-one time throwing the nerf ball he brought with him. You see, he’s just at that age where he is craving that time with his Daddy; and I am so thankful that his Daddy realizes that. I literally stood in awe watching all my boys and praising God for the gift of this evening. Eventually, a family game of “Monkey in the Middle” ensued, and of course, Dad and Mom were the monkeys!
Just like my middle son was craving that time with his Daddy–and his Daddy knew it, I have been craving that time with my children–and my Heavenly Daddy knew it. My heart is overflowing with gratitude!
Thank you, Jesus, for knowing and honoring my heart’s desires.