Thursday March 22

Psalm 37:23a  If Yahweh delights in a man’s way,

Our Pekingese, Snuggles, sleeps with us every night. Usually she sleeps through the night but now and then she wakes up having to go to the bathroom.  This means I get up, get dressed and take her outside.  We haven’t lived somewhere with a totally fenced-in yard, so it has meant that I go out with her.  From the beginning this struck me as a job for me, not Donna.

Sometimes during the night I don’t hear Snuggles when she is making sounds to go outside but Donna does.  When that happens, Donna nudges me awake and I take Snuggles out.  This is a little “big thing” for me.  On my scale of things, it’s little, but it sure blesses Donna; to her it’s big.

Taking Snuggles out in the middle of the night is an opportunity for me to bless my wife, the girl I love.  It’s not a chore and it isn’t burdensome.  Believe it or not, it truly is a source of joy.  Standing outside in the cold, snow or rain in the middle of the night for a few minutes isn’t a big deal; and invariably, I think of her snuggled in bed and it brings a smile to my face.  It’s an opportunity for my actions to say “I love you” to her.

What a blessing it is to live our lives together; loving one another.  There are so many opportunities for us to communicate that love to each other through our attitudes and actions.  While we recognize our responsibilities for tasks needing to be done, pervading it all is the gratitude for the love we share.  That love and gratitude bring pleasure to jobs done; bringing delight to each other.

There is delight, in bringing delight to someone – particularly someone we love.  This truth is epitomized in our relationship with our Lord Jesus.  Given the magnitude and wonder of His love for us, I find it mind-boggling that we have the opportunity to bring Him delight!  The realization of this is truly a “Eureka” moment.  It’s like finding gold!

And bringing delight to God is not just doing things for Him – it’s living our lives, doing whatever He tells us to do!!  We bring Him delight when we walk in His ways.  The more we become like Jesus, the more delight we bring Him.  We delight in Him – and He delights in us.  WOW!!

About Don Schmidt

Beginning in the fall of 2009, Don was VP of Operations & Director of Student Life for 2 years at Williamson Christian College in Franklin, TN - a wonderful, accredited 4 year college for adult learners. That is where he started writing the devotionals. The passion of his heart is to love God and to help others learn to love God more and more. He grew up in St. Joseph, MI - Class of '66. Graduated from Michigan State in '70 and Wheaton Grad School in '78. Thunderous conversion October 11, 1968. He and Donna were engaged 2 hrs & 15 minutes after they met August 25, 1969 at a Christian camp in Georgia. They married in '70 and have 4 wonderful sons. Most of his adult career has been in business in NE Ohio. They lived for 20 years in Peninsula, OH. They attended St. Luke's Ministries (Anglican) in Copley, OH for many years. Six years ago they were reassigned by the Lord to attend River of Life Community Church in Hudson, OH. St. Luke's prayerfully sent them off on this new adventure with much love.
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