Delight Yourself

His word says to us in Psalm 37:4... "Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your


As time goes by, I find myself reflecting more and more on God's goodness and the joy I experience

being in relationship with Him. He has been faithful and trustworthy to me all my life. I can trace His hand through my life just like a road map.

This certainly does not mean that I have not experienced my share of difficulty, but it does mean that

through it all, God has been through it with me. Together, we have had experienced both the wins and losses of life.

We are living in a time where nothing much is certain, and everything is being questioned. And, if we

buy into the hype of it all, we will lose the joy and peace He wants us to experience by living for Him.

More times that we would like to admit, we want to experience joy out of our circumstances. But many times, the circumstances of life are not joyous, but downright horrible.

We must find our delight and trust in God…and as we do…He gives us desires.

Webster’s defines delight as finding a high degree of joy or satisfaction in something or someone. To me, this means that even when times are rough, I can look to Jesus and take comfort and joy in my relationship with Him.

The second part of that verse says..."He will give you the desires of your heart." I see this part two ways:

1. As I delight in Him, He gives me some of my own desires and allows them to come to fruition in my

life, and/or 2. As I delight in Him, He gives me the desires He has for me and allows them to come to

fruition in my life. I have noticed it has worked both ways in my life.

Either way, it is a win for us as believers. Life will be much sweeter when we stop relying on our circumstances to make us happy and begin delighting ourselves in a relationship with Jesus.

Jennifer White

Not Your Average Joe

“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.” (Acts 4:13,


I love this verse in the book of Acts concerning Jesus’ disciples. Peter and John were called before the

religious leaders of the day to give an account of a man who was healed by them through the name of

Jesus Christ whom they were preaching had resurrected from the dead. It is amazing that before the resurrection, all the disciples were fearful and in hiding. But after the resurrection and the coming of the Holy Spirit, they were now filled with boldness and no longer fearful. The part of the above verse that I love is that the religious leaders recognize that Peter and John were just common men and that they had been with Jesus! What about us? Do people recognize that you are a follower and disciple of Jesus? Can they tell by the way you live and speak that you have been with him? Something to both think about and pray about, don’t you think?

“Lord I’m just a common person, but I pray that people will recognize my relationship with You, that I have indeed been with You!“

God uses everyday people to do extraordinary things!

Jennifer White


January 20, 2022 – Change


“There is need of a great revival of spiritual life, of truly fervent devotion to our Lord Jesus, of entire consecration to His service. It is only in a church in which this spirit of revival has at least begun, that there is any hope of radical change in the relation of the majority of our Christian people to mission work.”— Andrew Murray


When Jesus was born into the world, everything changed. The son of God took on the weak body of a newborn, the awkwardness of puberty, & the aches & pains of adulthood. He allowed His circumstances & His very being to be changed from one of heavenly perfection to earthly imperfection. That’s a huge change—bigger than any change you or I will ever know. We can’t even fully comprehend what that must have been like.


The change of the world started with Jesus and will also end with Jesus when He comes back. But our question today is: What will we do in the time between those two mileposts of change?

Throughout Scripture we are called to be like Jesus, be the difference and to be the change. What does that mean? “Being the change” can be as simple as letting your voice be heard or being a little louder than the day before. We are all called to be the change. Change is something most of us are looking for. But we often hope that someone else will make it happen. Guess what? You are that someone else.

Our culture revolves around maintaining comfort. That means change is usually the last thing we want to think about; change is uncomfortable. Although change & newness often result in growth, millions of people fear change. We’re so comfortable with where we are that we ignore openings that might help us get where we’re heading. We all want change, but we’re scared to be the ones to step out & be the change. We can’t expect to look any different than the world while we continue to immerse ourselves in its garbage. If we want change, we need to be the ones to act, to build, to speak up, to start. God hasn’t called us to conform to the patterns of this world but to be transformed through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.



What are some concrete things in your community that you hope will improve this year? What steps can you take to make that change a reality?

Jennifer White


February 6, 2022

"Without worship, we go about miserable." — A. W. Tozer

Worship is something that might seem a bit confusing. It is within our human nature to worship something or someone. It’s a fundamental part of what it means to be human—just like eating, drinking, breathing, and sleeping.

The act of worship is a demonstration of respect, honor, or homage toward a certain object or person. Regarding our faith as Christians, our worship is to be directed toward our Lord & Savior. Worship is a time when we pay deep, sincere, awesome respect, love, & fear to the One who created us.

Our worship not only honors & magnifies God but it is also for our own edification & strength. Worship helps us develop Christlike characteristics. When we worship God, we develop traits such as forgiveness, tenderness, justice, righteousness, purity, kindness, & love. All of these attributes prepare us for eternal life in heaven.

Ultimately, the art of worship is something we cannot truly understand until we take part in it. There are many ways to worship our God. Worship itself is not just an act but a lifestyle in which we can live.

As followers of Jesus Christ, we are to be living sacrifices (a form of worship). Worship should cause us to reflect on the majesty & graciousness of God, contrasted by our own unworthiness.


Worship is making God your focus in everything, from your job to your home & everything in between (Col 3:23–24). 

How can you worship God throughout your everyday life & not just while you’re at church? 

Jennifer White


February 13, 2022 – Prayer


“We tend to use prayer as a last resort, but God wants it to be our first line of defense.” 

- Oswald Chambers


How can speaking, whispering, or thinking thoughts allow you to communicate with God? How does this practice lead to meaningful change?


From the outside, prayer seems complicated. But in reality, it’s a simple way of communicating with our Heavenly Father. Just like any other conversation, prayer is an intimate time when we truly get to learn about one another. (That’s right. Prayer isn’t just about you talking to God. It’s also about listening to what God has to say.) Although God already knows everything there is to know about us, prayer is given to us as a gift to learn about Him. Prayer is the life source between us & God. Culture has turned prayer into nothing more than a nighttime ritual. I believe God is looking for a lot more. Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 5:17, “Never stop praying.” Other translations say, “Pray without ceasing.” To understand, we must first unveil the reality of what prayer actually is: a conversation between you & God. Yet so many of us ignore the opportunity because we feel like we have everything under control, or we feel like our issues are too small to be bugging the Creator with. But that’s the beauty of God. He is big enough to handle the big problems & loving enough to handle the small. Nothing is insignificant in God’s eyes. He comes with open arms & an open heart, yearning for our affection & love. It is natural for God to want to help us. Why? Because any loving father would want to help his children. Don’t get me wrong, prayer is not synonymous with wishes spoken to a magic genie. God is definitely not a bald guy in a magic box. Prayer is your opportunity to wholeheartedly release your life into the hands of the One who created it. It’s time to open your soul to someone who knows it better than you ever could. It’s a gateway to gaining a deeper relationship with the one who knows your worth.



Take some extra minutes today to spend time in prayer with God.  If necessary, go to a quieter place—a chair by a window or outside in nature—to get away from distractions that might prevent you from hearing his voice.

Jennifer White


February 20, 2022 – Compassion


“Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation.”  — Henry Ward Beecher


Jesus rose from the dead & freed us from the bondage of our sins. And in doing so, He opened the door for anyone wanting to find a relationship with his Father in heaven. Jesus’ message has never changed. Jesus’ great desire is that you would come to Him with all your faults, cares, & struggles. He doesn’t seek to harshly judge you, but instead to help you gracefully & compassionately. He wishes to take hold of your pain & shower you with unfathomable love & grace. He speaks with a voice of compassion & understanding. He will lift you from the lowest of lows & bring light to your darkened soul. He died for all your mistakes, & He brings healing to all of your wounds.

The word “compassion” comes from a Latin word that means “co-suffering.” It isn’t merely “feeling sorry for someone” or “putting yourself in someone else’s shoes.” No, having compassion means coming alongside someone & taking on his or her suffering with the hope of alleviating it. Jesus offers us true compassion—one of the highest expressions of love.

Open your heart to Him. Trust Him with your pain & sorrow. To the hurting & lonely He brings comfort. Jesus personally took upon Himself the grief of all people. He took our sicknesses & burdens, & He carried our sorrows upon His back. He proved Himself a true brother of love & character. I think this can never be said too often: Jesus’ love, compassion, mercy, & grace are fully & totally available to you. Yes, you. No special requirements. No restrictions. Not a limited-time offer. He gives these things freely to you. He only wants you to love Him back & share His love & compassion with others.


Ask God to help you see the following this week:

1. His compassion for you.

2. Someone in need to whom you can show Christlike compassion.

Jennifer White


February 27, 2022 – Patience


“You, too, must be patient. Take courage, for the coming of the Lord is near” (James 5:8)


Waiting is something all of us do in life. While some people like to claim that waiting is a great learning experience, in reality, it feels more like a mental and emotional torture chamber. If you can’t tell, I dislike waiting. I’ve never been good at it. I’ve always liked to get things done as soon as possible and at a time convenient to my schedule. In my impatience, what I fail to realize is that the fourth fruit of the Spirit is patience (Galatians 5:22). Christians are not called to be impatient people. Technically, the more we allow the Spirit to be active in our lives, the more patient we should become.


Over the years, I’ve grasped that life doesn’t revolve around me. Time does not click in parallel to my heart. And what I think (what I’m impatient about) will never be more important than what God already knows. Never in all of history has anyone rushed ahead of God’s plan and experienced an outcome that was better than what God had in store. From time to time it might seem like things turn out well when we plow ahead full-throttle, but whatever reward we find will definitely be empty, shallow, and short-lived in comparison to the thing that God had originally mapped out for us.


Don’t expect anything truly valuable to come out of a speedy process. I’m not saying it can’t happen—but realistically, it won’t. In fact, Scripture promotes this (James 5:7–11).

Life is a waiting room, and patience is key for appreciating the experience. Don’t be in a rush to move forward when God might want you right where you’re standing. Waiting rooms are only temporary. The benefit of patiently following God’s plan for your life is eternal.



Pay attention this week to moments you feel impatience surfacing. Memorize Proverbs 21:5 so that when this happens you can recite it and pray for God to give you the blessing of patience.

Jennifer White


March 6, 2022

"Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God." — Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Have you ever looked at the face of someone who just scored a winning touchdown, won first place at a competition, or just won the grand prize on a game show? Well if you have, you’ve noticed they look pretty happy. But I want you to realize that not one of those things has anything to do with joy. Why?

Because joy isn’t a product of something you have your hand in. Joy is not affected by what we can do in our own strength. And joy is not something this world can truly offer us in the first place.

Most of us in today’s world have mistaken happiness for joy. But if we unveil the truth behind what joy in Christ is, it is something eternal and unshakable.

What would happen if the man who scored the winning touchdown didn’t get both feet on the field before the catch? What would happen if you took away the first place medal? And what would happen if the game show contestant had lost instead of won? Would those people be robbed of their joy? Nope, because true joy cannot be taken away or affected by circumstances that surround us. Joy is eternal. Joy cannot be shaken. Joy cannot be earned.

I only know of one thing that’s eternal, unshakable, and unearned: life in Christ. No matter how much we achieve, accumulate, build, and create, all of those things eventually turn to dust. Jesus is the one thing that remains.

There’s a famous poem called “Ozymandias” by the English Romantic Poet Percy Bysshe Shelley; it highlights the futility of looking for satisfaction in things of the world. In the poem, a traveler comes across two giant stone legs in the desert. Next to the legs is the shattered head of the statue and a pedestal with the ironic inscription, “My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:/Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!” This once great king’s statue is now nothing more than a few crumbled shards. And his kingdom—likely once lush and green—is now a desert. Nothing remains.

Jesus is the one and only constant, the one and only source of true joy and fulfillment we can count on. Imagine a world built on joy and not the satisfaction of temporal happiness. Imagine if people found joy in simply living and weren’t desperately searching for happiness by trying to make a living.


Spend time thinking or journaling about the difference between happiness and joy and whether true joy can be found outside of Jesus. What changes do you need to make in your life this year to prioritize true, lasting joy?

Jennifer White


March 13, 2022

"Gathering your self-worth externally is kind of like trying to fill up a lake with a Dixie cup. It’s just never enough. That’s why it’s so addictive." — Pete Wilson, in his book Empty Promises

Usually when someone wants to get to know a person they’ve just met, they ask these three questions:

  1. What’s your name?
  2. What do you do?
  3. Where are you from?

And although there is nothing wrong with asking these things, I believe our identities as Christians are to be built on a lot more than what can be answered in three shallow questions.

If we were to truly evaluate our lives, we’d all be surprised as to where we seek most of our identity. All you have to do is look to see where your time goes. I’m not saying we do it on purpose, but many of us might be astonished to realize we’re seeking our worth in the world around us and not in the Savior who wants to breathe life into our hearts.

At the end of the day, the world can never offer anything remotely close to the worth and purpose of Jesus Christ. 

You can’t find worth in a world built on worthless values—it’s simply impossible. What people say has no power against what God already knows. Our worth is found in God, and our identity is found in His love. The moment you really “get” this is one of the most liberating moments of your life. You don’t have to keep fighting an uphill battle with the world that you’ll never win. You can finally rest because your identity is in Christ—not determined by anything you do on your own.

You are uniquely made, destined for greatness, and have been set apart from the beginning of time (Jer 1:5). While the world around you tries to fit you into the box of conformity, remember that God is yearning for you to break that mold and be the change (Rom 12:2).

Your true identity is found in Him who created you, not in the world that tries to manipulate you.


Spend time thinking about this question: Have you ever sought identity in something other than Jesus? 

Jennifer White


March 20, 2022

"To secure one’s freedom, the Christian must experience God’s light, which is God’s truth." — Watchman Nee

Our world has this crazy notion that once we seek God, everything will be hassle-free. Now don’t get me wrong, having Jesus in our lives makes a world of a difference. But don’t be surprised if you hit obstacles the second you start to truly seek after God’s heart. 

There are two things I know about Satan:

  1. He doesn't want me to be in a relationship with God.
  2. He will do everything he can to distract me from the truth.

Looking back at my past, I realize how many times I let Satan get in the way of my relationship with God. The sad part is, I always allowed it to happen when things were beginning to look bright. (This is one reason why understanding our last word, “identity,” is so important!)

Satan will do everything he can to distract us from the truth because the truth of God is Satan’s weakness. The truth of God is found in His Word (the Bible). And if we aren’t willing to build upon that truth, then we aren’t willing to accept the love and hope He has to offer. Our lives should be so saturated with the love of God that we constantly yearn to read more, pray more, and praise more.

The truth of God is that all things must pass [away] except the things that are of Him. In other words, God is the truth, and anything that is not of God will not be left standing in the end. Truth is not defined by our own subjective standards; it is determined objectively by the source of truth Himself.

Ultimately, Jesus is not a concept or an idea; He is an eternal and unchanging truth. We might be free to reject a number of traditions, customs, and beliefs. However, we cannot make facts go away by ignoring their irrefutable truth. Whether we choose to believe, the fact remains that Jesus is Lord over all—believers and unbelievers alike.

Satan will try to distract you the second God’s truth starts to attract you. Stand strong. Be courageous. Have faith. He is our foundation. He is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6).


Journal about what God’s truth means to you. Then, share with one person this week how God’s truth has changed your life.

Jennifer White


March 27, 2022

We should be astonished at the goodness of God, stunned that He should bother to call us by name, our mouths wide open at His love, bewildered that, at this very moment, we are standing on holy ground. Brennan Manning

First Corinthians 13:4–7 tells us:

"Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance."

Love is the foundation that God has called us to construct our lives upon. After all, if we follow Jesus, perfect love already is the foundation of our lives. But we aren’t just called to love our Lord Jesus Christ. Second and “equally important,” says Jesus, is to love your neighbor as yourself (Mark 12:31).

I know what some of you are thinking: “But you haven’t met my neighbors, they’re crazy!” Or “But sometimes I just have a bad day. What then?” Although loving others might be hard to do sometimes, we need to remember that Jesus’ statement to love isn’t a request; it’s a command.

Ask yourself how you can be a representation of God’s love today. When God desired to show us His love, He sent Jesus to die on the cross for our sins (John 3:16). What an incredible act of service, selflessness, and sacrifice—all done to show a real and tangible representation of the invisible God. (It was actually the ultimate act. In John 15:13, Jesus tells us, “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”)

Love without sacrifice isn’t really love in the first place; it’s kindness. The greatest example of true sacrificial love can be found in the blood of Jesus Christ. That’s not just “kindness” or “being nice.” Jesus’ sacrificial love was and is the most important act of all time. Nothing else compares. His love spares us from a life separated from God, and it opens us up to eternal life spent resting in His perfection. Be an example of love, and let those around you know how much you really care.


Be honest with yourself in answering these questions: Are you loving others the way Jesus loves you? What steps can you take to be a visible, tangible, and reflective image of God’s love this year?

Jennifer White


April 3, 2022

"Thanks be to God, there is hope today; this very hour you can choose Him and serve him." — D. L. Moody

Have you ever felt hopeless, worthless, or just downright useless? I believe we all have those days, months, or even years when we feel like we are nothing but a shadow in a world of color—like our existence is meaningless, or that the day of our birth was a catastrophic mistake in the space-time continuum.

And while all of those things might feel very real to you, I’m here to tell you that they’re wrong. In fact, they’re straight-up lies. And that’s not just my opinion.

Jeremiah 1:5 states, “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.” Did you catch that? God knew you before He formed you in your mother’s womb. He knew you before you were born. And on top of that, He set you apart from the beginning of time to be someone of substantial worth in His name. . . . 

God is the author of all hope. Hope brightens the darkened soul; it breaks the slave’s chains; it sustains those in spiritual exile and comforts those in a place of suffering. When our hope is in God, our spirits cannot be crushed.

The apostle Paul is an amazing example of this enduring Christian hope. He wrote letters of hope and encouragement to churches all over . . . from prison. Alone and in chains, Paul had so much hope from the Holy Spirit that he felt compelled to put pen to paper and share it with everyone else! I don’t know of anything else in the world that can give someone in such bad circumstances a powerful sense of hope.

This year is the year to focus on the hope that God has purposed for your life, a year to break away from Satan’s lies and realize you are intended for a life with God. Don’t let people’s opinions interfere with God’s directions for you.

Will this mean things are going to be perfect? No. But this does mean that you have someone in your life who gives you worth, acceptance, and love.


Discuss the hope of your Savior with someone who has yet to know it, and encourage him or her to personally discover the wonder of God’s love.

Jennifer White

Models of Goodness

"Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God" (Titus 2:3-5).


There are many things in life that you can teach, but the subject I desire to shine a light on is teaching younger women how to follow Christ so that their children will desire to do the same.


One of life's greatest teaching environments is the home. It is a powerful teaching tool when you use Jesus as an example of how to live. He is our example of life's journey. God's word tells us that no one is perfect but the Father. So, we know there will be times when we fall short, but we get back up and try again. We live with the power he gave us on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2). This spiritual power comes to help us live a stronger life.


As mothers, if we receive the Holy Spirit's gift, which gives us power, then our children will see the evidence of a life committed to honoring Christ—a powerful life.


Don't be shy or timid in your home and hide your "light under a bowl" (Matthew 5:15). Let it shine! Display the evidence! Make your home a "house of prayer" (Mark 11:17). 


Pray and seek God in your home within your children's ears, allowing the Holy Spirit to flow up out of your innermost being in known and unknown tongues as the scripture says (John 7:38) because this creates a safe atmosphere for your children to seek God's gifts for themselves. Live life in such a way that your children desire what you have in their lives as well.


I'll be an example to model goodness in my home, etc. as a strong, spirit filled (Mother and wife) person.

Jennifer White