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What your heart desires

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As we rode along the old highway from Birmingham, Ala., bound for Florida that early summer day, there was sunshine, the sweet smell of grass, and beautiful wildflowers. I loved this kind of drive. Everyone traveling that road was having this special experience that only God could give.

We were on our way to visit my granddad's cousins, who had moved from their farm outside Eufaula to a community near Pensacola. We arrived in plenty of time to meet some of the neighbors and to walk to a nearby pond. There was a lot of talk, and there were smiles all around.

But the cousins were unhappy because they'd not yet been able to find a church home, and it looked as if they would have to give up their singing. They loved to sing, and for years they had sung at different church-related functions. They had been visiting different churches and had been praying about where the Lord wanted them to be. But they hadn't found a place that welcomed their singing.

Whenever they would meet someone, they would mention that they were singers. Just talking about it made their faces shine with joy. But it looked as if they would have to accept the loss of something they loved so much. Excuses were given as to why they should accept the loss. It was disturbing to me that they seemed powerless to change the situation.

Then, Granddad said this grace before dinner: "O Lord, give them of their heart's desire for a church home." He talked about what a church home meant to them. As the adults around the table chimed in, "Amen, amen," he continued praying, "O Lord, the Giver of all things, give them a place to sing Your praises. Let them lift up their singing to the windows of each listener's heart, O Lord, the Giver of all hearts' desires."

The desire for small things such as a place to sing or time to sit and enjoy the quiet can be lifted up in prayer. Many places in the Bible urge us to ask God for what we need. Solomon asked God for a small thing by the world's standards - an understanding heart. God was greatly pleased with Solomon's request, so pleased that He gave Solomon what he asked for and more. Solomon was given riches, wealth, honor, and long life.

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