‘What would it look like, if you only did what you delighted in?’

This was a question the Holy Spirit breathed to me recently in the midnight hours.

I’d just finished a busy ministry schedule and it seemed as though the enjoyment had gone from many of my tasks. This was probably due to weariness. At the same time, my natural response—due to a shortfall of resources—was to increase my activity, not step back.

The next day, not knowing my midnight encounter, a leader gave me a strong admonition: ‘For the next 8 weeks, only do what brings you delight!’


The discipline of delight: what I changed

Have you heard the saying, ‘How much louder does God have to shout?’ Sometimes the Holy Spirit breaks in and makes His intention very clear!

  • I immediately paused my self-imposed schedule
  • I took the pressure off expectations; my own, and that of my online audience
  • I renewed my anticipation in God’s provision. After all, it was His instruction to rest, and His responsibility to provide
  • I took walks to breathe and pray

There were still many responsibilities that I could not set aside. In this imperfect, but grace-filled journey. I’ve approached work with a prayer, ‘Father, show me Your pleasure.’ I have sought to begin tasks conscious firstly of His love and affection.

And miracles have begun to break out.

Is the Holy Spirit speaking to you also, about rest and returning to the place of delighting in Him?

It has been said, ‘Faith is spelled R-I-S-K’. Sometimes, faith is spelled R-E-S-T.

There are times to walk, times to run hard, and there are also times to rest. The prophet Isaiah speaks of this cycle:

‘…but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.’ (Isaiah 40:31 NIV)

Whether it’s time to rest, walk, run or fly—your life and work with God can be one of conscious delight in His Presence.


Come Home to Eden (‘Delight’)

God gave Adam and Eve a home to live in; a place called Eden, where they could live, work, rest, and fellowship with Him (Gen 2:8).

The name ‘Eden’ means ‘delight’, or ‘pleasure’. [1]

There is a delight that comes, not from circumstances, but simply from being conscious of His Presence.

‘You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.’ (Psalm 16:11, NKJV)

Regardless of what is going on, and even if your current situation is one of trial, pain or stretching, you can find a place of rest and security in your Father’s affection.

Today, God may be speaking to you about returning to the place of delight. He is calling you home.


Prayer

‘Father, I recognize that I’ve lost in part or in full, the life and labor of delight. And I receive Your grace and forgiveness right now, for any striving or self-effort, and for losing my way in my walk with You.

Lord, I know that there is a delight that cannot be found in circumstances, relationships or in work, it is in You.
I am sorry for the times I have skipped times of rest appointed by You, and leaned upon my own efforts. Right now, I receive Your grace and forgiveness.

Father, help me to be conscious of your love and affection towards me. I choose now to enter the place of delight. I am being saturated in Your Presence, Your healing and Your peace.
I invite You, Holy Spirit, to teach me, alert me and keep me conscious of living in this place of knowing and delighting in my Father and His affection for me.
I receive Your fresh anointing now, in Jesus’ Name.


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In the eBook ‘Deeper: 6 Steps to Greater Intimacy with God and His Word’ I share my personal journey from burnout and spiritual exhaustion to a lifestyle of encountering God—the pathway that launched me into prophetic ministry.

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Notes

[1] Strongs H5731


Related Posts:

Rest is not an Option: Father’s Sabbath Plan for Your Life

Life in Eden: Heaven on Earth is our Inheritance


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Enliven Ministries
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27 thoughts on “Prophetic Insight: Return to the Place of Delight”

  1. Oh Ma’m Calder, your prophecy is always walking with me along my christian path. I am entering my place of delight now!

  2. Wow, Helen – thank you for this! I spend a lot of time in prophetic intercession, and that call can drain me if I lose my focus.

    About two weeks ago God spoke to me that I am entering into a season of rest. I didn’t really know what He meant by that, but I have felt him streamline my prayer focus to just a few issues/people that I am to focus on for now, in addition to letting go of some of my other ministry responsibilities (knowing that intercession is my primary calling now), — and, interestingly, to increase my prayer time – and to just enjoy His presence without feeling like I have to be fighting spiritual battles all the time on behalf of what He leads me to pray for.

    It’s been my prayer for years to only have Him and what He wants for me – nothing more, and nothing less. And though His answer to this prayer has resulted in incredible gifts from Him that I never expected, I am being renewed to just enjoy Him and rest in the simple obedience of focusing on what He puts right in front of me.

    This message was great confirmation for me – as your blogs usually are. Thank you for your faithfulness to hear Him!

    1. Hi CL, there’s a lot of wisdom, right there. I pray you are fully refreshed and experience the joy of intimacy in prayer in ever-increasing measure!

  3. Greeting woman of God…This article spoke volumes to me, since I too am in a place of focused worship and being in the presence of my Father. It is confirmation of the direction He is leading me….Thank You Lord GOD..I am very interested in the book and workbook; Deeper, bit unable to make the purchase right now. I will mosy assuredly keep it at the top of my desire list.. Much love in Christ name.

  4. Open up before God, keep nothing back; He’ll do whatever needs to be done: He’ll validate your life in the clear light of day and stamp you with approval at high noon. Quiet down before God, be prayerful before Him. Don’t bother with those who climb the ladder, who elbow their way to the top.

    – Psalm 37:5-7 MSG

  5. I have always enjoyed reading your prophetic inspiration.Yes. This is the word for me. As I was meditating during my prayer walk today, the same word was breathed into me.
    God bless your ministry
    Akin

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