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What Do You Want?

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

What do you want? A frequent question the heart may ask. What do you want? Valentine's Day is upon us and we are filled with the spirit of letting those close to us know how much we love them.

George Eliot said, "It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are alive. There are certain things we feel  to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger for them." What do you hunger for?

I wrote the column for Christian Fiction On-line Magazine this month, you can read it here,  Heart Rhythms.

I love the song, Rhythm of My Heart, by Rod Stewart. A great song for Valentine's Day.

Oh, rhythm of my heart
Is beating like a drum
With the words "I Love you"
Rolling off my tongue.
No never will I roam,
For I know my place is home.
Where the ocean meets the sky,
I'll be sailing.

What is your heart crying out for this Valentine's Day?
In Matthew 20 we have a mother's request:
 20 Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favor of him.    21 “What is it you want?” he asked.
         She said, “Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom.”

Later in Matthew 20 two blind men have a request:

 29 As Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. 30 Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”  31 The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”
 32 Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.
 33 “Lord,” they answered, “we want our sight.”

 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened … If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” (Matthew 7:7-11)

I know this is sometimes confusing for Christians and those seeking Jesus to understand. It's been confusing at times for me too.  I found an article I think will help those who have difficulty with this passage of ask, seek, and knock. Read this article Prayer Secret #5 when you have time. I think you'll like it, especially as it refers to looking for you soul mate.

Happy Valentine's Day! What would you ask for if Jesus asked you: What do you want?


  1. Thanks for your wonderful thoughts, Jillian. What would I ask Jesus? Hmmm... I'd ask Him to remind me to live in contentment, not competition. In love, not lament. Hope, not hurt. The moment, not memories. Today, not tomorrow.

  2. I love those words, contentment, love, hope. Perfect for Valentine's Day and every day. Thanks so much, Donna.

  3. You remind me of a beautiful song we just sang: You are the one that we praise/ You are the one we adore/You give the healing and grace our/Hearts always hunger for/Oh, our hearts always hunger for."

    Never have I heard a preposition used so elegantly and movingly at the end of a musical phrase. ;-)

  4. Healing and grace. "Never have I heard a preposition used so elegantly and movingly at the end of a musical phrase." And that just goes to show how a sentence can be elegant regardless of where the preposition may end up.:) Hope you had a great Valentine's Day, Rosslyn.

  5. Jillian, I love that pencil art at the beginning of your post. So simple, yet so striking. Just like God's love for us. The real Valentine.
    Catherine Hershberger, writing as Catherine Castle

  6. Hi Catherine!
    Glad you liked those pencils. :) God is good and He knows how to love us even when we're moody. He's got the biggest heart of all!

  7. Great post, Jillian. Your question is one I need to ponder for a while.

  8. I'm glad it stirred up some pondering thoughts for you, Susie. I haven't quite figured out what I would ask yet either. :) Guess I'm still pondering too.