When my wanter won’t stop wanting

Renee Ann Smith —  October 14, 2012 — 39 Comments

After I pray for others, I find that I have a pretty big list of requests for myself . . .

  • Enough money to purchase a new car. Or maybe just enough to get everything repaired that needs to be repaired.
  • Maid service—because it’s hard to work all day, make time for my mom, write, and do anything else. (And could she come early enough to make the morning coffee?)
  • Success as I teach my students how to write. (It wouldn’t hurt if they scored off the charts and won some awards, too.)
  • A book contract with all the trimmings. (More satisfying than a Thanksgiving dinner!)
  • A platform so large that I’d see my novel flying off the shelves. (You’d buy one, wouldn’t you?)
  • A brownie with all of the flavor and none of the calories. (Miracles can happen . . . )

Sometimes my “wanter” won’t stop wanting.

But, hey, those are basically good things. “The heart wants what the heart wants.” Why fight it?

Why? Because every good thing on earth is simply a temporary fix for the emptiness that hollows out our hearts from time to time.

Jesus is the answer. He is more than enough to fills us. You and I both know this—in our heads. But still we struggle with wayward feelings. Sadness, loneliness, depression, inadequacy, fear, and doubt urge us to seek satisfaction elsewhere. And the sad truth, my friends, is that those ugly emotions will plague us until we get to Heaven.

But here’s HOPE in the form of a promise from God . . .

Not used to reading the verse that way? In the original language “He will give you” means that He will even supply the correct desires.

He will help us to want what He wants us to want.

What a relief! We can pour out our hearts to Him and then trust Him to sort through it all. He’ll separate out the things that wouldn’t be good for us. He’ll put on hold the things that don’t fulfill His Will for our lives right now. He’ll strip away the foolishness. We’ll know that we are making our requests in His Son’s Name.

Yes, watching dreams die can be painful. But as those that are left blossom and grow, we’ll follow life’s paths with confidence. And whether we reach our goals in this life or the next, all along the way, our hearts will be full!

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This week I’m linking up with Monday Musings, Hear It on Sunday, Soli Deo Gloria, The Better Mom, Teach Me Tuesdays, Gratituesdays, Just Write, Titus 2 Tuesdays, Tuesday Tips, What I Learned This Week, Heart and Home, Domestically Divine Tuesday, Thankful Homemaker, Wholehearted Home Wednesdays, Beautiful Thursday, Thankful Thursdays, Hearts for Home Thursdays, Faith-filled Friday.

Renee Ann Smith

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

39 responses to When my wanter won’t stop wanting

  1. Renee, thank you so much for this post. I really needed to hear this!

    P.S. I will so buy any book that you publish :)

    Beth

  2. This was so good Renee! Thanks for sharing. Our pastor is preaching through Psalm 23 and the very first verse is “The Lord is my Shepherd I shall NOT want” our pastor then talked about being grateful for what we have. He used the term “wanter” also :) I’m thinking that a sermon on want and then a devotional on want is a message that the Lord is trying to impart to me! I need to make sure my “wanter” isn’t in overdrive huh? And by the way…I’d buy your book too, because I “want” it :)

    Thanks again for sharing!

    Julie@My Favorite Pastime

    • Thanks for adding these great thoughts here, Julie! I guess gratitude and contentment are areas we’ll just always have to work on. It’s good to know I’m not the only one who struggles :) I appreciate your visit and kind words. Blessings!

  3. Prayer leader Becky Tirabassi assures us that when we submit our will to God’s and pray in faith, asking for direction, God will either move us forward in our dreams, or take the desire away. I’ve experienced this many times in my life, which makes me bold in sharing my dreams with God in prayer, trusting that he knows me well enough to sift through them and only bestow those “good and perfect gifts” he’s so famous for. Visiting from Be Not Weary today, and glad I did :)

  4. My wanter won’t stop wanting, either. :)
    What a great reminder. I so often look for satisfaction in trivial, albeit good, things. Jesus is my portion, though. He is enough and He is all. Thanks…I needed this reminder today.

  5. I love how you re-worked this verse. He does shape our wants when we put our hearts in his hands. How good to know that! Thank you.

  6. Hi link-up neighbor at Jen’s…oh that wanter…alls it wants to do to take…take..take…and I love how that scripture reads…yes…shape our desires. great post…blessings to you~

  7. I think you have hit on such a great point here, Renee. For me, I have to surrender every day — I want so much to be pleasing, but often times I have to choose — my focus on pleasing man or pleasing God. May He be in charge of the desires of my heart.

  8. It is such a sweet thought … God shaping the desires of my heart. Sometimes I do not even know what those desires are.

  9. We lived on the mission field in South America for 24 years and while I was there, my “wanter” was under control–there were so many more important things to think about. One of my fears when we moved back to the States was that materialism would be contagious to me. I find myself fighting it all the time. Right now I’m debating over what kind of e-reader I “need”. While there are reasons I could use one (mostly weight and size for lots of travel I do) I don’t really need to think about it this much! Thanks for your post. Good to know I’m not alone in keeping my “wanter” under control (not all my wants are material!). I came to visit today from Titus 2 Tuesday.

    • Thanks for sharing a great reminder with the words, “there were so many more important things to think about.” I guess that’s a good bottom line, Sharon. But I still think you could get an e-reader. Because so many Christian publishers off free e-books, I think it is economical—See how easy I made that :) . . . So glad you came by today! Blessings!

  10. I would love those brownies! And most everything on your list…what a wonderful point about how it is a temporary fix to the true eternal longings in our own heart. Ps 37:4 is a lifelong favorite of mine.

  11. How very wonderful our Father is! He will give us the dreams He has for us if we but ask! Thank you for sharing today! We’re neighbors at Just Write! Blessings! simplyhelpinghim.com

  12. Wanting right beside you ,with you and boy can I relate. My desire is have him give me a desire for what He longs for me to long for. Your honest heart is a beautiful thing. I love it over here.

  13. Hi Renee Ann, I’m Anne from Life on the Funny Farm (http://annesfunnyfarm.blogspot.com), and I’m visiting from Gratituesday.

    Great words. So important to get caught up in the material wants. SO easy. Thanks for the reminder to focus on what’s really imprtant.

    Anyway, it’s nice to “meet” you! Hope you can pop by my blog sometime to say hi…

  14. Thanks for a lovely post and thoughts to ponder. Jesus is the answer, but sometimes we don’t go in that direction. I try to always remember my Savior.
    Blessings to you!

  15. What you’ve written in so true. All of it. I so agree that Psalm 37:4 is about God changing our desires before granting them. And I’m with you about the brownie without calories : ) Bless you, Gail

  16. I really, really enjoyed reading this!! I love your writing style, really. I hope you share some of your writing tips on your blog for people like me who are ever wanting to learn about writing. I’ll buy one of your books too. When you find a maid, let me know about it since I’d love to have one too!!

    Thanks for linking up again at WholeHearted Home and hope to see you again next week. I have thoroughly been enjoying your blog the last week or so.

  17. Perfectly stated, Renee. It’s so easy to get caught up in our wants and forget that we have all we need in Jesus!

    Oh, Lord, shape my heart’s desires so that my desires reflect you!

  18. Visiting from Kris’ Encore link-up. I’m learning to allow God to direct my desires…this was a great reminder today :)

  19. Thank you for this reminder! I find my “wanter” kicks into overdrive sometimes as my list of wants is never-ending. But I have to remind myself that my wants need to be what God wants for me and not just things I would like to have/do/be.

  20. Been a real puzzle to me down the years, how to stop wanting so much, Encouraging words and scripture. Have always suspected the way you have that verse was to be read that way, thanks

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