River Of Pleasure

October 30, 2013
by Kirsti Sipila

Psalm 100:2 – Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. (NIV)

In the midst of mundane happenings and basic, routine, everyday tasks, some days turn out to be extraordinary. So it was when I walked to a nearby store and the only thing occupying my mind was the item that I needed from that particular store and how it would help my day.

I had with me one of the devotional booklets that I write and print off, and offered it to the personnel. To my utmost surprise, the booklet received a big smile and was welcomed most kindly.

So different was this from what had happened the day before, when offering my booklets I had received only a bold "No!"

Yet, several days before that, I had left one on a waiting room table, wondering what would happen to it. A few days afterward, someone I know came to me and handed me a note from her friend who had found my booklet in that waiting room and was asking for three different devotionals, naming the titles. I went to work right away and printed them, ready for delivery.

My point is that over the years, my devotional booklets have been either received as a lifeline or rejected most bluntly, with some chosen words to match! Yet it has not stopped me — quite the opposite!

The brief time with the store owners was a big blessing from God, as we had agreement about God's binding revelations to each of us. God's presence was given to us in that moment in life as a powerful moment of spiritual uplifting. Truly, God's compassion is new every morning, never failing us.

A day is never just an ordinary day! My feet hardly touched the sidewalk when I walked home with springs on my heels, rejoicing. It was as if paradise had opened its gates and a river of pleasure filled my heart. It was as if everything worldly had grown strangely dim and the glory of God filled the air.

Luke 15:10 – In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents. (NIV)

Truly, an ordinary day turned into a blessed meeting of fellowship and love.

1 John 1:7 – But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. (NIV)

Although I have found great support for my booklets, I know that each of us is just a tool, an instrument, in God's hands. But being an instrument in God's hands certainly has its rewards. Thanks be to God!

Prayer: Lord God, thank You for precious moments of eternity in an ordinary day in Your presence when total strangers meet and rejoice in a sacred, godly moment that lifts us from the ordinary to a special time before You for our good. Open Your heaven again to fill Your people with Your love and salvation! In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen!

About the author:

Kirsti Sipila <kirstiksipila@hotmail.com>

Brantford, Ontario, Canada


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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Bless you, dear Kirsti.


    You are a true disciple, Kirsti.


    Thanks for writing. bless you in all you do!


    Great encouragement for all writers Kirsti.


    Kirsti – Keep up the good work. God bless you.


    Well done Kirsti.
    Blessing.


    You have raised my curiosity about the booklets you write and distribute.
    I would be interested in more details about this.


    Dear Kristi,
    Praise God – what a wonderful testimony! Your faith and courage is an inspiration to me. May the Lord continue to use your devotionals for His glory.


    Hi Kirsti,
    How long have you been writing your devotional books? It seems you have an effective ministry.
    (Texas)


    Dear Kristi,
    I rejoiced with you in your rejoicing:
    A day is never just an ordinary day! My feet hardly touched the sidewalk when I walked home with springs on my heels, rejoicing. It was as if paradise had opened its gates and a river of pleasure filled my heart. It was as if everything worldly had grown strangely dim and the glory of God filled the air.
    Keep writing, and witnessing orally too.


    God bless you, Kirsti! Thank you for your devotional ministry to those around you, and to us.


    Thank you Kirsti for boldly sharing God’s Word through your devotional tracts. God is indeed good. Blessings.


    Thank you Kirsti for sharing this beautiful devotional with us. God uses those who are willing vessels.


    Good Afternoon Kirsti:
    What a blessing you are to those who accept your devotional booklets and a true servant of the Living God. Our Lord will honor your steadfast devotion to Him and your love and concern for those who are searching and willing to accept your booklets.
    My prayers will be with your ministry.


    Thank you Kirsti for your message.
    I experience similar emotions with my Poetry Ministry, which blesses me mightily.
    May Our Father continue to open wider Heavens Gates as He rewards you for your Faithfullness in service, as lost Souls are saved.
    Many blessings.

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