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Delighting in my God, I desire to dwell in His pleasure and to help others experience true delight.

"Delight Yourself in the Lord;
And He will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him, and He will do it.
And He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,
And your judgment as the noonday.  
Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him;..." Ps 37:4-7a

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Z is for Zeal

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 This is my last post in the A to Z challenge for 2014.  It feels good to have reached this point and I must admit I am finishing with more fatigue than zeal, but I am glad to be able to complete the challenge and I believe it is still April somewhere.  Thanks again to Arlee Bird for starting this challenge ball rolling.        (Photo Source)

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Zeal for my God
         by Maria Dunn

The Lord our God, the Lord is One. 
It is He Who deserves our zeal.
The Lord is worthy of my passion.
With ardor I will seek Him,
Fueled by appreciation for the Father's love for me.
The Holy Spirit sets spiritual fervor afire.
Avid devotion belongs to the Lord.
Enthusiastically will I testify of His love.
With keen appetite I am hungry for His Presence.


Eager am I to know Him more. 
I relish the Word.
May gusto and vigor be in my pursuit
Of wisdom and knowledge of my God.
With energy I will pursue godliness.
The intensity of my love for my King, my God,
Will deepen and grow nurtured by His Spirit.
How wonderful, how beautiful is my Lord Jesus,
To Whom I raise my hands in zealous praise. 
                                                                                  

A to Z Challenge

18 comments:

  1. What a beautiful post. Inspiring and uplifting ... Our Lord does deserve our zeal. Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Thanks for finishing a to z

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    1. Thanks Lura. Your challenge posts were wonderful. I loved how you introduced some of the blogs you liked in your 'y' post by including not only their link but their picture along with a little about them. Glad to have met you. Look forward to reading your reflections. God bless, Maria

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  2. Congratultions! WE DID IT :)

    Thanks for stopping by at mine during the challenge xx

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    1. One of my favorite stops, Vikki. Thanks for the stop back. God bless, Maria

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  3. Thanks for stopping by! Zeal was the word I had written down months ago, but by the time April 30 came I was too tired to dig! LOL. You described the word beautifully.

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    1. Thanks Ronda. I know what you mean about too tired. I was there for several posts. God bless, Maria

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  4. Great poem! Congrats for finishing! It is a relief when it ends but it is so much fun!

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    1. Greg, Thanks. I agree that there is a definite sense of relief and a sense of accomplishment. Congrats back at you. God bless, Maria

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  5. Congrats! And I love the poem. Oh that we would have more zeal.

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    1. Heidi, Thanks for supporting me throughout. You are right. We do need more zeal for our Lord. God bless, Maria

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  6. Lovely! And the perfect ending. Yay for finishing!

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    1. Abby. Thank you. Appreciate your visit. God bless, Maria

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  7. Congrats on making it to Z. I didn't even think about who organized all this. Thanks to Arlee Bird from me, too!

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    1. Thanks Stephanie. It is easy to forget the behind the scenes work. Good that we remind each other to say thanks. God bless, Maria

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  8. Beautiful and inspiring.... liked your the word you chose for Z - Zeal... so much inline with my thoughts on the same word.

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    1. Thank you Angela. I tried to use a number of synonyms for zeal to express the depth and facets of what that zeal might look like. Thanks for stopping by. God bless, Maria

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  9. What a beautiful poem! I am so so so impressed you made it to Z! I saw this A to Z challenge and I didn't even contemplate taking the dive. I am so excited to to discover another bloggy friend that is close enough to do in person life with too! I am subscribing so I can keep in touch with what your writing:)

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    1. Thanks Ginger. It is definitely a challenge, but worthwhile. I appreciate you spending the time to check out my blog and I enjoyed my visit to yours too. I find the blogging community such a blessing as there are so many people seeking to encourage one another. I hope we are able to do that for one another, both online and in person. God bless, Maria

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