In this video I tell you about my passions by explaining how God continues to give me the desires of my heart.  Below this video is the transcript of what I share in the video. If you are viewing this post in your email and can’t view the video you can view it on this post at Ask God Today.

Hi, I am Jayna Coppedge a contributing writer for Ask God Today Ministries. I am going to tell you a little bit about myself, possibly a little bit about yourself, and a little bit about God. I am going to share with you how God has given me the desires of my heart.

Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”
Then said I: “Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth.”
But the LORD said to me: “Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’ For you shall go to all to whom I send you, And whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of their faces, For I am with you to deliver you,” says the LORD.  Then the LORD put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the LORD said to me: “Behold, I have put My words in your mouth. (Jeremiah 1:4-9 NKJV)




God designed Jeremiah with His plans  in mind. It gives me courage and comfort to know that when I was born God had already given me the temperament, abilities, and desires to fulfill His plan for my life. Your challenge and mine is to seek God to find that plan.

“Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4 NKJV)

I am going to illustrate my God-given abilities, desires, and plans by these blocks. My very first memory is going to church, I felt so loved when Scotty would rock me, I am told that I did not think she should hold anyone else but me. Church was my safe place where I felt loved.

I discovered next that God gave me a hunger to learn and read. I lived near the public library and so all my free time was spent reading. Loving church and learning, means that I diligently studied my Bible, I attended every Vacation Bible School within walking distance of my home.

at 54 yearsThe summer after 3rd grade, I was holding a microphone while explaining the 23rd Psalm during a VBS family night at a church my family did not attend. I loved the Bible, I loved church, I loved teaching, and I loved talking. God was showing me my abilities and desires, a speaker was born.

As a child, I wanted to be a writer. This dream is coming true.

As a teen I had such strong desire to please God, to walk in truth and to obey Him, I believed God was calling me in to “surrender to special service.” The only thing I knew women could do in ministry was be a pastor’s wife or a foreign missionary. So  I decided I should marry a pastor.

I started working in a children’s shoe store when I was 14, I saw such bad parenting that I started reading everything I could, like James Dobson’s “Dare to Discipline”, so  my children would be better behaved. God introduced me to another passion, parenting.

Also at this time, I discovered that I had a heart for counseling. I enjoyed listening to people and praying with them. This led me to decide to get my degree in counseling, thinking I would use it in ministry.

I had such a strong desire to have a godly marriage with children that I knew it was God’s plan for me to marry Steve. I decided I was mistaken about being in the ministry, because Steve was not a pastor. I wanted to be a great wife and mother, so I continued to study marriage and family books even after I got out of college.

When our children were 2 and 4, I became a children’s minister for First Baptist Church Tahlequah OK; something I didn’t know existed when I started college. I had everything I ever wanted.

As a children’s minister I used every block. I marveled that God was giving me the desires of my heart and using each of the skills. Going to church 5 days a week, I studied the Bible to teach children and lead adults. I used my love of speaking to train teachers both in my church and across my state.

I was doing my favorite things: counseling parents, listening to problems, and praying with people. I wrote preschool Bible study curriculum for a LifeWay, a Christian publisher. I taught a woman’s Bible Study.

speaking with interpreter

When I retired last year, my greatest concern was that I would no longer have a purpose. Now I have more opportunities to write. I have a weekly blog “A Woman Trusting God”. I joined the Ask God Today Ministry. I mentor individuals and small groups in my home. I teach a lady’s Bible study and parenting in my church. I am speaking in retreats.

I am thrilled that I still have blocks; I don’t know what God has planned for me next. I know He is not finished with me. God is still giving me the desires of my heart.

I challenge you to remember whether you are a youth like Jeremiah, or 54 like me, to seek God daily. The secret is when you seek God, He meets all your desires, because your longings originate from the way He designed you.

“Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4 NKJV)

Click here to read the story of how I became “A Woman Trusting God”.

Click here for my biography.

 

  • Please share in the comments how God has given you the desires of your heart.
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About Jayna Coppedge

Jayna Coppedge, married for 30+ years, has 2 adult children. She empowers people to be all that God created them to be. When she can't physically come alongside the parent, the preschool teacher, or the growing Christian, to guide and cheer them further in their relationships. She uses her blog "A Woman Trusting God" and Facebook ministry. Jayna just published Parenting with the End In Mind: Practical Guidance with Biblical Principles
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