The Desires of Your Heart

11 Oct

Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.Psalms 37:4

For many years, this verse has been a talisman for me. In simplest form, it means that if you keep faith in God and delight in His ways, the things that you really want — deep in your heart — will materialize for you. So, when I hear “desires of your heart”, I feel that the message is meant for me.

So, I point you now to Shrew’s Daily Shutters. Shrew found and was granted permission to post, in it’s entirety, a blog from Craig Tanner (accomplished and talented photographer) regarding talent. Maybe it’s what I’d like to hear but I really identified with his musings. In particular, I totally identified with this quote:


“Your one true gift is love and the desires of your heart because love can do what natural ability never will – conquer all of your fears – the fear of being a beginner, the fear of looking stupid, the fear of failing, and the fear of the unknown. Love can do this because love alone is limitless. When we enter the realm of our most passionate desires and remain there, the recreation of ourselves is not only possible – it is inevitable.” — Craig Tanner


Loving something and having the passion for it usually produces a talent for it. This is true of music, photography, writing, sports and just about anything that requires getting better. This was such an affirmation for me. To keep reaching, keep dreaming, keep moving toward freedom.

So, here’s to all you crazy dreamers….

Ray LaMontagne, Weird but seriously talented….and a guy who was working at a shoe factory, woke up one morning to a song he loved on the radio and decided to be a serious musician.



Posted by on October 11, 2007 in Artists, Good Stuff


10 responses to “The Desires of Your Heart

  1. Shrewspeaks

    October 11, 2007 at 6:25 am

    MM I am so glad you are as touched and inspired by Craig’s words as I am. IvoryHut is really the one to thank for finding Craig Tanner’s article.

  2. music maven

    October 11, 2007 at 7:04 am

    To IvoryHut, then, I raise my glass.

    “Really great people make you feel that you, too, can become great.” — Mark Twain

  3. RedRoseSpeedway

    October 11, 2007 at 9:16 am

    WOW! I am seriously impressed with your post Music Maven! God bless you! And I didn’t know that about Ray LaMontagne either. 🙂

  4. music maven

    October 11, 2007 at 10:28 am

    From LaMontagne’s bio, speaking about working in a Maine shoe factory:

    “One morning, after I’d worked there for about a year, I had my clock set for 4 a.m., like always, and I woke up to this amazing sound coming from the clock radio. It was Stephen Stills, doing a song called ‘Tree Top Flyer.’ I just sat up in bed and listened. Something about that song just hit me. I did not go to work that day; I went to record stores and sought that album out. It was called Stills Alone. I listened to it, and I was transformed. It killed me…it was huge. You don’t know how those things happen. I just knew: ‘This is what I’m gonna do.’ That morning really changed everything — my whole life.

    “So I quit my job. I knew I wanted to sing, which was really crazy, because I never even talked to anybody. I just had this feeling that it was somewhere inside me, and I had to find it and let it out. So I learned the songs on that record and started listening to Crosby, Stills & Nash, then I discovered Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Ray Charles, Otis Redding. I would spend hours just listening to records. Later, I got very intense about singing; I would just sing and sing, and hurt and hurt, because I knew I wasn’t doing it right. Over a period of years I taught myself to sing from the gut and not from the nose.”
    — Ray LaMontagne

    To the point…in some cases, talent=work+love.

  5. RedRoseSpeedway

    October 11, 2007 at 10:48 am

    What an amazing story! How old was he when this happened?

  6. music maven

    October 11, 2007 at 11:34 am

    In his early ’20s. His first demo was made when he was 25. Ray had a REAL interesting early life. Not the typical “path”.

    Ray LaMontagne’s Wikipedia Entry

  7. RedRoseSpeedway

    October 11, 2007 at 3:22 pm

    Wow, thank you for the info! What an amazing thing to happen to someone one morning out of the blue. Like being struck by lightning.

  8. music maven

    October 11, 2007 at 6:28 pm

    I think that the amazing thing is that everybody has talent…most of it is latent. If you love something and you work hard at it, become an expert at it, you develop talent.

    Yes, there are some (very few) people born with natural talent, however the vast majority of writers, photographers, painters, and musicians have had to really work at their craft to have “talent”. Same as in business.

    LaMontagne wasn’t a great talent the day after he decided to be a musician. It took him a few years of SOLID dedication. Times when he was so scared and full of fear that he had to perform with his back to the audience. Yet you have to respect the guy…he fought through it and perservered become a great talent.

    That’s a story of hope.

  9. RedRoseSpeedway

    October 11, 2007 at 7:26 pm

    Preach it sistah!


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