Love Series: The Right Time to Awaken Love

loveI’m certainly not an expert on love. I don’t think any of us has all the answers. But I do know that love is a prerequisite for marriage. Yes, you absolutely should be in love with the person you marry, but that doesn’t mean you will always marry a person because you fall in love with them.

I love this scripture:

Song of Solomon 2:7 International Standard Version (ISV)

Swear to me, young women of Jerusalem,
    by the gazelles or by the does of the field,
that you won’t awaken or arouse love
    before its proper time![a]

I believe there is a proper time for love and falling in love at the wrong time can bring great hurt and pain, especially if you fall in love with someone who is not destined to be in your future.

I am learning about love and I truly believe that it’s not a good idea for a woman to proclaim her undying love for a man who has not expressed it first. Now this is just my little theory. You may fall in love, woo him and win him with your love, but in the end it may not turn out well for you because either he doesn’t feel the same way, or he is not the person for you.

There is a proper time for love! And that time is when God has done the matchmaking and brought those two people together and they have the time to get to know each other and fall in love.

I still believe in the old-fashioned way. Meet and get to know each other and fall in love. I know we live in the online age when people can skip the meeting part and fall in love online, and maybe it works for some, but God has his time and place and I trust Him with that area of my life.It’s hard to let go of the reigns of control and yield in this area. We think we know best, especially when we think WE have found the one.

I know this may seem presumptuous, but God has used me to see for others accurately in this area and I shared something God showed me about a mate with a friend and she REFUSES to accept it even though it’s been shown to her and God allowed me to interpret some dreams about this. Well guess what. She has some more yielding to do. But guess what? If we wait long enough and make enough mistakes we will learn the lesson of not arousing love before it’s proper time!

The Journey Home

Originally posted on A Display of His Splendor Blog:

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It’s been a while since I took the time to sit and write. We traveled to visit family this summer and returned with only one week before beginning the new school year. I’ve missed my time praying, pondering and waiting for the Lord to speak to my heart. I’ve been thinking of this post for a couple of weeks though. I hope you enjoy it.

Our journey to return home was not as we had anticipated. We hoped for light traffic. We wished for dry weather. Unfortunately, our expectations were shattered with the heaviest traffic we had ever experienced on a trip. When the traffic cleared, we were met with torrential downpours. It was slow going for much of the journey home but we stayed the course. We finished, even if it was a few hours later than we had planned.

God doesn’t always answer our prayers in our time…

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Buffeted by the Enemy

boxingThis morning I woke up from a dream in which the enemy was attacking me. It was not pleasant at all, but I kept fighting by “pleading the blood of Jesus”. Whenever I did this, the enemy would slow up, but then start up his relentless attack again. It felt terrible, but I continued to fight. Finally the dream ended.

Although the dream was not a good one and I actually physically felt the attack, the dream helped me to realize the reason I have been feeling the way that I have lately. I am being attacked. Often we as Christians forget that there is a devil and he does not like us. Yes, it’s good to not focus on that, but we should not forget.

As I pondered the dream, I could see that the devil hates me. He was playing dirty hitting me almost like with boxing gloves and his imps were not trying to stop. It’s not like someone who dislikes you, but rather, I could feel the hatred and let me tell you friends, that is how the devil feels about you as well.

I know now that I have to get on the offense and fight back. We can’t stay in defense mode. We must learn to fight back in the realm of the spirit.

I had been asking the Lord what was wrong and God showed me. It’s wasn’t pleasant but at least I received my answer. I am being buffeted by the enemy!

1 Peter 5:8New International Version (NIV)

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

His position, not ours

Originally posted on Seeing Deep:

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2 Samuel 5:12
“David realized that the Lord had established him as king over Israel and that he had elevated his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel.”

Striving to gain prestige or position is futile, especially if the Lord has not ordained it. Even when God has ordained a position for us, it is still in His timing. Of all the biblical characters, David is one I admire greatly. He knew God’s calling on His life, but He did not try to make it happen on his own, despite it taking over 20 years before he would reign over a unified Israel. Continually suffering and harassed by people who did not want him to take the position, David held firmly to what God had spoken to Him. What an example.

David was humble. He was surrendered to God and sought His will and direction for his life consistently…

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