24 June 2012

Sunday Blessings

sooooo beautiful. i love this so much.

In a culture entirely concerned with physical relationships, it can be hard to wait patiently for the time when your Prince Charming will enter your life. Arguably the most dominant desire in a young woman's heart, whether she be 15 or 50, is to be loved, desired, and cherished. Nothing thrills our hearts more than romantic love stories or sweet songs, because they seem to temporarily satisfy that God-given desire. We sigh over the ending scene of North & South, stare dreamily at multiple wedding photos on Pinterest, and wonder if that special day will ever come, wonder if our prince will ever arrive and carry us off into the sunset.
"I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, by the gazelles or the does of the field, that you not stir up or awaken love until it pleases." — Song of Songs 3:5 (ESV)
Some of us — including myself — are too young to think seriously of marriage yet, but that does not stop our romantic daydreams. And yet, through all our pining and wasting away, we are forgetting the One who loves us more than any other human being will: our Savior and King, Jesus Christ. After all, the earthly union between man and wife is only a small glimpse of the heavenly union between Christ and His Church. The difference is the former is visible at the moment, while the latter is not. So we generally prefer the one we can sense.


But if you think about it, He is everything for which we have ever longed in a husband . . .

I dream of a gentleman who is willing to make sacrifices. Jesus gave His life to save me from sin and death, so that I might live with Him forever in Paradise.
I dream of a gentleman who will write me sweet love letters. Jesus wrote a whole Book.
I dream of a gentleman who will boldly pursue me. Jesus does this every day of my life.
I dream of a gentleman who will bring me bouquets of flowers. Jesus causes flowers to burst into bloom in my garden every day.
I dream of a gentleman who will love me despite my past mistakes. Jesus not only forgives me, but cleanses me of my sins, throwing them as far as the east is from the west.
I dream of a gentleman who will be my protector. Jesus battles the demons, addictions, and sins that threaten me.
I dream of a gentleman who will save me when I am in peril. Jesus breaks the chains of sin when the bind me.
"You're my beloved, you're my bride / To sing over you is my delight / Come away with me my love . . ." — My Beloved by Kari Jobe
I can't tell you how many times I have been told that Jesus loves me. But it really never hit home until I read this creative essay. I'm choosing to share a portion of it today, because it so brilliantly displays the wonderful nature of His love and affection for us. The love of Christ for His Bride is even more beautiful than a perfectly-scripted Hollywood film . . . and it is open to all who desire it.

So happy :)

"He loves you so much He wants to give you the whole world and He does. He gives you the moon, and the stars, and lies in the grass with you, pointing out every little point of light, His heart soaring because you like it. He took so long to paint the sky so it would be beautiful for you, hoping, knowing, that it would touch your heart.

"Flowers? He loves you so much He brings you flowers, millions of flowers, and shows you his sense of humor by bringing them even in the form of dandelions or ragweed. He beautifully packages His flowers in colors of green and yellow and red and purple, orange, pink, blue, white… all the colors of the rainbow. He knows you love them, and they are labeled “From your Secret Admirer. You’ve always longed for a Secret Admirer, someone who pursued you because you were beautiful, alluring, lovely… well, you do.


drift

"He is so much in love with you that he doesn’t care about your past. He gets down on His knees and begs you: “I love you, I have loved you for as long as I remember. Please tell me that you love me,” He pleads.

"He is valiant. He fights the demons that hold you, the addictions, the obsessions, the sin that has you in chains, a phantom of fear cast around your heart. He hears your screams to be rescued, loves you so much to throw Himself at the dragon and fight for you. He could have left you to die, there are other girls who are easier to come by, who would love it if He even gave them a glance. But no… He gave them up for you. He loves you, and will go to all lengths, all risks, to get you, to prove to you His love . . ."

". . . He loves you so much that He waits, even though you left Him. When you realize that the Enemy’s tune-less murmur in your ear is taking you away from He who cherishes you, you will cry out to Him. He will valiantly rescue you again. He loves you so much He will throw thousands of angels up against the Enemy, only to get you back. And he loves you so much, he will rescue you again, and again, and again, and again. Nothing you can do will make Him get angry with you enough to leave you. And He will never let the Enemy harm you. He will not leave you, He will not desert you. Although you might reject Him, He will wait patiently, pursuing your heart until you return to his arms, safe once more."

— Excerpt from "The Window of Your Heart" by Violet McDevitt

Open your heart to your Beloved. He is waiting for you.
"You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you." — Song of Songs 4:7 (ESV)

5 comments:

  1. How sweet and timely are your thoughts... they are very similar to the ponderings of my heart lately...
    How wonderful is the love of Christ... how words cannot express it enough! May we seek His love and seek to rest in His everlasting arms...
    may He quiet us with His love.

    Blessings,
    ~Shannon~

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  2. This is a beautiful post, I love your pondering's. its so refreshing to hear young ladies who know this.
    beautiful sentiments.
    Blessings
    Rachel Hope

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  3. Me oh my! This was such an encouraging post! *staring stupidly after watching North & South* yes... guilty of that of :-)

    This has got to be one of my favorite posts, dearie. Thank you so much for sharing.

    -Gabby

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  4. Elizabeth Rose, this post was WONDERFUL! Wow, thank you so much - how encouraging. Us girls are prone to daydreaming, aren't we? May we keep our minds on our perfect Lover: Jesus Christ our Savior.

    With love from a fellow writer,
    Patience

    prc(at)calicoacres(dot)com

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  5. loved your post and thought it was awesome....but when I heard the music from North and South playing....you became my best friend. lol
    http://insunshineandshadowsmew.blogspot.com/

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