The Spirit Longs Jealously

“Or do you think Scripture says without reason that the Spirit he caused to dwell in us longs jealously?” James 4:5 The verse above seems to be a difficult one for translators of the Bible to interpret, as there are several different ways in which they propose that it can be translated. However, of the several options, the wording above is the one that resonates the most deeply in my heart. It seems that as I have felt my heart {Read More}

Rise Up

As a young girl, I remember standing next to my mom in worship services at our church, listening to her sing. I hated singing, because I felt like I could never reach the notes of the melody and didn’t like the sound of my own voice. With my limited range, I would strain to hear my mom’s harmonies and try to follow along with her. As I grew up and learned to play piano, I began to discover how to {Read More}

The Oil of His Name

Song of Songs 1:3 3 Pleasing is the fragrance of your perfumes (good ointments); your name is like perfume (ointment, aromatic oils, purified oil) poured out. No wonder the maidens (virgins) love you! Yesterday, my husband pointed something out to me that I had never considered before.  I have read the verse above from Song of Songs countless times, so I was a little surprised that I had never made the connection that he did, that this verse could be {Read More}

Love Letters #867

To my Betrothed,      It has been many years since I received my very first letter from you.  At the time, you were simply a friend of a friend, an acquaintance who I barely knew.  I was curious that you chose to write to me and perplexed that you showed an interest in my life.  I had heard many good things about you and couldn’t understand why you would be mindful of me?  I was rather absorbed in myself and {Read More}

I am a spring enclosed, a sealed fountain

A meditation on Song of Songs 4:12, 15 “You are a garden locked up, my sister, my bride; you are a spring enclosed, a sealed fountain…You are a garden fountain, a well of flowing water streaming down from Lebanon.” Jesus, my Beloved, my Bridegroom – I want to be a spring enclosed and a sealed fountaina that is kept pure and undefiled for you.  I desire to be a vessel for the living water that comes from your throneb, a {Read More}

His Nearness is Desirable

A meditation on Song of Songs 5:16 His mouth is sweetness itselfa. There is nothing I desire more than to receive his communication of intimacy for me. Father, let Your Son kiss me with the kisses of his mouthb. I want to know and experience this love that is better than wineb. I want spiritual intimacy with my eternal Bridegroom, this one whom I will be married to forever. Let me have an understanding of the deepest things that dwell {Read More}

His Countenance is Glorious

A meditation on Song of Songs 5:15b His countenance is like Lebanon, excellent as the cedarsa. He lifts up the light of his countenance upon me, imparting his goodness and virtues to my heart. He makes his face shine upon me and showers his grace on meb. When I behold the beauty of his countenance, I receive his peacec and I am transformed into his glorious image. As I gaze into his face, I become like him and I reflect {Read More}

His Ways Are Excellent

A meditation on Song of Songs 5:15a His legs are pillars of marble set on bases of fine golda. His walk is perfect and all his ways are goodb. When he walked the earth, he showed me the way to his Fatherc and how I could walk with him. His way is narrowd and not easy, but he walks next to me, leading me and guiding me down the path of righteousnesse. Everything he does is right and all his {Read More}

His Compassion is Extravagant

A meditation on Song of Songs 5:14b His body is carved ivory inlaid with sapphiresa. The deep yearnings of his belly are for his bride. In the depths of his being, he is filled with tender compassion, mercy and desire for me. Though I am weak, sinful, and often mess up, he loves me and even longs to show me mercy and extravagant compassion. Like carved ivory, this quality of his heart is rare and unique – there is no {Read More}

His Works Are Wonderful

A meditation on Song of Songs 5:14a His arms are rods of gold set with chrysolitea. His hands are skillful in doing everything well and with excellence. The works of his hands are blessed and are all done with perfect wisdomb. He is omnipotent – infinite in power and unlimited in ability and authorityc. He accomplishes every desire and purpose of his heartd. His arm is not too short to savee – on the contrary, it is outstretched on behalf {Read More}