Time to Blossom

Song of Solomon 4:12 (VOICE) You are a locked garden, my sister, my bride, open only to me; a spring closed up tight, a sealed fountain.

Beloved, I’ve set you apart, for you are Mine and Mine alone. Your heart belongs to Me. You are accepted and chosen, cherished and loved. I AM devoted to you – you mean the world to Me.

Rest in My favor. Be shored up by My strength. For My love is steadfast and true. My eyes are upon you, My ear is attentive, and My heart is forever true. So rest in My goodness, and rest in My love. Flourish in the safe place that My affection grants you. It’s now time to blossom and come to fullness of joy, to bloom nourished by the love that surrounds you.

Lean into Me

Song of Solomon 8:5 (TLB) “Who is this coming up from the desert, leaning on her beloved?” King Solomon: “Under the apple tree where your mother gave birth to you in her travail, there I awakened your love.”

Beloved, lean into Me as I awaken your love for Me at new levels. Walk with Me in the cool of the day – allow Me to hold you close. For this is the place from which intimacy is born. Yes, it comes from the quiet moments of easy sharing that occur as you “do life” together.

So walk with Me, beloved. Share the things of your heart and listen as I share mine. Just as intimacy between a husband and wife occurs in the many moments of both casual and deep sharing, so it is with Me. So intentionally include Me in your daily life. Lean into Me.

Trials Fade in Light of Knowing Me

Song of Songs 8:7 (TPT) …Endless floods will be unable to quench this raging fire that burns within you. Everything will be consumed. It will stop at nothing as you yield everything to this furious fire until it won’t even seem to you like a sacrifice anymore.

Beloved, the beauty of My Kingdom is that even loss is gain. From sacrifice, blessing emerges, and from trials come forth strength. So even as you yield to Me and the refining from My holy fire burns hot, soon the beauty of the flame and the glory it brings forth far outweigh the sacrifice.

In choosing Me, you are declaring I AM worthy. So you have offered yourself as a living sacrifice – a sweet aroma before Me. I have received you, and accepted you as My very own. And just as the pain of childbirth dims as the beauty of motherhood comes forth, so the pain and the trials fade in light of knowing and loving Me. Continue reading “Trials Fade in Light of Knowing Me”

Be Set Aflame

Song of Songs 8:6-7 (TPT) …Place this fierce, unrelenting fire over your entire being. Rivers of pain and persecution will never extinguish this flame. Endless floods will be unable to quench this raging fire that burns within you…

Beloved, allow My holy fire to overtake you. For as you walk through My refining, My zealous passion is deposited within you and you are set aflame. That fire burns bright and true, for you are holy and set apart for Me.

Be set aflame. Welcome My holy fire, and embrace the trials that refine you. Be holy as I AM holy. Let your life be a living testament to the Jealous God who loves you. For truly you are My beloved one, and your unquenchable passion to be further and further refined glorifies Me. Continue reading “Be Set Aflame”

Embrace the Holy Fire of My Life-Changing Love

Song of Songs 8:6 (TPT) …My passion is stronger than the chains of death and the grave, all consuming as the very flashes of fire from the burning heart of God…

Beloved, there is nothing that can dissuade Me from loving you. No sin too great, no shame too deep – refuse to confuse disappointment with rejection. I will never reject you, for you are deeply beloved by Me. Yes, there are decisions you may make (or have made) that grieve My heart, but you must know that much of that grief is because I know how it will effect you.

It hurts Me to see you in pain, trapped in shame, and caught in fruitless cycles that keep you from My best for you. These things do not cause Me to turn My back on you, but rather they cause My heart to weep for you. I have given you My Word that you might choose well, not so that I can take joy in seeing where you err and fall short.

You are My beloved, and, as you embrace that identity, you will be set free from the sins that so easily beset you. For My love strengthens and purifies you. So embrace the holy fire of My life-changing love and be transformed. Continue reading “Embrace the Holy Fire of My Life-Changing Love”

Let My Love Show on Your Face

Song of Songs 8:6 (TPT) Fasten me upon your heart as a seal of fire forevermore. This living, consuming flame will seal you as my prisoner of love…

Beloved, if you have chosen Me as I have chosen you, know that I will not let you go. My passion for you exceeds your imagination – you cannot fathom the lengths I would go to for you because of the depth of affection I feel for you.

You need not fear My love – though it may seem overwhelming. Embrace the passion that burns holy between us, and allow yourself to truly be transformed by it. For just as the face will glow of one who is newly in love with their earthly beloved, so will you radiate as your countenance reveals your love for Me. Let My love show on your face, embrace it in your heart, and be forever changed. Continue reading “Let My Love Show on Your Face”

Let Me Cover You with My Love

Song of Solomon 2:4 (VOICE) He placed me at his banquet table, for everyone to see that his banner over me declares his love.

Beloved, let Me cover you with My love. Let it surround you like a thick blanket – even a shield. Behold the glorious feast for your senses that love with Me brings. Allow Me to overtake you in the sweetest of ways, for you are My precious one and My heart’s desire.

May everyone see you cloaked in My love. May they look at you and from your very radiance know that you are one who is loved deeply and is secure in that love. In that sweet place of safety, what can harm you? For I AM there, and I will never leave you. So stay under My covering and rest in My love.

Be Swept Away in a Romance with Me

Psalm 45:11 (VOICE) Because the king yearns for your beauty, humble yourself before him, for he is now your lord.

Beloved, no words could begin to express the depth of My love. I yearn for you with a fervor that cannot be quenched. If you hunger and thirst for Me, it does not leave Me simply lavishing in your love. Rather that passion of feeling might begin to match the intensity of Mine. 

Refuse to hold back. Refuse to guard your heart with Me. Glory in the fullness of a love affair with Me. Then watch as it bears fruit – both the loving and the receiving of love acting as powerful life- and atmosphere-changers. So be swept away in a romance with Me.  Continue reading “Be Swept Away in a Romance with Me”

Exulting in Your Love {Moments with God}

{my heart whispers} You overwhelm me with your love. And yet I cannot get enough. A thousand heart-kisses and I’m still longing for more. How can I do anything but rejoice in You and give thanks for all You are? Your glory is beyond my comprehension, and your grace fills me with hope. I can never get enough. Thankfully, Your abundant love knows no bounds. How rich and sweet is the flavor of your love. 

{with conviction I share} So yes, I will exult in You and in the glorious hope You bring. You are far more worthy than any offering I can give, and yet what I present is enough. You’ve deemed me enough – as unfathomable as that seems. I am your choice, and I will not try to convince you otherwise. Instead, I will strive to make my heart believe (and receive) that which you’ve richly bestowed upon me. 

{with humble reverence I add} Thank You. Thank You for loving me. Thank You for choosing me. Thank You for making me Your own.

Song of Songs 1:2-4 (TPT) Let him smother me with kisses—his Spirit-kiss divine. So kind are your caresses, I drink them in like the sweetest wine! Your presence releases a fragrance so pleasing— over and over poured out. For your lovely name is “Flowing Oil.” No wonder the brides-to-be adore you. Draw me into your heart. We will run away together into the king’s cloud-filled chamber. We will remember your love, rejoicing and delighting in you, celebrating your every kiss as better than wine. No wonder righteousness adores you!

Beautiful and Radiant

Song of Songs 4:1 (TPT) Listen, my dearest darling, you are so beautiful—you are beauty itself to me! Your eyes glisten with love, like gentle doves behind your veil. What devotion I see each time I gaze upon you. You are like a sacrifice ready to be offered.

Beloved, see yourself as I see you – beautiful and radiant in all your splendor. Nothing in creation comes close to the glory of you. Resist the urge to view yourself superficially, or to allow the thoughts and words of man to distort your view. Just as a newly minted dollar has the same value as one that is wrinkled and torn, see your value in truth and not by shallow measures. 

I see you as glorious and breathtaking, and anyone seeing with spiritual eyes will see the same. Be mindful to view others through the same rose-colored spiritual eyes that I ask you to view yourself. Each of you has been created with intention, in My image, and is worthy of love and blessing. Reflect it out just as I desire it for you – and as you want to receive.