Bible Verses For The Soul- Song of Songs A Book Of Love

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First of all folks, I apologize for not blogging. I’m attempting to determine the number of blogs I can post.  Continue to incorporate the critiques of my novel as well as take a writing short story class and produce a good worth while to read without errors, blog. I’ve decided to continue to post blogs on the Bible as well as blog my normal blog about the events of the day and possibly incorporate a personal blog regarding my struggles as a writer from the beginning until now.

I must say how about those Sea Hawks. I yelled and screamed, and we munched on our snacks. They won, Hooray! 

February is the month of love, and I decided what a better way to blog about but in the book of love, Song of Songs by Solomon. 

Song of Songs Chapter 1

1 This is Solomon’s Song of Songs, more wonderful than any other.

Young Woman

2 Kiss me and kiss me again,
for your love is sweeter than wine.
3 How fragrant your cologne;
your name is like its spreading fragrance.
No wonder all the young women love you!
4 Take me with you; come, let’s run!
The king has brought me into his bedroom.

Young Women of Jerusalem

How happy we are for you, O king.
We praise your love even more than wine.

Young Woman

How right they are to adore you.

5 I am dark but beautiful,
O women of Jerusalem-
dark as the tents of Kedar,
dark as the curtains of Solomon’s tents.
6 Don’t stare at me because I am dark-
the sun has darkened my skin.
My brothers were angry with me;
they forced me to care for their vineyards,
so I couldn’t care for myself-my own vineyard.

7 Tell me, my love, where are you leading your flock today?
Where will you rest your sheep at noon?
For why should I wander like a prostitute
among your friends and their flocks?

Young Man

8 If you don’t know, O most beautiful woman,
follow the trail of my flock,
and graze your young goats by the shepherds’ tents.
9 You are as exciting, my darling,
as a mare among Pharaoh’s stallions.
10 How lovely are your cheeks;
your earrings set them afire!
How lovely is your neck,
enhanced by a string of jewels.
11 We will make for you earrings of gold
and beads of silver.

Young Woman

12 The king is lying on his couch,
enchanted by the fragrance of my perfume.
13 My lover is like a sachet of myrrh
lying between my breasts.
14 He is like a bouquet of sweet henna blossoms
from the vineyards of En-gedi.

Young Man

15 How beautiful you are, my darling,
how beautiful!
Your eyes are like doves.

Young Woman

16 You are so handsome, my love,
pleasing beyond words!
The soft grass is our bed;
17 fragrant cedar branches are the beams of our house,
and pleasant smelling firs are the rafters.

Footnotes: 

The headings identifying the speakers are not in the original text, though the Hebrew usually gives clues by means of the

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When I first read this chapter I became awe struck  by the words of love which flowed between the two lovers. How beautiful. They delighted in each other. How many of you who are in a relationship or were in a relationship felt this way about you husband or love one. After almost thirty-eight years of marriage, for me to know my husband is sitting watching TV in the front room brings me pleasure. I love his presence. The sound of his voice warms my heart. I love his kisses and his hugs. I respect him. We are growing older now. The wrinkles are plentiful, the hair is thinner, and no longer is my figure curvaceous as it once was. Yet, we love each other more than the first day we fell in love.

The chapter describes the imagination of each other’s touch. We are reminded God made us all alike. It doesn’t matter what era we came from. This young maiden faces the insecurities we women face today. “Am I pretty enough. Will he love me if he know and sees this about me?”  The young maiden doesn’t realize her lover accepts her for herself. As Jesus accepts us for who we are.

In some respects we can compare this relationship to Jesus and our relationship. In Matt. 5:13-16 He spoke on The Sermon on the Mount and described we Christians are the salt of the earth. Without us, the world loses the understanding of what is right and wrong. Jesus continues and describes the salt which has lost its flavor. What good is it? No longer does the salt provide taste, so we throw the stuff away.  The Christian who can’t be distinguished from the world loses their flavor. The issues of the day which seem to keep popping up are abortion, living together, gay rights, and slowly euthanasia is gaining attention, and pedophilia is no longer frowned upon by a growing number in the world. These things are totally against God’s laws. Jesus describes us as the light of the world. Without us, darkness will exist. I shudder to think about an earth where no Christians exist. His great commission is vs. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and gorify your Father which is in heaven.

In ancient times, salt was a precious commodity. It was used as money to trade for things. The Romans paid with salt. This is maybe where the old clique comes from.” They’re worth their salt.”

Let me tell you what Jesus did for me as a small child. He took a little, scared four-year-old who found herself moving from one foster home to another and placed her into the welcoming arms of a couple named David and Lois Evans. Little did any of us know my dad was Welsh and so was my birth father. My mother was Swedish and my birth mother was Norwegian.  My parents raised my up in a Swedish Baptist church, and I experienced the culture. How fortunate and blessed could I be?  Do I find fault with God because I wasn’t raised up with my biological family. The answer is no. My God knows everything, and He knew what was best for this person now grown and old. He still knows what is best for me. I did meet my birth mother and siblings. My birth mother has since passed away, but at least, I got to see her. I still am contact with my brothers and sisters and love them dearly. I  have a brother whom I was raised up with, and we share a lot of family experiences together. I love him as well. So, all told I have three brothers and one sister. One of my biological unfortunately passed away in her early sixties, but not until I met her.

If you do not know who Jesus is, I hope you accept Him before it is too late. God bless you. Remember Jesus died on the cross for you and me and rose again.  John 3:16  “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have ever lasting life.  CONFESS your sins-Repent. ASK Jesus to come into your life.  ACCEPT the gift. TELL someone you accepted Christ into your live. ATTEND a church that preaches the Bible from cover to cover. Take care. sle 

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KIDS SAY THE DARNEST THINGS – LAUGHTER FOR THE SOUL

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Hello, everyone! Since this next month centers on love, courtship and couples. I thought I’d give you a few laughs and smiles. Here’s what our children think about courtship and marrigage.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU FALL IN LOVE?

“I think you’re supposed to get shot with an arrow or something, but the rest of it isn’t supposed to be so painful.” — Manuel, age 8

WHEN DO YOU THINK YOU MIGHT GET MARRIED?

“Once I’m done with kindergarten, I’m going to find me a wife.” — Tom, age 5

“[Being] single is better . . . for the simple reason that I wouldn’t want to change no diapers. Of course, if I did get married, I’d figure something out. I’d just phone my mother and have her come over for some coffee and diaper-changing.” — Kirsten, age 10

WHAT KIND OF MAN DO YOU WANT TO MARRY?

“My mother says to look for a man who is kind. That’s what I’ll do. I’ll find somebody who’s kinda tall and handsome.” — Carolyn, age 8

WHAT ABOUT MARRIAGE?

“It gives me a headache to think about that stuff. I’m just a kid. I don’t need that kind of trouble.” — Kenny, age 7

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A MAN PROPOSES TO HIS GIRLFRIEND?

“When somebody’s been dating for a while, the boy might propose to the girl. He says to her, ‘I’ll take you for a whole life, or at least until we have kids and get divorced.'” — Anita, 9

WHAT ABOUT FINDING A HUSBAND?

Most men are brainless, so you might have to try more than once to find a live one.” — Angie, age 10

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT LOVE?

“Love is foolish…but I still might try it sometime.” — Floyd, age 9

“I’m not rushing into being in love. I’m finding fourth grade hard enough.” — Regina, age 10

“Love will find you, even if you are trying to hide from it. I been trying to hide from it since I was five, but the girls keep finding me.” — Dave, age 8

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT KISSING?

“Never kiss in front of other people. It’s a big embarrassing thing if anybody sees you. But if nobody sees you, I might be willing to try it with a handsome boy, but just for a few hours.” — Kally, age 9

“It’s never okay to kiss a boy. They always slobber all over you. That’s why I stopped doing it.” — Tammy, age 10

“I know one reason kissing was created. It makes you feel warm all over, and they didn’t always have electric heat or fireplaces or even stoves in their houses.” — Gina, age 8

(on seeing a couple kissing) “He is trying to steal her chewing gum!” — Boy, age 6

THE GREAT DEBATE: IS IT BETTER TO BE SINGLE OR MARRIED?

“It’s better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need somebody to clean up after them!” (Lynette, 9) 

“It gives me a headache to think about that stuff. I’m just a kid. I don’t need that kind of trouble.” (Kenny, 7)

CONCERNING WHY LOVE HAPPENS BETWEEN TWO PARTICULAR PEOPLE

“No one is sure why it happens, but I heard it has something to do with how you smell. That’s why perfume and deodorant are so popular.” (Jan, 9) 

HOW CAN YOU TELL IF TWO ADULTS EATING DINNER AT A RESTAURANT ARE IN LOVE?

“Just see if the man picks up the check. That’s how you can tell if he’s
in love.” (John, 9)

“Lovers will just be staring at each other and their food will get cold. Other people care more about the food.” (Brad, 8) 

“It’s love if they order one of those desserts that are on fire. They like to order those because it’s just like how their hearts are.. on fire.”
(Christine, 9)

HOW TO MAKE LOVE ENDURE?

“Spend most of your time loving instead of going to work.” (Tom, 7) 

“Don’t forget your wife’s name…That will mess up the love.” (Roger,8) 

“Be a good kisser. It might make your wife forget that you never take out the trash.” (Randy, 8)

I can’t believe how smart our children are. When I was the age of these children, I knew nothing about love, marriage or kissing.  On second thought, I did have a boyfriend kiss me under the porch. Also, around eight or nine, the same boy told me, “I’ll show you my pee pee if you show me your pee pee.” I thought for a moment, “Okay” and giggled. He pulled down his pants and I looked. I think I said, “Oh my goodness,” and scurried out from underneath the porch.  This ended the boyfriend and girlfriend thing. Again in fifth grade, a boy named Dennis and I used to walk home from school holding hands. Not until I reached sixth grade and the girls and boys were each divided to view a movie on the “birds and the bees,”  did I learn anything about how babies were born.

Take care. Remember Jesus is our creator. If you don’t know him, CONFESS your sins. REPENT. ASK Jesus to come into your life. He will. ACCEPT the gift. TELL someone you are now a Christian. ATTEND a church that believes in the Bible from cover to cover. John 3:16 “For God so loved the World that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have ever lasting life.”

My next blog is tomorrow, January 31  on Bible Verses Food For the Soul and on Sunday, February 2, my usual blog. God bless you each and everyone of you. sle 

 

 

 

 

BIBLE SCRIPTURES FOOD FOR THE SOUL

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Sometimes when life is challenging, and a script we didn’t write nor want, we become disappointed and dishearted.

Good evening, everyone. Today’s Bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith Jehovah, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you hope in your latter end. I didn’t realize there are thirty-six different Bible translations with them all varying in some degree in their words written, but meaning the same thing.

This is a promise made by God. I have to remind myself as my husband, and I walk through troubled waters of his ill health. Fear can step in and send me for a loop. My husband is actively losing weight and after seeing seven doctors and countless blood work drawn and procedures performed, absolutely nothing has been discovered. He is a shrinking man before my eyes, but not without pain and other symptoms such as weakness.

After thirty-seven years of being married to him going on thirty-eight years, this is scary to me as well as him. My anxiety runs rapid, or I internalize these concerns and find myself sick.

Yes, I know I’m supposed to trust in God. This is easier said than done. You would think after all the storms we faced both physical and financial plus countless other problems, I would not be afraid. But gosh darn it I am!

I don’t want to let go even though I know I’m suppose to. I know my Father calls each of us home when it’s time to go. Sometimes, when he becomes too sweet, I say to him, “Your sweetness is getting me nervous. Are you shining you hallo?” His come back is he’s getting the feathers for his wings. I tell him, “Nope, you already have those.”

How difficult it is for the partners of the one suffering to watch helpless and not being able to change anything. I have been known to tell the Lord, “Why not take me?” I know this is silly,

Yes, I continue to pray to let us find a doctor who can help my husband. He has one procedure left to do, and this is a muscle biopsy, plus he’ll see the ninth doctor, an Endocrinologists. Hope springs eternal. Maybe this procedure or maybe this doctor can tell us what is wrong. Maybe he’ll have the magic potion to patch up my husband for at least another twenty years.

So my lesson is to trust God and not to fear because He knows the plans that He has for both Jose and I. Who am I to step in? I must give him dignity to live or die. My job as his wife is to pray, believe and love my husband to the best of my ability. When one thinks of prosper, I think most of us think of riches. However to prosper also implies to exist in peace and tranquility. What is money without spiritual well being and physical health or visa versa? I guess for me. We can keep up with our bills every month. We certainly do not live in a mansion, but we have a place we can call home. Maybe, I need to look at the positive of this valley we are experiencing and find the thankfulness. There is a verse that says in everything be thankful.

Pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. I Thessalonians 5:18 God has set before me a wonderful challenge for my faith to grow deep like a tree with deep roots, so whenever a windstorm occurs or a hurricane comes along, the (my) tree won’t blow over. Praise Him in all things. For today we are three including our little dog, Rocky. After all today, this moment, is all any of us have.

If you read this I’d like to read what you have to say and what you believe. Until them, take care. God bless you all. Remember John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have ever lasting life. TAKE the gift. BELIEVE He died on the cross and rose again. He is a living God. TELL someone. FIND and ATTEND church that believes in the Bible from cover to cover and preaches from the Bible.

My next blog will be tomorrow on Sunday, January 19, my normal blog.  Shalom – Peace my friends.

 

 

THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT IS NOT ONLY ON DECEMBER 25TH

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Since this Sunday is my last blog before Christmas, I decided to touch on gifts of love and kindness I’ve received from people down through the years, and in the present.

Many years ago, I think maybe we were married seven or eight years. I separated from my second husband, (Don’t be alarmed it was only for a short time.) I took my children, and we traveled to my home state,Washington State where my parents lived. We stayed in a little camper owned by my parents.  I found a job almost immediately, but waiting on the paycheck seemed an eternity. At this time, I smoked. 

My neighbors, who were also staying in a camper parked next to us , introduced themselves to me. I found out she liked sugar in her coffee, and she could not afford to buy any. She, in turn, found out I smoked, and I could not afford to buy them because my children needed to eat. 

Every morning, I would give her sugar for her coffee and in exchange she gave me cigarettes for the day.  For a smoker, this was a wonderful gift.

The husband of the lady who lived next store to us, also, when I decided to go back to my husband because I decided I really loved him, checked out my car from inside and out from end to end to make sure I wasn’t going to face any car problems. Of course, he did not charge me. Another gift of care and friendship.

Another time is when my husband and I were going to move into an townhouse with our younger children, and we had to wait until the first of the month. His friends, Gary and Barbara offered  us a place to stay. We actually asked them if we could shower there, and we’d stay inside our camper. But, they insisted we stay with them. Their kindness they displayed was beautiful. 

Recently, our friends, John and Susie, knew we were short on money this Christmas because of medical expenses and  car repairs, treated us to two Christmas events. One was to a Christmas concert, and the other was to take us to Stephen Foster National Park of Christmas Festival Of Lights.

Their treat and their car. On top of this, they gave  my husband and I a Christmas gift. Truly, their love of friendship and the Christmas spirit blessed our hearts.  

Another friend,  Barbara, whom you heard mention by me before in my blog, told me she’d pay for our gas to come to her house for Christmas. She said Christmas wasn’t Christmas without sharing.

This came from a lady on a fixed income wanting to share with us. Again, the beauty of good friendship and sweetness is a privilege to have her as our friend.

Now our granddaughter has offered to pick us up and drive two and a half hours to their house to either stay over at their house on the 25th and celebrate Christmas with the whole family on the 26th or she would drive us four ways back and forth to Apopka and home again.

How fortunate we are to have a loving, caring granddaughter. Thank you Amber for being such a wonderful person. Thank you for your love and your care. We love you!

These are only a few examples of the kindness and gifts of love given to us by acquaintances, friends, and family. So to you my followers and readers, MERRY CHRISTMAS. God bless you . May the spirit of Christmas not only exist in your hearts on Christmas Day but all year long.

Remember Jesus loves you and gave of Himself so all might have eternal life. BELIEVE He came to earth  as a baby. He chose to do this.  BELIEVE He died on the cross for your sins. CONFESS with your mouth your wrongs. ACCEPT the Gift. Every and any day can be Christmas. TELL someone. FIND a church of believers that preaches and believe in the whole Bible.

My next blog is going to be on  Monday,  December  23,  Christmas Recipe: Tuesday, December 24, Humor; December 27, Scripture and on Sunday, December  29, my usual blog. Take care everyone. John 3:16  “For God so love the world that He gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have ever lasting life.”   

What about you have you experienced acts of kindness by strangers, friends or family? I loved to read about it. If you have any quetions, please ask. sle

A BIBLE VERSE FOR WOMEN AND MEN THANKFULNESS IN SPITE OF TROUBLES AND TRAGEDIES

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I Thessalonians 5:18 says, “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

The day that President Jack Kennedy died, I think our nation could have found it hard to give thanks for what occurred on that day long ago. However, we can now look with gladness and thankfulness for this man who lived and was our President. We can find the goodness and the positive in his existence. Whatever his faults, he was a true patriot. To him, I salute him. Thank you President Kennedy for giving of your life to this nation.

I have to confess too many times in my life when a tragedy occurred did I give thanks for my valleys. I wanted what I couldn’t have. I wanted what couldn’t be. Life would have been so much simpler if I had placed my faith in God and realized in all things-no matter what, God’s in control. On the other hand, I needed to experience these times in order to accept His workings in my life and to be thankful for them.

So with this in mind. I’m going to write my thanks be to God.

1.  I’m thankful to Jesus for his sacrifice on the cross because without this, I’d be lost.

2.  I’m thankful for the Bible I can read that gives me the answers to life.

3.  I’m thankful for Al-anon which taught me that it’s the attitude that can make or brake my day or my life.

4.  I’m thankful I can see my husband in the bathroom as he says, “I’m beautifying himself.” How I love him.

5.  I’m thankful for yesterdays when I remember my children and can smile as I recall some of the g,ood times we had as a family.

6.  I’m thankful for my children who grew to become their own person. Good, self supporting citizens not relying on anyone for a free handout. Hard working individuals.

7.  I’m thankful for my grandchildren who have brought much laughter into my life

8.  I’m thankful for my church, pastor and all the people in it.

9.  I’m thankful for my God-given friends who have always been there when I was in need. I hope I can do the same for them.

10. I’m thankful I was born in a nation where at this time freedom reigns. I’m thankful for those who so bravely gave their lives, so I can write this without suppression at this time. 

11. I’m thankful to my forefathers of this nation,, who with great wisdom wrote the constitution.

12. I’m thankful for the wonderful writers at Writers Village University who have and still are teaching me how to write good fiction.

 

Perhaps, the most important thing of all I’m thankful  to God who has given me the breath I take and the energy to place a smile on my face as I face today. So today, I enter His courts with thanksgiving with love and appreciation. WHAT A GREAT GOD HE IS!

If you don’t know him, believe He died on the cross and rose again. I hope you will not hesitate to ask him to forgive you for your sins. Ask him to come into your live. Take the gift. I  John 1: 9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is able and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Don’t wait. We never know if we have tomorrow because tomorrow is a gift. We can not take it for granted.

God bless you, all. I’ll post again my usual blog on November 24.