Banner of Love: Marriage Reflections from Yeshua ~ Part 1

July 28, 2013 at 10:33 pm (Remodeling the Mind) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

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Song of Solomon 6:3

I belong to the man I love, and he belongs to me; he pastures his flock among the lilies.

Song of Solomon 7:10

I belong to my darling, and his desire is for me.

Song of Solomon 8:6

Set me like a seal on your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, passion as cruel a Sh’ol; it flashes are flashes of fire, as fierce as the flames of Yah (Elohim).

Many sermons, seminars and classes have been given about marriage. Tips for communication, trouble shooting, conflict resolution, keeping the romance, life after the kids are grown, staying connected while children are young, how to love again after infidelity, and the ever elusive how marriage is representative of God and His church. I have sat through them all my life. I have also watched what Hollywood and the world have “poster-boarded” as “unforgettable love”. I have read countless books, both fiction and non; godly and worldly; articles, blogs, magazines; and nothing compares to what Adonai Elohim (the Lord God), Himself has taught me. Almost turning everything on its head that I had “learned” or thought before. I have heard some similar things before from various other sources…things that capture at best a sliver but then when  turned into a “how to…” for the masses…something gets lost.

So this series starts out by saying

THIS IS NOT A “HOW TO…” have a good marriage.

It simply is a repeating of what I have learned at Yeshua’s feet. He used my marriage, husband, me and our lives to color some of the lessons; but the ultimate goal…like Song of Solomon was to teach me about Himself and His heart towards His Beloved Children/Bride. I can tell you without hesitation…if you attempt to implement any “structure” you find here to your marriage with the goal of making it all you want it to be; even if your motives seem pure…this will not work. At all times when we seek to know God’s heart about something, it must be just to know Him more. I.E. – all about Him. In the process of this pursuit He speaks within our individual lives and indeed applies the knowledge and wisdom to our walks with Him and those we love and effect. Yet, God never repeats anything exactly the same way twice. Every blade of grass from the beginning of creation till now has been different from one to another. Every sunset/sunrise, every flower, grain of sand…everything is distinct and different under His loving formation. So, too, is every child, every marriage. Yet we see something similar in all things…most grass is green, the sun is present in each rise and set, every grain of sand has a firmness to it and they are small. These represent their Maker’s hallmark…all things are because of Him. His banner over us is love. Everyone, everything all the time.

No human loves because it comes from them…love only comes from God. Yes, this means those who don’t acknowledge Him indeed get love to give to another. One thing all the Word of God proves – God shows up everywhere it depends not one iota whether we believe, trust or desire Him or not. The difference between those who do trust and desire Him and those who do not…is: they who desire and trust the Author of Life and Love…love even in the most despicable situations…their love grows stronger with weakness and failure and this growing starts first inside each person with God and flows out to all other places, people and things.

Those who love God above all else become the love of God in all things. The hallmarks are the love of giving with no thought to what it gets. It let’s people be different without intimidation or fear. It never depends on another human being…ever. That may sound too “individualistic” to some…but those whose hearts have been tudored by Love Himself know it has nothing to do with the “I don’t need anybody” motif this world twist such teaching into. I do indeed need those God has placed in my life, but only so much as He extends His hand to “feed” me through them: in the end it all comes from Him alone. Often He asks us to refrain from seeking out a loved one in order that we may experience the intimacy that was meant for just between ourselves and our Creator. Humanly speaking these times are held in the grip of much struggle. We die to ourselves and live to Him as the result.

This is the introduction of this series; I’ve no idea how many parts it may end up being. I will follow His lead, and no other. His pace will be the pace. And I pray with a full heart of humility that the words only come from Him, through His Spirit to His people as He has always worked for times past and times into the unknown. There will be nothing here that speaks “Lisa” or “Hisimagenme”, the wisdom is not mine but His. He can teach anyone the exact same things in billions of different ways. The requirement for the depth of learning from Him is just that…we aim to. With all our hearts, times, energy and resources – everyday for eternity. I am special and unique to Him but not better or more privileged than anyone else. I am honored to share what I have learned…excited even…but only with the hopes that you may know Him who made us – Adonai Elohim, the Father, the Son – Yeshua (Jesus) who is the Way to the Father and the Spirit who opens the ears, eyes, hearts and minds to the Creator of all things in order to know Him.

May you begin to pray for His lead, and His desire for your heart as you move into each part of this series. If you do, I guarantee that you will get more than the words that get typed here…He will extend the lessons and leading straight onto eternity for you. In Him, with Him and to Him all things become alive and active, separating fact from fiction, truth from lies, life from death – changing water into wine and bread…into the very body of the Messiah who saves! Shalom 🙂

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Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤

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Circumcision

July 14, 2011 at 2:24 am (Psalms) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

7/9/2011

Lord, has my heart been circumcised?

You, who created Life and death and flesh and bone

You, are the Shaper of my clay

Fill my lamp with the oil of Your Spirit

Cut off in my inmost being that which is dead to You

And I will be poured out and filled in synchronicity

Oh Lord, only You are the Alpha and Omega

First and Last, Beginning and End

Only in You are opposites made whole into a new thing altogether

I would speak of this – Your chaos and complexity and speak as if it is the simple truth

Yet let my mouth stay at Your Hand

And let my ears call to my heart at the sound of Your Works

For Your Voice is all the learning, filling, and purpose of this small soul

Light this Lamp, Yeshua – and continually fill the chamber of its fuel

And let me not doubt, when You put the Lamp out –

That Darkness is Your dwelling as well

All things – all – are Yours and for Your Glory

Forever and ever – amen

A Psalm by Lisa VanValkenburgh

Isaiah 45:2-7

“I will go ahead of you, leveling the hills, shattering the bronze gates, smashing the iron bars. I will give you treasures hoarded in the dark, secret riches hidden away, so that you will know that I, Adonai, calling you by your name, am the God of Isra‘el. It is for the sake of Ya’akov my servant, yes, for Isra’el my elect, that I call you by your name and give you a title, although you don’t know me. I am Adonai; there is no other; besides me there is no God. I am arming you, although you don’t know me, so that those from the east and those from the west will know that there is none besides me – I am Adonai; there is no other. I form light, I create darkness; I make well-being, I create woe; I, Adonai, do all these things.”

Isaiah 45:12

“I am the one who made the earth! I created human beings on it! I – my hands – stretched out the heavens, and directed all their number.”

Isaiah 45:22-23

“Look to me, and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God; there is no other. In the name of myself I have sworn, from my mouth has rightly gone out, a word that will not return – that to me every knee will bow and every tongue will swear about me – that only in Adonai are justice and strength.”     

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