♡ Beloved ♡

October 27, 2014 at 12:45 am (Mile Stones, WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , )

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Song of Solomon 5:10-16

The man I love is radiant and ruddy; he stands out among ten thousand.
His head is like the finest gold; his locks are wavy and black as raven.
His eyes are like doves by running streams, bathed in milk (almond :-)) and set just right.
His cheeks are like beds of spices, like banks of fragrant herbs.
His lips are like lilies dripping with sweet myrrh.
His arms are like rods of gold set with beryl, his body polished ivory adorned with sapphires.
His legs are like pillars of marble set on bases of pure gold.
His appearance is like the L’vanon, as imposing as cedars.
His words are sweetness itself; he is altogether desirable.
This is my darling, and this is my friend, daughters of Yerushalayim.

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This is my husband, Samuel. And I love him! Nineteen years ago today he took me as a wife and today I celebrate the meaning.
God has given him to me to love; to love in a way no other will ever love him. The honour of such overwhelms me.

He is all the things spoken in the Scripture and more. More so, that this poetically inclined muse cannot find words to add. God gave me music once to express him, it is the closest I’ve ever come to knowing how to express him. I admit back then it was all God, He wrote Sams soul through my fingers on the black and white keys of a cheap Casio Chord and made it sound like heavens symphony.

He is respected by all who know him. Adored by those who know him. Loved by all who’ve met him. He is Samuel, which means, God has heard. And He does.

Least you think I’ve made him a god among men, let me put your mind at ease. He is fully human, and his weakness are as mighty as his strengths. But those. .. His weaknesses are my treasure alone – save God’s before me; and rightly so. I get to hold those to myself and share them with noone else. They are my hearts delight; even as they often break it. Sweetest music is made in the meadows of his flaws and I lean into our Maker to listen. So noone will hear of reasons to look at him with plainness… he is… amazing. That’s all anyone needs to know. Because the goodness of God flows continually out from him and this is a flow the wife that honors her husband; but more importantly honors Adonai; must never seek to stop. Not even… to – as the world may put it – “make him human”.

I pale in comparison to him. I am a dim light to his bright. It is as it should be, as we – Adonai’s Bride – will never outshine our Savior. And as all marriages reflect (or are meant to) the Messiah and His Followers (church). I am content and am learning not to dare to compare or question any longer. He must out shine me, and as such I shine with him. And our Father smiles… smiles everyday.

Behold how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together. .. he is my brother, he is my friend, he is my Lover, and my helpmate, my co-conspirator in life, the song in my heart and I sing him today.

♡ Happy Anniversary, my beloved
May God love You!
May He continue to teach me to.
With all my heart, I do love you. Till death do us part – which it never will praise be to God for eternal life! ♡

Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah

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Banner of Love – Marriage Reflections from Yeshua ~ Part 2

July 29, 2013 at 2:34 pm (Remodeling the Mind) (, , , , , , , , , , )

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Exodus 43:14

Because you are not to bow down to any other god; since Adonai (the Lord) – whose very name is Jealous – is a jealous God.

Deuteronomy 4:24

For Adonai your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.

Deuteronomy 5:7-10

“You are to have no other gods before Me. You are not to make for yourselves a carved image or any kind of representation of anything in heaven above, on the earth beneath or in the water below the shoreline – you are not to bow down before them or serve them; for I, Adonai your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sins of the parents, also the third and forth generations of those who hate Me, but displaying grace to the THOUSANDTH generation of those who LOVE Me and obey My mitzvot.(instructions)

Hebrews 12:26-29

Even then, His Voice shook the earth; but now, He has made this promise:

“One more time I will shake not only the earth, but heaven too!” (Haggai 2:6;21)

And this phrase, “one more time,” makes clear that the things shaken are removed, since they are created things, so that the things not shaken may remain. Therefore, since we have received an unshakable Kingdom, let us have grace, through which we may offer service that will please God, with reverence and fear. For indeed,

Our God is a consuming fire!” (Deut. 4:24; 9:3; Isaiah 33:14)

Jealousy – this is by far one of the most difficult concepts for many who follow Yeshua (Jesus) to understand. As it relates in human to human relationship can get confusing if not understood from Adonai’s perspective. Whether its in marriage or any other relationship. Jealous in these scriptures above define God as protective! Everything belongs to Him. Every human conceived, every speck of dust…everything! He alone has the “right of ownership” of anything. Even our children, whom we are most likely to feel as “ours” are not ours by “ownership”. In marriage…jealousy kills because – and especially in our culture of “having rights” we feel entitled to our spouses. The key word here is entitled. This is where we can go very very wrong. No one is entitled to anything about or concerning another human being. Period. For those of us with children and spouses this is a very humbling truth. Only God is “entitled” to anything and everything about those He has created. So in marriage, when the expectation arises that our spouse “withholds” nothing from us this morphs into a form of idolatry.

My husband, Sam, is very quiet. He is not verbal and can struggle to put words to his mind and emotions. When we first got married, we both, under the stewartship of “godly counsel” sought to “heal” him of this. Our hearts were pure in motive, truly believing that God would allow Sam to become able and willing to share everything with me, his wife. Indeed, God does enable Sam to express anything, but He does not always ask him to. This was a tough lesson…for us both. He simply said, “You are not entitled to everything about each other. Some things are Mine alone, as you are both My children. I may withhold from even a wife or husband anything I choose. It will always be for both of your good. Trust Me, and you will always receive from each other what you need, likewise, you will need to come to Me for that which I do not enable each of you to give to each other.”
It takes much humbleness of heart and determination to trust God alone to obey such words. Marriage does not entitle one to another, it offers all God would give to two people. When we understand that only Adonai can be jealous in righteousness and without sin, we begin to open our eyes to the truth and begin to cast aside our own rights to Him. In the area of fidelity…this is obvious. Unfaithfulness of flesh is sin. Our physical bodies truly belong to God, and when we marry, we make a covenant to God that even what others besides our spouse see is kept reserved for our spouse and God alone. So even our dress habits must come under God’s instruction.

In America and many democratic/republic “free” mentalities – “rights” have taken a repulsive turn into entitlement, and it breaks Adonai’s heart. Hence the reason so many feel entitled to divorce for such things as “irreconcilable differences”. It is not God’s way that we shall always agree. It is His way that unity can still come under His blessing even if we don’t agree. Often the air of conflict and disagreement are the road He puts each one on to work on each heart to train each one to trust in Him! This is the fire of Adonai’s consumption! Turning hearts away from the shakeable and created to the Unshakable and Creator. Its our discomfort that teaches us to seek the Comforter. With spouses the enemies objective will always be to turn the spouse into the object of our worship. So, too, with our children. We are instructed by God not to be jealous or envious for anything created because we have absolutely no power to create! Only Adonai ever has, ever will. And all things and people are His Creation.

Note: the word fire in the scriptures above refers to a “strong pressing down” that creates a burning off of sin. Like rubbing two pieces of wood together. The fire is often the hardness of circumstances… that consumes the wrong perspective leaving only ashes of the incorrect ways and God makes from those ashes the beauty of His Ways.

Relationships are hard…because it always involves two unique and separate people coming together to walk a similar road together. Each individual is still meant to be separate and unique before God, yet in marriage there is a oneness of heart and mind of two who seek to serve Him together. We are not supposed to think exactly alike, nor even do the exact same services. My gifting for the body of Yeshua is different than Sam’s. We support each other as God, often, uses us differently; but to expect myself to “be like Sam” or Sam “to be like myself” is utterly contadictive to how God works. I value and encourage my spouses uniqueness and his call. If I become jealous, either that he would enter into mine or me into his, the fire (discomfort) begins its work and we learn…that though we are together – we are still Adonai’s to move and often it is in a different direction in the Kingdom. We then trust that He who called us will keep His end of our covenant and keep us together as He wills. Almost everything we experience in this life challenges us to turn hard into the wind of trust in a God who often does not show us what’s around the corner. Every relationship will be used to turn us towards our first Love, Adonai, the Father, the Husband of us all. Only He sacrifices everything for us. He shows us how He does it often in our marriages. Sometimes it gets shown by how we fail each other. So we then reevaluate our source of complete Faithfulness, not our spouses, children, friends and family, but the One who Created us all and has us in His hands and timing exactly as He knows we need, but often our limited views would disagree with Him. So we trust and obey and wait upon the God whose speciality is making unity, order and peace.

Back when God gave the Words above, people literally made carved images and bowed down to worship them. Today we don’t do this quite the same. Now we make money and its “security” an idol, we make people our idols, we make our comfort our idols. Its hard work to carve such images and we have learned there’s no need to do so…but worship them we still do. By relying upon them to be what we think they should be and perform in ways we think they should perform. God is simply telling us He knows what we need and how things should work for us best. His instruction is to rely upon Him – the Reliable One who makes all things. His jealousy is protective not possessive as in mine, mine, mine, like a selfish child with a toy.
But rather His voice rings out in a lovers sonata

You are mine, My desire is for you, I can lead and direct you to My Kingdom! It’s full of possibilities you can not fathom, you are the one I long for…I desire to see you as I formed you in My mind far before you were conceived in your mothers womb. Trust Me! I will never fail you…ever! I am your Husband-Maker and I can complete your life, indeed you shall never die in My arms!”

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Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤

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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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Love Undefinably Understood (To my Husband Sam on our 18th Anniversary)

October 27, 2012 at 3:04 am (Mile Stones) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

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If only Love were expressed acutely enough with words.

Yet they find themselves empty with syllables and letters alone.

Completely inept are they to express the well of my heart for you.

A groan, a sigh, a whispered vocal que

What are those compared to the thunder of my love for you?

Eloquently spoken, diligently written

Searched, dug up, educated: words fall helplessly short of its transmission

How can they paint the hearts experience of a soul for a day?
Much less 18 years?

The heated anger that burns in the flames of misunderstanding, selfishness, pride

The sorrow of countless broken hearted moments

Given and taken as if the moment that holds them is all that matters.

The temptations that rise up out of every corner to give up, stay cold, holding fear out as if it’s love’s child to be nurtured and raised.

Minds don’t often obey the hearts truest desires.

The heart, too often, tries to hide.

The world and it’s pressed upon pressures seek at every turn to divide.

The ideals of man-kind for what true love should be. Stretches out its authenticity. Snapping at the crack of simple truth.

Love is a Person, without whom none can do but hate.

Love for its own devotion, is hatred at its sneakiest debate. At least in the human heart disguising itself for another.

Then the bliss, ecstasy, passion, and emotion of its happiest forms of expression.

What or where can word suit to find its modes of confession.

Each tear is a length of its chain. Each touch the weld on its link.
Each look or gaze upon it, and the ground it walks on is shook!

Love is gravity. Its been said before. Pulling, pulling, pulling the heart to its door.

No matter the appearance, its power holds the day. Something of us is always touching the closest surface it calls out to. If we sit, our buttocks, if we lay the whole length of our bodies are its captive. If we walk, our feet; if we crawl our knees and hands are entwined with its laws. So I guess its true, gravity reflects Love’s hue.

Fear is its worst and only enemy.
Yet, how can one love without fear of its loss? Only the Person of Love can show its albatross! The simple Truth that if its Love, it cannot be lost, stolen, shaken or die! Love conquers the need to ask why.

To Trust is better than Love. How many really ponder that equation?
Trust is Loves twin, its greatest persuasion! Without it, the dim and hum of Love is noiseless sounds, on deaf ears, numb hearts, blind eyes and empty minds.

Love is quiet. Holding its course, steady, determined, and heedless of the storms it finds, trust is it’s course correction. Steady on, there’s a goal, and we almost never really know it.

It is the most unromantic sounding thing to say, but nonetheless its truth will prove itself to be its very definition one day: Love is God, and Him between us, and as such NOTHING is. But love without Him, EVERYTHING is solidly a line between us. By which, we in all our effort can not, will not, and never will touch what’s true and real about each other.

We have had the honor of having been given eyes to see this. That words will become less as Love grows. That it has less to do with us and all our efforts to express it, and more to do with Him who gave it for the purpose of it being given away. As soon as our cup is full, it finds its avenue of being poured out again. Love can not keep something to or for itself in His Children. They must do what Love does, or hate what they become and those around them are full of no invitation, no interest except itself…the most fatal disease known to creation.

How do I say I love you? Well, between you and I, we alone know its language. That is what intimacy is…a Love language only Heaven can interpret!

Do you hear its song my love?
Do you feel its pulse?
Do you see its light?
Do you know its mind?
Do you smell its incense?
Yes, yes we do. Today at least.
Tomorrow by His will. But without a doubt 18 years, already stretched out, can teach us!

We fly together in His purpose. Gravity has no lessons to teach there. My hope, my prayer, my trust is that our wings grow ever stronger in the Wind of His delight and reflection; every moment of every hour, of every day…I get to love you, like no other woman has ever loved you, and none ever will.

Not your typical romantic Anniversary recital! Yet, Someone said, write what has been written. If anyone has ears to hear, then they’ll “get” what there is to be “gitten”.
I laughed, and began to write.

I do so trust, and love you; Samuel VanValkenburgh the 2nd! All that has come with and through you has laid the nest of that love. Our children, grand-children, family, friends, losses, gains, heart-aches, pains, joys, delights, desires, talents, strengths, weaknesses, ALL! Beyond words have these shaped and formed that “two become one” life we are in Him.

And NOTHING, not death, nor life, nor depth, nor height, nor angels, nor demons, persecutions, trials, hardships…nothing can ever take that away. Ever.

Happy 18th Birthday to us!
Glory to God, and Him alone for all of it! May we rest, live, breathe, and grow ever more in His favor.

Your Wife, friend, sister and lover always. Honored I am that you choose me, undeserving but trustingly I fall back into its reception!

~  October 27th, 2012  ~

Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤

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Singleness by Lorie Schneiderhan

August 4, 2011 at 4:19 pm (WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , )

 

You might have heard about the ‘gift’ of singleness. Many Christians feel it is more of a curse. Our society, and even our Christian society as well, can offer an unbalanced view on things and inadvertently pressure singles into thinking that WE ALL must find a husband or wife. If we choose to listen to God‘s will and choose not to marry, others quite often feel the need to offer up unwanted and unneeded sympathies to the single. Singleness is often mistakenly seen as biblically inferior to married life. Singleness might even be something which embarrasses the single person. But that’s not what the Bible teaches.

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that the bible actually calls singleness as much as a gift from the Lord, and then some. 1 Cor. 7:32 NKJ~ “But I want you to be with out care, He who is UNMARRIED cares for the things of the LORD- how he may please the Lord. 33~But he who is MARRIED cares about the things of the world-how he may please his wife. The UNMARRIED woman cares about the things of LORD, that she may be holy, both in body and in spirit..But she who is MARRIED cares about THE THINGS OF THIS WORLD-how she may please her husband. For I want you to serve the Lord, UNDISTRACTED.

 

 

 

Singleness gives us freedom to serve God without having to think about a husband or wife, and means we’re just seeking to serve God first and no-one else. It is not a requirement from the Lord, and it is not the will of God for most, more the exception to the rule for those that can endure this gift. This is not to suggest marriage is not good, or godly, as the Bible clearly states it’s also a gift, and how else could God grow His family. Often times marriage and/or children can cause complications in life and also in all sorts of ministry when in all likelihood singleness may not. It is true, God said it is NOT good for man to be alone, this is why the single should be diligent in cultivating godly friendships with others. Of course, this current gift of singleness, does not mean that at some later point God may will to you the gift of marriage; but at the moment if you have the gift of singleness, treat it as the precious gift that it very clearly is.

 

 

 

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