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Yearning to be Closer to the One You Love

Solomon’s Song of Songs is a love poem.  It illustrates a love that is strong enough to draw the lovers together.  Their feelings for each other when apart are as unbearable as the fire of hell.  The affections for each other are greater than anything else.  Nothing could quench their love.   The love they shared was absolutely priceless. The whole experience was, is and always will be “more delightful than wine”.

The beginning of the love poem has the single woman wanting to be married to the 3rd coming king or Messiah of a united Israel about 3,500 years ago.

She see’s him for the first time at his first anointing, they go on the most glorious and emotionally packed first date.

He proposes to her in due time with the sweetest words ever!

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She hesitates just a bit and then says she basically says she would like to marry him but there are things in her life that might keep the two apart.

They agree to work on the issues together and they are engaged.

She has been quite overwhelmed with getting to know him so far.  He has shown her so much love as a friend, companion, brother in the LORD and co-err to the kingdom of God.  And know she is her fiancé.

Even though they are engaged the distance she feels from him is to far for her.   She wants to be ever closer to him in both heart and body.  She deeply desires to get to know all of him and how she may please him in every way.   She knows he is wise.  She knows he is loving and his mouth is “sweetness itself”.

Sometime he was right there physically yet she felt miles apart inside.

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So close yet so far away.

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Other times he is far away physically, yet she held him close to her heart.

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Far but close

The most painful times was when he was both gone physically and spiritually or inside she also felt miles apart or as if there was a great invisible wall separating the two from each other.  Its in this context that she says with a deep yearning to be closer to him

Until the day breaks and the shadows flee away, turn my beloved and be like a gazelle on the mountains of Bether.”  Solomon’s Song of Songs 2:17

Truths in the text

“Until”  Until she feels him close again.  Until she senses his love to her.  Until she is in his presence.   When sensing his love is when “the shadows flee.”   When he is with her expressing his love to her which is more delightful than wine is when the “day breaks

“turn”   She says turn.  Turn meaning that to her, he was close and now she painfully feels as if he is far away so she says “turn”.

my”  and “0”  This is personal.   The one she desires to be closer to her is her beloved.  The one she loves.  The one she has feelings for so she expresses her feeling in her words,

mountains of Bether”  Bether means separation.   Meaning she wants him to be wise and use his skill like a gazelle can overcome great mountains that separate it from the one doe he desires to be close to.

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As far as I can tell the text gives us no indication as to why they where apart physically except for the fact that they aren’t married and its night time so it wouldn’t be appropriate for them to be together.  We do know that closeness in any relationship can get tighter.  Closer.  The union in love will always get stricter.

What caused the feelings separation?

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What is she saying?  She is yearning to bave him close to her.  She is longing to sense his love to her.   I don’t want to say it was a specific sin that separated her from him but more like it was her flesh.   Theologians call it our “unredeemed old self“.  Paul in Romans calls it the “old man” that we must  put off and the new man put on.   It’s the part of our soul that is not perfect yet.  At the root of all the evil is a wrong idea of God and lack of love to Him with all our mind, soul and strength that causes us to feel separation from God who is love, for sin separates but love unites.

Remaining sin in our life.  Summed up in the root of Pride, Selfishness and unbelief.

Until the feelings are back or her sensing his love. until then she is in the dark. There are shadow that she wants to flee.  She wants the sun to shine again. For the “day to break” To her a sunshiny day is when she senses his most delightful love to her.  While not sensing his love she is often tempted to believe that he doesn’t love her, even though she loves him and he loves her.

So she wants him to be faithful to keep showing her his love in various ways wether he skillfully and patiently listens to her and understands.  Does the dishes. Picks up his socks.  Repents of any known sin.   Teaches her about Jesus.  Helps with dinner and works.  His love to her could be expressed in so many different ways.   The point is that she is not feeling it and him whom she loves if he were to be guided by wisdom would then have the skill to draw closer to her by loving her over and over again, thus bringing back the sense of his love.

There is that secular love song by the “Righteous brothers” with lyrics that go “You’ve lost that love and feeling, oh that love and feeling.   Now it’s gone, gone, gone.”  Then it goes on to say  “Bring back that love and feeling.  Ohh bring back that love and feeling.”   This is how the bride to be in the Song is feeling.  She wants back that love and feeling because its gone.   I know it’s gone cuz she gets it back 4 verses later in back in 4:4  when she says the words,

“I held on to him and would not let him go
Until I had brought him to my mother’s house,” 

She learned to keep him close and have that safe and no worries feeling of being at home with mother.

She is basically addicted to feeling loved because of the superlative delightfulness of it.

The mountains represent anything he has to overcome in order to prove his love to her.

He is skilled and wise to be able to overcome the mountains of difficulty in order to prove his love to her so she can sense it over and over again.  This is why she compares him to a “gazelle on the mountain tops“.

Until the day breaks and the shadows flee away, turn my beloved and be like a gazelle on the mountains of Bether.

What is interesting here is that her request is for him to do something about her feelings, yet in the next section we don’t see him doing anything but her doing what she needed to do to get those feelings back.  So I assume he kept loving her but there was something she needed to do to get those feelings back.

Basically she had to do three things.

1  Stop being lazy and do whatever it took

2  Follow advice from someone who knows

3  Stay faithful doing her part until the feelings return

Its the same with our relationship with Jesus.

She then gives us the narrative of the night that she got those feelings back.  The same feelings a baby might have in the arms of a mother on the day of birth.  Feeling and sensing love.

“On my bed night after night I sought him
Whom my soul loves;
I sought him but did not find him.
‘I must arise now and go about the city;
In the streets and in the squares
I must seek him whom my soul loves.’
I sought him but did not find him.
“The watchmen who make the rounds in the city found me,
And I said, ‘Have you seen him whom my soul loves?’
“Scarcely had I left them
When I found him whom my soul loves;
I held on to him and would not let him go
Until I had brought him to my mother’s house,
And into the room of her who conceived me.”     Song 3:1-4

My main thought or point I wanted to make was that she wants him to be wise and loving over and over again so that they could be closer together and her sense his most delightful love.

Her words.

Until the day breaks and the shadows flee away, turn my beloved and be like a gazelle on the mountains of Bether.

Application

Application for the Husbands,

Your wife will doubt you love her.  Wether or not you did something sinful to cause it or not, she will doubt your love.   Especially when she doesn’t feel it!!

At these times she needs to see you loving her over and over again!!  You will draw her closer to you by proving your love over and over again.  Keep your promises!!  Praise her noble character!!  Be patient for love is patient.   Be faithful.   Clean up after yourself.  Do a date night.   Remember her birthday and all that stuff.   When you hear a woman complain about a man then don’t do those things.

Your role or your part in the relationship is to do your best in doing whatever possible to help your wife whom you love to sense it as often as is up to you.  Obviously God is in control of the timing and amount of “sparks of love” Song 8:6  A spark being a time when love is felt and enflamed to another level.  Your part is to overcome any and all mountains that separate the two of you so that the two of you will be closer and more intimate.

Husbands.  The most delightful thing about my advice to you is that you get to do the happiest thing on earth!!   Love your wife!!    You get empowered to do this by seeing how Jesus loved the church, his lovely bride.   Study how Jesus loves you then love your wife the same.   This ought to be the most delightful study ever and it will change you.  It will make you wise so you will have the skill to love your wife and the study of Christ’s dying love for you will encourage you to love your wife the same so she can sense God’s love to her through you.  I don’t know about you but I cant think of anything more delightful to do then learn of Christ’s love.

Application for the wives

Wives.   The woman in the song lost the sense or feeling of her lovers love to her.   She wanted them back.  In the context of her wanting those feelings back she asks him to do his part.   Promise to your husband that you will do your part.  If he is not doing his then ask him,

Until the day breaks and the shadows flee away, turn my beloved and be like a gazelle on the mountains of Bether.”  Song 2:17

His part in the relationship is to love you.  If your not feeling it and there is objective evidence of his lack of love then be patient for love is patient.   Know that you cant change someone else but you can change yourself.   He is who he is and will not be perfect but can get better.

You are today and wether or not you are more loving and patient tomorrow depends upon you.  Feeling love isn’t always about being loved to feel it.   Love gives.  You can feel love by loving your sometimes unlovable husband otherwise you love will be conditional.  Do you prove your love to your husband even when you don’t sense his love to you?  You can think of how the bride of Christ is to love Christ and then love your husband the same.  Wives are to love their husbands as the Church is supposed to love Christ even when we feel loved.

The husband not loving is no excuse for a wife to not love him.  Yes his lack of love is sinful and he should repent and love his wife as Christ loves the Church and gave himself for her spiritual and physical good.  But his lack of love is no excuse for yours!  Even if he is a non believer you are to still love him.  Good article on loving non believing husbands is here.

Application for Christians

Christians.  You will often doubt God’s love to you.  You will often not sense it.  Even though God is always doing His part in loving you, you will doubt his love to you in trying times.   It’s when the going gets rough we tend to lose the sense of God’s love.

Its when we sin that we feel separation from God and sense rather his displeasure against sin rather than His Love.  “Your sin has separated you from your God.” Is 59:2

(Assuming your already a Christian) The key to getting that feeling back is

1  Do whatever it takes.  Hold back on nothing.   Do what it takes as soon as possible.  Stop sinning.   Do the good you know you ought to do no matter what it is.

2  If you don’t know what to do or how then get advice from the watchman, shepherd, pastors or seasoned Christians and scarcely after you talk to them you will find the one your heart loves.

3 God doesn’t have to give you the sense of his love.  This is a special favor bought by the blood of Christ.  When, how much and how long depends on God.  God is sovereign over dispensing His most delight love experiences either through Christ directly of through your spouse.  Be faithful in doing what you know you ought to do and in due time, when love desires it ( or God who is love ) will manifest itself to you.

Christian can leave their first love.  We may have a lot of things right but our acts of love we did for Christ at first may wax and wane and we are to return to our first love Rev. 2:4

4 “But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lamp stand out of its place—unless you repent.”

When a Christian doesn’t sense the love of God it is often called a “Spiritual Desertion” Go Here for more.

Your going to want that love and feeling back as soon as possible.  You may think that if I do good then God will bless me because of what I do.  yes and no.  Yes God will bless you but the blessing is not directly related to your change of behavior as much as it is based on God’s favor to you because Jesus Christ earned for you or Christ in you working the good and you get the benefit.   Here is where the warning comes in 3x in the Song

Do not arouse or awaken love until it desires.”  Song 2:7, 3:5 and 8:4. You just cant stir up that feeling at any time.  Love is sovereign in its timing.  You cant and shouldn’t try to arouse or awaken the sense of God’s love using unbiblical means or motives.

Generally, the longer the felt separation the greater your desire for Him will be.   The greater the desire the greater the love grows, for absence is the breading ground for love.  Felt separation is painful.  “Love Jealousy is as cruel as hell fire” Song 8:6   She is jealous for him with a Godly jealousy.  How much more so should we desire Christ who is worthy of higher affection than mother, father, spouse of anyone else.  Jesus said “If you don’t love me more than these”  you will have no part with him.

Other blog posts I did on this verse are here

Sweeter intimacy with the one you love.

Closer to the one you love.

 

 

 

 

 

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Saved in 2000 at age 27. Nearly immediately I fell in love with the Song and grew very fast the first two years memorizing large portions of scripture purifying my mind the started chewing on meat to soon and struggled for 12 years and Christ has me on track like always but I just took the long way around and now I love leading others closer to Christ by seeing His love reflected in Solomons love for an enemy slave girl.

I have experienced God's love to me in the Song in ways that words can't express. There are many portion of the Word where she experiences extra ordinary outpouring of the Holy Spirit of God. If you have a burning desire for a close intimate relationship with God by experiencing His Love to you over and over again at greater and greater heights, depths, lengths and breaths then The Song of Songs is where you need to be.

I can help you with this process of Growing in the experience of God's love. As of 7-23-16 I have experienced everything prior to chapter 8. The Song of Song is progressive in experience. Meaning that if you are mature then you can experience the joys and extraordinary outpourings of God's Love shed abroad in your heart.

If you are not so mature then the delights in the first chapter of the Song will satisfy your thirst for experiencing the Love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Many Christian are living in sin because they do not know how to experience God's love and get hooked on Loving Him. It feels good to be loved and to love Him. His burden is not heavy and His yoke is light, Jesus said in Matt. 10:28

I believe God wants to use me to help beautify His Bride through the Song of Solomon.

If you see the book literally you will not understand nor grasp the Love God has for you. If you see the book and the verses in it relating to Christ's love to you then I would love to show you how to experience this Love to the fullest. I will pray for you daily and guide you every step of the way.

16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

I grew up going to church but was a hypocrite. I lived my life how I chose but went to church on Sunday because my family went.

Mom and Dad divorced when I was about 5.

About this time I was sexually abused by "Bob" a made up name. This incident changed my life for the worst. I had no clue how to deal with it.

As I got older I grew in my hatred for Bob. I didn't blame anyone of my family because I was to young to know any better. Some of what happened during the abuse was in a bathroom. So overtime I would use the bathroom and look at my private parts that night would replay in my mind. My hatred for Bob would continue to grow each time.

Now I know this only happened to me one night. I can't image the pain other's go through who have had this happen to them over and over. Even as I write this now I cry with many tears for those hurting. God love you even though you may not know it or feel it. Go to Him in your time of need.

I was a really bad teenager. I only cared about myself and not even my family. I always came first in my mind. Even at the expense of hurting others. I was growing in my hatred for God by now.

I was going to church and was learned that God was in control. I thought well, if God was in control then He must have let me be sexually abused. I didn't understand this, How could a good and loving God allow this. I hated Him for it. My hatred for Bob grew as well. I was still using the bathroom and memories kept coming back. My heart grew even harder for Bob and God. As far as I was concerned God would have nothing to do with my life so I lived even worse. I thought I would be in jail or dead and I really didn't care, I thought it could be much worse than reliving your painful past over and over again. Little did I know that God's plan later would be to use these events to give me a burning passion for the closest most intimate love relationship with Himself through Christ mainly through the love poem in the Song of Songs in the Bible.

I remember hating Bob so much that the only thing that would relieve my pain was actually thinking he would suffer forever for what he did. I grew so much in my hatred for him that I had to continue to think that he would get even worse than what I imaged before. After some time I would only be relieved of hatred for him unless I thought he would burn in a hotter and hotter hell for all the suffering he put me through.

I never told my mom or family what happened, although I think some of them knew something had happened.

I grew up quite rebellious and even went to jail at the age of 20. I was living the fast life pursuing all my sinful desires and wanting more. It never seemed to be enough. I was quite happy in my sin but I just wanted more of it.

I lived life thinking I would die at a young age, riding motorcycle and living on the edge put me in the hospital many times and I should have been dead.

California at age 26.

I moved to California for a job opportunity at the age of 27. While trying to figure out what radio stations to program in my car, I ran across a RC Sproul talking about "people who have the faith that saves and people who only say that have faith" only the people who have the faith that saves will go to heaven. I thought "I don't think I have the faith that saves because my life was so bad." I searched the scriptures to try to get this faith. I found a church and thought people there could help me get this faith that saves. All along God kept showing me how sinful I was and that I deserved punishment from Him for living my life hating Him.

One weekend I read Matthew, Mark, Luke and John desperately trying to find out how to get this faith that saves. By now I knew that if you had the faith that saves that Jesus would be saving you from a life of sin. I still liked my sin and Jesus sure wasn't saving me from a life of sin, so I rightly concluded that I didn't have the faith that saves.

By the time I got to John, I saw "believe" everywhere. John 3:16 and other verses and wow the whole book was written so that you may believe. John 20:31 "these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name." So at night I would pray "I believe Jesus died for me, I believe, I believe. This was just an intellectual belief. I knew that in history and the Bible that Jesus died for everyone, so I believed it. But this belief did not change my life.

I would go on night after night saying the same prayer only to wake up the next day wanting to fulfill my sinful desires. The prayer wasn't working so I started to word it different each time hoping some prayer would work. After about 2 weeks of this I was fed up with it all, nothing was happening. I still was living in my sin and wanted more of it. A Christian hates their sin and does something about it, and certainly they don't continue to make plans to sin. The prayers weren't working so I gave up. I thought to myself "God, I tried with all my might, I searched the Scriptures, went to church, read the Bible and prayed all to no avail. If Im going to be saved your going to have to do it because I tried."

So I quit praying but still the Bible kept calling me so I read more. 3 Days later I was laying in a tanning bed and God convicted me really hard that I had offended Him by the life I was living. I was so scared of God, where could I run. You can't hide from God. It seemed like forever that I was under these terrors of being punished by a Holy Angry God. This lasted about 10 minutes then this is how I understood it. God let me understand that all that anger that He had for me for all my sin should come my way but He had poured that anger out on Jesus 2,000 years ago. I immediately started weeping an couldn't stop for about 20 minutes. All the sins that I could think of I confessed for that 20 minutes one after another after another, I was so sorrowful and grieved it physically hurt inside.

After I stopped crying I thought that was the weirdest thing that ever happened. I walked out of the tanning salon and stood outside and everything seemed so beautiful, the tree's, the birds, even the air seemed pleasant. Now I was really wondering what was going on.

I pondered all of this as I drove to work that day. I brought my Bible to work and was thinking what am I doing, I want to take my Bible to work so I can read it. As soon as I got to work I started reading my Bible. I couldn't believe what I was reading!! It all was so wonderful. It felt so good to just read my Bible. My client showed up and as I was training them the only thing I could think about was getting back to my Bible. I read all night and slept about 2 hours and was reading again.

I had sinful things in my apartment and I rounded everything evil up and threw it in the garbage. It was weird I was thinking but it felt good so I left it all in the garbage. I called my girlfriend to break it up and she thought I had another girl, I said no, I just think this is wrong we shouldn't be sleeping together. She didn't understand so I told her I was a Christian now and she still thought I had another girlfriend. She said "Im glad your a Christian, so am I" I thought to myself, "I have a strong conviction that sleeping together is wrong and she thought it was okay" I wondered how she could think that. Anyway we broke up.

I kept reading my bible and repenting, there was so much to repent of and I had lived a very sinful life. I was a thief for some part of my life and all the people I stole from kept coming to mind. I owed so much money. I was instantly in debt about $80,000. As I could I paid them back. As of 7-18-2016 I still owe about $25,000 but it sure is a joy to be paying them back.

The first week of being saved a car just about ran me over, they hit me but I wasn't hurt at all. The guy in the car felt so bad. I just looked at him and said "God bless you and have a great day, I am okay" smiled at him and moved on. Now I was really wondering what was going on because I normally would have cussed him out left and right and instead of cussing I blessed him. That was so weird. But again it felt good. I learned to do good by what my conscience told me was good and that it felt good. I got hooked on this feeling good by doing good and did it more often.

About two weeks after being saved I thought of Bob. I immediately prayed for him, something like "Lord help him.." then I stopped praying and said out loud "What am I doing?" I'm praying for a man that I hated my whole life, but it feels good and right, so I did it again. I stopped again midway in the prayer and started pacing around. I was trying to make sense of what was going on and couldn't figure it out. But again it made me happy to pray for him so I did. Bob would often come to mind when I went to the bathroom and each time I would pray for Him. The more I did this the less weird it got. And the greater my love grew for him.

I started memorizing large portions of scripture and this was wonderful because it felt like the words were cleaning my mind and as Proverbs 2:10 "For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul." I wanted more and more of this pleasantness. So I memorized even more and the joy got more and more.

Then this life changing advice came:

A friend from church told me to find a book of the Bible and really understand it. Read through the Bible and pick one and read it over and over and study it and really get it. So I started in Genesis and read through. When I got to Proverbs I really liked it so I thought that would be the book. I started by memorizing all of Proverbs chapter 3. After that I thought maybe there is a better book than Proverbs. So I read on. Then I came to Song of Solomon. I read it with quite some confusion. It wasn't as good as the other books, I didn't know why. So I bought a commentary on it. George Burrowes commentary on the Song of Solomon.

In the commentary I found that George and other saw the book as illustrating God's love to the Church. And not only illustrating it but displaying the Love of Christ better than any other book. This caught my attention big time, because I was having a burning desire for a closer relationship with God and desperately learning about His Love so that I could Love God. You see I had hated Him for so long that God used that old hard heart to spur me on in loving Him. I so much did not want to hate God anymore that I was on fire to learn to Love Him as much and as fast as possible. So here was a book that would help me do that. So I landed on the Song of Solomon. I committed to learning as much of this book as possible.

I memorized the first chapter and would repeat it often throughout the day. I didn't know much of what I was repeating but it sure made me happier and on fire for God. I grew so fast repeating the first chapter over and over again all day, like a dozen times a day at least. It felt so good and I never found any other book that caused me to weep so much. I would often weep everyday just reading it. I was to immature to know what was going on. Even though it hurt to weep so much, I felt like my heart was being cleansed from the filth that was in it by repeating it over and over again so I did. As I read the commentary I understood more and more. What God was doing in me through the Song was greater and faster than any other portion of Scripture so I tended to stay there often. I was so excited about God that I thought it funny that other's in church weren't the same way. Some where happy but it seemed most of them didn't seem to care much about God. They would talk about work, football the weather. The only thing I wanted to talk about was Jesus and God and how can I grow closer to Him.

About this time there was a mission trip to Ireland.

I started to have convictions that I should try to find Bob and witness to him. I kept praying for him but how could he be saved if he hadn't heard the Gospel that has power unto salvation. So I asked family if they had any information. Like me before, my family hated him and thought he deserved hell. After some time I got his name but no location or phone number. Either they didn't know where he was or didn't want to tell me. I prayed some more and then started to get stronger convictions to do something about finding Bob.

So I went on the internet and typed in "his name and child molestation sex offender court" thinking that some court record would have some info leading to where I may find him" I even talked to a private eye and he couldn't help. So I googled some key words and spent hours each day looking through each page. I believed it was God's will for me to witness to Bob. I wanted him to be saved. Really bad. So much so that I thought God would save Bob if I were to witness to him. So I didn't stop searching for him. I kept my computer on each day and went page by page. It took two years to go through about 15,000 pages but I found someone who matched his name in a prison for molesting his grandchildren. I wrote the prison and he wrote back. All kinds of emotions went through my body when I saw his letter from the jail. I didn't open it right away but two hours later God gave me enough courage to face my fears again and I opened the letter. He admitted to being the one who molested me. We wrote back and forth I told him I was angry before but now I was saved and that I loved him and believed God wanted me to talk to him. He read my letters over and over again. I shared the gospel in each one.

I got mad at Bob 2x. Once he said that he love me. I got really angry with him. He didn't love me. That night it was hard to love Bob, I had to call a friend to pray for me to repent, after he prayed I felt greater love for Bob. Then I wrote him back saying "I'm sorry but you can't say that you loved me. You did not love me you lusted after me." He admitted he didn't love as he should have and admitted that it was lust and sinful. Finally some conviction. Yet I only thought he was saying that because I was being nice to him. All his family had left him and he said I was the only "friend" he had.

Wether or not it was true Bob said that he had cancer in his arm and that the help the prison gives was not enough and if he had money he could see a different doctor and get help. I sent him some money and since I was in jail before I knew what it was like to be in there without money, so I sent him money.

About 4-5 months in the economy went down, it was 2008. Work was hard. I still sent him money and I had to work harder. This was a really good lesson for me because I had to "work hard for the benefit of someone who did not deserve it." This was one of the greatest blessing ever because I realized with great certainty that Jesus was in me. This is what Jesus did. Jesus worked his whole life for me and I didn't deserve it!! Christ was in me! This was one of the best feelings ever and it put me in worship for months.

Then a mission trip to Croatia.

Each time I had to leave my business and amazing as it is I was completely okay each time. I am a self employed personal trainer and it is normally absurd to just leave and start over, but each time I had enough work within 2 weeks of coming back. This is a flat out miracle. I trusted God to provide and he did. How many people can start up a business in 2 weeks. Only with the help of God. God was teaching me early on in my walk that as long as I did what He wanted me to do then I had nothing to worry about.

About 3 years saved now.

I Taught the 4 year old's at church Sunday morning for 10 years.

Left my business 2x for mission trips and God miraculously provided when I came back.

I taught 5 x a week plus held a job.

Sunday morning to the kids.
Sunday night with the 5th graders
Friday afternoons at Good News Clubs. Sponsored by Child Evangelism Fellowship.
Friday Nights with the Kids teaching through Pilgrims Progress, I did this 2x
Teaching Monday afternoons at a nursing home. I taught through the Song of Songs once then John, then Romans then back to the Song again! I love the Song of Songs.
I grew up hating God for what happened to me, and now I love Him because He first loved me. My passion is for children to grow up loving God and not hating Him.

My other passion which has become ever greater is to help others see the Love of Christ to His Church in the Song of Songs!!

I would love to help you, just let me know and I will lead you and pray for you.

God demonstrates His love to us in sending His one and only Son to suffer in our place, taking our sins upon Himself so that whoever believes they get to heaven because of what He did for us will not perish but have everlasting life.

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