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Lesson 6 “Do not stare

Verse

Do not stare at me because I am dark, sun scorned.  My mother’s sons were angry with me and made me keep their vineyards.  My own vineyard I have neglected.”  Solomon’s Song of Songs 1:6

Context of the verse

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The young sunburnt born again Gentile slave girl wants to be married to Israel’s newly anointed Messiah.  He takes her to his chambers and all the Jews rejoice and delight in their new king and promise to praise his love more than wine.   She recognizes the moral uprightness of their delight in him and praise of his love and says, “No wonder they praise your love.

The sunburnt slave girl doesn’t look like the fair skinned holy Jewish women who grew up in the holy city of Jerusalem. They were staring at her as if she didn’t belong in the kings chambers, but thought she should be out working in the hot sun as all Gentiles did during David and Solomon’s reign.  Yet she was no longer a Gentile in heart but a Jew at heart due true love and faith.

She gives her testimony as to her sinful past, to the Daughters of Jerusalem as to why she is sun scorched and regretfully confesses her sin of neglecting her own God given duties.  “My own vineyard i have neglected.” 1:6

What is going on here is that even though she looked like someone who hated God on the outside she was someone who loved God on the inside and loved God’s Messiah, Solomon, because of his holy name 1:3.  So she wanted to be accepted as a Jew in heart but not judged by the fair skinned Jews by her sunburnt outward appearance.

A major theme of the Love Song is not only that of two people getting closer and closer.   But is also about the Gentile bride getting closer to God’s holy people the Jews.  The daughters of Jerusalem.  This would have come as a shock to most holy Jews who loved God because Gentiles were generally unholy and didn’t know God so it would seem like the most unheard of thing for a holy Jewish king to get together with an unholy Gentile. Yet our sunburnt Gentile slave girl is born again and is holy and loves God therefore the union would be appropriate and would foreshadow God’s future plan for both Jew and Gentile to be one under The Messiah, Jesus Christ.

Her request is for them to not judge her by outward appearance but by the affection of her heart for the king of peace and his holy people.   Another way she could say it is “Do not stare at me...”  but rather accept me into your fellowship because I was a sinner but now I love.

She is now a friend of the king and not an enemy due to true love to him being in her heart 8:6, and she wants to be treated in a way that is consistent with who she is on the inside and not be stared at.  So she asks the daughters of Jerusalem to not stare at her as if she can’t be one of them.

Her darken and sun scorched skin is a consequence of her past sinful life.  Having sun scorched skin was a sign that you were a Gentile and should be working the fields and not a Jew, who was promised peace and rest in the promised land.

David was the father of Solomon.   The Gentile slave girl would have grown up with the current Messiah, his father David, having a righteous hatred for because she hated and didn’t love God.  The fact that she “neglected her own vineyard” 1:6  was proof of her previous rebellion against God.

“Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord, and abhor those who are in rebellion against you?”
But now things were different she had faith in God and had love in her heart and not hatred, so they shouldn’t look down upon her and stare at her in a judgmental manner.
To stare at her as if she still rebelled against God would be a misjudgment and would be thinking evil of her.  We know that the daughters of Jerusalem accept her because they join forces with her in seeking her beloved, Song 6:1.

Example in today’s time.

This would be similar to Ben Ladin’s daughter wanting to be at true peace with holy Jews.  This would be possible on if Ben Ladin’s daughter converted to Judaism and truly loved God.  Here we would see the power of love to unite and bring peace between enemies.  Would the holy Jews accept Ben Ladin’s daughter into their fellowship and go to temple together?  She would probably get a funny look from the Jews, they would more than likely stare at her.  Similar to how the daughters of Jerusalem were staring at the Gentile slave girl.  The Jews could still have a love of benevolence to the Gentile but not a love of complacency because their hearts were opposites.  A true Jew in heart worshiped YHWH when a muslim would worship a false God.  How can the two walk together in agreement when one worship idols and the other the True God?

Love doesn’t think evil of their spouses condition, qualities or actions.  1 Cor. 13:4-7

For a whole lesson on judging and censuring other’s click here By Jonathan Edwards.

Seeing what love is in this text according to Song 8:6-7

1  Love is powerful

2  Loves Jealousy is cruel

3  Love is a flame above all other flames

4  Love is priceless

5  Love is also unquenchable.  The unquenchability of the bride’s love is not really seen in this text but is seen overall throughout the Song.

The power of love.

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The main reason Solomon wrote the song was for us to get a right idea of love.  Love is powerful Song 8:6.  So in this text can we see the power of her love on display?  How?  Where?

1  The power of love to cause us to think right and good.

2  The power of love to break down seemingly impossible barriers between opposite people groups.

The power of love to overcome the greatest stigma’s and barriers of separation.  The power of love to unite enemies.  Do you feel as if you and your spouse are on opposite sides?  Get a right idea of love and then love your spouse for herein is power to unite and bring about peace.   Keep the bond of peace through love.

The power of love to overcome the greatest stigma’s and barriers of separation.

3  The power of Love to keep her holy and morally beautiful in a difficult situation.

Love has power to keep us holy in thorny situations and trials.   Here is a trial of her faith and love in a hard situation.  She is a born again Gentile being stared at by holy Jews.  What will she do?   Solomon is watching and later compliments her loving behavior in a thorny situation and called her “a lily among thorns” 2:2  and she is beautiful and holy under the difficult trial.    Thorn are representative of situations that test our love to God and other’s.   We will respond with holy emotions in times of difficulty?

4  This power is above human ability alone to have and do for love is “strong as death” Song 8:6

A non believer and a believer are polar opposites.  One is a friend of God and at peace with Him.  The other is at enmity with God and lives as a friend of the world.  James 4:4anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.”

Holy Jealousy

A holy jealousy is a desire to have what’s is rightfully yours but is not currently in your possession.  To not have it is a cruel feeling.  The love of the daughter’s of Jerusalem rightfully belongs to her because in her heart she is one of them.  But the daughters of Jerusalem are having a hard time accepting and loving her because of her sunburn which reminds them that she is a sinner and a natural born enemy of God and His people.

One of the purposes of the Love Song is for us to get an idea of Love.  Loves “Jealousy is cruel like hell fire.”  Song 8:6

So I ask the question “Do we see the woman or the daughters of Jerusalem in pain or suffering because they don’t have what belongs to them due to their sharing the love of God in their hearts?”     They don’t have a mutual delight in each other and I suppose the fact that the holy fair skinned Jewish girls were staring at the sunburnt Gentile girl could easily cause a painful and cruel feeing inside her.   It doesn’t make her happy to be stared at and judged so she does her part in telling them her testimony and sincerely confessing her sin so that they will accept her and not stare at her so that they all could be happy because she now loves them.

She wants what it says in Psalm 133:1

Psalm 133

How good and pleasant it is
    when God’s people live together in unity!

 

What is she jealous for?  What does the sunburnt Gentile desire?  For them to not stare at her!   Imagine having a love for God and seeing other’s that have a love for God but they stared at you as if you weren’t one of them.   She is a true Jew in heart and wants to be treated like one.  This is what she is jealous for and will get it because she really does have a holy love and faith in her heart.

She has a holy jealousy for their fellowship and acceptance.   Their acceptance is rightfully hers.   She should be accepted and not stared at.  It would hurt her heart to not be accepted.  It would be a cruel feeling to have the love of God in your heart and not be accepted by His people and be one with them.  A holy jealousy desires what belongs to it. A sinful jealousy desires what doesn’t belong to it.

It’s out of this desire to not have that cruel and horrible feeling inside that she does her part so she could have the fellowship she desires with God’s holy people.  Thus they get closer together.  It’s the cruel feeing inside that drives her to do what it takes to get what rightfully and properly belongs to her and what she wants.

The reality and thought of being separated form God’s people is painful and cruel to her like being separated from the Love and Grace of God that’s not sensed by the people in hell.

A sinful jealousy is desiring something that isn’t yours and doesn’t rightfully belong to you.

Im having a hard time seeing the unquenchabiltiy of her love here in this text.

Love is priceless.

Can you put a value on someone who loves you and doesn’t think evil of you?  Could you put a value on a love that forgives and is patient?  Could you put a value on someone who isn’t patient with the baggage or remnants of a sinful past that you bring to the relationship?

 

Application

Both

1  Love thinks no evil of the object of it’s affection.  “Thinketh no evil”  1 Cor. 13:4-8

To think of her as who she is not would be to think evil.   To think of her as a sinner would not be consistent with truth.  For the daughters of Jerusalem to think of the slave girl as an enemy would not be true.  She is born again and loves God and is on their side.

To think of your spouse as anything other than who they are in Christ is to think evil of them.

Make sure you don’t judge someone based on their past, the young Gentile slave girl is born again with an unquenchable and most powerful love in her heart 8:6.  She is a new creation, holy and blames in the eyes of God.

Do not think your spouse to be a non believer but a co heir to the kingdom.  For if you stare at them as if they were your enemy then the two of you won’t be able to get closer.

2  Be friends not enemies.   Be on the same side.

3  Confess you wrong.  Notice that when she wants to be closer and accepted that she confesses her sin.  Be the first to confess your sin and lack of love and respect.  It’s sad to see couple blame the other person.  You can’t change them, but you can do something about your own pride, selfishness and unbelief.

a  Say your sorry if you are.

b  Tell them specifically what you did.  (She neglected her vineyard.)  “I didn’t listen”  I didn’t pick up my socks.   I spent to much money.   I haven’t dated you in a while and Im sorry.   Be specific and confess what you did wrong.

c  Tell your spouse what you intend to do next time.  I promise to do my best to pick up my socks.   I promise to look you in the eye and listen to you next time.  I promise to take you out Saturday.

d  Trust that Jesus Christ paid the penalty for your lack of love.  Trust that God caused His Son to suffer on the cross for you lack of love to God who says to love your spouse.

e  Dark am I and prone to wander, do not just look at my darkness and Judge me.  Look at my darkness and know that I have been forgiven and washed clean by the blood of Jesus Christ.  How often do we just look at someone’s sins and then make them out to be other than they are because we aren’t seeing their loving actions as well.  Forgive your spouses unloving actions and don’t be angry with them and delight in their love, for dark they are, yet lovely on the inside.

f  Love is not of a censorious spirit.  A censorious spirit consists in a disposition to think evil of others.  To think evil of 3 things.  Their condition/state, good qualities and  good actions.

Condition/state =  That they are forgiven, that they are a child of God, that they are a co heir to the kingdom.   Gentiles were not forgiven, not children of God and they had no right to the peace and rest God promised the Jews in His Kingdom in the promised land.

For Christians

Accept the new believer into your fellowship no matter what their outward appearance is!  How can they get closer to you or you get closer to them if you stare and judge them based on outward appearance?

Know that Jesus has forgiven you.

Know that Jesus loves you and will forgive all your sins if you confess them and also believe that He suffered the punishment you deserve for disobeying God.   You should be punished but since He loved His Bride he suffered in her place.

Yes, we have baggage and have some remnants of a past sinful life still in our hearts, thought, feelings, words and actions but Jesus still treats us as a child and will discipline those he loves to becoming more and more holy and beautiful on the inside.

Lessons so far on how to get closer to the one you love.

1  Make sure that the other person feels as if being loved by you is one of the most delightful experiences.  Solomon’s Song of Songs 1:2, 2:3, 4:10

Have a better and better reputation so that the thought of your name is sweet to your spouse1:3

3  Be on the same page, run together and don’t waste time getting closer to someone who is trustworthy and like Jesus Christ.  1:4   Work together on the same goal/s at the right pace, for how can two run together unless they be in agreement.

See, Delight and Praise Love


Lesson 5 Humility and Love in Marriage

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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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