How do you know if he is your Boaz?

I found this posted in Facebook, but couldn’t find a link to a blog post or article, so I listed the author and title below… Love, love, love this!!!

Written by Jenny Williams, A Modern Day Ruth Copyright 2014

How do you know if he is your Boaz?

A Modern Day Boaz will:

  • He will honor you and respect you. He will handle your heart tenderly. His intentions will be honorable.
  • He will provide and care for you with his actions. He looks out for the best for you.
  • He will protect you and spiritually lead you and be a covering to you. He will pray with you and for you. He will take you to church. He will read the word with you.
  • He will understand your journey and desire to make your days better and sweeter than before.
  • He will celebrate you and appreciate your strengths, beauty and character.
  • He will preserve you. He will honorably do right by you by waiting until marriage. He sees you as a treasure and a blessing from God.
  • He will love you by demonstrating the character of Christ to you through his words and actions.
  • He will always try to be a blessing to you and your children every day of his life. He will embrace you and your kids with open arms.

You won’t settle for less than the best. You won’t have to try to make a man treat you this way, because he already will. You don’t raise a man into being a man, he already is one. God’s best for you won’t need fixing. Second best and settling….will need it. Don’t go there. You are completely open to God’s submission by letting Him write your love story. Listen to His voice, and trust in His perfect plan.

You know you are ready when you are not afraid to love and trust someone. You desire companionship and sharing a life again. You desire to be a blessing to the man God has waiting for you. Your heart is open to trust and to receive love again. You are healthy in your mind, heart and soul. You desire to be a helpmate.

How do you know you are his Ruth?

  • You want to be a blessing to him every day of his life. You strive and look for ways to bless him.
  • You desire to be his greatest cheerleader and prayer partner.
  • You are his faithful confidante. He can trust you.
  • You want to honor him and respect him as a man of God and as your spiritual leader.
  • You celebrate his strengths and you accept his weaknesses.
  • You bring a strength he can rely on. You are loyal to him only.
  • You are his best friend and want to be his lifelong lover.
  • You are willing to be a good receiver of his love and acts of kindness.
  • You appreciate and value what he does for you.
  • You believe in his dreams and callings. You want to support him and build a life with him. His desires are yours, and his dreams are yours.
  • You honor him both publicly and privately.
  • You desire to please him.
  • You strive to do him good all the days of your life.
  • You are anointed and appointed to be his wife.

Ruth and Boaz is my favorite love story. God gives second chances. He always restores better than before. Your heartache and loss are being turned around so your greatest love story can unfold. God gave Ruth better than before, and her legacy of love continued through the lineage of Jesus and beyond! ❤ Written by Jenny Williams, A Modern Day Ruth Copyright 2014

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The Joy of How You Whisper “More”

“I want to see you.

Know your voice.

Recognize you when you first come ‘round the corner.

Sense your scent when I first come into a room you’ve just left.

Know the lift of your heel, the glide of your foot.

Become familiar with the way you purse your lips and then let them part, just the slightest bit, when I lean in to your space and kiss you.

I want to know the joy of how you whisper “more”.

— Rumi

I love the poetry of Rumi. He expresses so well the yearning for connection, with loved ones, and with God.

Eliza ~♡

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Falling in Love

God pursues us, longing to bring us to a place where we are lain bare, vulnerable, true and honest with Him. No pretense.  It is in this place we press in, coming closer to Him, closer to His Heart.

I saw two lovers in the park, sitting by a pond.
He leaned in to kiss her, and when she saw my approach, she pulled away and blushed, embarrassed to be discovered with her love.
I smiled, as I saw myself in her.

God is taking me through a journey showing me so much about love, human expression of love, and His love for me.  I have thought a lot about the parallels of the intimacy between a man and a woman, and the intimacy we are to have with God.

The Bible shows us in the Song of Solomon a very intimate picture of two lovers.  Here as we read the sensual experience between the Shulamite and her beloved, we see a yearning desire to be together and experience each other in the most intimate ways.  One might ask how such a sensual book becomes a part of the Holy scriptures?  What does God want us to learn from these two lovers?

Think about your own human experiences with falling in love and being married.  Does anything you have experienced in human relationships compare to those portrayed in Song of Solomon?  This book is a part of the Bible for a reason.  Great Scholars and mystics know the spiritual experience we have with the infilling of the Holy Spirit is akin to the deeply intimate physical experience of a man and a woman in love.

God pursues us, longing to bring us to a place where we are lain bare, vulnerable, true and honest with Him. No pretense.  It is in this place we press in, coming closer to Him, closer to His Heart.  This intimate experience with God both soothes and ignites a deep yearning to know Him more.  Differing from the human experience, one is never left feeling diminished or insecure about His intentions.

The language in Song of Solomon, rich with images of two young lovers, stir the heart and senses.

Here are a few of my favorites…

Song of Solomon 2:4‭-‬6 NKJV

He brought me to the banqueting house, And his banner over me was love.  Sustain me with cakes of raisins, Refresh me with apples, For I am lovesick. His left hand is under my head, And his right hand embraces me.

Have you ever felt this love sickness wash over you as you worship the Lord?  The deep longing for more of His presence and the desire to sustain this feeling?

Song of Solomon 8:6‭-‬7 NKJV

Set me as a seal upon your heart, As a seal upon your arm; For love is  as strong as death, Jealousy as cruel as the grave; Its flames are flames of fire, A most vehement flame. Many waters cannot quench love, Nor can the floods drown it.  If a man would give for love All the wealth of his house, It would be utterly despised.

Here I recognize the intensity and single minded focus on the state of love, state of worship to our Lord…begging to be marked forever, sealed to the One you love. God’s love for us burns eternal and is not quenched.

I cannot say that I have personally experienced falling in love with someone, though I am deeply in love with God, with Jesus. I relate very much with the feelings expressed in the Song of Solomon as it relates to the times I spend worshiping our Lord.

My experiences with human love have never taken me to a place where I felt outside of myself or deeply loved.  I have loved people in my life.  I loved a man and I was married for a time.  There are many people in my life I have as close friends, and I respect them and love them dearly.  But there is no intimate love.

I have always been embarrassed or ashamed of any feelings resembling romantic love.  I feel incapable of getting outside of my head and listening to my heart’s voice.  I analyze every aspect of starting a relationship with someone.  There is always a point of elimination, convincing myself it would never work.

God has been challenging me for the past six months or more to really look at these feelings and actions.  I question whether my relationship with God also mimics this behavior.  Being overly cautious in taking those steps forward and acting like a person who is head-over-heels and madly in love with the One who is a lover of my soul.

I see this in my reluctance to witness to people about the relationship I have with God, reasoning it is private and personal.  This is despite what His word tells me, and I know His heart is leading me to do:  Step out of my comfort zone and tell people about all I’ve experienced with Him, how great His love is, and share the things God is revealing about the person who’s in front of me.

I wrote the poem at the beginning of this article several months ago.  I think how I look like the young girl pulling away, embarrassed by her love.  It is how I appear to God when I am faced with an opportunity to lean in and share God’s great love.  He is so patient, loving, and kind.  I feel Him coaxing me to trust and let go, to fall deeper in love with Him.  Everything I was created for and how I am to walk in the world will be fulfilled when I let go.

A Stirring in My Heart

Almost a year ago, I began to feel something stir within my heart, something I hadn’t felt or thought about for nearly twenty years… 

Almost a year ago, I began to feel something stir within my heart, something I hadn’t felt or thought about for nearly twenty years…  I began to journal and process my feelings, praying and reaching out to God to help make sense of it.  I will share some of my journal entries, prayers, and experiences God has used along the way, to speak to my heart and teach me about His love.

May 29th 2017 ~ Journal entry

Song of Solomon 8:6‭-‬7 NKJV

Set me as a seal upon your heart, As a seal upon your arm; For love is  as strong as death, Jealousy as cruel as the grave; Its flames are flames of fire, A most vehement flame. Many waters cannot quench love, Nor can the floods drown it.  If a man would give for love All the wealth of his house, It would be utterly despised.

Papa, I know you know me, know the desires of my heart, and hear all my prayers and cries for help when I feel frustrated and confused.  I feel like something that has long been asleep has awakened in me and I am struggling with it, what it means and if it is something I need to push down and overcome, or something I need to explore and walk through with You.

It is the thought of, and the chance for romantic love in my life.  I don’t know where or how this can fit into my life, and feel it would be a distraction that could derail parts of my life I don’t want derailed.  Yet I feel a longing to be desired, loved and cherished by a special man.  There is not anyone this is directed toward or causing these feelings, just a certain loneliness for touch and to feel special to someone in a romantic way.

The funny thing is, I don’t want to “put myself out there”.  I don’t have any desire to date or expose myself to a slew of single available men.  Is what I am experiencing a final dying off of the last phases of my “youth” (I use this term loosely).  *Deep sign*

Oh Papa, I love you and know you are with me always, keeping me safe and on track.  Be with me through this and help me to feel how deep Your love is for me.  Drown out any delusions or deceptions that would lead me down a wrong path.  Help me to reconcile the loose ends in my life, the open unanswered questions.  Heal the old wounds keeping me stuck in a holding pattern.  Give me the courage to step out when you call me to come out of the boat.  Help me to feel your peace, and your forgiveness as I stumble through these feelings and desires.  I pray this in Jesus name, Amen!

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