His banner over me is LOVE | I AM Safe

I AM Safe

He treats her with the utmost cruelty, the very man who made a covenant to love & cherish his bride has treated the union as merely a contract. Year after year, with ever increasing hatred & vengeance, he tries to drag her into his personal hell of an existence. And he is so clever. No one suspects that he is cloaked in deception & disguise. He has isolated to psychologically destroy her. ..year after year

She only ever wanted to be a wife. More than a mother, she couldn’t wait to grow up and lavish her husband with every form of love possible. ..on her wedding night, his eyes went blank, he looked away, and in that horrifying instant, she realized that she had just made the greatest mistake of her life. ..year after year she has sought wise counsel in the words of The Great I AM to press on & impress love on this man who rejects her in every facet of life. ..year after year

Cowering & crying year after year in the corner, struggling to her core spiritually at times to survive his punishing attacks, her case has finally reached the high courts of Heaven. More than 20 years ago she believed God promised a powerhouse marriage. ..and He who promised is faithful, in spite of her gravest mistake in marrying this man. So she clutches & clings to the hem of His robes, draping over the summit of Everest, and gets her first peek at the peak. The highest point in this world is LOVE! Love is the promise fulfilled of the powerhouse marriage. Love is the weapon of warfare against every demon. Love is what makes me feel safe in a 17 year marriage to this man. If God is Love, and I am created in His image, then I am to reflect His Love. It is easy to love the lovable, with the joy we so naturally share with a dear friendPHILEO, and most enjoyable to love a loverEROS. But it takes the highest form of God’s Love, sacrificialAGAPE, to love the unlovable, those who are bent on destroying us. “While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” From the cross, He sacrificed His whole self for those who were jeering and spitting on Him from below! That kind of self sacrifice is the most powerful weapon, the highest form of Love. At the foot of the cross & from the hem of His robes, I am SAFE in His parentalSTORGE love which protects my whole life.

I can trust my Heavenly Father to protect & provide the promised powerhouse marriage. In my mind’s good humour, I see Door #1, He repairs & restores this marriage; or Door #2, He removes & replaces this man; or Door #3 His choice. Whatever He chooses. I trust Him. In Him, I am safe. ..year after year

And from this vantage point, at the peak of Everest, I can see the Promised Land, that powerhouse marriage in the distance.. .

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“As an apple tree among the trees of the forest, so is my beloved among the young men. with great delight I sat in his shadow, and his fruit was sweet to my taste. He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me is love. Sustain me with raisins; refresh me with apples, for I am sick with love. His left hand is under my head, and his right hand embraces me! I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, by the gazelles or the does of the field, that you not stir up or awaken love until it pleases.” Song of Solomon 2:1-7

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50 Shades of Light

Christ & The Church
Christ & The Church

I AM Cherished, our theme for this month, encourages women to know that their true beauty, worth, & value is defined by a personal relationship with Christ. In Song of Songs/Solomon, we learn the thrill of true love and intimacy in this book of erotic Persian-style love poetry between King Solomon &  Queen Sheba. This often overlooked book of the Bible is a metaphor of the dynamic, worshipful relationship between Christ, the Bridegroom & the Church, His Bride.
Do you have a personal relationship with Christ? Has your spiritual life been pacified like a perpetual babe by pampered teaching? Are you ready to be transformed into a WOMAN of excellence in spiritual maturity? One of the homework assignments for our I AM Powered 2nd Tuesday Study is to read & meditate on the book of Song of Songs/Solomon throughout this month and practice a pure marital relationship by scheduling private time to delight in Christ. How would you prepare for a date with your Bridegroom? Spa treatments & fine jewelry? Where would you invite Him to go with you? Chinese takeout & your favourite movie (when the kids are tucked in for the night) or morning coffee with a spectacular view? When we practice intimacy with Christ, it not only deepens our relationship & develops our spiritual maturity, but it also empowers us to lavish our earthly husbands with the same level of preparation and 121 presence!!

Husband & Wife
Husband & Wife

For me, it took a mission trip halfway around the globe to learn this lesson! But then again, as Christ knows each of us intimately already- the very hairs on our head is
counted (He knows about this new silvery streak I just  discovered gracing my
left temple)-and He knows that I have always been a romantic who is dazzled by the exotic. So there I was, surrounded by glittering, colorful Indian saris with the scent of night blooming jasmine in the air, in a country where I was isolated from others by the language divide, and Christ wooed me. As I traveled with a driver and translator to remote rural villages in southeast India, listening to women’s stories, blessing & encouraging them, it was as if by day my bridegroom and I were doing our Father’s family business. But at night, while palm trees swayed under swinging monkeys and mosquitoes ruled their humid domain, I was on a honeymoon with Christ. His Word, by candlelight in this faraway land, was a life
transforming getaway! I would return home to start my walk of ministry-through spiritual maturity-and the birth of our union there, Lydia’s Purse International, conceived by the Holy Spirit.

Maryann & women at worship in southeast India
Maryann & women at worship in southeast India

Yes, true intimacy can be pure & even holy, for holy means “set apart”. We are living in this world, but we are not to be of this world. As women of The Word, are you still being fattened by the milk of nursemaids or are you standing strong on the meat of spiritual maturity, confident in your position as a Queen of The Kingdom & empowered to do the work of a helpmeet to the King of Kings?