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RAINY ROMANTIC RESCUE MOVIES AND OUR REDEEMER

 

 

 

Casablanca
Breakfast at Tiffanys

 

Sleepless in Seattle
Pride and Prejudice
Pride and Prejudice

Miss Potter

(The following excerpt is from The God of All Comfort)

I’m not giving away Steve’s trench coat.

I want to see it when I open the closet. I want to run my hand through its soft furry lining. If I have to run up to our mailbox in the rain, it’s that trench coat I reach for – a sheltering shield covering me from head to foot, protecting me from the wet, yet flooding my heart with memories:

  • The day I met him – a cold February day on the campus of Northwestern University. He caught up with me after class and introduced himself. I was so excited that this man whom I’d secretly admired was approaching me that I was trembling. Steve thought I was shaking from the cold wind off of Lake Michigan, and there, right in front of Deering Library, with hundreds of students passing by, he gallantly took off his trench coat and put it over my shoulders. My knees nearly buckled.
  • Our first date, just two days later – shy with each other while we were walking to the movie. Suddenly the sky opened up, pouring down buckets and buckets of water. Steve opened his coat and tucked me in, covering me, as we ran laughing into the theatre.
  • Running into him by surprise downtown. We’d been married twenty-five years, but my heart still did flip flops to see him. I saw him first: taking long strides, looking strikingly handsome and masculine. His hands were in the pockets of that trench coat, his head down – concentrating, thinking hard about something. I stood still, right in the middle of his path, smiling, anticipating his reaction. Startled to be blocked, he stopped and looked up. A sudden smile of delight, then, that laugh I loved. He spread his arms, which opened his coat like sheltering wings, inviting me in. There we were, on Central Avenue, enveloped together, more in love than newlyweds.

 

But of course this isn’t about trench-coats, but about something far, far deeper.

 

THE MYSTERY

 

It’s a mystery, Paul says in Ephesians, but marriage is a foreshadowing of a much more lasting relationship: Christ and His Bride.

When a husband tenderly protects his wife, he becomes a reflection of the ultimate Bridegroom. The quaint Old Testament phrase for this husbandly protection is “covering.” He is to “cover” his wife by bringing her under “his wing, or his skirt, or his garment.”  It is personal and tender: like a mother bird sheltering her young with her wing; like a father wrapping his shivering little girl in a blanket; and like Steve opening his trenchcoat and shielding me from the rain. In medieval Jewish wedding ceremonies, the groom would take his prayer shawl and cover his bride as a symbol of his willingness to also tenderly cover her with protection, provision, and love.

 

If we look deeply at the love stories that move our hearts, we will inevitably glimpse Jesus.

 

Saturday, September 22 (3 years after Steve’s death)

 

Thank You Lord for a lovely day. Lee and her friend Susan came and we spent the day watching the waves, laughing, and lingering over a dinner at sunset. Then we got in our pajamas, popped popcorn, and watched “Miss Potter,” the story of Beatrix Potter, the creator of “Peter Rabbit.”

 

Oh. I wept copiously. How Norman believed in Beatrix when no one else did, and helped her to fly. Of course I saw Steve, who even wanted me to keep speaking when he was sick. But I also saw You, Lord. You love the ones Your hands have made and want them to fly.

 

When Norman “taught her how to dance” I wept again, for it was so much bigger than dancing literally. Even in this time of sorrow, You are, indeed, teaching me to dance. You want me to put my hand in Yours and let the music fill my heart.

 

Their tender parting scene at the train station. He was wearing a trench-coat (of course!) and he kisses her for the first time. Parting scenes always move me. My parting for the last time with my father, my mother – and of course, with Steve. “Such sweet sorrow,” as Shakespeare said.

 

And when Norman dies young, of course, that did me in. Yet Beatrix carried on, and life still had meaning, because she knew “he was right behind her.” I know Steve is “right behind me,” but even more, You are there.

 

Thank You, Lord – for this picture of Your love.

 

Icebreaker

1. What is your favorite romantic movie and why? Can you see a parable in it (a reflection of Christ?)

2. Do you have any comments on the above?

 

BIBLE STUDY

In the romances of the Old Testament in Ruth, Song of Songs, and Hosea, this word “kanaph”) appears when the groom or groom-to-be covers his bride. Martin French did this painting of the “Kinsman-Redeemer” for Forever in Love to portray Hosea covering Gomer when she was ashamed and being sold on the auction block.

 

The passage in Hosea 3 is a bit cryptic and challenging, but basically what has happened is that Gomer has run after her other lovers and they are selling her on the auction block, and Hosea buys her back. He is her “Redeemer” for a Redeemer is One who pays a price to rescue another.

1. Read Hosea 3:1-2

A. What does God tell Hosea to do and what comparison does He make?

B. What message does God want you to hear in this story concerning how He will respond to us when we fail?

C. What does 1 Peter 1:18-19 teach?

D. One of the hardest things to believe, and our doubts are fanned by the enemy, is that God is not punishing us for our failures. That has already been paid for. If we have regrets, and that often happens in grief, what truth must we speak to our souls?


2. Another “kinsman-redeemer” is Boaz in the book of Ruth. The Hebrew word “kanaph” appears here and may be translated corner of garment, wing, or garment. It is another challenging passage, but so full of tenderness. Read Ruth 3:6-8 and find what Ruth asks Boaz to do. What is it?

3. Watch the beginning of the last video where I talk about “The Covering” to the women in prison. Click here and watch for about five minutes, until I get to the “Court Date.” Write down what you learn: Link

Our own dear Joyce and another silent blogger each sent me this wonderful picture of Psalm 91:4 where the word “kanaph” is translated “wings.”

Under His wings you will find refuge

 

4. Read Psalm 91:1-4 and write down the promises. Comment on this word picture as well and what it means to you.

5. Some have interpreted these promises to mean no trouble will come to the believer. How does the close of the psalm, Psalm 91:14-16 clarify this?

6. The concept can also be found in the phrase “hiding place” which is in Psalm 32:6-7. Meditate on this and find the phrases that comfort you and calm you.

You are my hiding place — you always fill my heart with songs of deliverance

7. One of my favorite songs of Sara Groves is based on the above passage and is called Hiding Place. It’s actually fairly easy to learn and to sing. You can listen to it on U-Tube by clicking here: Link

I’d like you to meditate on four phrases in her song and think about how you could apply them to your life:

A. Early when the day is new, before the stirring

B. I will come and talk to you and confess the ways I’m broken (Psalm 32:3)

C. And recall the words You’ve spoken

D. And to try to comprehend the love you have for me (Psalm 32:6-7)

8. How has God shown His love to you recently? List at least three ways.

Part II. Listen to Midday Connection and Comment Here: Updated Direct Link

Part III.Listen to Keller

He has so many good messages on The Bridegroom — here are two, but they are not free. Choose one of these if possible, listen, and comment: Link

Extra Credit Fun: Watch Miss Potter and find spiritual parallels and list them here. (And if you rent it, be sure you hear the extra song by Kate Medula on the disc. Oh!) Or one of the Pride and Prejudice movies — for Austin’s lines are amazing. What spiritual parallels do you see?

PART IV (Challenge and Optional) Ezekiel 16:1-22 is a similar portrait to Hosea in a nutshell.

9. Read it carefully — find the tenderness, the covering, and how she responded to the Lord. What do you see here?

OH — SUSAN REMEMBERED REMBRANDT’S THE PRODIGAL — SO I ADDED IT LATE — NOUWEN SAYS, “SEE HOW THE FATHER’S CLOAK ALMOST LOOKS LIKE WINGS?”

10. What is your take-a-way from this whole week?

 

 

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  1. I have a real problem with comparing my children (and myself) to others’ children and other mothers/families. When my best friends daughter goes to college I lament how my daughter should be going too (although I am joyous for my friend), how my good friend has finally found true love, I wonder why my husband and I aren’t happier, it goes on and on. I know this is wrong thinking; I know God has a plan, but my life lacks the joy I see in others. Everything we come up against seems so hard to push through; nothing is ever easy for our family. Maybe I chose the wrong mate early on, when I wasn’t following the Lord and this is the result of that choice? I would never consider divorce. Please pray for me to not compare; I know this is wrong. This doesn’t really follow this weeks’ lesson but I sure could use the prayer 🙂 I’m feeling Satan lurking today.

    1. Praying too, Laura. May you hide in His Covering today.

    2. Oh Laura, praying for you right now–and for protection from the whispers of the enemy–as Dee said, we can identify, you are not alone–and thank you for being so real.

    3. As I prayed for you, dear Laura, a song came to mind. Turn your eyes upon Jesus look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His fullness and grace.:)

      1. kim–just had to reply–it’s almost eerie, but we were JUST listening to this song 5 seconds ago in the car (Amy Grant CD with it)! Funny–think God wanted me to be reminded too 😉

        1. oops–i tried to take this off because I didn’t like how I drew attention back to myself (really working on that) sorry–still learning!

        2. Oh Elizabeth, you and your deleting things-make me smile. Heehee

    4. Laura, have you read 1000 Gifts by Ann Voskamp? It has helped me enormously with just this.

      1. Hi Anne,

        My library is ordering the book for me! Thanks 🙂

    5. Thank you all for your kind thoughts and words, I truly appreciate everyone here and gain such comfort to know I have a “church family” here online 🙂

      Today I had lunch with a friend who is a missionary in The Coromos which is near Madagascar off the coast of Africa. She is the person who led me to true Bible study several years ago. It’s funny, because she is 15 years younger than I am, but she is lovely and we really connect. I love her and her beautiful family. It was a blessing to see her again.

      I also listened to Nancy Leigh Demoss, and she and her guest brought me back to reality! They were talking about how we can get focused on our sin and lies and miss the truth. For example, if I say that “no one cares,” I need to remember how God knows every hair on my head. I need to speak a truth to satans lie that no one cares. They talked about discontentment and how we need to strengthen our relationship with Jesus who can satisfy all our needs. Wow. Between this and the song that “happened” on the blog twice today, maybe God is really talking to me:)

    6. Laura, Don’t listen to the enemy, keep your eye’s focused on God…live each day for him. All marriages are hard.

  2. 3. Watch the beginning of the last video where I talk about The Covering to the women in prison. Write down what you learn:

    What a beautiful story – the story of our redemption!
    “Hidden” behind Boaz in the book of Ruth is our Kinsman-Redeemer, Jesus.

    Jesus is related to us, our Kinsman, because He took on human flesh and came down. Reminds me of Keller’s sermon on Jesus, our perfect Elder Brother.
    Like how Dee illustrates to the women the gospel using the white towel; our sins though scarlet, are covered with His righteousness, and that’s what God sees when He looks down on us.
    What a beautiful prayer to ask of Jesus, “Will you cover me?”

    I also love the womens’ faces; the tears, the joy!

  3. Thanks for adding the Rembrandt painting, Dee! Good to see it again. How wonderful these artists use their gifts to show us how we are covered by God’s love.

  4. Dee, dear!I saw that yesterday was your birthday, darling. Happy Birthday! I prayed for your life! I praise God because there is someone as special as you. You are an inspiration to so many women. You are an inspiration to me. You have the gift of love and friendship. How many times I think when I read what you wrote: Wow! I also want to be like Dee! It is a privilege to read what you write! It is a privilege to talk to you!
    Sometimes I’m not commenting on the blog – sometimes it’s because I need to organize more of my time (I’m more slowly because of the English), and sometimes it’s because of my shyness same. But I have read and I have been touched in my heart with each publication. I remembered to pray for the sisters here blog’-stories that cuts my heart and make me cry but it taught me so much. Thank you for this space blessed! I saved all the computer. I’ve also read some publications older that I had not seen (and that helped me in my special time with God).. Always use in my study group also. I always talk about your study for my sisters in my group. They know that you’re the writer who I like more :). Thank you for always being ready to respond, even though so many! You’re beautiful! I am very happy to meet you, even through the books and the Internet. I can say that I love you. I hope one day to give you a big hug. God bless you, dear Dee! Polly

      1. I love hearing from you too, Polly:)

  5. Polly, you are a breath of fresh air.

    2. Read Ruth 3:6-8 and find what Ruth asks Boaz to do. What is it? Spread his garment over her as her kindsman redeemer.

    3. Watch the beginning of the last video where I talk about “The Covering” to the women in prison. Click here and watch for about five minutes, until I get to the “Court Date.” Write down what you learn: These women are so precious. They shine with the the love of Jesus on their faces. I learned that just as Boaz covered Ruth Jesus covers us.

  6. I need some prayer please. very emotinal afternoon..lots of crying

    1. I’ll pray for you, dear. love of Jesus.

    2. oh I’m so sorry Meg–I’m glad you let us know, and I’m praying for you too, that He would comfort you~

      1. Meg, Lord, we thank you that you are the God of all comfort, Lord help Meg open her heart up like a lake to you tonight and Lord help her to hear you.

    3. Praying for you Meg, for comfort beneath his wing.

    4. Jesus be near our dear sister, Meg, wrap her in your love.

    5. Praying for you, Meg

    6. meg praying. Hope it is better today. His mercies are new every morning. I am reminded of how God collects our tears. He knows and understands. Love to you and hugs.

  7. has anyone been able to listen to the program on Midday Connection? I’m not able to 🙁

    1. Not able to either, Karen.

  8. A. Early when the day is new, before the stirring
    Before the world starts spinning I will rise for uninterrupted time with my beloved.

    B. I will come and talk to you and confess the ways I’m broken (Psalm 32:3)
    I can tell you anything because you already know it all therefore we have no secrets between us, Lord.

    C. And recall the words You’ve spoken
    Reminisce about your wonderful ways, the ways you love me, help me, speak to me.

    D. And to try to comprehend the love you have for me (Psalm 32:6-7)
    Meditate on the ways you bring me through- not under not around but through.

    8. How has God shown His love to you recently? List at least three ways.
    I was working in my kitchen-my favorite place, and the Holy Spirit seemed to whisper to me, “Come, spend time with me…” when I did, I felt His presence very near.

  9. I am not too hopeful about being able to catch up for this week, because of this unexpected trip to TX. Was either on planes or working unitl after 10 tonight. Flying again tomorrow.
    But, I have been reading the posts and I want to respond to the “mommy guilt”. We all have struggled with that, but can I just say that God was the perfect father, he had no sin and never failed, and yet look at Adam and Eve and how they made a mess out of things. Yes, we fail and will continue to, but we need to remember that it is because of our imperfection that Jesus died. When satan accuses me, he does it to make me feel bad and wallow in the guilt. I think the solution is to agree with satan,that yes, I messed up but Jesus’s blood covers all that sin When we remind ourselves of that then we can turn to rejoicing because of what God has done for us. So what can satan say to that? He will be frustrated if his accusations end with us praising our Saviour for the forgiveness he gives. Remember to use his accusations to turn to God and satan will be defeated. I think there is great power in this.
    I also think we have to be careful not to judge ourselves to harshly and blame ourselves when our kids make choices or do things that they shouldn’t. If we blame ourselves, then logically, we have to blame others when their kids go wrong or take too much credit when our kids do well. I have made so many mistakes as a mom, and believe that any good I see in my kids is not because I did such a good job, but despite my parenting and because of God’s grace in their lives.

    1. Very well put, Terri. Traveling mercy’s for you!!

    2. That was well put, Terri. I’ve found comfort in the verse where it says the Lord will restore the years that the locust has eaten.

    1. I just got an email back from Midday–they said they are working on it and to keep checking today–I’ll let you all know as soon as I see it!

    1. Oh Dee, LOVE this song, love the words! What a great song to comfort those who really need His comfort at my church. So many do and are often forgotten as far as needing encouragement this way, if it has been a while since their loss.

    2. This is SO beautiful and I’d never heard it before–piano is always my favorite–and LOVE these words, i want to teach it to my kids!
      Cover me, Lord, with Your presence, Cover me, Lord, with Your righteousness,
      Cover me, Lord, with Your holiness, Lord Jesus, cover me.
      I need Your protection from danger and harm,
      Shelter me safe in Your strong, loving arms.
      Help me to see there’s no cause for alarm, Lord Jesus, cover me.

      so good!

      1. It is beautiful

  10. 4. Read Psalm 91:1-4 and write down the promises. Comment on this word picture as well and what it means to you.

    “Whoever dwells in His Shelter will rest in His Shadow.”

    “He will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.”

    “He will cover you with his feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge. His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.”

    For some reason, God had me stop here and wants me to really look at this. I looked up the words “Fowler’s snare”, and “Rampart” in order to get a better picture and wow..I didn’t know that Fowler’s snare was a trap to ensnare birds. Rampart means a protective barrier, or ‘to defend’.

    Could this be Satan setting a trap for us, tempting us to sin or tempting us to turn away from the shelter of God when trouble hits? But if we, by faith, resist and go to Him, He will comfort us in the midst of this trouble?

    Perhaps Satan tempts us to run from God and to other things for that rest and comfort but in the end it is a trap that brings death to our souls? Whereas in contrast the one who by practicing the presence of God has his senses trained to discern this is a trap and while may be tempted, instead of allowing himself to be ensnared-runs to God instead trusting his wings will cover him and protect him. I was also thinking that at least in my case this has been a process over time. Satan has ensnared me several times and then even when God has given me victory and I hide in His shelter and He gives me rest, I have learned I can expect Satan to take it up a notch, usually soon thereafter. I can’t believe how sheepish I can be (I don’t say that in a condemning way), but when the wolf comes in, I haven’t seen it in the past-I see it now, but it has taken a long time of falling into Satan’s snares and before I came on this blog Satan was in the process of destroying me-but God rescued me!

    I am still putting this together, but a verse came out of no where and I am not sure it is from the Lord or if it just came. I had to look it up because I forgot the reference. It is Matthew 5: 14, “14 But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.

    I am still not done thinking through this and I am sorry again it is long and scattered. Again I don’t have time to make my thoughts more concise, I have to leave to make sure the boys are getting ready for school. It seems like a minute but think I have spent a good hour on just this question and wish I had more time. Still not putting it together totally, but am starting to see some light…..Praise you Lord for helping me, yet I am not sure I still understand fully-so I ask for you quickening Lord and that you would speak to me here, and help me take this today and really put it into practice. Help me to discern evil today and to run to you.

      1. O.K. I got up to check on the boys. This is hard for me to stop-the boys are doing fine right now thankfully. 🙂

        I think there have been sweet times when I stay near to Him, yet they aren’t as often as I would like. I want to stay very near to Him though-that desire burns deep within..

    1. Lord,
      I pray for Rebecca today and help her to discern evil and run to you. Please speak to her in a special way thank you for the verse that you gave her Lord. Thank you that you love us.

      Amen

      Love you Rebecca!

    2. oh Rebecca, praying for you in all of this. I related so to this “Satan has ensnared me several times and then even when God has given me victory and I hide in His shelter and He gives me rest, I have
      learned I can expect Satan to take it up a notch, usually soon thereafter.”
      I had a similar thought regarding a relationship struggle with one dear to me. We are in a sweet place now, but I realized how almost ready for the “shoe to drop” I have become in that relationship–there are such highs and lows. I thought about the bird picture above,and how like you said, God has given victory so many times, and rest in this relationship…but it’s like I’m that little bird under His wing, and then I turn my head, just enough, and am lured in to an impatient comment or whispers that I’m not accepted, not loved…that’s why I said I want to be the little bird on the right of the picture–eyes shut! trusting and only listening to His voice.

      You reminded me of 2 more verses–I will pray these for you today also–
      “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21

      “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me” John 10:27

      1. Elizabeth, good thoughts about where our eyes are focused when under the shadow of His wings.

  11. still not doing well, more prayers today would be appreciated thanks! Love you all!

    1. sweet Meg you are in my prayers.

      1. thank you Angela

        1. I am praying for you too–

        2. thanks terri

  12. 4. Read Psalm 91:1-4 and write down the promises. Comment on this word picture as well and what it means to you.
    Find Rest
    Refuge
    Place of Safety
    My God
    rescue from every trap
    rescue from deadly disease
    cover, shelter, armor and protection
    5. Some have interpreted these promises to mean no trouble will come to the believer. How does the close of the psalm, Psalm 91:14-16 clarify this? He will be with them in trouble those who love Him..give them long life and give them salvation…I am stumped here. Sometimes we are not protected, sometimes we do not get long life…But at the end, salvation. Is that where it is pointing to the cross in the end salvation is all that matters?

    6. The concept can also be found in the phrase “hiding place” which is in Psalm 32:6-7. Meditate on this and find the phrases that comfort you and calm you. He is our hiding place we do have victory in Jesus. These are things I wrestle with. People die, godly people in young times. What is this Psalm really speaking to those things? He protects because we will not die and go to hell but it seems protection on this earth applies here. ???

  13. Keller’s message is so powerful. Oh the depths of God’s love. I want to show this to others through our marriage. How God desires to show Himself. What a privilege it is. I am praying God helps us be a good example of Him and His church in this relationship.

    Oh how Hosea bought her back and spoke tenderly. Precious-I want to dwell with you (not as slave but wife),for many days you will have sex with no man including me, then I will indeed be yours. I want to rebuild our lives together but there will be a period of restoration. Hosea paid financial price, socially, most of all emotionally. He is doing deep emotional work…He pursues her no matter what oh to feel loved like that! And we are by God. So amazing.

  14. 2. Another “kinsman-redeemer” is Boaz in the book of Ruth. The Hebrew word “kanaph” appears here and may be translated corner of garment, wing, or garment. It is another challenging passage, but so full of tenderness. Read Ruth 3:6-8 and find what Ruth asks Boaz to do. What is it?
    Vs 9-“Spread the corner of your garment over me, since you are a guardian-redeemer of our family.”

    3.Watch the beginning of the last video where I talk about “The Covering” to the women in prison. Click here and watch for about five minutes, until I get to the “Court Date.” Write down what you learn: Link

    Naomi becomes a match maker. She encourages Ruth to look her best and then tells her to go to Boaz while he is sleeping, sit down quietly, uncover his feet. And when he wakes up, ask him to cover you. Ruth obediently agrees. Boaz is the kinsman redeemer. He pays for Ruth with silver and gold. The covering symbolizes that he will protect her, and provide for her.
    Jesus is our Kinsman because He came down from Heaven, was born of a virgin, and put on flesh. Jesus is our Redeemer because He bought us with His life.
    And as our Redeemer, we must go to Him and ask Him to cover us with His Righteousness. He is the Only One who can make our scarlet sins white as snow.

    4. Read Psalm 91:1-4 and write down the promises. Comment on this word picture as well and what it means to you.

    To all who dwell—who live as residents—in the Lord’s shelter—in His covering, in His protection—in His Word…we will rest in His protective Shadow. He will save us from Death, from Satan’s snares and attacks. He will cover us before God with His Righteousness. Nothing will snatch us from His hand.
    I like this—HIS faithfulness will be our shield and rampart—it is dependent on His faithfulness, not ours, for we too often fail. But HE REMAINS faithful.

    5. Some have interpreted these promises to mean no trouble will come to the believer. How does the close of the psalm, Psalm 91:14-16 clarify this?
    In vs 15—“He is with us in trouble”—so the trouble is expected, but He is with us in it.

  15. Wow! Never thought about all that trouble in life being a possibility for God developing a prophet. Someone who can speak into other lives!! That resonated with me deeply.

    Just got a note from hubbie that said this and it brought tears to my eyes:
    Thank you beautiful, I will sign us up.
    Love you and praying for you today as well.
    -me

    Something about him calling me beautiful (think we heard Keller say something about this before)
    He is speaking of helping me in weakness of getting to know other couples in our church. He hides me under the shelter of his wings well in this way. He does love me and prays for me. All examples of Christ to me. Oh I pray we represent HIM well.

    1. Praise the Lord for this sweet note from your husband. Sweet the way you see it in light of Christ’s example.

    2. How dear 🙂

    1. This is a hard question and I have been thinking about it all week. To the Philippians Paul said that ‘to live is Christ and to die is gain’ which seems to be blessing and suffering either way. He seems to be saying to them that he would like to die and go to heaven but that it is better for them if he stays. While death can be an incredibly painful process it does seem that when a person dies it is the ones left that suffer more. From an eternal perspective we have long life either way. While we live in this life we will suffer but the blessing is His presence with us.

      This morning we have the outer effects of the hurricane here in central NC. I walked Darla already because once the rain really gets going it may be worse. Meg, I know this scares you and I don’t know if my perspective will help. I hope so. When I was in my early 20’s I went to visit a friend who lived with her husband among a traveling tent ministry. I was unmarried and all of the single women slept on cots in a big circus tent with flaps on the side. One night we had a thunderstorm that blew the sides of the tent up letting in rain and giving glimpses of the lightning. We pulled our cots as close together as we could and prayed. I felt safe in the storm, cocooned in His presence. Now I love storms and I know it’s weird. They remind me of the safety of being in Him, under the wing as in that picture. So I think that to die and go to Jesus would be better but in the meantime the safety in Him is good, even in storms. But I have not suffered as Dee and Chris have. This may be simplistic coming from one who has not suffered as they have.

      I stayed for a time with that ministry and came home feeling like such a failure for I compared myself to those more mature in the Lord. But as the years go by I see a legacy left in my life from that experience and it is good. Sorry, I am rambling.

  16. Thanks Dee. I really struggle with passages like this and what it means to really claim and hold tight to promises. What ones are sure? Hope that makes sense? I so love HIM and trust HIM but what does this really mean. I am a 1 year old here. 🙂

  17. To answer Angela’s question let’s skip through the red tape and call Dr. Keller. He will know the answer!

    Okay, seriously now. I don’t have the answer. Dee asked us to contemplate so I will. Since we must rightly divide the word of truth we must find out what deadly snare and pestilence mean…
    For He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler: Fowler’s snares – traps of the enemy, lies he tells me that I buy into.”You are not loved. You are not cherished. You don’t fit in anywhere. God can’t/won’t use you…”
    The list goes on and on.
    Deadly Pestilence – sin or distractions I allow to keep me from God’s Presence. Too much time on the computer, watching TV, even spending too much time doing things that are “good.”

    As to the long life, I found this exegesis:
    ‘With long life will I satisfy him, and show him My salvation.’ I do not know whether by that first clause the Psalmist meant, as people who sometimes like to make the Psalmist mean as little as possible tell us that he did mean, simply ‘length of days.’ For my own part I do not believe that he did. He meant that, no doubt, for longevity was part of the Old Testament promises for this life. But ‘length of days’ does not ‘satisfy’ all old people who attain to it, and that ‘satisfaction’ necessarily implies something more than the prolongation of the physical life to old age. The idea contained in this promise may be illustrated by the expression which is used in reference to a select few of the Old Testament saints, of whom it is recorded that they died ‘full of days.’ That does not merely mean that they had many days, but that, whatever the number, they had as many as they wished, and departed unreluctantly, having had enough of life. They looked back, and saw that all the past had been very good, and that goodness and mercy had determined and accompanied all their days, and so they did not wish to linger longer here, but closed their eyes in peace, with no hungry, vain cravings for prolonged life. They had got all out of the world which it could give, and were contented to have done with it all.

  18. Okay, the woman I quoted didn’t seem correct as to her definition of pestilence so I found this:
    pestilence [ˈpɛstɪləns]
    1. (Medicine / Pathology)
    a. any epidemic outbreak of a deadly and highly infectious disease, such as the plague
    b. such a disease
    2. an evil influence or idea
    If the psalter is talking about 2. evil influence then that makes the most sense, right?
    I think we’d best call Dr. Keller. Dee, do you have his home phone?

  19. I called to tell Midday I could not listen and must have gotten the wrong number b/c I was on the air LIVE w/ Chris Fabry somebody…Oh boy. He wanted to know what most people are afraid of. I said death. He then said I was on the live show and I apologized and excused myself. If Warren were here he would break into a rendition of “Only you…”

    1. you won Kim–gave me my first good laugh of the day! 🙂

      1. Kim–I’m so sorry maybe that wasn’t funny for you…I really need to learn to be slower to speak on here! I so apologize if I offended you at all.

        1. I laughed too when I read this in my inbox. That sounds like something that would happen to me. 😉

        2. OK, now you did it Dee–I just laughed out loud reading this and my husband is asking why…oh that’s a good one 😉

        3. Glad we can all laugh. Elizabeth, you could not offend me and don’t delete the comment. 🙂
          Dee, I love your story too. That’s exactly something I would do.

    1. Dee

      When i clicked on it.. it goes to the program that they are doing with Mark Buchanan on Spiritual rythymns so i will have to tell them about it.

  20. 6. The concept can also be found in the phrase “hiding place” which is in Psalm 32:6-7. Meditate on this and find the phrases that comfort you and calm you.

    I like that the mighty waters will not reach me, that He will protect me and surround me. All of my biggest struggles have happened in my life as a Christian, so I know we are not exempt. But I take this to mean, it will not destroy me. I will not drown, though I will feel like I am at times. And no one will ever snatch me out of His hand. So ultimately, I am protected. And the trials that do come, He will use to make me refined, to reflect His glory…and someday I will be able to look back and see that. I still don’t like that suffering is a fact, but I trust it is my limited understanding. And in all my prayers to be made like Christ, it makes some sense that in order for that to happen, I must be held to the fire quite a bit.

    7.
    Oh this is one of my favorites!! And I can just hear Rebecca singing this too (hint)!

    A. Early when the day is new, before the stirring
    Go to Him early in the morning—before I start my day.

    B. I will come and talk to you and confess the ways I’m broken (Psalm 32:3)
    Confess to Him my weakest areas—the places where I struggle to trust, the places where my scars have left my heart still stone—and I will ask Him to break me, to remake me.

    C. And recall the words You’ve spoken
    I will speak Truth to my soul…and I will remember the ways He has shown me His faithfulness in the past, and trust Him with the present, the future.

    D. And to try to comprehend the love you have for me (Psalm 32:6-7)
    He has chosen me, chosen to hold me, protect me from the ultimate death. He surrounds me, every inch of me, with His song, His love. He fights for me.

    8. How has God shown His love to you recently? List at least three ways.
    Grace in relationships—there have been times I really feel certain I will go to bed with the weight of a disagreement, the cloud of confusion—and yet, He breaks through, He brings reconciliation, He restores.

    Forgiveness from others—I see Him grant me favor with others when I have offended, and I feel His forgiveness, His cleansing towards me.

    Love to share—in a relationship that often feels like it only takes from me and does not replenish—I feel—when I go to Him for this—He fills my cup. He gives me what I need to love, to give, without receiving. And even better—He is opening my eyes to see the love that is there, though it looks different than I expect, it is real, and He is softening my heart to receive it.

    I guess maybe more directly, I have felt His love for me in my emotions/mood. A few months back I felt the cloud of depression nearing again, I have had mild depression in the past, but I did feel Him carry me through it this time, before it really set in. Thankful for that–and things like laughs today from Kim & Dee 😉

  21. 1a. God tells Hosea to love a woman who is unfaithful to him and the comparison is to the idolatry of God’s people.

    b. God wants us to understand that when we fail, He wants us back and has even paid the price for our return to Him.

    c. 1 Peter 1:18-19 teaches that we are bought, not with money but with the precious blood of Christ. I love how it points out that earthly riches are perishable and alludes to the eternal price paid for us. Our ransom will never wear out or become ineffective.

    d. We can tell ourselves that no matter what is happening in our lives, God is in control and will use it for His purposes. His purpose is never to punish us because Christ was punished for us. The ransom he paid will never be insufficient for our failures.

    2.Ruth asks Boaz to spread his cloak over her.

    3. Jesus is my kinsman redeemer. He stands willing and able to cover me because He paid the price for my sin with His own blood. When God looks at me, I am pure because of the covering of Jesus.

    4. If we live under the protection of the Most High (Elyon) we will dwell in the shadow of the Almighty (El Shaddai). I love how the different names of God are used, according to what He is to us in that moment. In verse 2 we speak praise. He Himself will deliver me from the fowler’s snare and the destructive plague. Jesus did it Himself, He took on a human body and did it Himself. He didn’t use His infinite power and make it so, He did it Himself. This speaks volumes to my soul about His love for me. The fowler’s snare had already sprung in the garden and the destructive plague is sin. I don’t think I have ever heard a better description of what sin is in this world. He will cover me with His feathers and I will take refuge under His wings. His faithfulness is a protective shield.
    When I first saw this picture it made me cry. I miss my mother. That is why I cried really. I have been stuffing for years. I also felt my love for my children. But the picture is much more than that. Those chicks are completely covered by the wings God equipped her with. Not only are they warm and dry but I see her commitment to protect them, with her life if necessary. All of us who are mothers know this is true. Her head is up, eyes alert, watching for danger. Another thing I see is that the chicks are hunkered in. They are not trying to get out. That goes back to verse 1 to those who live under the protection of El Elyon.

    5. Psalm 91:14-16 says that He will be with us in trouble and deliver us. It doesn’t say trouble will not come. It does say that He will rescue.

  22. 6. I am having trouble too with the phrase ‘You protect from trouble’. I looked it up in the Hebrew Bible (called the Tanakh). There I don’t see the phrase. I do see a beautiful picture of shelter. I love the last phrase ‘with songs of deliverance You encompass me forever’. Thinking about being encompassed with songs. Songs come from Him, sung by us they are offered back to Him as praise. Songs of deliverance could be remembering past deliverance and offering the sacrifice of praise. To look for my blessings and remember past deliverance always calms me.This picture of the woman in a womb of feathers is beautiful. She is encompassed.

    Here are the verses in the Tanakh. 32:6. For this let every pious man pray to You at the time that You are found, only about a flood of vast waters [that] should not reach him. 7. You are a shelter for me, from an adversary You guard me; with songs of deliverance You encompass me forever,

      1. Dee, 😉 yes, I do feel like a six year old trying to figure this out, when really it does seem so simple as you stated, “Trouble will be around, but we don’t have to fear it, He will be with us through it keeping us under His wings.”

      2. Love this, Dee……..The whole psalm seems to say trouble will be all around, but we don’t have to fear it, for He will be with us through it, keeping us under His wings. We know trials come to the believer, but He is our shelter.

  23. Thanks Terri and Anne for thoughts on this. The amp bible states psalm 32 like this:
    For this [forgiveness] let everyone who is godly pray–pray to
    You in a time when You may be found; surely when the great waters [of trial]
    overflow, they shall not reach [the spirit in] him. You are a hiding place for me; You, Lord, preserve me from
    trouble, You surround me with songs and shouts of
    deliverance. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! (Psalm 32:6, 7 AMP)

    So perhaps it is as it states won’t reach the spirit….yet we get down…

  24. Anne and Angela, A verse came to mind, Isaiah 40:31 perhaps this could explain the question Angela had in Psalm 91?

    “but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

    I could be totally off here as I haven’t looked at a commentary yet, but was thinking that when trouble hits the one who is resting in the shadow of his wings, who loves Him (v.14) whose hope is in in Him, God will renew her strength and rescue her from fainting-meaning being destroyed spiritually. Although she may be in pain from the trouble that has hit, that one already is His, and she loves Him so she will call to Him, and He said he will answer, rescue and protect her. (v.14,15)

    In verse 10 it says, “No harm will ‘overtake’ you.” I was thinking overtake means even though you may struggle at first, it won’t consume you inside because you love God and are close to Him- you are trusting the Lord like you would your mother who would spread her wings and cover you.

    I also think Job is a great parallel to this.

    Regarding the Salvation part:

    “16 With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”- Since not every believer is given long life here on Earth, could this be referring to after we die and we are fully in His presence-no sin, no pain, perfectly resting in His shadow?

    1. Yes, you are on to it here… “it won’t consume us.” In this world you will have trouble but fear not for I have overcome.

    2. And there is no telling all the things we are protected from that we do not ever realize or know about…He is so good.

  25. You have all reminded me of my favorite verse, I have written inside of my 20 year old Bible:
    “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.
    When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I give Egypt for your ransom, Cush and Seba in your stead. Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you…” Isaiah 43:1-4

    In my simple mind, I have always pictured that we will have mighty waters, and fires blazing around us, but like the Ultimate FireFighter (sorry–just pictured it this way since I was young) He cradles us and rescues us from the blazing house…we still smell the smoke, we see the destruction, it affects us, we even get burns…but we are not destroyed.

    I used to think I was a deep thinker, but not among you all–maybe I accept to easily and need to question more?

    1. Yes, great verse-very fitting for us.

  26. Good morning Ladies 🙂

    I just wanted to let you know that i am doing much better 🙂 I could really feel your prayers yesterday and tuesday night. Thank you for praying for me 🙂 I have a praise.. I got a babysitting job on the weekends 🙂 Friday and saturday nights! I still have my other 2 jobs but i was looking for something to help me make ends meet 🙂 and help me save a little and have some money to use for fun things.

    Rebecca: I keep listening to the video you poseted of you singing its sooo good and so comforting to me.

    Has anyone heard of the song under grace by Darlene Zcech? Its a new one, i have heard it on the radio but the album doesnt come out till september 6th so its not on you tube yet either otherwise i would share it.. BUt anyway this song was rolling around in my head on sunday afternoon and couldnt think of who sung it and was curious so i came home from babysitting and was listening to moody radio praise and worship and the song came on and they said who it was by and i think that it was totally from God casue i was having a hard day and i believe that he gave me that song 🙂 I will share it with you when it comes out 🙂 God is Good!

    Love you all!

    1. Meg, I am several days behind on reading the comments, but I just wanted you to know that you were on my mind when I woke up this morning (didn’t know why) and that I prayed for you before I even got out of bed. So I was amazed when I saw that you have been struggling lately and needed prayer for the last couple of days. The Holy Spirit is at work!!

      1. wow! yes the holy spirit is at work!

  27. I also wanted to share a song that has brought me comfort and joy this morning its called You have made me Glad ( you are my shield by hillsong! I dont know how to copy the link and paste it to here sorry 🙁

    1. Thankful to hear you are doing better Meg–and that you’re filling your ears with good music–I always find that helpful too.

    2. Great song, Meg-a favorite of mine! Thank you! Glad to hear your good report. Love you too!
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytE8um04l24

  28. OK, I skipped ahead to the Ezekial verse because I wanted to read it this morning…these are quick thoughts–nothing big, but I was so moved by this passage I had to share!

    9. Ezekiel 16:1-22
    As I was reading the passage, tears filled my eyes. I was not familiar with it–it was so real, gruesome in ways—such a vivid picture of my sin—of the ways I have taken for granted the gift I have been given, the Life that has redeemed me, how I have turned away to what lures me at the moment—busy-ness, productivity, approval…

    This verse jumped out to me: Vs 8 in the Message says: “‘I came by again and saw you, saw that you were ready for love and a lover. I took care of you, dressed you and protected you. I promised you my love and entered the covenant of marriage with you. I, God, the Master, gave my word. You became mine.”

    But then we turn away–(v. 15-NIV) “But you trusted in your beauty and used your fame to become a prostitute.” And also vs. 19 “Also the food I provided for you—the flour, olive oil and honey I gave you to eat—you offered as fragrant incense before them.”

    *That I have taken things HE has provided, that He has given, and used them to honor my idols. I think of my family, or my work—that He has provided, but I many times have in my mind been prideful or controlling about them—feeding my idol.

    And vs 22 “you did not remember the days of your youth, when you were naked and bare” –forgetting where we came from, what He saved us from, what we really deserve.

    **This is the tie-in for me to all we have been discussing! When I look at this passage, and I really did cry–I feel like how can I expect to be immune from the pain of this world? I don’t deserve that. But by grace, my soul IS immune, my soul is safe with Him.

    Oh I want to ponder this today–thank you Dee for leading me to that passage–a hard read, but I needed it.

  29. Good thoughts ladies. I like all that was said. I just wrestle with verses like these. Too I guess we would benefit to remember these are songs and poetry.

    1. Oh, I hadn’t thought of that Angela.
      I have been looking at the bird picture and enjoying it. Lord Jesus, thank you for your sheltering wings. Help us stay and rest under them no matter the storm. Amen.

  30. 3 things God has done for me to show His love:
    Yesterday was a day of many tears. It was a hard autism day. Some days my girl just struggles harder. Not sure why this is. Oh how it makes my heart ache. Longing for home. I know it is so hard for her being in a foreign world. God continued to hold me in this. He continued to remind me that He collects my tears. He kept giving me ideas and I felt His presence as I was given supernatural ability to love, hold, comfort both girls.

    Also, He gave me an opportunity to see in both girls hearts as we had some good discussions about God and hard things in life. Honest open discussion on trials and God’s love.

    He used a sweet note from my husband to also remind me of HIS love,

    This is 4 but we got an ipad and all of Keller free sermons are in the itunes store so I got to listen to those wherever I went and not have to lug the big laptop. The children wanted to listen to them too. 🙂

    1. Praying for you and your family, Angela….you are such a wonderful mom!

    2. oh Angela, I am sorry I will pray for you and your family!

    1. Dee, Internet is very good. I’m listening now. God of All Comfort, Part 9
      August 22! 😉

        1. I don’t … because I looked in the dictionary here and the word translates as ‘irritable’. Don’t get it!But by the context… I think.. ‘your program coolest’. is it?
          I liked, dear! But Dee, I confess that it is not easy to hear in English. I need to hear three times.. haha I prefer reading.. But ok. I’m not fluent:( (yet!)

        2. Polly–you are PRECIOUS! Oh you just encourage me so much that you go through the obstacle of distance and language barriers–your hunger for His truth is so inspiring and convicting for me.
          Bless you sweet far away sister 😉

        3. Not far away, dear Elizabeth. I’ll still see our sister Dee speaking. But I need to practice more my English to speak with you. 🙂 My brother lives in California. He and my sister in law speak very good English. I have two nephews Americans. look then video my blog:
          http://www.pollyannalfo.blogspot.com/
          or

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oq9Q1PR1soQ&feature=player_embedded
          This video was a gift that my sister sent me.
          I still don’t know my nephews. I’ve had a few times in the U.S.. But after I married has become more difficult to go. Pray for me, ok? hugs Polly

        4. oh Pollyana! These pictures are beautiful–YOU are! So fun to see you! And the video–wow, what cute kids! Thank you so much for sharing this–I know you must miss them so much–praying for you~

        5. Beautiful people and music!

  31. Ok,understood.
    “I could listen to Portuguese twenty times and not understand anything.”
    That was good, Dee! lol
    Ah, another movie.
    But this song is very beautiful! I heard on the radio program, Dee and looked on you tube. I saw this clip with another movie. so beautiful

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=titihx4paxU&feature=related

    1. Polyanna, Loved the video of your nephews!! Beautiful family!

    2. Polly, loved this video and the one of your family (what a beatiful family, too!!) and your web page. You are as beautiful as your heart is, polly:)

  32. I would appreciate some prayer again.. I am worked up about this whole Hurracaine thing.. I live in Vermont so we could get hit around Sunday. My stomach is in knots and i am very anxious

    Thank you!

    1. Meg, Will pray for you sister! You stay safe. Are you being ordered to evacuate yet?
      I wonder if any other sisters here are near where it is supposed to hit? I will be praying for all of you. Keep us updated!

      1. Please pray for my husbands family in So Carolina. We will be flying there next weekend.
        Praying for Meg’s safety and peace of mind.

      2. Rebecca

        No havent been ordered to evacuate yet. I just heard this morning that its supposed to hit just southern vermont with categagory 1. I am just scared for other people in North Carolina, Virginia etc.. we have been through so much with The tornado in Joplin and hurrricane katrina. Thanks for praying Rebecca!

        1. Meg, I totally understand. You have such a mercy-filled heart for others! For me, if I think about it too much, which I have, I might start getting anxious. One thing that encourages me is the fact that even though it seems this world is becoming more chaotic, is that God is sovereign and in the future when he comes back and joins Heaven with Earth, He will redeem what these disasters have done. This is our hope! HE will restore fully what the locusts have eaten some day.

        2. Thank you Rebecca for your encouraging words. May i ask where you live? Are you in the path of this hurricaine?

        3. Meg, Thankfully, I am not. I live in the Midwest so I am far away from the Hurricane. We also escaped a day here shortly after the Joplin Tornado where we could have had a massive tornado outbreak here. They said the conditions were right except it was seven or so degrees too cold. There were funnels and sirens going off, but nothing transpired. 🙂

          I do have a friend in New Jersey and a cousin in Rhode Island. I hope they get out in time.

        4. love you rebecca 😉 i commented to you below 🙂

    2. Hi Meg,

      Maybe you aren’t very far from me? I live in Salem, NH. I am only about 20 miles from Hampton beach. I am originally from Florida and have lived through many a storm. My biggest fear isn’t the wind or the rain (oddly enough), my fear is lightning. Florida is the “lightning capitol of the world!”

      Do you have a basement? I suspect you will have a lot of rain and wind if anything. At least in the NE most of us have basements to help “cover” us. My husband is mostly concerned about the huge trees in the forest where we live. Me? I’m not concerned at all. The waters up here are pretty cold compared to down south (which kills the storm to a certain extent), and the storm is going to hit land before it gets here (NC, NJ, etc) which also breaks the energy. I believe the news reports are meant to make sure people, along the coast especially, prepare and not be stubborn and insist on staying like in Katrina. Or, if they have no way out (say NYC), they should find a way for goodness sakes!

      Make sure to have a flashlight or two, a raincoat, fleece, water bottles, first aid kit, weather radio if you have one, or a radio with batteries, etc. Here are a few links to help you prepare:

      http://www.redcross.org/portal/site/en/menuitem.53fabf6cc033f17a2b1ecfbf43181aa0/?vgnextoid=53f0779a32ecb110VgnVCM10000089f0870aRCRD&currPage=a413d7aada352210VgnVCM10000089f0870aRCRD

      http://www.ready.gov/america/beinformed/hurricanes.html#link2

      praying for your peace dear…..

      1. Laura!

        I am not too far away from you, just about 2 and a half to 3 hours! I do have a basment.. I am also afraid of lightning… back in may we had these really bad storms, with rain, lightining, thunder, hail etc.. so that really scared me.. i was in my basement for quiet a while! I am prepared… i live in an apt so i am hoping that the landlords will “board up the building” if need to. As of right now i do feel peace.. and maybe my mom will let me come over sunday night.. not sure.. But this hurricaine could go a totally different direction and go out to sea! Thanks for praying!

      2. Laura and Meg, I am praying right now for you and all the people on the coast.

  33. Oh Dee, I see a connection between our inability to listen to the Midday program and spiritual warfare. What a wonderful program! SISTERS DON’T MISS THIS ONE!!!

    I love the Keller quote on sex in marriage. Great sex is a parable of the gospel. Wow! I see it. I also like this: We must not relate to God as only father or friend but as lover, it is then that we come to adore Him!!! Dee, I have wondered about this and had NO one to ask. How sad! We should be teaching our daughters and sons, when at an appropriate age, this. This kind of adoration/passion for God would be a great deterrent to sex outside of marriage or any sin for that matter. When I connect to God this way it is then that I am the most able to live above sin and please Him!
    Beautiful Michael Card songs and testimony. Loved what he said in relation to his being the bride of Christ: The Bible will not give me an image that I cannot relate to. Neat that he relates more easily b/c he is a husband.
    Love the words in his song: His love is as strong as death!
    You also said that deep passion is not just for married people, it is for the singles, the widow, every child of God!
    Hallelujah! for this teaching. Awaken in us oh God, a passion for you!

    1. Kim, Thanks for the encouragement! I can’t wait to hear it. I am thankful the link is working now!

      1. I first saw it maybe seven years ago and was a little afraid of it due to my being raised in such a strict moralistic way. When I saw it in Spurgeon’s works it greatly encouraged me. Now with Dr. Keller and you, Dee I am even more certain I was being wooed by the Lord in this way. Beth Moore is another one who teaches being passionate for God. If you do get angry e-mails we will lift you up in prayer here and the sweet Holy Spirit will help you respond.

      2. Dee, this is a hard subject for me. I don’t see true love as being sexual at all, but my husband does. I think love is different for everyone (what it means). My husband thinks because I am not real sexual, that I don’t love him. That isn’t true. I don’t know how to convince him and I don’t think I could anyway. He goes to church, but doesn’t make time for reading the Bible or doing any kind of Bible study. He grew up Catholic, so he knows scripture better than I do, but he focuses more on life here on earth, not in heaven. I don’t think he knows Jesus like I do. I also think many women are like me and many men are like him. I think it is natural for responsible adults to push this topic to the sidelines because of work, children, etc.

        As I gather from this part of the study, God wants us to have sex because we experience Him when we do? Please help me understand 🙂

        My issue is timing when it comes to (as Keller says) “great sex.” We had 4 children who were once all very young (no time for anything else), and I have always worked a full time job either as a geologist or as a teacher (exhaustion all the time). My husband is a morning person, I like the night. It never seems like the right time and time ticks on. I know the Bible addresses this in many places, but I still struggle. Is there a book for me, and maybe one for my husband (to understand sex doesn’t only = love)?

        1. Laura-Great questions! I was thinking of this one: “As I gather from this part of the study, God wants us to have sex because we experience Him when we do? Please help me understand :)”

          I think what Keller said was that great sex is a parable of the Gospel- God wants us to experience this intimacy with him all the time and sex is just a parable-a foretaste of our union with Christ-I think it is also what our daily intimacy should look like-being totally naked and vulnerable before God-absolutely known-“to be lovely to the one you admire to the sky” despite our flaws because when he sees us he sees Jesus His white robes covering us and all the sin washed away. Think of it as you think of how everything else God created is a parable. Keller said that it is a foretaste of total union with Christ! 🙂

          Creation is also what God uses to teach us about Him-and we can sit and look at what He has made and adore Him and hear Him whisper to us. For some reason we take everything but sex as parables, and we forget God designed sex, and we forget God designs everything with a purpose of pointing to Him.

          I have to stop-can’t edit again-I have to GO right now. Hope this helps in some way Laura. 🙂 My husband just came home and needs me to help him out so he can get to work on time. 🙂 I will be back to finish listening to Mid Day..IT IS REALLY GOOD SO FAR!

          Oh and real quickly, I was thinking when God came to me last Sunday and told me He loves to hear me sing and that He delights in me-that was SO intimate-So romantic and lovely, like a lover. I won’t ever forget it. That is a part of God’s heart-who he is that we so often leave out in our Christian circles..O.K. have to go!

        2. Rebecca, you really “got it” girl. Great response to Laura!

        3. Kim, you are so sweet-I have to say I am just passing on what I am learning from the Lord through Dee and Keller. I can recall really struggling with this to comprehend it, and even now I struggle to comprehend it although I think He has taken me into another level of depth with Him as I am starting to see and experience another aspect of who He is that I hadn’t seen before, yet I still have a long way to go. Can it get better?!? 😉

        4. You know it!

  34. 6. The concept can also be found in the phrase “hiding place” which is in Psalm 32:6-7. Meditate on this and find the phrases that comfort you and calm you.

    Verse 7- You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance..
    Verse 6b- surely the rising of the mighty waters will not reach them.

    I had an answer, but a picture just came to mind so I will erase what I wrote and share it-I see myself before we did the Stonecutter curled up around my pain heading toward death and destruction (spiritually), then I opened up like a lake and went to God with it. In the time of staying open and vulnerable to God, He brought me out, and the mighty waters while raging around me didn’t consume me. trouble didn’t consume me and then came the songs of deliverance as I was hiding in the shelter of His wings! He has given me songs of praise again!

  35. 7. One of my favorite songs of Sara Groves is based on the above passage and is called Hiding Place. It’s actually fairly easy to learn and to sing.

    I’d like you to meditate on four phrases in her song and think about how you could apply them to your life:

    A. Early when the day is new, before the stirring

    I have come to cherish getting up early and meeting with God. Before the day kicks in, I can meet with Him.

    B. I will come and talk to you and confess the ways I’m broken (Psalm 32:3)

    I can come into his presence and talk with him and to confess my brokenness.

    C. And recall the words You’ve spoken

    Then I can hear Him via His word.

    D. And to try to comprehend the love you have for me (Psalm 32:6-7)

    Meeting with God isn’t merely an intellectual endeavor, rather it is being in His presence being surrounded by Him. Hard to put into words, but when I meet with Him I remind myself, and He reminds me, how much He delights in me and loves me, and how much it pleases Him that I love Him back and one way is to meet with Him and go into deep waters with Him daily.

    8. How has God shown His love to you recently? List at least three ways.

    1. He has comforted me in the midst of daily living-in and out throughout the day this past week, I can see His covering over me and feel His peace and comfort. He is truly my God-The lover of my soul!

    2. This morning as I read Psalm 32 I was reminded of how He has given me the gift of seeing my work environment from a spiritual perspective all day long-non-stop, which has given me such peace and allowed me to be free to love others-even those who others may find hard to get along with.

    3. Hiding in the shelter of His wings lately has not only given me freedom and confidence in Him in ministering in song at church, but also in my marriage and with my boys in working out issues and not taking on false guilt. He has helped me to let Him surround me and that has given me freedom to give others to Him too.

  36. My computer is kaput. I turned it on this morning and it did nothing. All of my study files are on it. Please pray. There is so much opposition to this study.

  37. Rebecca, I finally got to listen to your song, and was so blessed and drawn to worship our Lord by it. I am so glad you shared it.

  38. My heart just aches reading passages like Ezekiel 16. Oh the stain of sin. How we tend to be so wayward when God just wants to cover us. How absurd to run away. Yet we do and run after things. There are consequences but God is faithful and full of love. I am thankful we are living in the post Christ period. Lord help us, keep our hearts toward you and keep us from temptation of sin.

  39. I have been reading and being softened by all of your responses. I have been under a sort of wave of anxiety, feeling isolated and unable to trust, filled with insecurities. I imagine if I were one of the chicks in the picture I would be farther away, on my own feeling like I didn’t have a place under the wings, I remember Dee exhorting me to stick with the study “no matter what”.

    I am trying to keep speaking truth to my soul.

    Rebecca your song was wonderful; your heart comes through in it. I imagine the Lord being even more pleased with your offering because you overcame your fear in giving it.

    Meg I wish I could be more like you, you are so open with your struggles, so quick to ask for prayers and help. It is easy to imagine that Christ is pleased with your perseverance and child like faith.

    Polly you inspire me too, you are so very positive, and seek to mine the treasures here in spite of the language barrier. You encourage everyone every time you comment.

      1. Amen, Dee.

  40. Oh the Midday Connection program was so encouraging!

    My take away:
    God loves me so deeply and intimately. I just need to let Him. Trust it and walk with Him. He is teaching me how to dance!! 🙂

  41. Chris,

    I think God is teaching me through this study about entering into one another’s pain. You have been on my heart this morning and I have been talking with God. After I dropped the boys off at school this morning a wave of grief hit me for you..I pictured Dan’s sweet face and then your heart of suffering-I am a mom and I know how much you love him, yet even though I can’t fathom your pain, God helped me to weep with you in the van. Also, you humble me by how God has enabled you through your suffering to encourage others. I am glad you are with us here on this blog.

  42. Rebecca, thank you for the beautiful song 🙂

  43. We are only supposed to get rain and high winds so hopefully nothing bad but we;ll see I keep thinking of the verse you give and take away but blessed be your name. I love you Rebecca 🙂 Please pray for me tonight its my first night at my new job which is babysitting its going well but i would still appreciate prayer 😉

    1. I am scared……

      1. Meg, I have a little song I sing when I am afraid. Here are the words: When I am afraid I will trust in God, when I am afraid I will trust in God, when I am afraid I will trust in God, Jesus is my never failing friend. I wish I could give you the tune b/c it is simple and sweet.
        Do you have a Bible? Perhaps it would help you to read. Sometimes I ask God to give me a Rhema word or verse just for the situation I am encountering and then I read until a verse is illuminated and speaks to my heart. Every word of God is inspired, and “all scripture is given by inspiration of God…”(II Timothy 3:16). It is the Holy Spirit who illuminates particular Scriptures for application in a daily walk with the Lord.
        Lord I pray that you would send peace to Meg and enable her to do her job well.

    1. It is such a challenging subject, Dee but you handle it so well! I thank you and Anita for your willingness to take this on b/c it is such a missing piece in Christianity. I would love to have been a little bird on the window sill listening to you and Anita prepare for this broadcast! Love that you let her read the quotes…she is indeed a brave woman. I wonder if she is receiving any difficult e-mails I will pray for her too.