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SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME (SONG OF SONGS) LESSON 6.

EACH OF US IS LIKE A LITTLE LAMB LOST IN THE WOODS

lost-lambSO GOD IN HIS MERCY HAS PUT WITHIN OUR SOULS A YEARNING

FOR SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER US.

HOW I LOVE GEORGE GERSHWIN’S SONG “SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME,”

FOR  IT TAPS INTO MY SOUL’S  LONGING,

A LONGING I HAD TO BE FOUND, TO BE RESCUED, TO BE LOVED.

HERE IS KATHERINE MCPHEE SINGING IT

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cRYRM2LY8Y

YES, IT’S A SECULAR SONG.

BUT EVERY SONG OR STORY THAT TOUCHES OUR HEARTS

DOES SO BECAUSE IT TAPS INTO SOMETHING TRUE,

SOMETHING GOD PUT IN OUR HEARTS,

THOUGH WE MAY NOT FATHOM WHAT HE HAS DONE

(ECCLESIASTES 3:11)

SO OFTEN WE DO NOT REALIZE OUR LONGING IS FOR CHRIST

I HAVE BEEN FOUND, YET I KEEP FORGETTING THE GOSPEL,

AND NEED TO BE REMINDED THAT HE IS HERE,

HE IS FOR ME,

HE IS LOVE ITSELF,

UNLIKE ANY GOD OF THIS WORLD.

THIS WEEK WE ARE GOING TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS SOMEONE WHO

WATCHES OVER US,

WHO TENDERLY LEADS US, WHO KEEPS HIS FLOCKS LIKE A SHEPHERD.

AND WE ARE GOING TO LEARN HOW WHEN WE SEE HIM,

NOT AS WE HAVE WRONGLY IMAGINED,

BUT AS HE REALLY IS,

THAT BEHOLDING THAT LOVE WILL TRANSFORM US

FROM A TIMID LAMB LOST IN THE WOODS

TO A STRONG AND CONFIDENT FILLY,

LIKE THE MAGNIFICENT HORSES OF KING SOLOMON,

KNOWN FOR THEIR GRACE, STRENGTH, AND BEAUTY.

SUNDAY/MONDAY ICEBREAKERS

1. What stands out to you from the above and why?

Read these lyrics:

There’s a saying old, says that love is blind
Still we’re often told, “seek and ye shall find”
So I’m going to seek a certain lad I’ve had in mind

Looking everywhere, haven’t found him yet
He’s the big affair I cannot forget
Only man I ever think of with regret

I’d like to add his initial to my monogram
Tell me, where is the shepherd for this lost lamb?

There’s a somebody I’m longin’ to see
I hope that he, turns out to be
Someone who’ll watch over me

I’m a little lamb who’s lost in the wood
I know I could, always be good
To one who’ll watch over me

Although he may not be the man some
Girls think of as handsome
To my heart he carries the key

Won’t you tell him please to put on some speed
Follow my lead, oh, how I need
Someone to watch over me

Won’t you tell him please to put on some speed
Follow my lead, oh, how I need
Someone to watch over me

2. Just for fun, look at the above lyrics of “Someone To Watch Over Me” through eyes touched by Christ, and see what you can see. Or look at the video below and see how the earthly romantic rescuer is in some way a faint shadow of the True Rescuer. This is a good exercise to practice for yourself and to help your children to see “beyond the sun.” What do you see?

Monday-Wednesday Bible Study

In chapter 1 of Song of Songs, she is longing to find Him and is told to follow the tracks of the shepherds, for He is caring for His sheep. There are so many beautiful passages about Jesus as our Shepherd. When I hear “He Shall Lead His Flock Like A Shepherd” from the Messiah, based on Isaiah 40, I am always moved. And then there is John 10, where Jesus Himself tells us “I AM the Good Shepherd who lays down His life for the sheep.” But perhaps the most beloved psalm in the whole psalter is Psalm 23. This is one of the most beautiful video musical renditions of it I have ever seen. Please watch to let it prepare your heart for this study, to let it help you behold what a God you have who watches over you. Then share what stood out to you and why.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNDSjrdj530

3. What stood out to you from the above rendition of Psalm 23 and why?

Read Song of Songs 1:7

“Tell me, O one I love, where are you leading your flock today? Where will you be at noon? For I will come and join you there instead of wandering like a vagabond among the flocks of your companions.” (TLB)

So much has been written about the stupidity of sheep. I remember that Keller quoted a shepherd who said they fight when they are rescued, they are so dumb, so the shepherd has to seize them and carry them over his shoulders. What a picture of how it is not we who find Him but He who finds us! This video of a lamb called “Bee” lost in the house made me laugh — I kept wanting her to go get him, but he finally does find her. 🙂

Jamie Lash, who has written “A Kiss A Day,” a good devotional on The Song of Songs, writes:

When I ask my Lord, ‘Why must a stumble about in constant quest, bewildered?”

I can hear the Messiah answering, “You shouldn’t. There’s no reason to stumble. If you’ve been with Me all morning, you’ll certainly know where I am at noon!” There’s no reason to be lost, for we have been found. We must cleave to Him, even as He cleaves to us, from morning to night.

4. What thoughts do you have on Song of Songs 1:7?

Read Song of Songs 1:8. Richard Wurmbrand of Voice of the Martyrs has a commentary on The Song of Songs with stories of God’s lambs who have suffered so and found Him true. His thought on verse 8 is that the Lord sees her as beautiful because she is seeking Him. He is tender — and the advice He gives her is to follow the footsteps of the flock, meaning, follow after those who are following fast after Him, and you will find Him.

5. What thoughts do you have on Song of Songs 1:8?

6. How does he describe her in Song of Songs 1:9 and how is this different from being a lost little lamb?

 

horseMatthew Henry writes:

“Fear not,” says Christ,I have made thee like a company of horses. I have put strength into thee as I have done into the horse (Job 39:19) so that thou shalt with a gracious boldness mock at fear.”

Jonathan Edwards said that comparing the church to a company of horses fits with Christ’s being conveyed on a chariot of truth drawn by the church, especially by “the ministers of the gospel.”

7. Are you less fearful than you were once? How does seeing Christ’s love reduce your timidity? Give an example of being less fearful — you are praising the Lord who is transforming your desert into a garden. He is the one who gives us fruit, who adorns us with His jewels (Song of Songs 1:10.)

8. Read Song of Songs 1:12-14. How does she describe her beloved?

A few weeks ago Susan counseled Diane, who is suffering so, that a message by Nancy Leigh DeMoss (which you will hear this week) Nancy talked about how Jesus is a fragrance, an ointment, and a salve — He is with us, He is comforting us, He is anointing our wounds with His oil. Susan wrote:

I’ve had that “ointment” stuck in my head this week as I encounter various trials and think, “I need Jesus to be my ointment for this”…healing, forgiving, soothing, restoring, warming…

OIL

9. How has He been a fragrance, oil, or a salve to you this week?

Thursday/Friday  Listen (or read the transcript) to Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Share Your Notes (Link)

10. What are your notes?

Saturday

11. What is your take-a-way and why?

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  1. This week’s lesson looks like another good one. We need Him so. We desperately need to know how deeply He loves us. O Jesus, meet our deepest longings this week.
    You’re right about that song, “Someone to watch over me”, Dee. It touches a deep longing of our hearts, yet we know as we mature that no human can do that, only God. 
    I couldn’t get the link below question #2 to work, by the way.

    1. Diane, thinking of you and Krista. So sorry times are difficult; we just went through a whole week of issues with Sarah and the new roommates family. Things were totally out of our hands and control; they were bent on hurting us (not just Sarah) as a family. It was awkward and painful and we couldn’t do anything about it 🙁     So, I think I know how you must feel – there is nothing you can do to make it better right now. I had to remind myself that there must be something that God was doing that I couldn’t see. I felt covered, and I do believe He is working with us and you and Krista.

      1. Oh, thanks so much for your sympathy, Laura dancer. You have gone through so much with Sarah. So often things seem out of our control. And it sometimes seems that God is not helping. Yes, I have to continually remind myself that I do not see the big picture, that God is doing something that I cannot see. Thanks so much for your prayers.

      2. Laura, I read your comment in last week about all the problems Sarah is having…I’m so sorry.  After such a wonderful time with her this summer, I was hoping all her troubles were behind her.  I just want you to know I’m praying for Sarah.

        1. Thanks Joyce. It has been a trying time. I have to cleave (is that the word Dee used?) to Him and pray that this is what He is working out for her. It is all I can do now. It was a great summer 🙂 Glad you are here; I have missed you. 

  2. Just a thought. If David made it required to put our name in the space before we could submit, then we wouldn’t accidentally keep submitting anonymous comments. 🙂

    1. Diana,

      Great idea!  It’s now required to fill out name and email when submitting new comments.  This should relieve the anonymous postings.
      Thanks!

  3. I can’t get video in questions 2 or 3 to work. 
    My heart is so warmed by this post. I love the connection to love stories and falling in love. That is our heart as women! He put it there so He could be our groom.

  4. Oh! Now they are working. Bea is hilarious!

  5. 1.     What stands out to you from the above and why?

    That it is by His mercy that He puts this longing within us. We long for Him because He put the desire in us. We were created with a need for relationship, dependence upon, our Lord—and that need is a gift. Our culture seems to make any kind of neediness a bad thing—that the goal is to be independent and “not need”. I grew up around that model, and brought some of it into my own life. I recognize that longing in me—for someone to watch over me, rescue me. I do think early on in my marriage I wanted that to be my husband and felt disappointed when he failed.  But He has by His grace, done much work in me in that area. Especially in the last several years, I have seen the beauty of dependence-when it is the Lord we seek. When something goes wrong and I run to Him instead of the phone or keyboard, I am blessed by an intimacy that comes from depending on my Shepherd. His love IS transforming, fear-melting.

  6. This is just a test to see if my computer will work; sadly my phone will not work with this new update. Does anyone have an iPhone 3GS that they could try to use with this website so I can tell if it is my phone or all phones that are that version? This is limiting for me, as I don’t normally use my computer for the blog. Bummer…I will try to re-download the Dee Brestin app to see if that works (my app was downloaded a long time ago). I can see and use the B,I, and U on my computer now (THANK YOU DAVID :)). Mixed emotions right now; change is difficult and I hope I can work it out so I can continue to participate 🙁 I am going to try to reply to a post to see if that works as well.

    1. Ok, this is weird. I replied to Diane and there was no way to B, I, or U for that post. Now I am replying to myself and the same thing is happening. Is that how it is supposed to be? Sorry to be a pain…..

      1. Okay, another weirdness….I replied to Dian but it doesn’t show up as a “thread” under her first post. Is this how it should be as well? Just trying to understand the new site.

        1. Laura-dancer, I see your comment to me at the beginning of the comments and have responded to it. Sorry you are having such trouble with this update.

        2. Laura Dancer, Really it is okay if you are having issues-a lot of times that happens when things change on websites-and this is still new yet-so hang in there! Also, just so you know,per my experience with blogs, usually when changes occur the cool new stuff comes with some things that aren’t there that used to be, and it just takes some getting used to. You will be just fine. 🙂 

  7.  

    1.     What stands out to you from the above and why?
    “I have been found, yet I keep forgetting the gospel”
    I mentioned the following in a response to a comment posted by Elizabeth last week; it was in agreement to a similar statement of Elizabeth’s…
    “Satan loves to bind us in guilt and self-judgment to rob us of joy…and unfortunately, quite often we do play the part.”
    I have been thinking about it off and on since, and it came to mind again this morning when I read “I have been found, yet I keep forgetting the gospel.”  I do think that we (certainly I) quite often forget the gospel and need to continually remind ourselves (myself) of the grace and compassion of the Lord…Satan’s ploy is to drive us (me) into shame and self-condemnation…we need to remember our righteousness in Christ.

     

  8. 2. What do you see?
    Love, desire…overcoming and love winning out.

    1. This was me…:)

  9. I just came from Church and was so moved by the Sermon and now seeing how it ties with our lesson, and especially Nanci’s response above. Our sermon was on remembering who we are-we are sojourners, saved by grace, saved to become holy. I was so moved to tears many times in the sermon. Moved because for me, the feeling of being “forgotten” has long been a point of pain in my life. It started when I was young, and when I feel it still now, simple things–my husband forgetting something I had told him…I have to be careful because the old wound can cause me to over-react. I know that Christ never forgets me, He has promised this, and it brings great comfort. But what moved me to tears this morning–is that I forget HIM. Oh, it aches to write it. How quickly I forget, the reason I am here, is to be made holy. This is our temporary home–a tent. And I whine when it is uncomfortable and I strive to make it perfect–all the time forgetting that this life will have trials, because this life is temporary. It is not my home. We are facing more difficulties with one of my children again, it has been a hard week. But I must remember my trials are the “projects” He uses to make me more like Him–not for my own beauty, but for His.

    OK, last thing–we sang this song and the words, everything–I especially thought of Diane, and those of us facing trials–which is all of us at some point! Sorry this is long–I thought it was worth it and pray it’s a blessing.

    “Jesus I My Cross Have Taken”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnjkGH4kk-A

    Jesus, I my cross have taken,
    All to leave and follow Thee.
    Destitute, despised, forsaken,
    Thou from hence my all shall be.
    Perish every fond ambition,
    All I’ve sought or hoped or known.
    Yet how rich is my condition!
    God and heaven are still my own.

    Let the world despise and leave me,
    They have left my Savior, too.
    Human hearts and looks deceive me;
    Thou art not, like them, untrue.
    O while Thou dost smile upon me,
    God of wisdom, love, and might,
    Foes may hate and friends disown me,
    Show Thy face and all is bright.

    Man may trouble and distress me,
    ’Twill but drive me to Thy breast.
    Life with trials hard may press me;
    Heaven will bring me sweeter rest.
    Oh, ’tis not in grief to harm me
    While Thy love is left to me;
    Oh, ’twere not in joy to charm me,
    Were that joy unmixed with Thee.

    Go, then, earthly fame and treasure,
    Come disaster, scorn and pain
    In Thy service, pain is pleasure,
    With Thy favor, loss is gain
    I have called Thee Abba Father,
    I have stayed my heart on Thee
    Storms may howl, and clouds may gather;
    All must work for good to me.

    Soul, then know thy full salvation
    Rise o’er sin and fear and care
    Joy to find in every station,
    Something still to do or bear.
    Think what Spirit dwells within thee,
    Think what Father’s smiles are thine,
    Think that Jesus died to win thee,
    Child of heaven, canst thou repine.

    Haste thee on from grace to glory,
    Armed by faith, and winged by prayer.
    Heaven’s eternal days before thee,
    God’s own hand shall guide us there.
    Soon shall close thy earthly mission,
    Soon shall pass thy pilgrim days,
    Hope shall change to glad fruition,
    Faith to sight, and prayer to praise.

    1. Elizabeth, thanks so much for the song. What powerful words. i will ponder them. I need them so. Help me bear my cross gladly and trustingly, O Lord.
      It is such a comfort to know that all of you here are thinking and praying for Krista and me this week. I really am feeling oppressed, like our hopes are hopeless, apart from a miracle. Jeff’s opposition has been so vicious that I am devastated. Sorry to be so blunt, but my heart is so heavy. We visited with Krista and the boys this afternoon. The stress on the boys was very evident today. So very sad!!!! We feel so helpless! It is so hard to see God’s good hand in this situation.
      However, I attended the Beth Moore simulcast on Saturday and her teaching was so good. Then I had an opportunity to pray for another mom whose daughter and grandchildren are going through a worse situation than mine. I cried and prayed for her. She was so grateful for my listening and sharing. It was a bit of an encouragement to me! My trial has given me great empathy with the pain that so many others are going through. This is from the Lord’s good hand, but it is so hard to watch my daughter and grandchildren suffer.

      1. oh Diane–my eyes filled hearing about the boys, they so often come to mind with all of this turmoil, oh I am so sad with you. When you first came to the blog, I felt a surge within that you were a wise soul–I can only imagine what a gift you are in ministering to others in their pain. I am thankful you let Him use you. We will all continue to pray, espeically Tuesday–do you have a time for the meeting?

        1. The time is 1:30 Atlantic Standard Time. That is 12:30 Eastern Daylight Time. Adjust to your own zone. 

        2. Sorry I should have said it’s 1:30 Atlantic DAYLIGHT Time.

      2. Dear Diane and Krista and boys and family…my heart is heavy for you all and I’m in prayer for you…especially for tuesday…but always.

      3. Oh Diane, I’m so sorry and can feel the pain for you, Krista and the boys. This kind of situation is never easy on anyone. I will continue to pray boldly for all to be worked out for you and your family. It is so hard to see your children in pain and not knowing how to help. God will see you thru this. 

    2. These lines in particular struck me. I just listened to the link. Powerful!

      Storms may howl, and clouds may gather;All must work for good to me.
      Think what Father’s smiles are thine,Think that Jesus died to win thee,Child of heaven, canst thou repine.

      Repine means: feel or express discontent; fret. (I had to look it up. And yes, I am repining.) Lord, help me.

      Soon shall close thy earthly mission,Soon shall pass thy pilgrim days,Hope shall change to glad fruition,Faith to sight, and prayer to praise.

      I so needed this today.

    3. Thank you Elizabeth…that video and these words are so comforting and beautiful.

  10. 1. What stands out to you from the above and why?
    “So God in His mercy has put within our souls a yearning for someone to watch over us… [Gershwin’s song] taps into my soul’s longing, a longing I had to be found, to be rescued, to be loved.”
    The quote above stands out because it taps into MY soul’s longing to be found, rescued and loved!  I don’t know if I’ve acknowledged that longing in recent decades because I’ve masked the longing with a layer (or a hundred layers) of self-protection.  My independence is primarily lack of trust; I can see that layers I put in place to protect me from other people don’t automatically disappear in my relationship with Jesus.
    I’m not sure about the implications of this… I’d still like to keep those layers in place around some people.  Maybe letting Him protect me rather than wearing an emotional version of a bullet proof vest?  I don’t actually wear that vest very often, but I have regretted not wearing it
     
     
     

  11. This stands out to me, “I have been found, yet I keep forgetting the gospel, and need to be reminded that He is here, He is for me, He is love itself, unlike any god of this world.” So often I feel alone, like no one really understands me (or cares to really understand and love me) and that is simply not true.

  12. Hi –
     
    Laura – I have the iPhone 3. If you tell me what you’d like me to try, I’d be glad to do it…:)
     

    1. Hi Chris…I was remiss in not welcoming you to the bible study blog last week…please know that I am glad that you will be joining us….welcome!

    2. Yes, Chris Henderson. Welcome! So glad to see you still here this week. Your story is touching. This blog is a wonderful place to grow in Christ.  You will love it here.

    3. WELCOME  to you Chris!

    4. Welcome Chris, so glad to have you. You will love Dee, and how God uses her and all the ladies here.

  13. This stood out to me:  

    …but as he really is, that beholding that love will transform us from a timid Lamb lost in the woods to a strong and confident filly, like the magnificent horses of King Solomon known for their grace, strength and beauty.

    I can’t help but see how this is such a God inspired follow up to Idol Lies..For when we see Him as He is we let go and rest in His Love…and really everything changes-HE changes everything that is! When we bend away from him-we feel lost and timid..but as we behold His love the things of this Earth can’t hold a candle to Him, and the old lover idols we turned to for comfort and security are becoming more and more of something we hate and start deeming worthless-because they only lead us to ruin and most important-it breaks His heart!  
    I think when I rest in my idols-I am like that lost timid lamb-but when I see Him as He is, He becomes my strength, my beauty and my confidence. He desires to make me His Filly. That blows me away really..It really does..I do have times where I struggle with believing He could love me-but the Cross is washing over that. Really as I meditate more on the SOng of Songs and the Gospel I am resting more and more in His love for me despite me. I think for the first time since I have known him I am experiencing Psalm 91:1-2. :)))) 
     

    1. Rebecca, you are such an encouragement to me. Your growth helps keep me holding on and letting God drive his truths deeper and deeper. I love Psalm 91:1,2. Thanks for reminding me.

      He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High    will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.2 I will say[a] to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,    my God, in whom I trust.”

      1. Diane, And you me sister-I love your honest heart-and your clinging to Him through this dark time. You and Krista really encourage me with how you are trusting Him in this storm.

  14. Just testing. I have not started getting comments this time.  Perhaps i forgot to click Notify.

    1. I am getting email comments now. Not sure what happened.

  15. I’ve been reading some of Sibbes’ The Bruised Reed (free online), I  found these gems:
    “Christ’s sheep are weak sheep, and lacking in something or other; he therefore applies himself to the necessities of every sheep. He seeks that which was lost, and brings again that which was driven out of the way, and binds up that which was broken, and strengthens the weak (Ezek. 34:16). His tenderest care is over the weakest. The lambs he carries in his bosom (Isa. 40:11).”

    “What should we learn from this, but to `come boldly to the throne of grace’ (Heb. 4:16) in all our grievances? Shall our sins discourage us, when he appears there only for sinners? Are you bruised? Be of good comfort, he calls you. Conceal not your wounds, open all before him and take not Satan’s counsel. Go to Christ, although trembling, as the poor woman who said, `If I may but touch his garment’ (Matt. 9:21). We shall be healed and have a gracious answer. Go boldly to God in our flesh; he is flesh of our flesh, and bone of our bone for this reason, that we might go boldly to him. Never fear to go to God, since we have such a Mediator with him, who is not only our friend but our brother and husband.”
     
     

    1. Oh my. How I try to hide my wounds. How I am shamed by my weakness.

      Conceal not your wounds, open all before him and take not Satan’s counsel. Go to Christ, although trembling, as the poor woman who said, `If I may but touch his garment’ (Matt. 9:21). We shall be healed and have a gracious answer. Go boldly to God in our flesh; he is flesh of our flesh, and bone of our bone for this reason, that we might go boldly to him.

  16. Good to be home from our hectic stroke camp schedule and have time to connect With all of you.  After reading the blog,  the first thing that I thought of was my first time of feeling God’s presence. My father was killed in a car accident when I was 12.  I sat at the funeral looking at a picture of Jesus (the standard Jesus Sunday School version circa 1960).  Knowing in my heart that Jesus would watch over me since my dad was gone.  All these years it has left me with a confidence in my soul of His Presence And His Love.   the challenge in our daily life is to remember that….we were designed with that need & desire.  And it is a Good Thing!

    1. Sarahsal, I’m so thankful you have been so blessed since that awful time in your life, knowing that he will take care of you.

  17. 1. What stands out to you from the above and why?
    I listened to the song Someone To Watch Over Me and the one line that stood out was  “He may not be the man that most girls dream or think of, but to my heart,He carries the key.”. I just thought this was a beautiful line and a very truthful statement. For myself , as a little girl growing up, I was always dreaming of the day I would marry a man that would love me like the fairytale stories. Sweep me off my feet and live happily ever after…little did I know that true joy and love is found in Christ. Whether you have a wonderful marriage or a happy life, Jesus really is the key that unlocks that special place in our hearts, that releases true joy and peace like no other. No one person can do that like Him. Realizing this even more so now through this bible study, has made me seek out Jesus more in prayer, the bible and not so much in my husband, children or even friends or other ‘idols’.That was a huge aha moment right there just typing that….’idols’.

    I also like Ecclesiastes 3:11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. When I read this, this morning. I just keep reading it over and over hearing that one song go through my head “You Make Beautiful Things” by Gungor. I see Jesus making everything beautiful, yes you and I. But in time…with time to grow in Jesus, through his love, His word, time with Him…etc… we become the beautiful woman He made us to be all along. Maybe others see beauty within us we dont even see?? I know this to be true, because at times my husband will say to me “Your eyes are smiling…”, oddly its usually after having spent time with Jesus or heard a beautiful song. Dancing makes my eyes smile too…had to add that, only because its the only other time my husband tells me ‘my eyes are smiling’. I just believe we are all beautiful, but we dont see it like Jesus, and with TIME...we begin to believe it and it radiates His love within us out to others…
    Here is a video with the song Beautiful Things~ there are many versions, but I love this one enjoy! 
    http://youtu.be/Is6weMrenls

    1. Staci, I LOVE Gungor..Especially their song on Ezekiel..Love this video..

      1. I found Ezekiel by Gungor too Rebecca…how sad, but a  beautiful song.

    2. Staci-I love that song, have since the first time I heard it. What a great video to go with it. Beautiful.

    3. Staci, that was so beautiful…thanks for sharing that video.

    4. Staci that was so good, I loved the video and I can see why you love it. I will have to add Gungor to my Pandora now, thank you.

  18. 3. What stood out to you from the above rendition of Psalm 23 and why?
    It’s so peaceful to listen to.
    4. What thoughts do you have on Song of Songs 1:7?
    That sometimes I can’t seem to “find” Him either….I don’t feel Him near (like now). I know how she feels. She doesn’t feel as important to Him and wants to know why, if she is so important then why does she have to search so hard?
    5. What thoughts do you have on Song of Songs 1:8?
    We should probably circle ourselves with those who are following Him.
    6. How does he describe her in Song of Songs 1:9 and how is this different from being a lost little lamb?
    She is strong and purposeful. She is not lost at all and she will find her way no matter what the consequences.

  19. I just noticed something in Luke 11 I hadn’t noticed before: 
    My heart is a bit heavy yet excited at the same time about this! That for all these years I didn’t see the last part of v.13! “HOLY SPIRIT”. I used to think this meant that Jesus would give us good things when we ask-maybe not give us everything we ask for-but you know what I mean..But Yesterday morning at church He quickened me in this verse and it was like I never saw “Holy Spirit” in that verse before! Jesus’ main desire is that I dwell with Him..There is abundant life dwelling with Him that supersedes my circumstances..and when I dwell with Him-really the circumstances that come my way become less and less consuming. They become smaller as He gives me more and more confidence in Him..Because dwelling with Jesus is beautiful-and especially compared to treading water in the cesspool of life! For He is my peace and He is Love and He is comfort and at the same time Hope fills me up as I know this isn’t all there is in regard to my intimacy with Him-the future is coming! My nature still bends though-OH IT DOES!! But He is faithful and will strengthen me to turn-even when I am very weak-and believe me I am very frail-and so need Him as the North winds seem to keep blowing on us for the past several years.

    11 “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for[f] a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
     

     

    1. Oh Rebecca your joy overwhems me and this verse is also speaking to me!

  20. 1. What stands out to you from the above and why?
     
    I marvel that God put these yearnings and longings into our hearts…longings to be loved, to be known, to be found, to be rescued, to be cherished and protected. I think these longings drive us in so much of what we do-for good or for bad. Who wants to be a “lost little lamb” all alone?
    This statement is so true, “So often we do not realize our longing is for Christ”. This is behind the bent we have to turn to idols. When I feel empty and turn to sweets to fill me up…when I crave approval and affirmation from those closest to me…when I feel I must manipulate things in order to have control…when I long for safety and security…my soul really longs for all the things Jesus can give me.
    I am also curious to learn this week how to really see Him – not as I may have wrongly imagined Him.

  21. so good to be in this lesson.
    been following these lessons on the song of songs and appreciate the depth!

    1. Hi Laura 🙂

      1. Hi Renee!!!
        I have  Nancy Leigh DeMoss on my iPhone .
        Guess its a compliment to be called a horse..lol

    2. Came on here now to check on Krista and Diane; will continue to pray.
       
       
       

    3. Came on to check on Krista and Dianne; continuing to pray for you.

  22. Laura-dancer: Have you tried downloading any updates for you iphone from apple, and then deleting & re-adding Dee’s app? I don’t have an iphone, but have tried to research some answers for you…praying!

    1. Trying to download and reload the app. I need my sons help though! Thanks fo rtrying for me 🙂

  23. SUNDAY/MONDAY ICEBREAKERS
     
    1. What stands out to you from the above and why? – I think knowing that what really is gnawing at my heart, my mind is truly put there by God is a good reminder that He is with me all the time if I would open up my heart, soul and mind and listen for him. Also how the Horses big and mighty as they are seem to be running from something or someone or to something or someone and in either case God is there with them in both circumstances just as He is with us, yet the horses or even us don’t always realize it at the moment. Its a comfort to me that there is a higher Being watching over me at all times, more powerful and observant than any human on earth can ever be. 

  24. I just love the Bea video…Bea runs to and fro hearing her name but is unable to realize that her master is calling from beyond the two rooms (immediate surroundings, area of comfort).  She finally slows down and catches a glimpse of from where her master is calling…and then (oh, how cute!) Bea goes running gleefully to her master.
    This is comparable to me…I can hear the Lord calling me and look only to my immediate surroundings, to what is comfortable…only when I stop (would this “be still”) and glimpse from where He is calling can I follow where He might be guiding me to go. Oh that I might run gleefully to my Lord…

  25. laura dancer testing  from my husbands iPhone and his Ghastly the bold, etc options– maybe try re downloading dee’s app?

  26. Thank you for all of you who are praying. This is not easy, but God is good. Always. No matter what happens, no matter what hard decisions I need to make, God is good. And He will get me through it. 

    1. Amen!  Will continue to pray.

    2. Hugs, Krista!

    3. I prayed for peace for your mom and you. I also prayed the Holy Spirit would give you discernment and to hear God’s voice in all your decisions, to hear and the Holy Spirit to lead you in all your decisions. Many hugs to you both and lots of prayers going up for you all!

    4. Krista it is so good to see you on. I will continue to pray for all of you.

    5. Praying too Krista

  27. I just watched the BEE video, the lamb who keeps trying to find his keeper back and forth in the same two rooms and then finally finds her down the hall. It makes me smile and also makes me sad. How like that lamb we are sometimes — running around doing the same things over and over again, getting the same disappointing result, but we still don’t try to do anything different. We can’t figure out why we are still lost. It is like hitting our heads against the wall. 
    When I watched the video on youtube, The Lord is My Shepherd by John Rutter, I noticed how the top comment. He objected to being compared to a sheep. We don’t like being told we are dumb, helpless, etc. We staunchly defend ourselves, even if we know we are wrong. We can’t admit weakness. It is unforgiveable in some people’s eyes. How sad! We need God so much, but we stubbornly hit our heads against the wall and will not go to Him and admit we need help.

  28. oops–just noticed when I was trying from my husband’s iphone for Laura-d, spell check changed “has” to “Ghastly”-weird?!

    1. Funny!  I was wondering about the Ghastly — figured it was something related to iPhone

  29. 3. What stood out from Psalm 23:

    Psalm 23:5 taken from biblegateway.com this footnote:
    It is difficult for those living in a temperate climate to appreciate, but it was customary in hot climates to anoint the body with oil to protect it from excessive perspiration. When mixed with perfume, the oil imparted a delightfully refreshing and invigorating sensation. Athletes anointed their bodies as a matter of course before running a race. As the body, therefore, anointed with oil was refreshed, invigorated, and better fitted for action, so the Lord would anoint His “sheep” with the Holy Spirit, Whom oil symbolizes, to fit them to engage more freely in His service and run in the way He directs—in heavenly fellowship with Him.

    I thought this footnote was fitting in the fact God anoints us spiritually to refresh, invigorate us so we are better fitted for action for Him and His name sake. “in heavenly fellowship with Him”. Fellowship with Him, isnt that what we long for, but even MORE SO~HE LONGS FOR FELLOWSHIP WITH US. Now that speaks volumes of His love to me. Love that footnote!

  30. Hi all, I just wanted to say I got a little behind last week, it was a really busy work week for my husband, which makes it busy for me. It seems this week just as busy trying to play catch up.Having drove 6 hours to Germany, there and back for orthodontist appointment, Kids going off to camp, taxing kids to guitar lessons,tutoring, school bus stops…etc., starting a bible study Im leading tomorrow, muffins to make, our oldest turning 18 on Friday(standing my ground she is not going out to clubs with her friends~drinking age is 16 over here….and does not help, no Christian friends here for her)..I feel like Im running all over the place, and trying to put a fire out with my oldest..prayers please. Not to mention house chores, and friends coming in from Italy to stay the weekend and 4 photo shoots to do within the next week and half….I know my issues seem minimal compared to most. But I get easily stressed and forget the most important thing that sustains me, time with Him~the one that carries me through it all. Im oddly reminded, it even seems to slow time down for me. I always think, I cant possibly fit enough time in for God, but when I do…somehow my day flows better and I seem to accomplish more with less stress?? Kind of a miracle in itself? LOL
     
    4. What thoughts do you have on Song of Songs 1:7?
    First off, I love the Lamb video, adore little animals. So cute and innocent was this baby lamb…As for Song of Songs 1:7~I need this all the time~this reminder, there is no reason to search aimlessly for God, HE is always with us. I forget this a lot, especially in my frantic times and feel lost, not sure where to run to, but I know I can run into His arms in prayer, singing, crying or just being quiet when contemplating things heavy on my heart. I forget this a lot, and before I know it, IM burdened, stressed and trying to figure it all out. Then just like God, I hear this small still voice saying “let me carry those burdens, give it to me…”. That is my control nature that IM learning to let go of and give to God…
    I so love  this:
                       Jamie Lash, who has written “A Kiss A Day,” a good devotional on The Song of Songs, writes:
    When I ask my Lord, ‘Why must a stumble about in constant quest, bewildered?”
    I can hear the Messiah answering, “You shouldn’t. There’s no reason to stumble. If you’ve been with Me all morning, you’ll certainly know where I am at noon!” There’s no reason to be lost, for we have been found. We must cleave to Him, even as He cleaves to us, from morning to night.

     

    1. Praying for a calm in the midst of your storms, Staci.

  31. 7. Are you less fearful than you were once? How does seeing Christ’s love reduce your timidity? Give an example of being less fearful — you are praising the Lord who is transforming your desert into a garden. He is the one who gives us fruit, who adorns us with His jewels (Song of Songs 1:10.)
    I am less fearful, but there are times when I drift back to the old ways of trying to control the outcome of events. Like I don’t feel or see Him working and then I start thinking, “Nothing’s happening, the situation isn’t changing, I need to create ways for it to change.” It’s almost as if I hit a panic button and start to be fearful of outcomes. I have to reel myself back in and remind myself that it is not my doing, and to stop.
    Since I was a little girl, Christ has been with me. I know He is there; He has always taken care of me. I know this because as I watched my earthly father die, He was there and promised that He would never leave me. I don’t understand many things that have happened with my wayward children, but I know He was with me as a growing adult. I suppose I still feel this way, but can hardly bear the pain of watching my kids ruin their lives. I just can’t believe that He has left me, but I do falter with the young adult child issue.
    Everything I have has come from Him. The good, the bad, and the ugly. It all counts and it is there to let me know He is in charge, not me.

  32. 8. Read Song of Songs 1:12-14. How does she describe her beloved?
     
    “A sachet of myrrh resting between my breasts,” and “a cluster of henna blossoms from the vineyards of En Gedi.”
     
    Okay, so here we are with fruit and perfume again! My first thought of “En Gedi” is Star Wars! Okay, I’ll be serious…..
     
    Ein Gedi means “kid spring” (Wikipedia) and the town was a source of “balsam,” which was a gummy substance that came from a certain tree (a resin). It was a place considered an oasis.
     
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ein_Gedi
     

  33. 2. Just for fun, look at the above lyrics of “Someone To Watch Over Me” through eyes touched by Christ, and see what you can see. Or look at the video below and see how the earthly romantic rescuer is in some way a faint shadow of the True Rescuer. This is a good exercise to practice for yourself and to help your children to see “beyond the sun.” What do you see?

    This reminds me of Song of Songs 1 and 5..

    When I think about it-growing up, I always had a longing for my knight in shining armour-for that ultimate love. I now see how God was wooing me to Him since I was a child. I didn’t know why I had this thirst-this desire to know God, this desire to be loved and rescued. I like the part of the song where she said he holds the key to her heart-so true that Jesus holds the key to my heart and only He can cause me to seek Him-because He wants me and wants to watch over me and love me and be with me-that truly amazes me still.

  34. Krista and Diane–prayed for you both to be able to sleep last night and will pray for all of you today, that Jeff’s heart would be softened, that peace would prevail, that the Lord may be glorified through all of this. Praying too for the boys. I wish I could be there physically to sit and pray and help with kids–but know that we all are praying much~

  35. It is such an encouragement to us that so many of you are praying for us today. Yes, Elizabeth, I was able to sleep and God met me this morning with whispers of reassurance. However, the adrenaline is already making my heart pound. I am trying to pray and focus on Him every second today. “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for Thou art with me. Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” Pray for us that we will KNOW he is in control and we will not be afraid or intimidated no matter what happens.

  36. Diane and Krista, praying for you today…for these precious boys…for this situation. I don’t know if you will be before a judge today but I have been praying that he or she will
    be given great discernment to see the truth. Praying for God to be your Defender and to cover Krista.

  37. 2. I watched the video of the different romantic scenes from movies. The one I especially resonate with is from Titanic, where the young man stands behind Drew Barrymore and she has her arms extended out, almost like she’s ready to fly. It pictures for me the freedom Christ longs for us to have…that we would “get our wings” and take flight because we are secure in His love.

  38. 3. What stood out to you from the above rendition of Psalm 23 and why?
     
    The biggest thing that stood out to me was the use of cloud imagery in the video. I never cease to be in awe of the Lord’s creation when I see the clouds. Such huge objects that are constantly dynamic. They always speak of His power, ability, presence and love to me. I literally could watch them for hours (and often do dwell on them when driving) and just feel Him wash over me. They are His artwork and there is so much more symbolism to them but I will stop there for brevity’s sake.
     
    4. What thoughts do you have on Song of Songs 1:7?
     
    I think the quote from Lash says it all. “There is no reason to be lost.” If we continually listen and follow we know where He is and know Him better.
    5. thoughts on Song of Songs 1:8
    I agree with Wurmbrand. It also talks about “follow the tracks of the sheep”. Could this be a reference to friendship and mentorship? That to read books by other Christians who have studied and gleaned is a way of “following the tracks”? My translation also says tents of the shepherdS, plural. Is this a reference to the Trinity? Or another reference to those more mature than us in leadership position, pastors, Bible study leaders, mature women, etc.? I also think it is a reference to idolatry. If we follow anything but the path to where our God is, it is idolatry and will yield turmoil in our souls.

    6. How does he describe her in SoS 1:9 and how is this different from being a little lost lamb?
    She is able, strong, capable, beautiful enough to be put on display (an imperfect horse would not be harnessed to Pharoah’s chariot). There is reference in here, perhaps, of how when we mature in Christ we become more “useful”. We are better able to obey, discern and do God’s work for us in our lives as well in serving in the lives of others. My pastor this last weekend made reference to mature Christians continue to grow not so much from reading and exploring (though this is always necessary in life) but they take risks in obedience, they learn from applying God’s truth, not just learning it. So the mare here is putting the harness on, obeying and using her strengths and she will bring glory to her master for all will look and say “look how great a horse is pulling that chariot”. ??
    7. Are you less fearful than you once were? Give an example.
    Yes. And no. I still struggle to fit myself into the desired category, though the knowledge of it has changed my heart’s joy, for the better. I will get there, by God’s grace. That said, I do see His hand in my life and I am beginning to believe that he does desire me (all the things we talked about last week) and this gives me freedom (which you could translate “less fearful”). Freedom. Oh sweet release that His truth has given me. That is the fruit in my life, right now. I am at peace, calm. Even though I know there is hard work to be done, painful extraction of habits and idols, I am still at peace, my heart is calm. Praise be. And stretching my legs in the strength and confidence that He has given me (becoming a mare).
    8. Read SoS 1:12-14. How does she describe her beloved?
    She says “my perfume spread its fragrance”. But then references his scent (myrhh and henna blossoms). Is this Christ through us? As our fragrance spreads it is really his scent instilled in us.
    9. How has he been a fragrance, oil or salve to you this week?
    I have undergone much breaking down the last two years and the culmination of that is that I am now being rebuilt. I can palpably feel the Lord’s presence pouring over me in times when I have to make choices to deal with situations in love rather than reflexively. And there is joy in that. He is my fragrance as peace, a calm that, even on the cusp of a bittersweet difficult challenge coming up, is present in and around me.
     

    1. Dee, 
      Tell Anne she did a great job! I learned a few new things too. 🙂
       
       

  39. 4. What thoughts do you have on Song of Songs 1:7?
    She loves Him and yearns to remain in His presence.  She doesn’t want to appear as “just another”, but one of sincere, devoted, lasting love.  Similarly, we yearn for our Lord’s presence…to remain in His love, joy, and peace.  We don’t want our love to appear anything less than pure, devoted, and engaged.

    Krista and Diane…I have been in prayer for you all…please let us know how things went. 

  40. 5. thoughts on Song of Songs 1:8
    I noticed that in the NIV this text is referenced as “friends” speaking; the ESV and NLT references it to “He”.  I think related to “friends” this would likely translate to other Christians providing guidance…helping one to find their way; while if it “He,” I’m thinking that perhaps location has yet to be determined and by following tracks she will be able to locate Him…if we follow those who have come before, we will have a path to follow; something like a “cloud of witnesses”.

  41. 2. Just for fun, look at the above lyrics of “Someone To Watch Over Me” through eyes touched by Christ, and see what you can see. Or look at the video below and see how the earthly romantic rescuer is in some way a faint shadow of the True Rescuer. This is a good exercise to practice for yourself and to help your children to see “beyond the sun.” What do you see? – I see an expectation, a longing to have a savior a hero, when right there in our midst is the REAL SAVIOR Jesus Christ. Its not Jesus who needs to hurry to us, He is always there, its us needing to realize we need to hurry to him. We are lost without Him and he is waiting to be our hero if we let him.

  42. Diane & Krista–you all have really been on my heart–I know you may not be able to update today, but know I am continuing to pray

  43. 2. The video was really powerful, especially listening to the music with it. As I re-watched, looking at each of the women’s faces, their eyes…there was a look of hope, mixed with peace…a joyful, restfulness, if that makes sense. Like “ahhh, I’m found, I’m safe, I’m home”.

    3.   What stood out to you from the above rendition of Psalm 23 and why?

    I can’t word this adequately, but what first stood out is the impossibility of putting a parameter around God. The vastness of the sky, the waters with no end, the flame’s glow—we cannot put a boundary around Him. He knows no bounds. His love is limitless.

    I like how when it says we though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death—the screen is all dark, but then we see the tree is in the darkness, just not visible at first, at least that’s how I saw it. We walk through the valley…we may at first not see Him, but He is there, in the deep shadows with us, always.

    Then the grandness of the ending—spoke to how small this world is, compared to our Eternity, dwelling in His house, forever.

    Oh, I just watched the little lamb. Really did make me laugh—and so relate. What I saw was how the lamb seemed to purposely jump back and forth but not just come (until the end)—and what I identified with—is that the lamb sort of just wanted to be found. I thought she wanted to be chased after and rescued, but finally said “ok, I’m coming…”

  44. Great Job Anne! OK, I learned a lot, and I love how clear and gentle Anne’s voice is! Just wish we could see her pretty face 🙂 Learned about changing the size of the comment box, and linking websites instead of pasting the whole url–always wondered what that chain thing was on websites I read!

    One question–on the “meta-data”…here’s when that happens to me. I copy the entire blog post Sunday morning and post it into a Word doc. Then I do my questions in the word doc and copy & paste them into the comments. So, if I understood Anne right, when I initially copy Dee’s post into Word is when I’m acquiring the “meta data”? So far, what I’ve done is quickly hit “edit” and deleted all that junk at the top…but I assume all those getting comments via email are seeing it in the original un-edited form? Any way around that, if I made any sense? ! 😉
    And thanks again David, Anne, Dee–your servant’s heart blesses all of us. So appreciate that you all have done all of this so it’s more accessible for all of us.

  45. Hmmm… this is the first time I’ve had trouble posting. Testing 1 2 3 4…

    1. So what didn’t show up before: praying for you, Krista and Dianne.  Came on here to check on you.

      Edit!! I guess it showed up earlier a couple times. Sorry for repeats.

  46. I was honestly hoping Mom would come on and update. I’m still trying to process it all and not totally sure what to say. Really, it went well, I was granted more time, 3 weekends a month, with the boys. But it’s just intern. There is still trial to ultimately decide who the boys will primarily live with…which I cannot afford to do unless some major financial miracle happens. So there is a lot of praying I need to do.
    Mom, feel free to add any of your thoughts. I only mentioned the basics.

    1. So glad you got more time, Krista.  Will continue to pray for your decisions and for upcoming trial.

    2. Anne, Nice job on the tutorial!  
      Dee Brestin is awesome.  David is cute!    🙂  Seeing if I can follow instructions (although I may have omitted the word “so” once or twice).

    3. This is a step in the right direction, Krista.  So glad that there is some encouragement for you and your sons in this situation.  I will continue in prayer…

    4. Thank you for coming on here to update us, Krista. I am glad to hear it went well yesterday…so many prayers were being offered. Will keep praying.

    5. Krista so glad things went somewhat well and you are able to see your boys more. Will continue praying. Lord surround Krista, her mom and the boys with your love and let them feel your presence, I beg you Lord to change her husbands heart to see the good in Krista, let him heart soften to you Lord and your ways. In Jesus name I pray. Amen!