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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. 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.
    I know that I always reference work, but that seems to be the area of refinement for me right now. Last night was the first night that I worked half a shift with a former friend (not the one that I was super close to) this one has been the most rude and outspoken of the two. Previously when I knew that we were going to be working together even for 1/2 hour I would get shaky and anxiety filled. Last night was different. I know who I am, what I’m worth. I’ve worked there for 26 years and she’s only been there for 3. So there’s no doubt that I know the job. I have finally got the truth of “What can man do to me?” imbedded in my heart and I wasn’t the least bit anxious. She (for the first time) was professional and courteous. I am very thankful for this.

    1. Dawn, this is awesome – what God is doing in you in your work situation and you clearly see it is your area of where He is doing His refining work in you. It seems your coworker also noticed the change in you…sees a new strength and confidence that comes from Him and it affected her behavior towards you!

    2. “I have finally got the truth of “What can man do to me?” imbedded in my heart and I wasn’t the least bit anxious.”  Whoohoo Dawn!

    3. I love this Dawn!
      I had a time this week when I had been working hard, moving heavy tables and trying to accommodate a brides out of the ordinary requests, I was sweaty and red faced and her bridesmaids, who were there for the rehearsal, were smirking at me, having a giggle at my expense. I was emotionally transported back my elementary school fat girl days.

      I remembered these verses:
      Colossians 3
      3 “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”

      I then prayed for those shallow girls!

      I love this testimony of you grasping your identity at work!
       

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

    The first thing that stood out to me is-He is Peace! He is my still waters..He is my comfort..I can trust Him with anything and anyone in life. 

    Then this stood out STRONG.(.I LOVE THIS VIDEO):

    When the video goes black and there are no pictures, just words as it transitions to dark times-death, depression, tragedy in our lives, etc..Then a picture pops up that blew me away-I wish I could find it. It is of a huge leafy-thick tree-reminds me of someone who is firmly grounded in Him-a tree firmly planted but is going through dark times. The tree is surrounded by darkness but there is this magnificent light piercing through on the other side..it looks as if the tree is facing this light-it is beautiful and it reminds me of Him coming again to comfort in the midst of distress, to bring still waters. 

    Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

  3. 4. What thoughts do you have on Song of Songs 1:7?
    LOL! This video cracked me up. This so reminds me of me when I am not clinging to Him-not trusting, worrying..I go back and forth as He calls my name, “Rebecca, Rebecca..come to me, I am right here!” or Luke 10:41 “”Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things,”
     
     

  4. 3. What stood out to you from the above rendition of Psalm 23 and why?
     
    That all things reflect His Beauty. I was pondering this same thing yesterday as I sat for awhile outside. It was a beautiful day yesterday…a sky so blue and clear…the grass green like emeralds, and I thought how everything I am seeing in nature reflects His beauty, for this was all His idea; the colors, the sky, the breeze…it came from Him and therefore reflects who He is. Watching this video, again I see His beauty, His perfection…even the drops of rain falling on the water’s surface-how concentric circles form and move out…you can see the design in everything. As Dee said how every song or story that touches our hearts taps into something true, and points ultimately to Him, so I thought as I watched the video of magnificent skies and clouds and landscapes that these are but a shadowy glimpse of His glory, beauty, and majesty. As majestic and awesome is a sunset or sunrise, I can only think that if I could see Him totally as He is, face to face, it would be too much for my eyes to see. To think that the mountains, skies, endless stars, oceans are but a glimpse of the One who made them…and yet He calls Himself a humble Shepherd.

    1. Susan, I really love the way that you worded this. I can see things and think about how beautiful they are, but I never looked at them as a reflection of His beauty and perfection (a way of saying look how beautiful HE is.) I am going to looking at things differently and with more intention.

  5. 3. What stood out to you from the above rendition of Psalm 23 and why?  It was a beautiful video that filled me with gratitude and comfort. I love autumn and we’ve had some beautiful days.  i am reminded of God’s gift to us of beauty and comfort through the gift of His World.  

  6. 4. What thoughts do you have on Song of Songs 1:7?
     
    She is not content with the idea of hanging out “beside the flocks of your friends”. She doesn’t want his friends, she wants him. I find it interesting that if she was with his friends, she would have to remain veiled. Maybe I’m rabbit-trailing here, but I think of how often we wear masks, even at church, even in Sunday school class, even in Bible study. But when we get alone with Him, the mask comes off, we can be real, we can tell Him what is really in our thoughts. I think she has a longing to be found, to be known, to be near him.
    To me the “veiled woman” speaks of the discontent and restlessness that we experience when we want desperately someone to see the “real me”, but the very real fear of someone seeing, and not liking what they see, and rejecting us.

    1. Susan, what you said about that wanting to take off the mask but being afraid to is so profound, so true. Sometimes, like it or not, the mask comes off and when you find love and acceptance there, that is the true church of Christ.
      so thankful for the reminder to fill in my info! Thanks David!

    2. Susan~ I can so relate with the mask part. It’s very true to myself, fearing rejection. Something I have experienced a lot throughout my life, wrongfully, but still it holds a grip. Wrongfully so too. But learning to let go before Him, even if others judge, all that matters is knowing who I am in Christ and He loves me unconditionally. Thanks for your words, speaks volumes Im pondering a lot on right now.

  7. 6. How does he describe her in Song of Songs 1:9 and how is this different from being a lost little lamb?
    He enjoys her presence…He relishes her company.  He compares her to “pharoah’s stallions” which were “top of the line” horses of intelligence, physical excellence, and great value…a little lamb (albeit cute…:)) is dumb, likely uncoordinated, and not necessarily of very great value.
     
    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.
    I think I am less fearful than I was at one time.  “His story” really has stuck in my mind (from the Philippians study)…this is “His” story of which I am a part but certainly NOT “the story”…He has all well in hand; I have trust in His providence.  The example…my granddaughter.  I continue to pray for her well-being…I pray with a confidence that the Lord has all well in hand…He loves her far more than I can comprehend…I rest more peacefully in His providence for her.
     
    8. Read Song of Songs 1:12-14. How does she describe her beloved?
    As one “enchanted” and delighted with her, as she is with Him.

     

  8. 3. What stood out to you from the above rendition of Psalm 23 and why? – It seemed in the video that for most of the slide the presence of God was there as a light in some form. The singing along with the pictures calmed me and helped me remember that He is with me at all times.
     
    4. What thoughts do you have on Song of Songs 1:7? – Oh this is good, if we would only wake up with The Lord we would know where he is at all times. Why than do I not do that, it would be so simple I would not have to wonder where he is at in certain parts of my day and life.

  9. 4. What thoughts do you have on Song of Songs 1:7?
    I love how she addresses Him, “You, whom my soul loves (ESV)” Then she wants to know how to find Him, how to be nurtured and fed by Him, even in the noon hour, when it is hot—where does He protect His flock with shade and water. I love Dee’s words,  “There’s no reason to be lost, for we have been found.”

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

    For some reason, when I read. “If you do mot know…”, Matthew 8:26 jumped in my head “oh you of little faith, why are you so afraid?”. Something in the tone, the gentle directing of the Lord. When I am afraid, I question. I ask where He is, what He wants me to do, and I feel like that lamb Bee jumping back and forth—or remember that OLD dog cartoon, “Which way did he go? Which way did he go?!” Frantic. Fearful. Not trusting. He says, “follow”. Look for fellow believers, seek wisdom, follow the Word. I was recently reminded that every time Jesus was tempted in the Bible, He replied with the Word. I was once again convicted of the power of memorizing Scripture and calling upon it to combat fear, to protect my mind, to guide my steps.

  11. 4. What thoughts do you have on Song of Songs 1:7?
    5. What thoughts do you have on Song of Songs 1:8?
    Both of these questions reminded me that I need to be mindful of the moment, in the moment, and I will see God, “he will never forsake me”. I loved the Bee video, how often we behave like that!  
    I am not a fearful person.  I’ve survived some difficult times.  God has always been faithful. 
    I liked the balm, fragrance imagery. I’ve recently made a friend who is a Godly woman and often her encouragement is a balm to my soul.  I hope to be that to someone else.   

  12. Good news so far Krista….I’m in prayer for the outcome of it all.  Nothing is impossible with God with you.

    1. That is wonderful news Dee!!!!     Praying for traveling mercies and everything to go smoothly.

    2. Dee, praying that the process will continue smoothly and for your safe travels.

    3. Great news Dee, what a blessing from God that it is going so quickly for you. Praying that the closing comes with no issues and your travels are trouble free.

    4. Wow, Dee. Your house has sold. Since I helped downsize and help my Dad and step mom move and sell their house this summer, I know how much work and stress that all is. Prayers going out for your wisdom, physical strength and calm in the midst of all this for you. Let us know how it all goes.

  13. Anne, thank you so  much for the tutorial about the blog…you did a great job!

    One thing….this link does not take me to where I can give.     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               To give, go to this Link and remember to note it is from Dee Brestin Ministries LINK

    Thank you!

    1. Do we give at the Donations Page for Discipleship Unlimited  (noting Dee Brestin Ministries)?  Thanks!

    2. Joyce, is this a picture of you and your brother Dennis’ late wife, Mary Kay (I hope I’m remembering her name correctly-forgive me if it’s not right)? I love it – both of you with your aprons on and rolling pins in hand-a warm memory for you!
       

  14. 1. What stands out to you from the above and why?
    This stands out to me 
    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.
    Always now when I begin a study I ask The Lord what He wants to teach me or what He wants me to see. As I begin the study of Matthew I remember how I first saw Jesus in the gospels. He is not as I thought He was. This is what He reminded me of and promised to take me higher, into greater understanding of who He is. How this ties in with where we are going in Song of Songs!

  15. Have been sick for a few days, but trying to work anyway (i.e., attributed it to allergies so that I convince myself I wasn’t sick! Couldn’t pretend any longer).  Would appreciate your prayers.  Thanks!

    1. SO sorry Renee! Praying it passes soon and that you can let yourself REST 🙂

      1. Right now I feel like a crabby wimp — But REST isn’t coming naturally.  It might be time for DRUGS 🙂   (or maybe frozen yogurt!) OR better yet, BEHOLD HIS LOVE!

    2. Yes Renee. Sorry you are sick. I will pray too.

      1. Elizabeth and Anne,
        Thanks for your prayers — and for posting so quickly

    3. Sorry to hear you are sick, Renee. Praying.

      1. Thanks, Diane!

    4. Renee, so sorry you are not feeling well. I will pray you feel better in the morning. Rest up.

    5. Hope you are feeling better today, Renee…praying for your recovery!

  16. 3. I absolutely love this rendition of Psalm 23 for the music and the choir are so lovely. The whole psalm beautifully assures of His presence with us and that is what I so need. But the thing that really stood out to me is the crescendo at the end when David says that he will dwell in the house of The Lord. That is it, above all else. In all of Tolkien’s books I love the houses of the elves. They always make me think of heaven. All that the Lord has done for me and is for me here on earth is nothing to dwelling with Him, in His house, FOREVER.
    But I think that I really need to back away from that a little and focus on His presence with me now, to help and to guide.

  17. Sorry not to comment on the court hearing yet. I am close to exhaustion emotionally, I think.  I am unsure what to say. This is a public blog and we have to be careful what we say. As Krista said, the result of the hearing are: as an “interim” court order, she gets the boys 3 weekend each month. That is one more than she had previously, so a positive thing for her. Supervision is also off the table completely. And we have a possible trial mid November. Pray that Jeff will agree to mediation, however.  As Krista said, trials are very costly.
    Jeff is, however, reacting unkindly toward Krista and that, while expected, still hurts. We are trying to find ways to show Christian love to Jeff in the midst of this – a forgiveness that costs us. I would appreciate your continued prayers that we make the right decisions and take the right actions.
    We are so grateful for your prayers and concern. I love you all. You are a special gift to us during this trying time. I was aware of His presence in the courtroom and felt overall we had a good hearing. 

    1. Diane so good to hear the favor that was on Krista today. Will continue praying.

    2. Diane, I will be praying for Him to give you REST. Please also take good care of yourself, because emotional exhaustion can lead to physical symptoms, too. I know you all are still in the midst of this, but praying you can take some time to “come away” with Him and to have your spirit refreshed.

    3. Thanks for your sympathy for us. Susan, I did get some sleep and am feeling somewhat better this morning. Frequently, after an intense event, I just feel overwhelmed and very tired and can’t seem to make decisions or get moving. After a day or so, I feel better. 

    4. Diane, Thanks so much for the update-praying and will continue-you are loved..

  18. 5. What thoughts do you have on Song of Songs 1:8?
           ~Im not sure other than to me it literally means to follow others who earnestly following after God?
    6. How does he describe her in Song of Songs 1:9 and how is this different from being a lost little lamb?
        ~I would assume when she is compared to Pharoah’s best mare, it was a compliment towards how God sees her. God sees her as the best, only the finest of quality in His eyes, her flaws in all.
    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 think my fear goes in waves. One day or week I feel like Im soaring through God’s love and strength and some days I feel a bit timid with fear. I think the fear is being judged by others. I have to remind myself, it shouldnt matter, only God sees my heart, but it’s a truthful assessment of myself. But as I was thinking on this, Im reminded when I am in God’s presence, His love overwhelms me at times with joy and the joy of the Lord is our strength…which always makes me soar. NO matter what kind of day I might be having, good or bad, His love makes me soar with joy, literally that is how I feel at times. I wish it was with me all the time….but that just makes me want to seek Him that much more. To me the joy of the Lord is our strength conquers fear, even my self,intimidating fears I place upon myself. 

  19. Great job on the tutorial Dee, David and Anne. You are ALL AWESOME! 

  20. 5. What thoughts do you have on Song of Songs 1:8?
     
    I’m re-pondering both verses 7 and 8 after reading again the thoughts of Lash and Wurmbrand. I see a different tone in these verses as compared to verses 1-4, as if her confidence is faltering-confidence that indeed, he loves her and their relationship is secure? The beginning of this chapter is focused on him, but then starting in verse 5, she begins to look at herself, “Dark am I…” So when she asks him to tell her where he grazes his flock, that’s where I detect the uncertainty, as Lash said in her commentary, “If you’ve been with Me all morning, you’ll certainly know where I am at noon!” So perhaps her question is more of an asking if she will be welcome there?
     
    I like how Wurmbrand sees the tenderness of the response to her; first reassuring her that she is beautiful (because she is seeking Him). To follow the tracks of the sheep…follow others who love Him and are seeking Him. This speaks to me because often when I doubt my relationship with Him-doubt His love, the security and comfort I have there, I go elsewhere, to idols, seeking comfort and security. It is better for me to seek the company of others who are His sheep – I can come here, or read Christian books, or read the  Scriptures, etc…
     
    6. How does he describe her in Song of Songs 1:9 and how is this different from being a lost little lamb?
     
    He describes her as “a mare harnessed to one of the chariots of Pharaoh”. I would think that only the finest and strongest horses were used to pull Pharaoh’s chariots. I think he is speaking not only about her beauty but also about her (in Him) being strong and capable.

  21. I really enjoyed the tutorial and also had a question for David–but now I’m not seeing my comment? OH, maybe we’re on another page of comments..will poke around here 😉

  22. Chris Swan….missing you here, thinking about you often, praying for you….please let us know how you are.

  23. Dee, I haven’t written for quite a while but I wanted you to know how much I still enjoy your blogs.  You put together such a rich study each week.  I have that John Rutter CD and it stirs the depth of my soul.  I wanted to thank you too for steering me toward the prison ministry a year ago.  God certainly lead through you.  I have done your DVD series with 2 groups of women and they have responded so well to it.  Tomorrow I am meeting a gal for lunch who just got out of prison.  God has been at work in their lives and mine through this ministry.  My small group Bible study just began “Idol Lies”.  We are challenged to dig in and change!  Thank you so much for the godly influence you have on my life and the lives of those I minister to.

  24. Hello Diane and Krista,
    I wanted u to know that I was praying for u both yesterday.
    I know personally how difficult it can be regarding these issues
    At one time I had 3 little girls and court dates.
    God was always in control and I am praying for u when the Lord brings u to mind.
    I know that many others are as well but I did want u to know that I do care.
    Blessings and kisses from the Lord for all of u including the boy’s father ( I forgot his name) but I know the Lord doesn’t when I pray.
    Mellany
     
    Also so much too share regarding this study.
    But I have been doing my bible study and devotions.
    Journaling and trusting God.
     
    I have been busy canning pears now and making pear butter.
    Plans for doing salsa this week.
     
    Chuck has been off for the last 3 weeks now
    We were away from home this week.
     
    The young woman I asked u to pray for is now going to share her weight loss at a local church. 
    she has lost 150 pounds over 3 years.
    God answers prayers.  It is so wonderful.
    I am going to ask the precious Holy Spirit that she finds a “kindred spirit” whn she attends.
    She is not a Christian yet but I believe this is the first step.
     
    Regarding the study.
    I absolutely love the little lamb.  running from room to room then peeking her head out and seeing her owner.
    She runs to her.
    It makes me smile many times over.
    I am going to show my husband.
    The little lamb reminds me of my little dog JR
    Kind of scatterbrained but so sweet and loving.
    Blessings to u all
    Mellany
     
     

    1. Mellany, my mouth is watering reading your post…I’d love to be in the kitchen with you, learning how to do canning and making pear butter! Good to hear from you, as always!

  25. 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? – The Message Bible says it pretty clear If you can’t find me, loveliest of all women, it’s all right. Stay with your flocks. Lead your lambs to good pasture. Stay with your shepherd neighbors. (Song of Solomon 1:8 MSG), so from this I think that God is saying it is ok if we can’t see Him all the time, just stay with Godly people and they will bring us back to Him, hold us accountable so we put our gaze back on The Lord.
     
    6. How does he describe her in Song of Songs 1:9 and how is this different from being a lost little lamb? – He is saying she is a fine mare among those chariot horses that the Pharaoh has. She is no longer lost, she is among those who know The Lord and is doing fine keeping her eyes on him. 

  26. 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.) – For me when I became less fearful is after I got divorced and became a single mom of two young boys. I worried at first wondering how I was going to make it, but I than turned to The Lord with the help of people God put in my life at that time. With their help I realized that God was the one I needed to be turning to, to take care of me, to help me raise my boys, to trust him with not just my life but my boys also. I know now that when troubles sneak up on me to not try and take care of them myself though I still tend to think that I can handle them, wrong. With the help of God nudging me along, I was able to purchase a house on my own by taking what God blessed me with and being a good steward of it. I know   now I can do all things thru Christ who strengthens me.

    1. I love how God placed people (shepherds) in your life at just the right time, helping you to turn to Him.

    2. Julie, your testamony inspired me so much…it’s all in how we trust the Lord that makes all the difference!

  27. 5. What thoughts do you have on Song of Songs 1:8?
    It is pretty cool how they referred to her as ‘beautiful’, ‘most’ ‘beautiful’ in this verse..it combats how she keeps referring to herself as dark or unlovely. It is Him that is making her radiant and beautiful-He is the one who prompts her to seek Him -perhaps she is “most” beautiful because her desire to follow hard after Him inspires the believers around her? She doesn’t see it-but He does and the other believers there certainly do. 

    6. How does he describe her in Song of Songs 1:9 and how is this different from being a lost little lamb?
    I think of Pharoah being royalty-the chariot represents war..the mare is a young female horse that for some reason stands out above the rest? I think this verse is packed with significance but not quite sure yet. Perhaps the difference between the mare and the lost little lamb in this verse is that the mare, because He is tending her garden and she is becoming like Him, has overcome war (referring back to being dark and being forced to work in the vineyards). She follows hard after Him in her struggling-when she falls down she gets back up and seeks Him..she is growing strong and fearless continuing to grow in her security in Him-whereas the little lamb succumbs to fear not trusting the voice of her master like in the video of Bea. 

  28. Chris Swan, Miss you tons…Wish you were here!

    1. Miss you too, Chris…praying for you.

  29. 8. Read Song of Songs 1:12-14. How does she describe her beloved?
    While the King was at this table, my perfume spread its fragrance.~ I read the message version and it said when the king laid down beside her, her fragrance filled the room. I think the more we spend time in His presence, the sweeter become, we become so full of His love for us, it becomes like a wonderful perfume. We become pleasant to be around,we are so full of His love.
    Like a sachet of myrrh resting between her breasts. ~this represents salvation to me, I think I read this earlier on in this study and what a fragrance that is…speaks love, the aroma of His love.
    My love is to me a cluster of henna blossoms~ again i read other versions and some read My lover picked wildflowers just for me…~isnt that like God? He picks the very best ‘flowers’, for us. Very best people to love on us, friends, husband etc…God loves us so much, HE only gives the very best all the time. 100%+

  30. 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.
     
    This was a rather painful question…I’ve been pondering this question of fear-again this morning. So many times throughout the Bible, God tells us to not be afraid-He must’ve known we would have a problem with fear. I thought back throughout my life as to the different kinds of fears I’ve had. Before I was married, and even for a while afterward, I was very uneasy and afraid to be alone at night. I have been fearful at times of being hurt by certain people-by gossip, having my reputation damaged, causing trouble for me. afraid of confrontation.
    I struggle with the fear of losing the approval of people, both at home and at work. I don’t like to be seen as being foolish, or having done something stupid, or making a mistake. My default is to try to “cover my tracks”, to make myself look better than I am. Sometimes I want to hide myself by withdrawing.  Sometimes I’m afraid to be myself, to say what I’m thinking, for fear of other’s reaction. Sometimes I have a vague uneasiness about the future…will all my children live far away from home some day, will I be lonely or end up alone. I don’t like to admit that fear of man has so much power over me-the fear of being judged and found wanting, of disapproval, even of consequences for my mistakes.
    I suppose at the root of some of my fear is PRIDE; another root is an approval idol; another is being unsure of how God really sees me. I thought this morning of the parable Jesus told of the servants who were given money, and while some invested it and made more for their master, the one buried his because he was AFRAID, he said, that his master was hard, or harsh. I thought of why, in the parable, the master found this servant to be so wicked. Then I thought of how this servant viewed his master-with mistrust and fear, even though there was no evidence that the master mistreated his servants. How it must GRIEVE God when I see Him like this – when I doubt His love, when I react with fear (as Keller said, at that moment, I am not believing the gospel).
     
    I am learning to identify and name all of this, though, and admit it to God, which I hope is progress. I am learning to not listen to myself as much but to talk to myself, reminding myself of God’s character and His love. When I “see” Christ’s love, it does help. I think, much of the time, what we really want to know in times of fear is, “God, are You here with me?”

    1. Susan, so many of your fears and idols are mine too.        You said…”I am learning to identify and name all of this, though, and admit it to God, which I hope is progress.”    Yes, it is and it helps to admit it to others also.  Just like I was ashamed to say my son was living with his girlfriend…coming clean to God and others is helping us to not hide our fears inside, but to get them out into the open for God to heal our hearts.

  31. 6. How does he describe her in Song of Songs 1:9 and how is this different from being a lost little lamb?
    He addresses her as “My Love”, He compares her to one of Pharaoh’s mares—I think it says she has the strength and beauty of the finest of horses.

    7. Are you less fearful than you were once? How does seeing Christ’s love reduce your timidity?

    I’ve been avoiding this one. I still hear cries of fear in me, though clearly, I am less-fearful than I have been in the past. The redeeming love, the promise of eternity, the assurance that this is only temporary, I am in a tent…that truth calms my soul. My fears are all about the here and now, and my futile effort to somehow make this life one devoid of pain, discomfort. I want it easy. Easy conversations, understanding in relationships, peace, laughter, good health. Probably my greatest areas of fear have to do with either my own health, my husband’s, or my children’s paths. I want a guarantee that all will be well. The truth is, I have that guarantee—it’s just not for now, and I forget that part. Each time Jesus is tempted, He says ‘It is written…’—He goes to the Word. I am learning more and more to reply to my fears with His Truth. Take the enemy’s assaults to the Cross. As long as I can remember, I have wanted to eventually “arrive” in this walk—to have the Gospel so much a part of my blood, that I don’t falter. But He says to offer myself as a LIVING sacrifice. That hit me. Living. That means daily, repeatedly, as I breath—remind myself of the Gospel.

    1. Love this Elizabeth….” He says to offer myself as a LIVING sacrifice. That hit me. Living. That means daily, repeatedly, as I breath—remind myself of the Gospel.”

      How has your pain been lately?  I pray it is all gone.  I’m also praying for your children.

  32. Diane and Krista, just wanted to let you know that I am glad to hear things went well this week and that I will continue to pray for a positive outcome in this situation.
    I am away on a vacation, in Kona Hawaii with my kids.  I am enjoying the family time that I only get a few times a year with my daughter working here in Hawaii.  I thought I would be able to keep up with the study this week, but have found that hasn’t worked out so well, although I am enjoying spending time with my kids.  I did manage to read the parts of someone watching over me. That has stuck in my head this week, even though I haven’t managed to get through the study He is watching over me.  We are going to the observatory somewhere on the island tonight and I understand it is a spectacular sight…and I am sure I will see in the sky that He is really watching over us.
    I may get a chance to drop in again, but my son and I are not heading home until the end of next week so I may only get the opportunity to read and contemplate, but even for that I am thankful. 

    1. Enjoy your vacation and especially your kids, Mary!!

    2. Thanks for your prayers and concern, Mary Canada.
      Glad you’re having a great vacation. Wow! Hawaii!

  33. 8. Read Song of Songs 1:12-14. How does she describe her beloved?
    He is her King, her Beloved. She compares Him to the most precious and fragrant oils.

    9. How has He been a fragrance, oil, or a salve to you this week?
    Wow—I almost missed it. It’s been a challenging week for me, and I’ve been tempted to fall in fear, or self-pity—and I’ve faltered but I haven’t fallen. As I look back on it right now, I’m seeing how His arms have been under me, lifting me up. I am picturing myself on a balance beam, or a tight rope—and there is this assurance I cannot fall. A few years ago, I walked a tightrope—and had those harnesses on me, I felt so confident—this is way beyond that.

    I am smiling now as I remember multiple “little” blessings, unexpected, unusual—like commenting for the first time on a blog I “quietly” follow, and having a personal response from the author telling me how I had blessed her very specifically in a way she knew was of Him. Then an unexpected email of thanks from someone, that came, for me, with His timing all over it. A basket full of apples picked from a dear friend for me left on my desk. Today my youngest had a (non-urgent) Dr visit so we took the day to play together—got “lost” hiking through trails—best day I’ve had in a long time.

  34. What beautiful memories you are making Elizabeth!  And also receiving many kisses from God!

  35. Thank you Dee for clearing up the confussion of how we can give to the prison ministry.   I’m going to repost it here, in case  other’s missed it……”Joyce and Renee inquired about giving — we are going to eventually have a button for those who wish to give. For now you can give to Discipleship Unlimited and put down that it is from Dee Brestin Ministries. There’s information on the getting started page. Thank you so much. You can also give directly to me and send it to Box 285, Ephraim, Wi 54211 and put down that it is to buy books for inmates. When you give to me, there isn’t a tax deduction — so you may prefer to give to Discipleship Unlimited. Both used to bless inmates — and you are scattering your seed on deep rich soil and in heaven you will see the fruit.”

    Also, thanks for asking about the lady with me in my picture, Susan.   Yes, it is my late sister-in-law, Mary Kay, whom I was so close to.  She was like the sister I never had, until she married my oldest brother 47 years ago. This picture was 1985 and we each made aprons for each other….and didn’t know!  (As we both loved to bake)    I miss her so much…she’s been gone a year and a half now.      Her birthday was last week and I made her favorite cake and we went to be with my brother so he wasn’t alone that evening.        She has been on my mind alot lately, because their youngest son has lost everything…his wife, kids, job, health insurance and all his savings…and has nothing left.  My brother had to go find him living on the streets and bring him home and get him in rehab…all because of drugs.   Mary Kay always protected him so much from the time he was little as he had ADHD and was on ritalin.  No one could stand to take care of him and she stood up for him and he knew it.  He grieves the lost of his mom so much.    Please pray for him…his name is Darren and he is 39 and has always struggled with alcohol in his adult years, but someone got him on meth about 2 years ago and he is a mess.   Thank you

    1. Joyce, Fun to read the apron story.  It’s so hard to keep track of time… in some ways, seems longer amount of time, other ways seems like just yesterday that Mary Kay had bad reaction to surgery.  Praying for Darren right now, that he will know God’s love, protection, and deliverance.  Meth is SO awful.

    2. Oh Joyce…I remember how you always spoke of Mary Kay, and how she was like your sister, how you loved her so much! You both knew each other so well…both making aprons for each other. How lovely that you celebrated her birthday with her favorite cake and spent the evening with Dennis. I’m so sorry to hear about Darren and will pray for him; I’m sure the loss of his mom hit him hard, and meth addiction is so very hard to overcome.

  36. Joyce–I have missed you. I will pray now for Darren, that is so, so  hard, I know your heart must be heavy. Lord, we pray for Darren–that You would meet him where he is, that You would bring him close to You Lord and heal his pain, break through to him with You great power. Amen
    Love you Joyce~

  37. 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.)

    This was beautiful:

    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.””

     
    First off i see-“I HAVE”…”I HAVE”…So yes, it is all Him if I go one day, after something happens, without fear.
     
    He is making me ‘less’ fearful than I used to be. I am getting more of a glimpse of what it looks like when God is the potter and I am the clay now-it means pain is part of it, but He is helping me bend to the movements of His hands through trials of late-and believe me-I can’t mention them online but we have had some doozies the past six months-talk about being tempted to fear-tempted to control and tempted toward approval and comfort, AND stumblling in those then turning. I hope that makes sense! I also see more clearly how important iron sharpening iron is..I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Chariot and horses example and how Dee ties it into the church..There is more than one strong horse involved-and I see how I so need to be around other believers who are following hard after Him for together He makes us strong.

    My example: Idol Lies shook my world-God showed me my comfort and approval idol were in my garden and desperately choking out the beauty-these weeds were huge. He is tending it and..to put it shortly-yesterday I was saying to Him-there is no place I would rather be than with you..whenever something happens I am so tempted to stay there and worry-or make things better and I start racing like a madwoman inside and I feel this aloneness and then I realize I am not alone I am just turning my face from Him-but He has His face on me and He is present-I have been stopping and reminding myself of this truth and that I am His-I remind myself that I am not alone because He took on that loneliness on the cross so that I would never be separated from Him, and He loves me no matter what. I am learning not to place my trust in man or myself for we are broken and fallen-but OH HE IS THE LOVELY ONE. When something happens, yes I react and fear does creep in-but He helps me see and has been helping me turn.  I guess, I see life as beautiful-and painful and I am grateful, but life on this Earth isn’t my redeemer-He is- He is the one I am with eternally-He is the lovely one and there is nothing more satisfying than dwelling with Him. So every day is a choice for me-when something happens I ask myself, Who is more worthy of giving myself to? Is this worthy of me hiding in-or is HE worthy to hide in? and of course the answer is Him for those things are dirt-worthless- compared to His majesty.

  38. 8. Read Song of Songs 1:12-14. How does she describe her beloved?
    Her fragrance is spreading at His table-I also see how Her fragrance is His-being at His table is resting-satisfied, comforting..

    9. How has He been a fragrance, oil, or a salve to you this week?
    Well, we have had some high tide stress and He has come as I mentioned in 8-I can’t explain for He has been my peace through it. He has brought me comfort hiding in Him-for I know my time on Earth is but for a season-and in the future with Him in the new heaven and new Earth-so He is bringing me comfort in remembering He is my Hope-and the worries-the things of this Earth will pass away-but His love endures.

  39. A special thanks to you my sisters who ‘missed me’ 🙂
    I have been catching up a bit here and praying, especially for you all as I read.
    I had a real struggle before the Praying Life study began at church. September 10 would have been Daniels 21st birthday. I am not one to mark anniversaries, but this one tore me to shreds. I spiraled down quickly.
    I was obedient in confessing the dark things in me to a friend who spoke truth to me, I prayed some feeble prayers, but it was an awful hard week with nightmares and a struggle against hopelessness.
    The woman who was leading the study with me also felt overwhelming discouragement leading up to the study, she said she felt we were under attack because prayer is so important.
    The night before the study Bill and I fought, I couldn’t stop crying, it was awful. I was so low.
    My friend who I was confiding in asked me how I felt about starting the study, I said I knew I needed to go forward when I felt like running away, and that I had a flicker of hope.
    The study went really well, we have 22 women signed up, all but two were there. The study went well, the feedback was positive. 
    The darkness seems to have left…for now 🙂

    I clicked on the Discipleship Unlimited link, when I chose the pre arranged donation amounts there was not a way to note Dee Brestin Ministries, at least I didn’t  see one if there was one. I think we have to go through the Contact Us link to make that distinction.

     

    1. oh Chris, YES you have been greatly missed! Yesterday, I had wondered if there was a recent anniversary–I wish I had looked back to find Daniel’s birthday. So sorry. But thanking Him that the darkness seems to have lifted–will pray you continue to feel new hope

    2. Glad you’re back, Chris!
      What an answer to prayer regarding your Bible Study — does sound like you were under attack.

  40. Dee–I have been supporting Disc. Unlim. a few years now, but never designated it for your ministries–I’m sure I can update that if it would be more helpful. Though I did just receive a nice email from Linda since I needed to update my address, I told her I was one of your “girls” from the Blog and she was so kind!
    Praying for productive packing!

  41. 7. Are you less fearful than you were once?
    I have been thinking about this question ALL WEEK.  Sometimes, I just grin and shake my head.  Because it doesn’t take much to be less fearful than I was a long time ago, I was almost amused by HOW MUCH I’ve changed.  Sometimes it seems easier to deny/ignore the most fearful times, times when fear was my identity.  I remembered these verses from Lamentations 3 when thinking about the changes:

    19 I remember my affliction and my wandering,    the bitterness and the gall.20 I well remember them,    and my soul is downcast within me.21 Yet this I call to mind    and therefore I have hope:

    22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
        for his compassions never fail.
    23 They are new every morning;
        great is your faithfulness.
    24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
        therefore I will wait for him.”

     
     
    How does seeing Christ’s love reduce your timidity?

    Knowing how he views me increases boldness to do what is right — even when it is really, really hard.  I’m thinking fear, for me anyway, isn’t an all-or-nothing thing.  Recently, I confronted some tough stuff.  Although I still was afraid, certainty of my identity in Him allowed me to face the fear and challenge wrong-doing, including patterns that others have been afraid to challenge.  If I only focus on the circumstances, I’d still be afraid.

    Sometimes fear is irrational, i.e., I might be afraid of something that can’t/won’t hurt me– at all.  But fear also might be rational; it might cause me to leave a burning building, if possible.  The GOOD NEWS in Christ is that He loves me, and even death (if I can’t get out of the burning building) will not separate me from His love.  I could easily get this jumbled up and attempt to believe that somehow God has promised that I don’t have to be fearful because He will prevent me from getting hurt. 

    What I see taking hold in me more and more is that He is with me through pain.  God has been faithful in that He has used extensive, long-lasting pain to draw me closer to Him.  It often takes the hard stuff for me to be completely open to seeing His love and resting in and on Him.  Maybe the biggest change in me is that during the tough stuff, I recognize His love and rest in Him more quickly.  I am SO THANKFUL for how God has worked in my life, for how far he has brought me.  But it’s very humbling to think about where I still am.

    1. Renee, your post blessed me so much. Oh I pray others see it–just loaded with truth and evidence of His grace and work in your life. Amazing. and your last paragraph–wow.

      Are you feeling better?

      1. Thanks for asking.  Yup… feeling MUCH better.  Not “all better” but left the house for half an hour today 🙂    Better today than yesterday and yesterday than the day before.  And SO thankful. 
        I was getting a little FEARFUL because I’m supposed to travel this next week.  Now, I can see that even if I were stuck home in bed, I could be thankful for His Sovereignty and presence.  For all I know, He could have been using a virus in my body this past week to protect me from some danger outside.

  42. Just got a chance to watch the instructional video on the changes to the blog. Thanks so much David, Dee and Anne for doing this. It was helpful. I hope everyone has a chance to watch it. It is under “Contact” at the top of the blog page, in case anyone is wondering.

  43. Are you less fearful than you were once?
    I want to thank each of you who have answered this question, especially those who admit that they are struggling, Personally, I am also struggling. This battle that we are going through is bringing out waves of fear, anger, despair. Obviously, there is a deep work that God is trying to do in me but I struggle with guilt in not being more at peace and joy and with how to figure out how to trust God more deeply. However, an article by Scotty Smith did bring me great comfort knowing that even the apostle Paul struggled sometimes with fear.
    Thanks again for showing me in your video how to insert a link, Anne.

    1. Such a good article, Diane.  Thanks for sharing it. 

  44. Hello,
    I am requesting prayer.
    I received a phone call from my brother.
    My younger sister is in the ICU with congestive heart failure.  Her liver is at risk.  The right side of her heart is affected.  Her lungs filled up with fluid.  She is in stable condition and able to speak.  All good signs, whn my mother died of something similar 7 yrs ago she was unable to speak. Her weight is extremely low.   
    I was able to speak with my sister which I consider a good sign but she is very weak.
    The most important prayer requests are that fractured relationships can be healed.  We are just starting to talk to one another.  We never spoke for about 5 years this time.  As some of u know our family was impacted by abuse (sexual, physical, emotional )- but God has been so good in reaching out to hold us. 
    I have spent most of the afternoon in prayer.  God is so good and I know that I can trust Him and Him alone.
    My youngest dtr. who does not pray, prayed with me on the phone. 
    I was able to talk to my older sister as well.
    Chuck and I are leaving tomorrow for the coast.
    We prayed together right away and it brings back memories of how my mother died.
    Whn I first started dating Chuck my mother died.  He was the first person I called. 
    My sister and I were on the road racing to get there in time but we did not make it.  My mother died in ICU 7 yrs ago.
    Chuck decided that we should wait until tomorrow and drive then.
    I am feeling a little disjointed at this time but I believing for a miracle.  I am very much aware that this will be the beginning of a long haul for my sister. 
    Belinda was asking to see a Chaplain at the hospital and she is aware that she needs Jesus but not willing to surrender her heart.  So much abuse and so long a story that it is difficult to articulate it all in an e-mail.  I told her that Chuck and I prayed and that she is on the church prayer chain as well.
    Just pray that she does not die before I get there and that there will be the peace of God flooding every conversation, room, emotion, fear etc. that will be represented there.  When we all get together at times of great stress (usually a death) the family is so at a loss.  I believe that God will use this for His glory and His glory alone.  I have been praying for reconciliation and restoration for my household and Chuck’s.
    I believe in the Jesus.  He is the resurrection and the life.  None can go to the Father except through Him. 
    Please pray that I will be able to articulate that w/o any misunderstanding. 
    with sincere thanks
    Mellany
    PLease pray for peace.  U know the old hymns which I love so much.
    peace like a river attendeth my soul
    God always seems to bring them to mind.  I wish I could share so much of what God is doing in my life during this last month but I do not want to glorify myself or boast.  I only want to glorify God and to boast in Him and Him alone. 
    God is showing me so much about needing fruit in my life not just gifting’s.  I have a gift for writing but it is for God’s glory and not my own.  I want to display His fruit, love, joy, peace, patience, faithfulness, kindness, gentleness, self-control, against such things there is no law. 
    It is simply God taking over. 
    It is no longer I that liveth but Christ that liveth in me.  He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today. 
    He walks with me and He talks with me along life’s narrow way.  He lives , He lives, salvation to impart. 
    I know He lives,  He lives within my heart. 
    Blessings to all:)
    Mellany

    1. Mellany, I am just seeing your post this morning; I will keep your sister and your family in prayer.

  45. Chris, I am so sorry for all you have been through…it seems the evil one is working overtime with many of us.  My prayers are with you.    Renee, I’m so thankful you are feeling better too.   Diane and Krista, you have been on my heart so much…I’m thankful you get the boys one more week-end…praying for a good outcome of all this heartache and pain for you all. 

       
          The apron story is a wonderful memory for me as we had to make each other’s gifts when  we drew names each year.  Mary Kay and I both loved to sew and bake, so we made each other aprons and didn’t know who had our name….it was so funny and we all laughed and laughed, so we each got a rolling pin and  had our picture taken!  She had the greatest personality and most wonderful laugh.  I have two other sister-in-laws, but sad to say they have always been close and don’t include me.  Mary Kay was my partner in crime!  We had so many fun times through the years.   Sorry to carry on like this.  Thank you so much for your prayers for Darren.   He is a sweet loving boy, that never failed to hug me, hello and goodbye.   It has been a tough month for my brother and Darren and his  older brother and sister. He is the baby of the family and was so close to his mama.  They are all still grieving for Mary Kay and now this is so very hard. Darren started meth when his mom was suffering and dying.  Darren does love the Lord and prays, and has given his heart to the Lord…Praise God.   We all must  trust the Lord, because he has a plan for each of us.  So I am thanking him. for the heartache and tears, because it’s all in his plan and it will all work out for the best. 

    Are you less fearful than you were once? 

    Yes, because each trial I’ve had in my life has blessed me and helped me to grow closer to him.   And each time, it’s easier to give all my trust over to him…because I feel so much a part of my Lord.  He is right here with me always and I couldn’t get through one day without him.  He is my everything, more than anyone or anything here on earth.   This is not my home….I’m so looking forward to spending all eternity with him!   

    1. Joyce, I replied to you up above, but again, I see how much Mary Kay is on your heart…I love this, “Mary Kay was my partner in crime!” It is no wonder you are so close to her son.

  46. 8. Read Song of Songs 1:12-14. How does she describe her beloved?
     
    She describes him as being, to her, a “sachet of myrrh resting between my breasts”, and “a cluster of henna blossoms from the vineyards of En Gedi”. He is beautiful and fragrant to her, and he is close to her heart.
     
    9. How has He been a fragrance, oil, or a salve to you this week?
     
    When I first read, “A few weeks ago Susan….” it kind of jolted me…and then, “sigh”…because I can have an “aha” moment where I “see” something, and then a few weeks later, I have forgotten, I have regressed, I have allowed something to steal it away from me. So thank you for reminding me of what I said about Jesus being an ointment. I need it…experiencing the sadness of Alzheimer’s with my mom. I can be with her, but trying to protect my heart-afraid of the pain…I suppose if I can allow Him to be a salve to me, then I can allow my heart to be laid bare, even broken.
     
    My take-aways…this lesson addressed (for me) the area of fears and longings. There are answers to these in Song of Songs-which I never realized before. When I have deep longings; some that I cannot even name, I can know that what I really am longing for is Jesus.

    1. Oh, my heart goes out to you, Susan, dealing with your mom and her Alzheimer’s. I understand completely how when you are in the midst of struggle the gains of yesterday seem lost in the stress. I too have been feeling guilty and like I have regressed, forgetting how deeply God loves me. May His healing balm bless you with peace and especially healing over and over again. I know He will!!!

    2. Susan, I’m so sorry about your mom.  You are so precious to me….I will be praying for you and your parents.

  47. Im a bit behind, it was a very busy, hectic week last week and we had company come in from Italy all weekend. So Im catching up. I have listened to Nancy’s message a few times.
    Some notes that I took away, I had a moment where I remembered reading several times in Proverbs about ‘wisdom around our necks’ to adorn our necks with wisdom. This again, was an aha moment. I love how God ties all his scriptures together. Some Proverb scriptures are:
    Proverbs 3:3: Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.
    Proverbs 1:8-9  Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. They will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.

    Proverbs 4:9 (talks about getting wisdom)
     She will set a garland of grace on your head and a present you with a crown of splendor. 
    (this scripture to me represents a wise woman, seasoned, graceful and kind. Her beauty radiates wisdom and grace. Kind of like Mother Teresa comes to mind.)
    God refreshes us, love this. The myrrh around our necks, Jesus lies between our breast, picture of Jesus close to us all times. Even during the night~times when Jesus seems absent or troubles in life.