“It was then that an unmistakable sensation came over me, as if God were holding me in a 360 degree embrace and saying, "NOW I can love you!" Fresh tears began to flow as I sat there soaking in a love I had never anticipated could ever flow from God to me. I honestly had never learned that God could touch my emotions. I had never expected that God's love and talk of His Bride would be anything more than ethereal head knowledge found in the pages of Scripture. Needless to say I had to go diving through the Scriptures to make sure I hadn't suddenly snapped and fallen off the deep end.
What does a Roman Soldier, a Yemeni headdress, and the Bride of Christ have in common? Do gems, silk and honey have something to say together? What if the message of eternity was found in antiquity? Introducing, "Dressed for Eternity", the latest book by Author Marilynn Dawson. Through practical research into down-to-earth materials, history and workmanship, Marilynn draws some interesting parallels to character God longs to see in the Bride of Christ.
“God’s been speaking to me so much about His love and how it affects areas of life I never really thought about before, areas that I’m realizing are almost impossible to achieve victory in apart from His love working in me. It honestly amazes me. Truly we can do nothing apart from the transforming work of God’s love through the Holy Spirit in our lives. All our best efforts apart from this love are just so much wood, hay and stubble. Imagine what would happen to our churches if more of us made this realization ...
“I saw a tidbit one day, of someone not understanding why anyone would sing of falling in love with God, or why anyone would sing of God desiring to love us. They asked if they should glorify God or send Him flowers. . . God says in Scripture that He longs to take us under His wings as a mother hen gathers her chicks (Psalm 91:4, Matthew 23:37). God says He sings over us and rests in His love as He does so (Zephaniah 3:17). God says He thinks about us all day long, that we are always on His mind ( Psalm 139).
“Indeed. . . God sets the solitary in families. . . the lonely among those who care. . . Through the efforts of some of those among my church family’s pastoral staff, the glass walls began to crumble. . . It was fearful at times, especially when big chunks of those walls fell down leaving me feeling exposed and vulnerable for a time. . . But God in His wisdom had placed the right people in my life at precisely the right time to help me through, to draw me out, and as a result, to bring me to that place of healing and restoration I keep talking about. In light of the past few years, this verse really is a comfort tonight.”
“I was recently reminded of why I choose to lose myself in moments of praise and worship regardless of my circumstances. It is only when I take my eyes off what is going on around this home and put them on Christ, that I can engage in and experience feelings of joy, gratitude and love, and seek to touch my Lord’s heart. It is so comforting, so reassuring and so quieting, that God overlooks what seem to me to be such faltering, failing attempts to love those around me, and yet seek to love me Himself in such incredible ways.”
“Clearly to God, holiness is a beautiful thing. . . a Christian that sets themselves apart from worldly influences in order to please a holy God, brings a smile to His face and pleasure to His heart. It tells Him that this person genuinely wants to please Him and will literally do anything to bring that about. This is the kind of person God wants relationship with!” Becoming the Bride of Christ chronicles my personal journey as I learn to live with God as unseen Husband and Father in the home.
Have you been wondering how to take your faithwalk to the next level? Do you feel like you have more of an arms-length relationship with God rather than a more intimate relationship? Just like other relationships, your relationship with God requires time and communication. What does your personal devotional time look like right now? What do you have carved out of your day for just you and God? Are you looking for something that will not only give you a structured reading of the Scriptures, but give your prayer life a jump start?
Why not look into Author Marilynn Dawson's next book, "A Year in Prayer With Jesus"? We're giving away a one-month preview of her book here on this blog as part of a pre-launch book tour that Marilynn is on right now. This is actually a pretty novel way of looking at and utilizing The Lord's Prayer. Marilynn has done her best to ensure that every single point covering the entire year, does not duplicate any other Scripture references! There's also room in addition to each points prayer prompt, where the user can add their own in as well.
From childhood I suffered many inexplicable bouts of illness that left me in serious pain, missing school and temporarily bed-ridden. Doctors were baffled. In my forties it was finally discovered that I had a very rare liver disease. I needed several operations to stay alive at a time when liver transplants were never heard of. A brilliant surgeon kept me alive for twenty more years. Eventually I degenerated to the point where the liver began to fail completely and I had only a few months to live. I was saved by a liver transplant although I had to wait ten long months before the new liver became available.
William Shakespeare wrote the most profound question of all... "To Be, or Not To Be?" This is the sub-theme of this book, which is written from nearly forty years of vision and revelation, which led the author to find the answer that lies "beyond the shadow of a doubt" in our mind, where there is no question, only knowing. It is intended to be a 'little light' reading, that will encourage and inspire the reader to seek out the undiscovered realm that lies beyond their wildest imagination, to discover the Image-Nation of Eternal Love, the Kingdom of God.
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