Lord Have Your Way In Me

Here I am
Down on my knees again
Surrendering all
Surrendering all

Find me here
Lord as You draw me near
Desperate for You
Desperate for You

I surrender

Drench my soul
As mercy and grace unfold
I hunger and thirst
I hunger and thirst

With arms stretched wide
I know You hear my cry
Speak to me now
Speak to me now

I surrender
I surrender
I want to know You more
I want to know You more

Like a rushing wind
Jesus breathe within
Lord have Your way
Lord have Your way in me

Like a mighty storm
Stir within my soul
Lord have Your way
Lord have Your way in me

I Surrender– Hillsong 

If we’re being honest, I should be studying for Spanish right now. But the Lord takes precedence over my knowledge of Spanish vocab. I’ve heard this song before, but when we sang it at church this morning it really sent a chill down my spine. If you were to write a song about my relationship with the Lord right now, this would be the song. “Here I am,” “Desperate for You,” “Drench my soul,” “I want to know You more,” “Lord have Your way in me”…Words taken from my mouth. These words are my prayer right now, especially, but hopefully forever as well. It truly is an amazing feeling that I get listening to this song and singing it in praise. He is all I need! Wow, praise to The most high.

Lord, have Your way in me!

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The Song of Solomon

If you’re asking for dating advice, you’re asking the wrong girl. Now I can give nothing from my own experience, but I can point you to some of the most beautiful and, frankly, romantic verses in the Bible. Oh yes, the Song of Solomon. In college most everyone is dating or looking for a potential “mate” whether they know it or not. But unfortunately, even for many Christians, we haven’t ever been given a means of knowing what Christian dating looks like. Churches tend to not look at SOS because of its reputation for being sexual. And it is, in one chapter, but it is also a representation of how God intended relationships to be formed and honored. Lucky for me, I went to an all female Bible study in 10th grade where I was introduced to the meaning of this particular book. A few years later I’ve made my way back to SOS. In college, many think that they can get away “living it up” with no consequences. SOS is the opposite of that.
The basic premise of this piece of scripture is that God rewards patience. We are taken through many stages of Solomon’s relationship with a woman who becomes his wife. There is courtship, the wedding, the wedding night, addressing conflict, and faithfulness between spouses. If you want to date, SOS will teach you how. My favorite part is the humble woman being caressed with tender and honoring words from her husband. He respects her, treats her like a precious gem and makes her feel safe with him. I mean, he had 60+ groomsmen all trained in battle to protect their wedding. She is safe with him.
One thing I find funny about our Christian culture is how we all quote scripture out if it’s context (hey, I’m guilty too). Song of Solomon 4:7 is a great example, but honestly all of 4 is too. In this chapter, Solomon and his wife are consecrating their marriage and he is romancing her with words. He hasn’t even touched her yet, but goes up and down her body telling her how beautiful she is. He compliments that she had all her teeth (haha) and that her hair is a flock of goats (trust me it’s romantic). So just know next time you quote that, you are quoting their marriage consecration. But no worries, I did the exact same thing and even highlighted it in my Bible before I knew what it was about. Every girl would want to be told how beautiful she is from the one she loves. It’s a beautiful passage. The literature of it as well as the deeper meaning. And I think people forget the meaning of sex and that The Lord created it. It is for a man and woman to become one. One is a very serious thing, in His eyes and mine.
I won’t go into detail because it will take forever. And, frankly, I don’t know enough to really educate in Song of Solomon. Instead I’ll link you to the audio of the Bible study video I watched in 10th grade. They’re long but worth it. The pastor is a wise and funny man, Tom Nelson, from Denton Bible Church. Click this link (http://dbcmedia.org/sermons/love-song-a-study-in-the-song-of-solomon/) if you want to listen. I really encourage you to!

Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you by the gazelles and by the does of the field: Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires. Song of Solomon 3:5

To All the Girls

Ladies, we are amazing. All of us. Whether you know it or not, God has made you an amazing being. Tom Nelson of Denton Bible Church said something that really fascinated me about us women. The noble women of the Bible are not described by their beauty, but by the strength of their hands and the humility in their hearts. I was dumbfounded by that statement. It is so true! No where in Proverbs 31 is the woman of noble character described as having beautiful skin, shiny hair, or a perfect body. But instead she rises early in the morning to run her household and she brings her husband good. She is worth more than rubies. In Song of Solomon, the woman of Solomon’s affection does not find herself attractive. But, she is obedient to authority, hard working and will not be like the prostitutes. This mini revelation sparked an idea inside me… If the Bible is the source of all truth, why do we humans value the appearance of women (and men) instead of the character? Why? Imagine a world where the women that were like Solomon’s wife and the wife of noble character were cherished because of their character! Wow, how much more Christ-like would our world be. He tells us to store up treasures in Heaven and that the earth will pass away, but He will not. He commands us to live in humility and walk through trials with our eyes on Him. Thank goodness He does not care about us having the most perfect, white teeth or beautiful, curled hair everyday! We don’t always have it together on the outside, and even on the inside some times. But, His desire is our heart. He longs for us to follow Him through the rough times of unkempt hands because He is using those hands (and their work) to develop a woman much stronger, wiser, and more cherished than a woman who only has her looks.