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Poem for your soul

Posted in Culture, Love with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 22, 2009 by rylanreed

This poem was written by a terminally ill young girl in a New York Hospital with cancer. It was sent by a medical doctor in an email.

SLOW DANCE

Have you ever watched kids, On a merry-go-round? Or listened to the rain, Slapping on the ground?

Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight? Or gazed at the sun into the fading night?

You better slow down. Don’t dance so fast. Time is short. The music won’t last.

Do you run through each day, On the fly? When you ask How are you? Do you hear the reply?

When the day is done, Do you lie in your bed, With the next hundred chores, Running through your head?

You’d better slow down, Don’t dance so fast. Time is short. The music won’t last.

Ever told your child, We’ll do it tomorrow? And in your haste, Not see his sorrow?

Ever lost touch, Let a good friendship die, Cause you never had time, To call and say,”Hi”.

You’d better slow down. Don’t dance so fast. Time is short. The music won’t last.

When you run so fast to get somewhere, You miss half the fun of getting there.

When you worry and hurry through your day, It is like an unopened gift…. Thrown away.

Life is not a race. Do take it slower, Hear the music, Before the song is over.

When I received this email, it said she had six months to live, that was back in July of 2006.  As her dying wish, she wanted to send a letter telling everyone to live their life to the fullest, since she never will.  She’ll never make it to prom, graduate from high school, or get married and have a family of her own.  She wanted to see how many people would receive her poem.  She is probably gone now, but hopefully with the emails that were sent, her memory and the continued work of finding a cure for cancer will continue on.

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Song of Solomon

Posted in books, Culture, following Jesus, God, Love with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 9, 2009 by rylanreed

I was in the car a couple of months ago with a few girls from the Campus Crusade, and they were talking about the Bible and how each one reads it differently.  Some said when they were younger, they tried to read through the whole Bible from front to back in a year.  Most were not able to finish it, but some of their reasoning was surrounded by what Song of Solomon was all about.  They hoped it was just for married people and giggled about some of the things that were in the book. They also brought up the point that they had never heard of a Pastor preaching about Song of Solomon and no one really teaches that until marriage.  Pastor Mark Driscoll, Mars Hill Church, has a series on the Book of the Bible which I think is very insightful.  Tommy Nelson, Who is the Pastor at Denton Bible Church in Denton Texas, Also has an eight section series about Song of Solomon as well.  You can also go to the website as well to get more information about this book.

I do believe that the book of Song of Solomon is directed Towards Married couples, but I also think it is helpful for Singles and those looking toward marriage and love, to see What God says about it and how he wants us to handle this delecate situation called Love and Marriage.  I also believe that this book is talking about our relationship with Jesus, as we are his Church and bride and he is the bridesgroom. Here are some of the sections of sermons that Driscoll talked about: Let Him Kiss Me 26:00 minutes in;  The Little Foxes 8:00 minutes in; and Into The Fields 0:01-7:30.  You can read this through-out the Bible, but I wanted to share with you a devotion from Morning and Evening, by C.H. Spurgeon.  The morning of March 20th:

‘My bleoved’

Song of Solomon 2:8

This was a golden name which the ancient Church in her most joyous moments was wont to give to the Anointed of the Lord. When the time of the singing of birds was come, and the voice of the turtle was heard in her land, her love-note was sweeter than either, as she sang, ‘My beloved is mine and I am His; He feedeth among the lilies’. Ever in her song of songs doth she call Him by that delightful name, ‘My beloved!’ Even in the long winter, when idolatry had withered the garden of the Lord, her prophets found space to lay aside the burden of the Lord for a little season, and to say, as Esaias did, ‘Now will I sing to my well-beloved a song of my beloved touching His vineyard.’ Though the saints had never seen His face, though as yet He was not made flesh, nor had dwelt among us, nor had man beheld His glory, yet He was the consolation of Israel, the hope and joy of all the chosen, the ‘beloved’ of all those who were upright before the Most High. We, in summer day of the Church, are also wont to speak of Christ as the best beloved of our soul, and to feel that He is very precious, the ‘chiefest among ten thousand, and the altogether lovely’. So true is it that the Church loves Jesus, and claims Him as her beloved, that the apostle dares to defy the whole universe to separate her from the love of Christ, and declares that neither persecutions, distress, affliction, peril, or the sword have been able to do it; nay, he joyously boasts, ‘In all these thing we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us’. O that we knew more of thee, Thou ever precious one!

My sole possession is Thy love;

In earth beneath or heaven above,

I have no other store;

And though with fervent suit I pray,

And importune Thee day by day,

I ask Thee nothing more.

Unequal Yokes, what?

Posted in following Jesus, Love with tags , , , , , , , on March 25, 2009 by rylanreed
Unequally Yoked….-T.D. Jakes *
“The Apostle Paul stated in 2 Corinthians 6:14….’Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?’ Why this admonition? Because the faith that we live by is the measurement that we use as a guide, the counselor that we seek in a crisis, and the values that affect us sexually, emotionally, and spiritually. If we are not using the same measurement of faith, problems often become insurmountable because one doesn’t respect the other’s yardstick of beliefs. It creates a dynamic similar to the one you find in a marriage counseling session where one partner comes and the other refuses. While it may be helpful to the one attending, the session cannot restore the wholeness of the marriage without both partners’ participation.”
* I want to point out that I do not believe in everything that T.D. Jakes believes in, mostly the Trinity and his beliefs about baptism. I posted this quote by him, because I think it speaks well into marriage and being one with someone that (if you believe in Christ’s death of the cross) follows in the same beliefs.

All we need is love…

Posted in Culture, following Jesus, God, Love with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 16, 2009 by rylanreed

A friend of mine wrote this excerpt a good while ago, but I think we all need to keep this in mind as we are living our lives and the position or place that God has us in at this exact moment.  For me, I am in South Africa and there are tones of times where I have to lean on God to love a certain person, because of what God has me doing here and that I am a ambassador for Christ, not living for myself, but for Him.

A lot people can’t reach the same non believers the same way you can. THat’s why God puts us all in different places and different situations for reasons sometimes unexplainable. Everyone that’s in our lives are there for a specific reason. We don’t meet people on accident. So the next time you meet someone different accept them no matter what they’re going through. We have to LOVE them first.
Do we love people?
The difference between our love and God’s love is this: Our love towards people is Conditional. We only LOVE people because of who they are in out lives or what they have done for us. But God’t LOVE is Unconditional! To Him it doesn’t matter who you are or what you have done for him or anyone else. He LOVES us no matter what circumstances we are facing or have faced. “If anyone says, I LOVE God, yet hates his brother he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot LOVE God, whom he has not seen.’ (1 John 4:20) THe only way we can obtain this Unconditional LOVE that God has is through His Spirit…Take it or leave it……Do you Love God??
God LOVES everyone!
God LOVES murderers, liars, adulterers, prostitutes, homosexuals, porn addicts, drug addicts, alcoholics, husbands who beat their wives/families, thieves, child molesters, and everyone in between. He LOVES you no matter what. He hates the sin but always LOVES the sinner!!!!

We can only love those around us by having God love THROUGH us.  If we don’t love God first and formost, we will never be able to love anyone around us to the extent that is needed.  No one is perfect, and that’s so cool about Jesus. He doesn’t want us to be perfect and able to love everyone.  He wants us to have our faults, so when we trust in Him and rely in Him, He will work through us and get all the glory because we know how bad and wrong we are without Him.  “4But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, 5even when we were dead in our trespasses made us alive together in Christ – by grace you have been saved” Eph. 2:4-6

“1Therefore be imitatirs of God, as beloved children. 2And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a fragrant offeringand sacrifice to God.” Eph. 5:1&2

“7Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.”             1 John 4:7

Let us love those today through the Holy Spirit, given to us through Christ and His love for us first, seeing others as Christ see’s them.  We don’t have to love what they do, but we should love them for who God made them, in His image!

Looking Towards L-O-V-E

Posted in Culture, God, Love with tags , , , , , , , , on March 13, 2009 by rylanreed

I got this in an email from a friend of mine a couple of years ago, not really sure why he sent it or why I was asking him to send it, but when I read back through it, I really liked what it had to say and showed me some of what I was doing in that area.

Everyone longs to give themselves completely to someone – to have a deep soul relationship with another, to be loved exclusively and thoroughly… But God, to a Christian says, no; not until you’re satisfied and content with being loved by Me alone. I love you, my child. You must discover that only in Me is your satisfaction to be found. You will never be united with another until you are united with Me – exclusive of any other desires or longings. I want you to stop planning… stop wishing… allow Me to bring it to you. Just keep watching Me expecting the greatest things. Keep experiencing that satisfaction knowing that I AM. Keep learning and listening to the things I tell you. You must wait. Don’t be anxious. Don’t look at the things you think you want. You must keep looking off and away, up to Me or you’ll miss what I have to show you.

And then, when you are ready, I’ll surprise you with a love far more wonderful than any you would ever dream. You see, until you are ready and until the one I have for you is ready, I am working even this minute, to have you both ready at the same time. Until you are satisfied exclusively with Me and the life I have prepared for you, you won’t be able to experience the love that exemplifies your relationship with me… and this is true love.

God calls us to love Him first and foremost.  If we love others more than Him, he calls it idolatry.   Matthew 10:37 says “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.” That’s harsh, but God is just explaining that He is the only thing that matters. “May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.” 1Thes. 3:5 And when that happens in our life, He will then give us what we need.  “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:27