Monday, June 24, 2013

Song of Solomon - Summer of Sizzle

Bible Study Week Four –
Bring on the SIZZLE
By Carri Pratt

“There I will give you my love.” Song of Solomon 7:12

This week read:  Song of Solomon 7:10 – 7:13

The Shulammite woman makes a bold move this week by inviting her lover on a romantic getaway.

Being assertive and making the first move is definitely easier for some than others.  However, we can all make an effort to let our husbands know that we desire them.

In verse 7:11 the Shulamite woman suggests a very romantic setting “among the henna blossoms.”  You can practically smell the sweet air.

She wants to explore with him and make new discoveries.  Her desire is for them to find out if the vine has budded, if the blossom has opened, and if the pomegranates are in bloom.

In verse 7:13 the Shulamite woman displays her ability to set the mood as she makes specific reference to the mandrakes which are an ancient aphrodisiac, it means “Love Plant” in the Jewish Scriptures (Wikipedia)–

“The mandrakes send out their fragrance,
    and at our door is every delicacy,
both new and old,
    that I have stored up for you, my beloved.”
Song of Solomon 7:13

This is such a powerfully seductive message being conveyed to her spouse to let him know the depth to which she desires him.  We can view this as an example God provides for us to make known our desires for our own husbands.

I must say it is rather fun to watch a chick flick or read a romance novel, but nothing compares to the real thing!  I personally can become a bit consumed with the characters and circumstances of that perfect romantic moment on screen, but I have to remind myself, this is all made up in Hollywood.

Movie makers know that men are more visual and fantasize through images. They also know that women are more relational and fantasize through their emotions.  They purposely create films that are referred to as, “women’s soft-porn” to lure us in.  We must be careful not to allow ourselves to be overcome by this tactic.  It can very easily lead to discontentment in our relationship and leave an empty space in our hearts and an unrealistic desire in our souls.

Fortunately I remember that I have a wonderful husband in the next room and together we can make our own romantic moments. The perfect man does not exist, but the “Ideal Man” does.

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Weekly Challenge

This week there is just one challenge…

Plan a special night of romance in your own home, but away from the master bedroom.  Invite your man to make new discoveries with you.

10 Ideas for an in-home romantic getaway:

1.      Sitting by the fire pit on the back patio
2.      Candle lit living room
3.      A moonlit swim in the pool
4.      A getaway tent in the backyard
5.      Relaxing Jacuzzi time with soft music
6.      Dancing in the den
7.      Playing games in the Game Room
8.      On a bear skin rug next to the fireplace
9.      A bubble bath for two
10.        A yummy picnic in the dining room

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Coming up:
2 Cute Tuesday – Salon Basket Giveaway
Thursday Article by Amy Gentry

Contributions by Rev. Erika L. Takacs, Associate Rector,
Saint Mark’s Church, Philadelphia, PA

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