Tuesday, July 30, 2013

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Summer of Sizzle - Capture His Heart
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Monday, July 29, 2013

Capture His Heart with these 3 Steps

Capture His Heart with these 3 Steps

by Kim Hawkins 

         1)   Make Hubby’s Priorities Your Priorities

My husband’s main Love Language is Service. When I focus on him by serving him and following through with what is important to him, he feels loved. So, when I prepare our home for his arrival with a hot dinner, he feels valued and honored.

As disappointing as a my husband recently accidently breaking his leg two days after us booking our vacation was to us, it became a huge blessing in disguise.  I became his right hand (wo)man.  

 Not only did God reveal to me how little I normally help him (before the boot and crutches), but how much I really enjoyed serving him. 

Make a point each day to fill him up with your words, actions, positive body language, facial expressions, and tone of voice with pure love and acceptance. Take this challenge and the fruit will most certainly follow!!!! Lord, guide us as to how to serve our beloved ones, In Jesus name, amen!

“Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Philippians 2:3

2)   Respond without Reacting or Retaliating

The way we treat those we live with is our legacy, it’s the sermon we preach and how we will be remembered. Gentleness, God spoke to me after I totally overreacted over something, in retrospect, IT was so very small. 

It’s as simple as treating others the way we want to be treated. As I tell my kids, and God has reminded me of the same principal, “You are only responsible for YOUR behavior.”  Commit to walk upright with a pure heart and His fruit will always follow!

 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” Galatians 5:25

3)       Purge habitual sin:

Pride? Humble yourself before God and your husband. A controlling woman/wife/mother is NOT led by the spirit. Plus, it's so very unattractive! Repent and be free.

Envy?? Do not allow yourself to compare yourself or husband to another. Ever! Look at yourself and your hubby through God’s eyes.  God forgave me and he opened my eyes to all the beauty and gifts we both were given. I now truly adore and delight in my gift from God, my husband. Confess and live in fullness.

Unforgiveness?? This will hinder you like no other!! Not only does holding onto hurt open doors up for enemy activity in your life, it will separate you emotionally from others as you will undoubtedly will start to operate in self-protection. Release all pain/hurt and nail it to the cross and allow God to be your defender. Lighten your load and improve your overall outlook (and your looks…Sin shows on your appearance), pray and ask the Lord what is hidden deep in your heart that needs to come to the light today!

“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23-24

Song of Solomon - Summer of Sizzle Wk 9

Song of Solomon - Summer of Sizzle
Bible Study Week 9

Capture His Heart
By Carri Pratt 
“You have captured my heart...”
Song of Solomon 4:9

 This week read Song of Solomon 4:1-11 
 Click here to read on BibleGateway.com

Is it just me or does verse 4:9 make your heart race too?  The very thought of a man telling a woman she has captured his heart is the stuff romance novels, movies, and songs are made of!

I understand real life is so much better than romantic movies, and we shouldn’t put pressure on our spouse to be like the fantasy men we see on television, however, who wouldn’t love to hear their spouse say the line from Jerry Maguire, “You Complete Me  chill bumps!!  We see in this week’s passage that the Shulammite woman has totally captured King Solomon’s heart.   

He speaks of her beautiful eyes, hair, teeth, lips, neck and breasts.  He expresses how beautiful he perceives her to be and he could quickly spot her face in a crowd of a thousand women.  He sees her as truly unique.  She was the only girl for him.

What is it about the Shulammite woman that could so impress such an impressive king?  Looking back over the entire text the reader finds many keys to her influence:

          She is assertive   (v. 1:7)
          She is attractive   (v. 1:8)
          She is suggestive   (v. 1:16)
          She is a friend   (v. 2:3)
          She is sensual   (v. 2:4-6)
          She is anticipatory   (v. 2:15)
          She is in love   (v. 2:16)
          She is self-confident   (v. 3:1-2)
She is flirtatious   (v. 5:3)
She admires her man   (v. 5:10)
She is creative   (v. 6:2-3)       
          She is imaginative   (v. 7:11)
          She is dedicated   (v. 8:6)
She is pretty amazing and King Solomon can see what a remarkable wife this woman is to him.

As I look over this list I can easily see that it is quite intimidating.  What the Proverbs 31 woman is to home-making this woman is to love-making.  Put them both together and watch the sparks fly!  

One main thing the Shulammite woman was NOT - she was not distracted from her objective, she was focused on her man.  She was NOT too busy to "sit in his shade" 2:3. A huge disadvantage 21st century women share is the amount of obligations we have and the potential for less than perfect time management skills. 

So what does this mean to me personally?  How could I ever live up to either one?  How can I compare?

Answer – don’t compare yourself to anyone.  Celebrate who God made you to be and what He has designed you to accomplish.  Look upon both the Shulammite woman and the Proverbs 31 woman as excellent guidelines to follow and reference, but be yourself.  Be your best self and be the best you can be for your spouse.

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THE FUN STUFFWeekly Challenges

Pray for your marriage, your spouse, and yourself

Reflect over the qualities God has revealed in Song of Solomon that increases your ability to capture your man’s heart

Choose one quality to work on this week

Be the best that you can be by relying on and trusting in God

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