The Lord Still Answers And Jesus Still Heals!

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Psalm 3:4 CEV – I pray to You, and You answer from Your sacred hill.)

The AMPC version of today’s focal verse says, “With my voice I cry to The Lord, and He hears and answers me out of His holy hill. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!”

For me, it was in that selah moment: the pausing to serenely and intently reflect upon those words that truly displayed The Lord’s goodness towards me.

So, today, I just want to share on the goodness of The Lord, how He knows all things, and how He deeply cares about and is so intricately involved in every single detail of our lives. Or in my case, how He had given me the answer to a prayer that I had not even prayed yet.

I turned 34 on my birthday which was a little over a couple of weeks ago now. That morning, I was in worship and just sitting with The Lord and I asked Him to give me one verse to focus on for the month. Psalm chapter 3, verse 4 was the verse that He spoke to me.

After reading that verse, I was just in awe because I had prayed and He immediately answered which was what the verse that He had spoken to me to focus on said in a very literal sense.

My birthday was April 4th, which was on a Thursday. On that following Tuesday, I woke up with this unexpected pain in the bottom of my left foot. The pain reminded me of the same pain that I used to get from tendonitis years ago when I played sports. My foot was tender and it was almost like you feel this pulling/tearing going on inside of it.

Well, if you know me, then you know that I am a lover of essential oils and the Queen of holistic remedies. LOL! So, I rubbed some peppermint oil on it which made it feel better instantly and I went on about my day.

However, by that night around bedtime it started to bother me again. And when I woke up the next morning, the pain was worse than it was the previous day, so much so that it caused me to walk with a bit of a limp. Again, I put peppermint oil on it, but this time there was still this nagging pain that never went away. And so, I just pushed through and endured it all throughout that day.

It wasn’t until my time of prayer that night that The Lord reminded me of the verse that He had given me to focus on.

I mean, I had prayed about everything under that sun. I had prayed for myself, my family, my friends, etc… but for some reason I never prayed about the pain in my foot.

After I had finished praying, I was lying on the sofa in stillness just basking in The Lord’s Presence and I heard Him say, “Why haven’t you asked Me to heal you?”

Of course, I knew instantly that He was referencing the pain in my foot. And it was in that moment that I remembered Psalm 3:4 — I pray and He answers! It was profound, yet as simple as that.

I took a moment to reflect upon the promise of Psalm 3:4 and then I sat up, I laid both of my hands on my foot, and I said, “Lord, I ask in Jesus’ name that all of the pain in my foot would be gone and that You would heal it completely and restore to how You divinely intended for it to operate. Amen.” 

As soon as I finished praying, all of the pain was completely gone and I haven’t experienced any pain or issues since!

I share all of this with you guys for three reasons:

  1. ) I had prepared something totally different to share with you all this Sunday, but The Lord wanted me to share this testimony and I always want to be obedient to what He’s asking of me.
  2. ) I wanted you to be encouraged in that fact that The Lord listens and He answers!
  3. ) The truth and promise of today’s focal verse is not just for me, but for every single one of you as well.

And so, today, I leave you guys with this eternal promise and timeless truth: THE LORD STILL ANSWERS AND JESUS STILL HEALS!!!

“Ask Me anything in My name, and I will do it for you! – Jesus (John 14:14 TPT)

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Sunday Soul Kiss Creative Spotlight Of The Week

This week’s Sunday Soul Kiss creative spotlight shines on my beautiful friend, Renee Popinski-Young, who is a Christian artist who creates beautiful cross paintings. I bought the painting that you see below from her. The picture truly doesn’t do it justice. It’s much more lovely in person!

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Happy Soul Kissed Sunday and Happy Resurrection Sunday! Sending you all heavenly hugs and holy kisses! You are all in my prayers! I love you guys!

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Prophesy Life To Your Valley Of Dry Bones

(Ezekiel 37:4-5 NLT – Then He said to me, “Speak a prophetic message to these bones and say, ‘Dry bones, listen to The Word of The Lord! This is what The Sovereign Lord says: Look! I Am going to put breath into you and make you live again!’”)

The NIV of today’s focal verses say, Then He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear The Word of The Lord! This is what The Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.’”

How electric and life-giving are those words?!

Over this last week, as I’ve sat with Papa God and meditated on Ezekiel chapter 37, verses 1-14, Holy Spirit has just been continually unveiling and wrecking me in the best possible way with new and fresh revelation of The Word of God. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read that passage of Scripture over the course of my life, but wasn’t truly cognizant of how powerful the gift of prophesy is or mindful of the fact that The Word is alive—literally alive. And not only is The Word alive, but it gives life as well. (John 1:1-5)

Just in spending intimate time with The Lord, it has amazed me how notably the truth of those very words have just adhered to my spirit and been a constant reminder of how dynamic The Word really is. And in me taking the time to reflect upon that truth, it reminded me of yet another truth that mustn’t be negated. And that truth is, that our words as in the words that we’re speaking daily are paramount.

The Bible says that death and life are in the power of the tongue and those who love it will eat its fruits. (Proverbs 18:21) So, the question to ponder then becomes, what are we speaking forth over our lives, our families, our friends, the dreams of our hearts, and our destinies?

The Bible also says, What comes out of the mouth is what’s overflowing in the heart. (Luke 6:45)  What that says to me is, that what we say is what we truly believe in our heart of hearts not only about ourselves, but also about those around us as well. I would like to propose that we should intently mull over what we’ve been speaking forth and if our thoughts and words don’t line up with the truth of who God says we are and who He’s created us to be, then we need to replace those thoughts and those words with His truth.

We not only need to meditate on the perfection of the promises within The Word of God, but sit with Him in the secret place, ask Him to speak to us His truth— that eternal truth that He spoke over our lives from the moment that He first thought of us, listen for His voice to sweetly whisper the truth of who we are into our hearts, and then began to prophesy that truth over our lives.

As we position ourselves to start speaking life over ourselves and others everyday, here are 4 powerful little gems/tokens of truth for us to store in the treasure chest of our hearts and minds.

  1. ) Before The Lord created us in our mother’s womb, He knew us, approved of us as His chosen instrument, and set us apart consecrating us unto Himself. (Jeremiah 1:5)
  2. ) We are fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14) (That reference is from the NIV, but I really recommend reading Psalm 139:1-18 from TPT as well because the wording there is much more personal, intimate, and elaborate.)
  3. ) The Lord’s plans and thoughts toward us have always been to give us unwavering hope and a bright future. His heart for us is that we would abundantly prosper. (Jeremiah 29:11)
  4. ) Jesus came to give us everything in abundance, more than we expect—LIFE in its fullness until we overflow! (John 10:10)

As we enter into this new year, let us hold the truth of those 4 things in our hearts, being fully aware of the efficacy that lies within the words that we speak, and knowing that above all else The Word of God will always stand firm, outshine, and reign supreme over the blatant lies of the enemy.

In closing, my prayer is that we would unequivocally accept and receive The Word of The Lord as the infallible truth that it is and prophesy that truth over our lives, our loved ones, our hopes, our talents, our gifts, and our dreams allowing The Lord to breathe life into, upon, and within our own personal “valley of dry bones”.

“The human voice: It’s the instrument we all play. It’s the most powerful sound in the world, probably. It’s the only one that can start a war or say ‘I love you.'” – Julian Treasure

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Sunday Soul Kiss Book Of The Week

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This week’s Sunday Soul Kiss book of the week was written by my amazing friend, Debbie Kitterman!

“The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement” is on my top 5 list of must reads. I was incredibly blessed by it and I can promise that you guys will be super blessed by it as well. I will be giving away 2 free copies. The winners will be chosen on 1/15/18. If you’d like to enter, you can do so by simply leaving a comment of this post. Debbie also has a really great reading plan on the YouVersion Bible App called #BETHEGIFT Someone Needs Today, so be sure to check it out as well!

Sunday Soul Kiss Album Of The Week

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Happy Soul Kissed Sunday and Happy New Year! Sending you all heavenly hugs and holy kisses! I love you guys!

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There’s A Place For You Here + “Holy Kisses” Mug Giveaway

(Ephesians 2:6 TPT- He raised us up with Christ The Exalted One, and we ascended with Him into the glorious perfection and authority of the heavenly realm, for we are now co-seated as one with Christ!)

Back in February, I went to two different conferences that greatly impacted and empowered my life: “Fire 18” in Jacksonville, FL and “Glory Nights” in New Orleans, LA.

To be completely honest with you, I’m still processing and reflecting upon the experiences and encounters that I had at both, but I’ve felt that Holy Spirit is leading me to share this one experience with you guys that happened on one of the nights of “Glory Nights New Orleans”. With that being said, I’m going to attempt to describe what was happening during worship that night just to try to paint a picture for you of what the atmosphere in the room was like.

There was a room full of beautiful-hearted people that genuinely love Jesus and we were all just singing and worshiping The Lord.

So, right from the very beginning, The Presence of God was already permeating and starting to completely saturate the entire room.

If you were to take a quick glance around the room you would see people lying on the floor, sitting, standing, and just in their own sacred space with The Lord. Everyone on my row happened to be standing as they were worshiping including me and I heard The Lord say, “Sit on the floor with Me.” There really wasn’t much room to sit unless you had already moved to the one of the aisles or to the front or the back of the room prior to worship starting. So, I just quietly sat down Indian-style on the floor in front of my seat with my hands and heart open and ready to receive.

As soon as I closed my eyes, I saw The Lord sitting in this beautiful, antique chair. I wouldn’t quite call in a throne. To be honest, it reminded of this chair that my Grandpa would always sit in when I was a child— the same chair that I would always climb up into my Grandpa’s lap to watch TV (mainly sports), eat snacks, and drink sweet tea. 🙂

What I’m saying is, this picture that I was seeing of The Lord sitting in that chair as I’m sitting on the floor with my eyes closed felt and seemed incredibly familiar to me. It had a very nostalgic feel to it in the sense that what I was seeing in the spirit had begun to evoke real emotion from me in the natural.

I began to weep and I felt this love that I don’t even have the words to accurately describe to you and then I started to remember all these very precious moments that I had growing up with my Dad and my Grandpa both whom I was incredibly close to, but have gone on to be with The Lord.

But when the memories started to drift from my focus and I began to laser in on The Lord sitting in that chair again, I saw that He was smiling and He was patting His right leg as a parent or grandparent would do when they’re letting a child know that it’s ok for that child to climb up into their laps to sit down. And The Lord was saying over and over again, “There’s a place for you here.”

Today’s focal verse says, He raised us up with Christ The Exalted One, and we ascended with Him into the glorious perfection and authority of the heavenly realm, for we are now co-seated as one with Christ! 

For we are co-seated as one with Christ! I’ve been sitting here mulling over how beautiful and incredibly powerful that is.

I share all of this with you guys for three reasons:

  1. I wanted you to be able to see how The Lord will take you on this sweet, intimate journey with Him and bring up memories that are precious to you just to show you the depths of His heart for you and how He intimately knows you.
  2. I wanted you to understand how those memories can be directly related to the relationship that He’s trying to either establish or richly deepen with you.
  3. I don’t believe that this experience was just for me. I believe that it is for the body of Christ as a whole. And so, I felt that you should know or be reminded of the fact that, you have an ever-extended invitation from The Creator of the universe Himself also known as our Abba Father to climb up into His lap, rest your head upon His heart, and be one with Him.

As we reflect upon today’s focal verse, my prayer for us is that that we would take it to heart, cling to and rest in it’s truth, and then view and live our lives through the lens of the promises within that truth.

The Lord, Himself is calling us unto Him. So, as He beckons you into His lap, simply sit, smile, rest, and receive from Him remembering that there is always a place for you there. 🙂

Happy Soul Kissed Thursday! Sending you all heavenly hugs and holy kisses! I love you guys!

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This One Thing I Ask, This Only Do I Seek…

(Psalm 27:4-6 TPT – “Here’s the one thing I crave from God, the one thing I seek above all else: I want the privilege of living with Him every moment in His house, finding the sweet loveliness of His face; filled with awe, delighting in His glory and grace. I want to live my life so close to Him that He takes pleasure in my every prayer. In His shelter in the day of trouble, that’s where you’ll find me, for He hides me there in His holiness. He has smuggled me into His secret place where I’m kept safe and secure.”)

Each morning as I sit with The Lord and just bask in His Presence, I find that I am continuously enamored by His love and His goodness. I’m always amazed by how sweetly Papa God lures me into His Presence as I worship Him and how tenderly He speaks to my heart as I just lie at His feet.

Verse four of the NIV of today’s focal verses say, “One thing I ask from The Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of The Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of The Lord and to seek Him in His temple.”

This morning I had a moment with The Lord where I was just soaking in His Presence. As I was lying before Him, I closed my eyes, turned all of my affection towards Him, and simply waited for the sweetness of His voice. In doing that, I saw what appeared to be a candle lit chamber. It almost reminded me of a place where you would have an intimate dinner with someone, yet there were no actual candles only flickers and reflections of light. In this place, there was nothing but space; no walls, no ceiling, and no floor. And this is what Abba spoke to my heart, “Here, on the inside of you, is where I’ll meet you. This is the most intimate secret place there is. This is where you’ll experience and encounter the deepest depths of My love for you. For here, in this place, it will always be just Me and just you. This is where you’ll hear My voice. This is where the deep in Me will call out to the deep in you. This is our place of Spirit to spirit. This is where I will reveal to you wisdom, revelation, and the secret treasures of heaven. This is where you will sit with Me and you and I will dream, make plans, and beautifully create together. This is the place where My living water will gather and flow from within you. For it is this place, that the power of My Presence is ignited within you. Beloved, it is here, in this place, that you will be empowered to do the impossible. This is your place of rest, but it is also your source of power. For it is here, that I will renew your strength for you to soar like the eagles. And it is here, in this place, that when you seek Me, you will always find Me waiting to be with you every minute and every second of each day.”

If our bodies are temples that belong to The Lord— a place where His Holy Spirit dwells (1 Corinthians 6:19 VOICE)—  where His kingdom lies within us (Luke 17:20-22 AMPC), then I would like to propose to you that perhaps when Papa says you’ll seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all of your heart (Jeremiah 29:11-13 AMP), it could simply mean that the deepest and most intimate place that you can find His Presence is actually within yourself. Perhaps, when He says, Arise, My darling, My beautiful one, come with Me” (Song Of Songs 2:10 NIV), it could be as simple as stilling yourself and your thoughts long enough to find Him within yourself and from that place you can start this beautiful journey of being led and taught by His Spirit. From this place you have the honor and pleasure of being able to intimately and continuously commune and converse with Him or to simply just be with Him.

I am a woman who fervently believes in having a secret place such as a prayer room or prayer closet where you can meet with The Lord daily. I’ve encountered and experienced Papa God in my own secret place in ways that I can’t even begin to describe to you, so I can tell you from personal experience that I know that The Lord will honor us seeking Him from those places.  However, I don’t think that it’s the space or rooms in the physical places that we create to meet with Him that mean the most to Him. I believe that it’s the room and the atmosphere that we prepare and set within our hearts—that sacred space that we create within ourselves as His temples that truly capture His heart.

That place on the inside of us is where He dwells waiting for us to still and silence everything else to meet Him there. That place is where our relationship with Him begins and is perpetually deepened. That place is sacred and it’s where we will always connect with and to Him in the deepest and most intimate of ways. It is there that He will reveal His heart to us and teach us the great and unsearchable things that we do not know (Jeremiah 33:3 NIV).

Today’s focal passage of Scripture says, “Here’s the one thing I crave from God, the one thing I seek above all else: I want the privilege of living with Him every moment in His house, finding the sweet loveliness of His face; filled with awe, delighting in His glory and grace. I want to live my life so close to Him that He takes pleasure in my every prayer. In His shelter in the day of trouble, that’s where you’ll find me, for He hides me there in His holiness. He has smuggled me into His secret place where I’m kept safe and secure.” 

We have this timeless invitation from The Lord to live in the truth of those verses every single day. Meaning there is never a moment where we can’t enter in and be with Him. It is my prayer that if you are reading this today, that you would accept Papa’s invitation daily and diligently seek His face from that sacred place within yourself where He is patiently waiting and longing to meet and be with you.

Abba, I just want to start by saying that we are deeply in love with You and eternally grateful for the beautiful gift of the veil being torn allowing us complete access to intimately be and commune with You. You are so loving and so merciful— truly a good, good Father and perfect in all of Your ways. We are lovers of Your Holy Presence and we surrender our will to Yours with the sweetest longing in our hearts and souls to have more of You every single second of our lives. Lord, we make a covenant with You to seek You daily from the secret and sacred place on the inside of us where You patiently await to meet with us each day. Papa, we trust You, we honor You, and we thank You for the precious and powerful treasure that is Your Holy Spirit in which You have so graciously gifted and entrusted to us. In the name of Jesus Christ, Your precious Son and our Lord and Savior— I pray, Amen and so be it.

“He who dwells in the secret place of The Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of The Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand].” – (Psalm 91:1 AMPC)

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Sunday Soul Kiss Album Of The Week

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Sunday Soul Kiss Book Of The Week

I actually have two books of the week for you guys this week from two lovely friends of mine who happen to be beautiful women of God. I pray that your hearts will be blessed by their words. I know that these books will be a great blessing to you all, but I have honor of giving away one signed copy of each. To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post. I will be praying over each person who does and I’ll give the books away to the person(s) that I hear Holy Spirit saying could benefit from them the most. The winners will then be notified via email and social media.

Book 1: “Peace Of A Lifetime: Embracing A Life Of Hope, Wholeness, And Harmony Through Emotional Abundanceby Lisa Springer Murray

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Book 2: “Embracing The Race: 40 Devotions For The Runner’s Soul” by Lisa Preuett

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The Importance Of Prayer + (“Incense Rising” Giveaway)

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(Psalm 141:2 NLV- May my prayer be like special perfume before You. May the lifting up of my hands be like the evening gift given on the altar in worship.)

Today’s focal verse holds such a special place in my heart. On January 10th of this year, I had a dream in which I saw the words of this verse come to life.

In this particular dream, I saw myself lie down and start to pray, yet there was this immediate cognizance that I was in Papa God’s Presence. The words of my prayers were leaving my lips and ascending before Him in what appeared to be hundreds of little folded journal pages.

I didn’t have revelation of what the dream actually meant until I woke up the next morning, sat before The Lord in worship, and began to write it down in my prayer journal. It was in that moment, that Holy Spirit revealed to me that God was giving me heaven’s view and His perspective of what it looks like when I pray. He was allowing me to see how sacred and dear my prayers were and still are to His heart.

I share this with you guys because if you’ve been a follower of “A.S.-K.S.” for any amount of time then you know that I’m avid prayer journaler. I keep record of my personal prayers, how Abba answers those prayers, and also how He speaks to me whether it be through His Word, dreams, visions, or simply just the sweetness of the inner voice of Holy Spirit whispering  truth to and within my heart and spirit.

You see, because God knows how much I treasure writing out my thoughts and prayers to Him, He designed the structure of my dream in a way that was special and personal to me and the intimate way that He and I converse in the secret place with one another.

How many of you know that what The Lord did for me, He’ll do the same for you? He will reveal things to us in a way that is sacred to our personal relationship with Him just to let us know that He’s listening, but we first have to be willing to speak.

I think sometimes in our humanness we may feel or think that our prayers aren’t heard or that they’ve simply gone unnoticed. But, I sit here writing you this morning as a living testimony that Papa not only hears, but sees our prayers as well. When we take the time to intimately commune with Him our words truly capture and ravish His heart. 

However, I believe the true treasure is found in His response to us. His answers to our prayers are always immersed within this profound love that is so pure, perfect, and true. His Words don’t just capture our hearts, but They cling to the soul and spirit radiantly providing light, love, hope, beauty, promise, life, and truth.

It doesn’t matter how we choose to converse with God, the only thing that matters is that we do. Our words are sacred to Him whether they’re spoken or written. He just simply loves when we make the choice to be with Him.

Just in casual conversation with other believers, I’ve found that praying doesn’t come natural to everyone.  And not that there’s this secret magic formula that you have to remember when it comes to prayer. I think the majority of my most precious moments in God’s Presence have been the times that I’ve just sat with Him, spoken very little, but listened very intently.

At the same time, I do believe that there are a few essential tools that help usher us into The Lord’s Presence and help us to connect with His heart a little more intimately.

One of those things being a good devotional. I say that because a lot of devotionals will not only aid you in becoming familiar with Scripture, but can also help you to commit and focus on setting time aside daily to be alone with God. A lot of them also end with a prayer that you can read through and speak over your life which I think can be helpful in developing a habit of praying everyday.

If I had to recommend a great devotional for you to read it would be “Incense Rising: 60 Days To Powerful Prayer” which was actually written by my lovely friend, Carolyn Dale Newell.

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Within the pages of “Incense Rising”, each day, you’ll find a different topic to focus on that will help inspire you to seek The Lord on a deeper level, a focal verse or passage of Scripture to read, an encouraging word from Carolyn, a verse to commit to memory, a recommended passage of Scripture that you’ll have to open your Bible to read, a different name of God that will help you to call out to Him more intimately, practical words from Carolyn to aid you in truly walking in your new found intimacy with The Lord, and then an ending prayer that all you have to do is read and receive.

I know that this book will be an incredible blessing to you all, but I have honor of giving away only one signed copy. To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post. I will be praying over each person who does and I’ll give it away to the person that I hear Holy Spirit saying could benefit from it the most. The winner will then be notified via email and social media. If you would like to purchase a copy of “Incense Rising”, you’ll find the links to do so located below in the Sunday Soul Kiss book of the week.

In closing, this is my prayer for you: I pray that as you seek The Lord, He would fill and surround you with the precious gift that is His Presence. I pray that you would truly come to know Him intimately and that His pure and perfect love would overtake you drawing you deeper unto Him. I pray that your greatest joys would be found in the moments that you’ve simply said yes to being with Him. I speak life and love over you and I bless you in Jesus’ name— Amen and so be it!

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Happy Soul Kissed Sunday! I love you guys!

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Eyes To See Truth

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(Song of Songs 1:15 NIV- How beautiful you are, My darling! Oh, how beautiful! Your eyes are doves.)

The Song of Solomon is one of my most favorite books in the Bible. I’ve read it countless times and every single time I read it, Holy Spirit whispers to my heart another little divine nugget of it’s precious truth.

So with today’s focal verse in mind, I’m going to take you on a little journey to reveal just a token of that truth.

As many of you know my heart truly values intimacy with God. Quite often as I’m praying or even just simply soaking in His Presence, He’ll bring a verse or a particular passage of Scripture to mind.

There have been many times where those very passages have come from the Song of Solomon.

Whenever The Lord uses His Word as an avenue to speak to me, I first pray for revelation of that particular verse and then I start to mediate on it’s truth.

This morning as He brought Song of Songs 1:15 to mind, there were also two other passages Scripture that I immediately began to reflect upon as well.

The first one was (Matthew 6:22 AMP – “The eye is the lamp of the body; so if your eye is clear; spiritually perceptive, your whole body will be full of light; benefiting from God’s precepts.”).

And the second one was (Matthew 3:16-17 NIV – As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and He saw The Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on Him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is My Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased.”).

Two key points to remember from those verses are:
1.) Our eyes are lamps to our bodies. Meaning, not only are they the light for our souls, but also how other people come to see the light within us. And 2.) Biblically speaking, doves are symbolic of The Spirit of God.

Now with those two things in mind, let’s go back and reflect upon the words that Solomon had spoken to his bride-to-be in today’s focal verse.

His words to her were, “How beautiful you are, My darling! Oh, how beautiful! Your eyes are doves.”.

If you’ve read the entire first chapter of the Song of Solomon then you know that just a few verses before that, Solomon’s bride-to-be was conversing with him expressing to him how negatively she viewed herself. She asked him not to look at her out of fear that he would see her the same way she saw herself. She then proceeded to give him specific reasons why she felt so unattractive and unworthy.

At first glance, it seems as if Solomon’s words to her were just to assure her of how beautiful she truly was to him from a physical standpoint.

But what if his words to her had a much deeper connotation than just to express what he saw in her physical appearance?

You see, as I was praying for revelation of what Solomon was saying, Holy Spirit revealed to me a deeper truth. I do in fact believe that his words were an expression of his attraction to her physical beauty, but I also believe that he wanted her to know that her true beauty wasn’t just physical. But that it was in fact when he looked into her eyes— because it was there that he saw and recognized The Spirit of God within her.

To reflect upon those very same words with a more in depth perspective revealing an even deeper level of truth… I also believe that’s how The Father views us.

In those moments when we’ve felt unworthy or less than, God is always there to remind us of the beauty that He sees within us— that radiates from the inside out. He never sees us as unworthy or broken the way we sometimes view ourselves. As His beloved, He connects with us Spirit to spirit. The deep in Him calls out to the deep within us. When He sees us, He recognizes the wholeness that is Him living on the inside of us. He sees us as whole, uniquely gifted, beautifully, fearfully, and wonderfully made just as He created us to be.

So today, I just want to remind you that your worth and value has no limits. You are loved and treasured beyond measure. You are chosen, gifted, and empowered for greatness through The perfect and Holy Spirit of God living on the inside of you. Nothing is impossible for you!

Beloved, your eyes are doves which means you have the capacity to see yourself and the world around you from Abba’s perspective and with His perception. You have the capacity to see and recognize His truth. And today, that is my heart’s greatest prayer for you.

Abba, before we ask You for a single thing, we first say thank You for Who You are in us and for Who You’ve empowered us to become as we abide in You. Today, I simply ask that You would open our eyes that we may see ourselves and the world around us with the same love and beauty as You do. Let Your Holy Spirit awaken our hearts to the promises and purpose that You have chosen and set us apart for. Renew our minds with Your truth that we may rest and trust in Who You’ve called and created us to be. Help us to always recognize our worth in You and Your truth in us. Draw our hearts so closely to Yours that the vision You have for our lives would then become the vision that we in turn would have for ourselves. Lord, we love You and we’re so very grateful for Your Presence. In the name of Jesus Christ, Your precious Son and our Lord and Savior— I pray, Amen and so be it.

“Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other’s eyes for an instant?” ~ Henry David Thoreau

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