February 14, 2007

The Dance of the Bride

Happy Valentine's Day!

Don't you just love this 'holiday'? OK... I know not everyone does! But what an opportunity to love on people... to let the Love of God shower over you and flow out of you! Isn't that what we are to be about this year, anyway?! I just love it! I love all the romance and roses, the love letters and love songs, ...but I am just 'that way!' Last year, the Lord put it on my heart to include our daughter in our Valentine's celebration. He wanted me to assure her that it is not just a holiday for Couples Only. He wanted me to remind her that she is loved... always - whether she is single or not... He wanted me to teach her that in the years ahead, some of her friends will pine away for a boyfriend and desire to have a special Valentine at any cost - but that He loves her the most hands down... He gave His very Best because of His great Love for her... for all of us! It was such a nice evening, we are doing it again this year... including another friend who is single as well. We will take Communion before we eat dinner by candlelight at a table with a view... we will invite in the Lover of our souls to dine with us and fill us up!

I pray whether you are single or married, whether you are a fan of this day or an avid naysayer of the whole thing - I pray that He will romance you today and knock your socks off! Oh yes - and I pray that you will hear His call to join Him in the Dance! Below is a vision & a word from the Lord that I had that came about yesterday during our prayer meeting! Enjoy...


As we entered in to our worship time, the music had barely began when I heard His familiar voice whisper to me... "It's time to dance again!" I hear Him calling & see Him standing in front of me, arms open, ready to dance with me. As I step into His arms, we begin to sway.

"I have called you by name! My eyes look to and fro, but YOU are called to focus your eyes steadfast & true on Me! When you do that - you will be assured that wherever you are... I AM! I will take the lead! As a little child, I called you to dance with me, & I placed your feet on top of Mine, and I showed you the Way! But, now, I am releasing you! You are no longer a child. I am releasing you to add your own moves, your own steps to the dance, but all the while, keep your eyes focused on Me!"

As we focus on Him, & become one with 'single-vision' - all else faces away & we begin to look deeper into all that He has for us, all that He desires for us, & from us. We fall deeper & He always, ALWAYS catches us in His strong arms, and Dances with us! There is something supernatural that happens when we hold the eyes of God! When we are focused and sure, and catch His eyes, and hold them. It is favor & grace, love & mercy, It is power & direction, faith & vision imparted all at once. There is a transference in the Spirit realm & just one taste leaves us hungering for more!

Then I heard Him say:

"Oh my Daughters, My Bride, I'm calling you to step out & step into the Dance! Many I have called before, and you did not hear, or you did not heed. Fear & Hesitation won out. But I am kind, & patient, & forgiving. ...and I am not so easily discouraged! I am calling to you again! Step out and step into my arms. For some - this will be your first dance with the Father... I will place your feet upon my own and teach you the dance! You are Daddy's Girl! Still others, you have danced awhile... many of you have drawn near and danced with Me for many seasons. Others have observed and been in awe and jealous for the dance you have with Me, but let me assure you - there's more! Oh so much more! Step out and step in. I desire to teach you the Dance of the Bride! They ain't seen nothin' yet! Oh My Daughters, My Bride! I desire to dance with you and pour out My Love and My Glory. I have created you to be who you are... and the dance I have for you is for you and I alone! Step Out, Step In... Dance with Me, My Daughters, My Bride!"


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