As we left the grocery story last night and loaded the bags into the trunk of the car, my husband led me to the passenger side of the car and opened the door for me. He waited patiently for me to take my seat in the car, but then I paused and grabbed his face with both hands. to plant a sweet kiss on his lips. When I opened my eyes to look at him, there was a satisfied look of peace upon his face. “Do my kisses make you feel sexy?” I asked him, sincerely. “Sexy? What does feeling sexy have to do with anything?” he replied, “You Make Me Feel Loved”.
WOW! Was that a compliment, an insult or a matter-of-fact statement? I wondered about his words for the rest of the evening, until I fell asleep in his arms. I make my husband feel loved. Hmmmm.
Do you remember the song lyrics that say:
“Jesus Loves me this I know, for the bible tells me so;
Little Ones to him belong, they are weak but He is strong”
(you know the rest of it… I hear you singing along!)
When we were kids, we knew that Jesus loved us, or we at least knew the words to the song. As we continued to grow, we discovered that there were THINGS that we loved, and we received love from those that raised us; albeit we may not have recognized their actions as a show of love. Somewhere along the way, we began to confuse “Love” with “Sexuality”. Young men began to stare and drool and young women began to listen and show-off. Grandmothers told the girls to “put on some clothes” and Fathers began a mission to “try and make a man out of their sons”. Insecurities developed, independence took the place of collaboration and a whole new generation of young people decided that multiple sexual partners was better than a married, loving covenant with God and a maybe even a spouse.
When did sex appeal take the place of comfort, care and a commitment of love? If you never read 1 Corinthians 7:2 it reads:
But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband.
There are multiple teachings that tell us about sexual urges, but what about the loving urges? What about those times when a man just wants to be kissed by his wife and a woman just wants to be held by her husband?
My husband and I just wrote our first book together, and it was published by Ladero Press. It is now on sale at www.LaderoPress.com in soft cover, eBook and in the audio book version that Bartee and I narrated together. That project was a true act of love in that, we didn’t have a NEED to share our true love story with the world; who would care? Why bother? We plan to dedicate the money we make from book sales to ministry, so we didn’t write the book to get rich. Why dedicate hours to writing, narrating, editing, changing and evolving our two stories into one project? Love made us do it.
Not just considering the love that we have for each other, but we wrote the book to help teach our children and others that the love that God has for us to share, is more powerful than any orgasm. Receiving love from God is more consistent than any weekly paycheck and more satisfying that a bowl of your favorite ice cream. When God sends you someone to love, not only do you receive the love of the Lord through that person, but you can GIVE all that you have inside you to the LORD, through your spouse. When I hold my husband at night, God is holding the two of us. When I kiss his face or wrap my arms around him, I am showing God how much I love HIM, by loving HIS son. My grown daughters may tolerate my excessive kisses and hugs and texts and phone calls but that is the way God made me; I am a loving creature that was made in HIS image, so I share the love that I receive from above!
Wake up in the morning and begin to pray, before you even open your eyes! That shows love to God, and it even shows love to yourself by submitting your day to the one that blessed you with this day.
Love on yourself by stretching and massaging your body. Lay hands on those aches and pains that you wake up with until you realize you are waking up pain free, and give Glory to God for that!
Give God thanks for the limbs that you have and for the healing that is taking place in your body. Rejoice in your OWN body and show yourself some love!
Greet your spouse with a loving gesture. For some of you, that means a “roll-over-and-pounce” but what about a loving back run? How about a hand-hold or a simple hug? Think about a loving gesture that will put smile on both of your faces, before you face the world together. Greet your children with a joyful smile to help them begin THEIR day and be the light in the day that your co-workers look forward to seeing.
Plan out your day to include personal care, nourishment, prayer, community care and allow the Lord to work through you to enlarge your territory and to show love to another.
End your day, not crawling in to bed exhausted but joyful and at peace because GOD LOVES YOU and YOU LOVE YOURSELF!!!
It’s time for you to give love and receive love too. Be still and know that HE is GOD and love the Lord with all your heart. He will give you the desires of your heart if you allow him to. Learn to appreciate yourself and love yourself. Be thankful that the Lord has allowed you to live through your trials, and not around them. You Make Me Feel Loved God, and I thank you for that.
Written, narrated and produced for #SpiritualSundays by Da Queen Bee
Evangelist Angie BEE
Author, Producer, Promoter and Servant of the Lord