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Romance: It’s What a Girl Wants - Girlfriends in God - October 22, 2014

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October 22, 2014
Romance: It’s What a Girl Wants
Sharon Jaynes

Today’s Truth

Show me your face, let me hear your voice; 
for your voice is sweet and your face is lovely (Song of Solomon 2:14 NIV).

Friend to Friend

Steve and I were driving home from dinner when I posed a question about romance.

“Steve, I heard someone once say that a woman defines romance as the feeling of being continually pursued. What do you think about that?”

“I don’t think that is very realistic, or practical,” he replied. “A man can’t continually pursue a woman. Why should he? A man pursues a woman, but at some point, she has to make a decision to marry him or not. To let herself be caught or walk away. A decision has to be made. The pursuing has to stop at some point.”

“And I think that is one of the problems in marriages today,” I answered back. “The man stops pursuing the woman’s heart after she says ‘I do’.”

“I don’t understand what you mean,” he said. “You pursue something to catch it. When you get married, that means you caught her.”

“I know it doesn’t make sense to a man,” I continued. “But a woman wants to continually feel pursued. Maybe that’s why married women escape with movies like Pride and Prejudice or get absorbed in romance novels. They are trying to grasp for, cling to, or stir up that feeling of being pursued.

“But for a guy, after the ink on the marriage license dries, it seems the man thinks the need for pursuit dries up as well. The bride and groom walk across the moat of singleness, into the castle of marriage, and he pulls the drawbridge up as if it’s a done deal. The End.”

“But a man can’t spend his life pursuing someone he’s already captured,” Steve argued.          

“Why not?” I asked.

Oh, friend, are you getting tired? I know this conversation made no sense to Steve. And listen, he is a very romantic guy. He puts forth more effort than most men I know. But this idea of romance being a continualpursuit was beyond his male ability to comprehend or execute.

Not so with God. He gets it. He does it.

C.S. Lewis argued that the most fundamental thing is not how we think of God but rather what God thinks of us. “How God thinks of us is not only more important, but infinitely more important.” God thinks that you are worth romancing with glory moments to capture your heart time and time again.

When you expect God to make His presence known, you begin to see His hand and hear His voice in moments of sudden glory—as you live and move and have your being in Him. Signs of His presence brighten even the dullest days when you have eyes open to see.

When you tune your senses to God’s timbre, you begin to hear His song. Receptivity and attentiveness are the frequency of His voice. Hearing God’s voice and sensing His presence is not difficult, but it is otherworldly. So pay attention to His advances. He rejoices when you glance His way.

Let’s Pray

Oh Lord how I love to read the words of the Song of Solomon. Yes, Jesus, You are my Beloved and I am yours. You are my heavenly Bridegroom and I the Bride. I listen for Your voice. I watch for Your love notes. I long for Your gentle nudges throughout the moments of my day.

In Jesus name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

Today, pay attention to ways that Jesus romances you. Don’t miss it!

Look for moments of sudden glory where God makes His presence known.

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