He Cares

By Tedashii featuring Keynon Akers

 

Man… I know it gets hard sometimes
And to be honest this life doesn’t seem that fair at times
But I understand that we serve a great God who’s sovereign
He’s got everything in control and, even though it looks dim man, trust in Him

We grew up on the same block, handling the same rock
The Skip to My Lou, my little crew on the black top
My big homey (incomprehensible), always dying for me
Older, so I looked up to him dawg he was like family

The coolest of the cool, and, almost through his school but
During the last week he got broken off with the heat
Now he’s gone and his kids are left alone
It’s got me peeping Solomon for more than just his Song (ecclessiastes?

I wish i could turn back the hands of time
For all the people who lost a loved one and felt like they was gone before they time
But instead I’ll encourage us to put our trust in Jesus
And know that God is sovereign it all happens for a reason

Keep your eyes to the hills and believe that help is on the way
Although the sky is black, He promises a brighter day
Weeping man, endure for a night
I know its hard to wait patiently, so I pray He strengthens you in the wait

When you feel all alone
When your father’s not at home
When your joy turns to gray
You can turn and call on Jesus name

Cast your burdens on the Lord
When life seems too hard
He won’t allow you to be moved
And I know He will sustain you

There’s so much pain the city streets, check the city peeps
We’re in perilous times which means that pain is sure to increase
So I, do this ballad for the beautiful babies gone now
And for the families who too afraid to leave home now

Like the family in Chicago who’s daughter was ten
And at a birthday party, she was taken from them
I write this song for my neighbors on this side of my state
Who had lives, but watched Katrina wash it away

Plus, I know the pain of a life without your father
Even have the chance to meet him but you think why even bother
Because you don’t really miss nothing you never really had
But that thinking leaves you lonely, still longin’ for your dad

Man, if we would only take the truth of text
Read lamentations 3:32 for the rest
And see the truth that the Father loves us
Even though He brings calamity, He gives us compassion like hugstaz

When you feel all alone
When your father’s not at home
When your joy turns to gray
You can turn and call on Jesus name

We live in a world, and when it rains and pours – I know it does man
And when bad things happen to good people in this world man
When the poor get poorer and the richer have the upper hand
Where pain is related to actions, so no one moves and

It’s hard for us to understand the ways of life
Take my cousin last year for example when she lost her life
To a drunk diver, now she was sweeter than Godiva
They said she died on impact and this dude was the survivor

I recognize, that life brings pain that will cease for a time
And then it returns but we long for a consistent peace of mind (Lord)
So I present Jesus for those who feel burdened
The same God who allows evil, steps sin and gets spurned for it

Ambassador said one day we will cry no more
But in the meantime go and cast your cares on the Lord!
‘Cause he cares for you, psalms 55 and 22 (psalm 55:22)
Gives us the proof that this God will see you through

When you feel all alone
When your father’s not at home
When your joy turns to gray
You can turn and call on Jesus name

Amen. He cares man. Even when it seems dark, He cares. The Father loves us. He cares for us man. Please believe me, He loves you

The secret to walking in, or by, the Spirit

Walk by the Spirit and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.

— Galatians 5:16

The secret to doing this is to keep in step with the Spirit:

25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

Notice the word “by” occurs once in each verse. It just dawned on me that to “walk by” something or someone means to walk “with the aid of” said person or thing, how an injured or handicapped person relies on crutches or support persons. Injured and handicapped is precisely what we are vis-à-vis the Holy Spirit.

Also, to “live by” someone or something is to abide by the same, reminiscent of the language Jesus used in John 15. It’s amazing how Scripture interprets and points to itself.

So rely on Him. He is your lifeline. Your eternal crutch. Your Paraclete, your counselor. Your comforter. Trust Him like an actual Person, because He is an actual Person. Follow in His footsteps. Be in His bonds. Follow His lead and prodding. Walk lockstep with Him.

Watch Him flow abundantly into you like rivers of living water, and override your thoughts and actions. Your heart will be much more filled with the love and joy of Jesus Christ, and you’d live an increasingly holy life.

Don’t try harder. Instead, let Christ’s sap flow into your veins

“The key to being more intimate with Christ isn’t to try harder. Rather, it’s to abide in Christ in such a way that his sap flows into you and causes a profound change in you as he fills you with his Holy Spirit.”

— Pastor R, 2017

His source:

I Am the True Vine

15 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants,[a] for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. 17 These things I command you, so that you will love one another.

The Hatred of the World

18 “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. 21 But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me. 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have been guilty of sin,[b] but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 Whoever hates me hates my Father also. 24 If I had not done among them the works that no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin, but now they have seen and hated both me and my Father. 25 But the word that is written in their Law must be fulfilled: ‘They hated me without a cause.’

26 “But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me. 27 And you also will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning.

Footnotes:

  1. John 15:15 Or bondservants, or slaves (for the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface); likewise for servant later in this verse and in verse 20
  2. John 15:22 Greek they would not have sin; also verse 24

Husband and wife are called to “save” each other

“Moses […] asked the LORD, ‘Why have you brought this trouble on your servant? What have I done to displease you that you put the burden of all these people on me? Did I conceive all these people? Did I give them birth? Why do you tell me to carry them in my arms, as a nurse carries an infant, to the land you promised on oath to their ancestors?”

— Numbers 11:10-12

NIV Study Bible notes on v. 12:
Did I conceive all these people? The implication is that the Lord conceived the people of Israel, that he was their nurse and that their promises were his. Moses asks that he be relieved of his mediatorial office, for “the burden is too heavy for me”[…].

God is our ultimate nurse. And He’s gifted women the ability to partake in this attribute to give of themselves for others’ benefit, because salvation definitely has a motherly component. Jesus spread his wings and covered us like a mother hen covers its chicks (Lk. 13:34).

“God made women a little more vulnerable,” remarked a female friend from an old church. And I’d like to add that a good man would cover those vulnerabilities the same way Christ covered His Bride’s sins on the Cross.

In a sinless world, everyone would point everyone else to God. In essence, every human being would be a “little Christ,” or would image the Savior, to every other human being. Parents, teachers, pastors, and even the government, are meant to be Christ figures, but this divine imaging is meant to be strongest in the marriage relationship, and it takes a unique physical form in sexual intimacy.

Thus, when nursing him, a woman is “saving” her husband. When sympathetically listening to her worries, a man “saves” his wife. In both instances, each spouse sacrificially gives him or herself to the other.

When they have sex, husband and wife are “saving” each other.

Sexual intimacy and breastfeeding are physical representations of spiritual realities. The spiritual reality of being joined together forever, permanently united into one flesh.

 

“Husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. For a man who loves his wife actually shows love for himself. No one hates his own body but feeds and cares for it, just as Christ cares for the church. And we are members of his body. As the Scriptures say, “A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.”c This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one. So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself”

—  Ephesians 5:28-33

“Let her nipples satiate you.”

— God, Proverbs 5:19, Interlinear Hebrew Bible, Scripture4all.org

 

The secret to continuing in the Spirit

Walk by the Spirit and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh, we’re commanded in Galatians 5:16.

I’ve struggled with how that looks practically, and often resort to striving to achieve this in my own flesh. Just this Sunday, God brought the verse below to my attention. The key is faith, not works, rituals, legalism, morality, trying harder, or relying on formulas.

Galatians 3:2

Let me ask you this one question: Did you receive the [Holy] Spirit as the result of obeying the Law and doing its works, or was it by hearing [the message of the Gospel] and believing [it]? [Was it from observing a law of rituals or from a message of faith?]

 

I only want to learn this from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law or by believing what you heard?

 

I want to know from you just this one thing: did you receive the Spirit by legalistic observance of Torah commands or by trusting in what you heard and being faithful to it?

 

I want to know only one thing. How were you given God’s Spirit? Was it by obeying the Law of Moses or by hearing about Christ and having faith in him?

 

Tell me this one thing: How did you receive the Spirit? Did you receive the Spirit by following the law? No, you received the Spirit because you heard the message about Jesus and believed it.

 

Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith?

 

I want to learn only one thing from you. Did you receive the Spirit by your own efforts to follow the laws in the Scriptures or by believing what you heard?

 

Tell me this one thing: did you receive God’s Spirit by doing what the Law requires or by hearing the gospel and believing it?

 

Tell me this one thing: How did you receive the Holy Spirit? Did you receive the Spirit by following the law? No! You received the Spirit because you heard the Good News and believed it.

 

Let me ask you this one question: Did you receive the Holy Spirit by trying to keep the Jewish laws? Of course not, for the Holy Spirit came upon you only after you heard about Christ and trusted him to save you.

 

I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard?

 

This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

 

So answer me this: Did the Holy Spirit come to you as a reward for keeping all the Jewish laws? No, you received him as a gift because you believed in the Messiah.

 

I want to find out just one thing from you: did you receive the Ruach by deeds based on Torah, or by hearing based on trust?

 

Tell me this: Did the Holy Spirit come upon you because you lived according to the law? Or was it because you heard His message of grace through faith?

 

The very next verse asks us “having begun in the Spirit, are you now being perfected in the flesh?”
So the means of justification is the same means of sanctification. God’s means of grace is always the same– hearing the word and believing it.
Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word about Christ, Romans 10:17.

 

Don’t try harder. Just believe the word of God, particularly the message about Christ, and watch the Spirit do work in your life.
Grace and peace.

Many Waters Cannot Quench Love, nor Can Rivers Drown it

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Song of Solomon 8:7 
Verse  (Click for Chapter)
New International Version
Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot sweep it away. If one were to give all the wealth of one’s house for love, it would be utterly scorned.

New Living Translation
Many waters cannot quench love, nor can rivers drown it. If a man tried to buy love with all his wealth, his offer would be utterly scorned. The Young Woman’s Brothers

English Standard Version
Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. If a man offered for love all the wealth of his house, he would be utterly despised.

Berean Study Bible
Mighty waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot sweep it away. If a man were to give all the wealth of his house for love, his offer would be utterly scorned.

New American Standard Bible
“Many waters cannot quench love, Nor will rivers overflow it; If a man were to give all the riches of his house for love, It would be utterly despised.”

New King James Version
Many waters cannot quench love, Nor can the floods drown it. If a man would give for love All the wealth of his house, It would be utterly despised.

King James Bible
Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned.

Christian Standard Bible
A huge torrent cannot extinguish love; rivers cannot sweep it away. If a man were to give all his wealth for love, it would be utterly scorned.

Contemporary English Version
Love cannot be drowned by oceans or floods. It cannot be bought–any offer would be scorned no matter how great.

Good News Translation
Water cannot put it out; no flood can drown it. But if any tried to buy love with their wealth, contempt is all they would get.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Mighty waters cannot extinguish love; rivers cannot sweep it away. If a man were to give all his wealth for love, it would be utterly scorned. B

International Standard Version
Mighty bodies of water cannot extinguish love, rivers cannot put it out. If a man were to give all the wealth of his house for love, he would surely be viewed with contempt.

NET Bible
Surging waters cannot quench love; floodwaters cannot overflow it. If someone were to offer all his possessions to buy love, the offer would be utterly despised.

New Heart English Bible
Many waters can’t quench love, neither can floods drown it. If a man would give all the wealth of his house for love, he would be utterly scorned.

GOD’S WORD® Translation
Raging water cannot extinguish love, and rivers will never wash it away. If a man exchanged all his family’s wealth for love, people would utterly despise him.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Many waters cannot quench love, Neither can the floods drown it; If a man would give all the substance of his house for love, He would utterly be contemned.

New American Standard 1977
“Many waters cannot quench love, Nor will rivers overflow it; If a man were to give all the riches of his house for love, It would be utterly despised.”

King James 2000 Bible
Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the wealth of his house for love, it would utterly be rejected.

American King James Version
Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned.

American Standard Version
Many waters cannot quench love, Neither can floods drown it: If a man would give all the substance of his house for love, He would utterly be contemned.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Much water will not be able to quench love, and rivers shall not drown it; if a man would give all his substance for love, men would utterly despise it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Many waters cannot quench charity, neither can the floods drown it: if a man should give all the substance of his house for love, he shall despise it as nothing.

Darby Bible Translation
Many waters cannot quench love, Neither do the floods drown it: Even if a man gave all the substance of his house for love, It would utterly be contemned.

English Revised Version
Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, he would utterly be contemned.

Webster’s Bible Translation
Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned.

World English Bible
Many waters can’t quench love, neither can floods drown it. If a man would give all the wealth of his house for love, he would be utterly scorned. Friends

Young’s Literal Translation
Many waters are not able to quench the love, And floods do not wash it away. If one give all the wealth of his house for love, Treading down — they tread upon it.

Set Me as a Seal over Your Heart, for Love is as Strong as Death

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 Song of Solomon 8:6 
Verse  (Click for Chapter)

New International Version

Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame.

New Living Translation

Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm. For love is as strong as death, its jealousy as enduring as the grave. Love flashes like fire, the brightest kind of flame.

English Standard Version

Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm, for love is strong as death, jealousy is fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, the very flame of the LORD.

Berean Study Bible

Set me as a seal over your heart, as a seal upon your arm. For love is as strong as death, its jealousy as unrelenting as Sheol. Its sparks are fiery flames, the fiercest blaze of all.

New American Standard Bible

“Put me like a seal over your heart, Like a seal on your arm. For love is as strong as death, Jealousy is as severe as Sheol; Its flashes are flashes of fire, The very flame of the LORD.

New King James Version

Set me as a seal upon your heart, As a seal upon your arm; For love is as strong as death, Jealousy as cruel as the grave; Its flames are flames of fire, A most vehement flame.

King James Bible

Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.

Christian Standard Bible

Set me as a seal on your heart, as a seal on your arm. For love is as strong as death; jealousy is as unrelenting as Sheol. Love’s flames are fiery flames–an almighty flame!

Contemporary English Version

Always keep me in your heart and wear this bracelet to remember me by. The passion of love bursting into flame is more powerful than death, stronger than the grave.

Good News Translation

Close your heart to every love but mine; hold no one in your arms but me. Love is as powerful as death; passion is as strong as death itself. It bursts into flame and burns like a raging fire.

Holman Christian Standard Bible

Set me as a seal on your heart, as a seal on your arm. For love is as strong as death; ardent love is as unrelenting as Sheol. Love’s flames are fiery flames– the fiercest of all.

International Standard Version

Set me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm. For love is as strong as death, passion as intense as Sheol. The flames of love are flames of fire, a blaze that comes from the LORD.

NET Bible

Set me like a cylinder seal over your heart, like a signet on your arm. For love is as strong as death, passion is as unrelenting as Sheol. Its flames burst forth, it is a blazing flame.

New Heart English Bible

Set me as a seal on your heart, as a seal on your arm; for love is strong as death. Jealousy is as cruel as Sheol. Its flashes are flashes of fire, a very flame of the LORD.

GOD’S WORD® Translation

Wear me as a signet ring on your heart, as a ring on your hand. Love is as overpowering as death. Devotion is as unyielding as the grave. Love’s flames are flames of fire, flames that come from the LORD.

JPS Tanakh 1917

Set me as a seal upon thy heart, As a seal upon thine arm; For love is strong as death, Jealousy is cruel as the grave; The flashes thereof are flashes of fire, A very flame of the LORD.

New American Standard 1977

“Put me like a seal over your heart, Like a seal on your arm. For love is as strong as death, Jealousy is as severe as Sheol; Its flashes are flashes of fire, The very flame of the LORD.

King James 2000 Bible

Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm: for love is as strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: its flames are flames of fire, a most vehement flame.

American King James Version

Set me as a seal on your heart, as a seal on your arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which has a most vehement flame.

American Standard Version

Set me as a seal upon thy heart, As a seal upon thine arm: For love is strong as death; Jealousy is cruel as Sheol; The flashes thereof are flashes of fire, A very flame of Jehovah.

Brenton Septuagint Translation

Set me as a seal upon thy heart, as a seal upon thine arm; for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave, her shafts are shafts of fire, even the flames thereof.

Douay-Rheims Bible

Put me as a seal upon thy heart, as a seal upon thy arm, for love is strong as death, jealousy as hard as hell, the lamps thereof are fire and flames.

Darby Bible Translation

Set me as a seal upon thy heart, As a seal upon thine arm: For love is strong as death; Jealousy is cruel as Sheol: The flashes thereof are flashes of fire, Flames of Jah.

English Revised Version

Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the flashes thereof are flashes of fire, a very flame of the LORD.

Webster’s Bible Translation

Set me as a seal upon thy heart, as a seal upon thy arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals of it are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.

World English Bible

Set me as a seal on your heart, as a seal on your arm; for love is strong as death. Jealousy is as cruel as Sheol. Its flashes are flashes of fire, a very flame of Yahweh.

Young’s Literal Translation

Set me as a seal on thy heart, as a seal on thine arm, For strong as death is love, Sharp as Sheol is jealousy, Its burnings are burnings of fire, a flame of Jah!

 

Night Nurse: Only you alone can quench this thirst

[Verse 1]
(Oooh)
Tell her try your best, just to make it quick
Whom attend to the sick
‘Cause there must be something she can do
This heart is broken in two
Tell her it’s a case of emergency
There’s a patient by the name of Gregory

[Chorus]
Night nurse
Second to Christ,
Only you alone can quench this thirst
My night nurse (Oh gosh)
Oh the pain is getting worse

[Bridge]
I don’t want to see no doc
I need attendence from my nurse around the clock
Cause there’s no prescription for me
She’s the one, the only remedy

[Chorus]
Night nurse
Second to Christ,
Only you alone can quench this thirst
My night nurse
Oh the pain is getting worse
I hurt my love (Oooh)

[Bridge]
I don’t want to see no doc
I need attendence from my nurse around the clock
Cause there’s no prescription for me
She’s the one, the only remedy

[Chorus]
Night nurse
Second to Christ,
Only you alone can quench this thirst
My night nurse
Oh the pain is getting worse
I hurt my love

[Outro]
And I’m sure no doctor can cure
Night nurse
Night nurse (Oh gosh!)

I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, do not stir up or awaken love until it pleases.

Song of Solomon 8

GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

If only you were my brother,
    one who nursed at my mother’s breasts.
If I saw you on the street,
    I would kiss you, and no one would look down on me.
    I would lead you.
    I would bring you into my mother’s house.
        (She is the one who was my teacher.)
    I would give you some spiced wine to drink,
        some juice squeezed from my pomegranates.
His left hand is under my head.
His right hand caresses me.

Young women of Jerusalem, swear to me
    that you will not awaken love
        or arouse love before its proper time!

Be holy, for I am holy

Called to Be Holy

13 Therefore, preparing your minds for action,[b] and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, 15 but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” 17 And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, 18 knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. 20 He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you 21 who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.

22 Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, 23 since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; 24 for

“All flesh is like grass
    and all its glory like the flower of grass.
The grass withers,
    and the flower falls,
25 but the word of the Lord remains forever.”

And this word is the good news that was preached to you.

Footnotes:

b. 1 Peter 1:13 Greek girding up the loins of your mind

Obsess over Christ, not breasts

Unless you’re a mammogram technician, oncologist, healthcare worker, breast augmentation expert, bra designer or similar, you really shouldn’t be thinking of breasts much, especially if you’re a single guy.

I’m single, and should definitely call myself out. I go through cycles. Sometimes, the obsession described above defines me. Then I get convicted and by the power of the Holy Spirit, I walk in faithfulness and obedience, and my relationship with Christ blossoms again. This faithfulness impacts my ability to better love and respect others, in thought and in deed.

And the cycle sometimes turns on its head: as most of you know, I respect and admire women who wear beautiful, floral, flowing, colorful and patterned skirts and dresses.

Even this innocuous gleeful sight can be misleading.

I’ve realized that it’s much safer to admire such quaint beauty from an unbridgeable distance, say TV or any similar medium that doesn’t permit physical sin.

Few things in life are more difficult than relationships, especially those between men and women. Being Christian is a double-edged sword in the battle.

It’s much easier to blog about Christ-centered miming, gardening, juggling or pole vaulting.

No offense if you’re Christian and are into these things, but sex is a different animal. The sexual/romantic is on a very different level due to the ease of it becoming an all-powerful god. Sex has an unyielding hold on the flesh that such activities simply lack.

Sexual desire is no joke. We must tame it, holding it captive to obey Christ, and making sure we move towards holiness, away from fleshly gratification. We should be doing everything to add every bit of grace to our lives.

May God be with us all.

Walk in the Spirit and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh

16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: [d] adultery, [e] fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, [f] murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23[g]  gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. 24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

 

 

Footnotes:

a. Galatians 5:19 NU omits adultery

b. Galatians 5:19 sexual immorality

c. Galatians 5:21 NU omits murders

d. Galatians 5:23 meekness

Breasts ARE sexual organs, so be holy

When I find myself drifting away, I often use as an excuse the fact that God clearly views breasts as nurturing nonsexual organs. It’s a form of cognitive dissonance. Purposely being one-sided in holding onto truths that justify my sin.

However, the absolute, undisputed truth is breasts are also sexual organs, so gentlemen, we need to be careful and respectful.

Look away, don’t stare at a woman’s breasts. It’s almost never okay to look at the breasts of a woman to whom you’re not married, unless you’re a doctor, breast surgeon, oncologist or similar.

The behavior described above is human nature. We always find evidence to justify our biases and pre-conceived notions. We choose to believe what’s pleasant, and hide or explain away the unpleasant. Again, psychologists call this phenomenon ‘cognitive dissonance.’ But the Christian has a new nature (2 Cor. 5:17). We’re no longer merely human (1 Cor. 3:3-4). We have a new Spirit within us (Eze. 36:26-27, John 14:16-17), a Spirit that enables us to say no to lust and carnality.

Guys, let’s walk in the Spirit, and not gratify the desires of the flesh.

All things are lawful, but not all things are beneficial

Flee Sexual Immorality

12 “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything.

— 1 Corinthians 6

Do All to the Glory of God

23 “All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up.

— 1 Corinthians 10

ANR doesn’t always move you closer to God. An ANR in marriage is beautiful, but don’t let it own you, especially if you’re single.

A little “harmless” ANR research can kill you. Seriously.

It only takes a one-degree variation from course for a ship to land on the wrong continent.

If left unchecked, your “innocent” straying will end up in sexual sin or death.

Let your compass always point true north. Fight sexual sin every time. Don’t give in to it for a moment. Always let your moral compass point to Jesus Christ.

See also Casting Crowns’ “Slow Fade,” explaining how major sins that tear up families often begin with small, barely noticeable steps in the wrong direction

Man does not live by milk alone

The Temptation of Jesus

1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” 4 But he answered, “It is written,

“‘Man shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Matthew 4

The perfect latch and suckle

Women go gaga over the perfect latch.

From being around women, browsing through female ANR profiles and listening to their desires, I know a girl would do anything for that perfect latch and suckle.

To achieve this:

His mouth should cover as much of the nipple and areola as possible.

He should use great suction.

He should let her know he’s drawing milk out, by letting her feel it with her nipple.

Because she wants to feel him drawing her in. She wants to know she’s being taken in.

She wants to become hidden in him.

I haven’t been in an ANR before, but I would hazard a guess that the moist succulence his tongue and saliva would bring her would be a huge turn on.

It’s also important to hold her and show affection during the latch.

I thank God I know I’ll be blessed in all of the above 🙂 (see Moi … the Song of Songs version).

Turtle latching onto strawberry
“Looks like a male about to latch,” captioned one woman on a dating site

The Top-Free equality debate

There’s a growing movement for top-free equality, especially in the United States, as topfreedom is legal for women in all of Western Europe and Canada. This controversial issue also includes the right of women to breastfeed in public.

During my days spent in a moralistic chokehold, I was staunchly against such an “indecent display of female flesh.” No surprise there.

Spiritual liberation and the mere fact that I now operate a related blog have been cause to pause and ponder.

But why exactly is it taboo for women to bare their breasts in public? After all, no other part of the male body seems to be given such “preferential” treatment. “I’ve seen men with bigger breasts than me. Why can they go about shirtless but I have to cover up?” a braless, freespirited woman once quipped to me. Topfreedom activists have a point there, don’t they?

Let’s sit back and consider the merits of the case.

Consider the similarities and differences between men and women. For every uniquely female organ, there seems to be a male counterpart. Breasts stand alone in this respect. (So do uteruses, but the focus is on external, or near external organs).

Men’s chests and nipples are also erogenous zones, but biblical, anecdotal and medical evidence strongly suggest women’s breasts are far more sensual.

The fact is breasts are both sexual and nonsexual organs.

As I’ve matured, I’ve come to the conclusion that breasts aren’t as big a deal as other private parts. Yes, they’re still sexual, but there’s a reason Isaiah 66 doesn’t say “you will drink deeply and be satisfied from her comforting vagina” and Proverbs 5:19 doesn’t exhort husbands to let their wives genitals, buttocks or other parts satiate them.

Breasts are a source of sexual, emotional and nutritional satisfaction, all rolled up into two beautiful organs.

They’re far more glorious than a man’s chest. God has designed them, in both form and function, to differ markedly from a man’s.

So what’s the final verdict?

Again, breasts aren’t as private as a woman’s more feminine parts, so we should jettison the hype and commodifying oversexualization we impute upon them. But honestly, if I lived in a society in which my future wife lived a top-free lifestyle, I think a little of the wedding night euphoria of unhooking her bra and latching for the first time would subside. Seeing her breasts before knowing her name would diminish some of the excitement of discovery. So personally, I won’t be for my future wife or daughter going about topless, though I see nothing wrong with artistic female toplessness. But that’s just me.

That being said, I also do think men being shirtless in public is tacky and unprofessional.

What about you? What are your views of topfreedom? Do you see a possible connection between top-free equality and ANR?

Person, not place or race

India. Japan. China. Brazil. Sure, these places may be slightly more conducive to finding your ANR mate.

But allow me to repeat the fact that you should avoid stereotyping or pigeonholing races, ethnicities, nationalities, regions, or cultures into fitting and fulfilling your ANR fantasies.

The type of person you pursue matters far more than their ethnic or national origin.

We should all have ingrained in us that personal traits trump nationality or place of birth.

For the Couples Nursing man or woman, being open-minded, tactile, sensual, sexual, affectionate, caring, humble, not moralistic, adventurous and nurturing are far more important than skin color or other federally protected categories.

Thanks for letting me repeat this important fact. Best wishes on your search!

The secret to controlling your overpowering sexual desire

Abide. It’s not always a magic wand. It may take time.

If you stay tethered to Christ and having his living sap flow into your veins, your desire for milk flow will be mitigated. You’ll no longer be mastered by it. In fact, you won’t be fazed enough to give in to temptation. Your perspective will be that much altered by Christ.

Remain in Christ. Dwell in Christ. Live in Christ.

You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.

“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.

“I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. 10 When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. 11 I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!

John 15 (NLT)

Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

— John 15 (ESV)

If you’ve gone off the sanctification rails, making a lifestyle habit of practicing John 15 will put you right back on.

 

 

“So hide in Christ like a refugee
If you know the truth the truth will set you free”

— Christian rapper Timothy Brindle on “Step into the Light,” a song to encourage Christians in their battle against porn

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

— Philippians 4:13

 

God’s metaphor of a mother’s comfort

10 “Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad for her,
    all you who love her;
rejoice with her in joy,
    all you who mourn over her;
11 that you may nurse and be satisfied
    from her consoling breast;
that you may drink deeply with delight
    from her glorious abundance.”[a]

12 For thus says the Lord:
“Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river,
    and the glory of the nations like an overflowing stream;
and you shall nurse, you shall be carried upon her hip,
    and bounced upon her knees.
13 As one whom his mother comforts,
    so I will comfort you;
    you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.
14 You shall see, and your heart shall rejoice;
    your bones shall flourish like the grass;
and the hand of the Lord shall be known to his servants,
    and he shall show his indignation against his enemies.

— Isaiah 66

 

16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, 17 comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.

— 2 Thessalonians 2

Footnotes:

  1. Isaiah 66:11 Or breast

A woman’s breasts are her glorious abundance

“that you may nurse and be satisfied
    from her consoling breast;
that you may drink deeply with delight
    from her glorious abundance.”[a]

— Isaiah 66:11

Footnotes:

  1. Isaiah 66:11 Or breast

Notice that the Hebrew word rendered “glorious abundance” (kə·ḇō·w·ḏāh) can also mean “breast.” Same thing with Latin.

The Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew Lexicon (dictionary) defines the root word “kabowd” (Strong’s 3519) as

  1. abu[n]dance, riches
  2. honour, splendour, glory
  3. honour, dignity
  4. honour, reputation
  5. my honour
  6. honour, reverence, glory
  7. glory

So a woman’s overflowing and productive breasts are her abundance, riches, honour (X5), splendour, glory (X3), dignity, reputation and reverence.

I’m elated that God’s hidden glory from creation is being revealed through the kind, gracious, compassionate, tender, loving, vulnerable and intimate practice of the Adult Nursing Relationship. And women everywhere are rediscovering an aspect of their femininity that’s been hidden for centuries. Glorious femininity (and masculinity) at its best!

Zechariah 14

Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

The Lord’s Triumph and Reign

14 Look, a day belonging to the Lord is coming when the plunder taken from you will be divided in your presence. I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem for battle. The city will be captured, the houses looted, and the women raped. Half the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people will not be removed from the city.

Then the Lord will go out to fight against those nations as he fights on a day of battle. On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east. The Mount of Olives will be split in half from east to west, forming a huge valley, so that half the mountain will move to the north and half to the south. You will flee by my mountain valley,[a] for the valley of the mountains will extend to Azal. You will flee as you fled[b] from the earthquake in the days of King Uzziah of Judah. Then the Lord my God will come and all the holy ones with him.[c]

On that day there will be no light; the sunlight and moonlight will diminish.[d][e] It will be a unique day known only to the Lord, without day or night, but there will be light at evening.

On that day living water will flow out from Jerusalem, half of it toward the eastern sea[f] and the other half toward the western sea,[g] in summer and winter alike. On that day the Lord will become King over the whole earth—the Lord alone, and his name alone. 10 All the land from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem will be changed into a plain. But Jerusalem will be raised up and will remain[h] on its site from the Benjamin Gate to the place of the First Gate,[i] to the Corner Gate, and from the Tower of Hananel to the royal winepresses. 11 People will live there, and never again will there be a curse of complete destruction. So Jerusalem will dwell in security.

12 This will be the plague with which the Lord strikes all the people who have warred against Jerusalem: their flesh will rot while they stand on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths. 13 On that day a great panic from the Lord will be among them, so that each will seize the hand of another, and the hand of one will rise against the other. 14 Judah will also fight at Jerusalem, and the wealth of all the surrounding nations will be collected: gold, silver, and clothing in great abundance. 15 The same plague as the previous one will strike[j] the horses, mules, camels, donkeys, and all the animals that are in those camps.

16 Then all the survivors from the nations that came against Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King, the Lord of Armies, and to celebrate the Festival of Shelters. 17 Should any of the families of the earth not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of Armies, rain will not fall on them. 18 And if the people[k] of Egypt will not go up and enter, then rain will not fall on them; this will be the plague the Lord inflicts on the nations who do not go up to celebrate the Festival of Shelters. 19 This will be the punishment of Egypt and all the nations that do not go up to celebrate the Festival of Shelters.

20 On that day, the words Holy to the Lord will be on the bells of the horses. The pots in the house of the Lord will be like the sprinkling basins before the altar. 21 Every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah will be holy to the Lord of Armies. All who sacrifice will come and use the pots to cook in. And on that day there will no longer be a Canaanite[l] in the house of the Lord of Armies.

Footnotes:

  1. 14:5 Some Hb mss, LXX, Sym, Tg read The valley of my mountains will be blocked
  2. 14:5 LXX reads It will be blocked as it was blocked
  3. 14:5 Some Hb mss, LXX, Vg, Tg, Syr; other Hb mss read you
  4. 14:6 LXX, Sym, Syr, Tg, Vg read no light or cold or ice
  5. 14:6 Lit no light; the precious ones will congeal
  6. 14:8 = the Dead Sea
  7. 14:8 = the Mediterranean Sea
  8. 14:10 Or will be inhabited
  9. 14:10 Or the former gate
  10. 14:15 Lit be on
  11. 14:18 Lit family
  12. 14:21 Or merchant

The Line

Will and Kate Solomon Islands 2 edited

Will and Kate Solomon Islands edited
Kate Middleton laughs because she realizes the irony of her situation (see below).

“The irony could not have been lost on her.

And as the Duchess of Cambridge received an intricate beaded necklace from a gaggle of bare-chested locals she couldn’t help but let out a giggle.

The Young Royals were garlanded with the traditional jewellery during their visit to the tiny village of Marau in the Solomon Islands …

It was a world away from the storm that has engulfed the couple because of topless pictures of Kate published by a french magazine Closer last week. The Duke and Duchess’s lawyers are in a Paris court today seeking an injunction to prevent the further spread of the images.”

It’s culturally acceptable in some places for women to go about topless, while doing so in others will get a woman slut-shamed or make her prime tabloid fodder. Some others fall somewhere between the extremes. So where’s the line? What’s our barometer?

God’s word.

I can think of no verse that speaks of women going about topless in biblical times, but I can’t think of any either that oversexualize women’s breasts the way we do today.

If breasts were so hyper-sexual, Jesus won’t have uttered the word as he was led to the Cross. They won’t show up so much in non-erotic parts of Scripture.

I bet if we viewed breasts the way they were viewed during biblical times, ANRs would be less taboo. If we saw breasts as nurturing organs first, it’ll be more acceptable for a woman to use them in service to her husband.

In hindsight, I now realize that every date of mine who agreed to an ANR had God led us to marriage, has been the maternal type who didn’t completely buy into culture’s prevailing ethos on breasts. They all viewed breasts as beautiful, natural organs to be used for the benefit of the other, not self.

Nudity is to be defined in its cultural context, while mindful of God. Any Western pastor would look foolish for telling Himba women of Namibia to cover up, or shouting at Solomon Islander women that they’re going to hell. The Bible has had a refining influence on women’s topfreedom [1], but said tribal women who see no sexual offense caused by their bare breasts have some sort of admirable innocence than those who sexualize them and have been conditioned into thinking breasts are extremely sexual organs that make people uncomfortable.

Don’t get sucked in and stuck to your cultural norms. Also, don’t become a slave to religion. Use God’s word as your plumb line.

If God views breasts as nurturing organs before sexual ones, so should you.

See also God’s view of breasts versus other body parts (upcoming) and Free from Religion

Reference

  1. When Did Bare Breasts Become Taboo?

When Did Bare Breasts Become Taboo?

Caution: Source NSFW

Will and Kate Solomon Islands 2 edited

Topless Kate Middleton photos would have been socially acceptable in some eras.

A French judge ordered the magazine Closer to turn over topless photos of Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, on Tuesday. Attorneys for the magazine argued unsuccessfully that the photographs were not an invasion of privacy because bare breasts are no longer taboo in Europe. When did bare breasts become taboo in Western civilization?

Probably around 3,000 years ago. Women are displayed with exposed breasts in Minoan artwork from 1500 B.C. Some historians believe that these ancient women went topless only during religious rituals—bare-breasted, buxom goddesses have been worshipped since the dawn of civilization—but some of the artworks depict everyday activities, suggesting that bare breasts may have been commonplace. Just across the Mediterranean, ancient Egyptian women sported elaborate dresses that could either cover the breasts or leave them exposed, depending on the whim of the designer. Over the next few centuries, however, breasts become strictly private parts. Ancient Athenian women were wearing flowing, multilayered robes that concealed the shape of the bosom by the middle of the first millennium B.C. Spartan attire was more risqué, exposing the female thigh, but breasts were always covered.

A series of sculptures suggests that even Greek goddesses became more bashful about their breasts during this period. Aphrodite of Cnidus, sculpted by Praxiteles of Athens in the fourth century B.C., depicts the nude goddess covering her genitals but leaving her bosom exposed. In copycat statues sculpted over the next several centuries, however, the goddess uses her other hand to cover a breast as well. The evolution of these Venus pudica sculptures strongly suggests that the ancients had come to feel that modesty required covering the breasts.

It’s not entirely clear why bare breasts became verboten in ancient Greece, but some historians think it had to do with the changing roles of women. As the centuries progressed, ancient Athens became an increasingly patriarchal society. Women retreated into the home, rarely emerging in public, and lived under the dominion of their fathers or husbands. Because the breast had long been a symbol of feminine fertility, it had to be kept from view.

Under the influence of the Bible and ancient Greek and Roman traditions, Western women kept their breasts concealed beneath loose-fitting garb for more than a millennium. The French aristocracy was the first to challenge the taboo. During the 1300s, necklines began to plunge and clothing became tighter, exposing the shape of the breast. Agnès Sorel, the mistress to French King Charles VII, shocked the court by appearing in a painting with one breast fully exposed in the late 1400s. The most provocative ladies of Venice and England are said to have walked the streets bare-breasted in the following century. There are even hints that Queen Elizabeth I herself exposed all or nearly all of her breasts to guests, which, if true, might provide some comfort to the young Duchess of Cambridge. But the trend was temporary, and the general prohibition on bare breasts in European society was firmly entrenched again by the 1600s.

 

Zechariah 13

Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

God’s People Cleansed

13 “On that day a fountain will be opened for the house of David and for the residents of Jerusalem, to wash away sin and impurity. On that day”—this is the declaration of the Lord of Armies—“I will remove the names of the idols from the land, and they will no longer be remembered. I will banish the prophets[a] and the unclean spirit from the land. If a man still prophesies, his father and his mother who bore him will say to him, ‘You cannot remain alive because you have spoken a lie in the name of the Lord.’ When he prophesies, his father and his mother who bore him will pierce him through. On that day every prophet will be ashamed of his vision when he prophesies; they will not put on a hairy cloak in order to deceive. He will say, ‘I am not a prophet; I work the land, for a man purchased[b] me as a servant since my youth.’ If someone asks him, ‘What are these wounds on your chest?’[c]—then he will answer, ‘I received the wounds in the house of my friends.’

Sword, awake against my shepherd,
against the man who is my associate—
this is the declaration of the Lord of Armies.
Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered;
I will turn my hand against the little ones.
In the whole land—
this is the Lord’s declaration—
two-thirds[d] will be cut off and die,
but a third will be left in it.
I will put this third through the fire;
I will refine them as silver is refined
and test them as gold is tested.
They will call on my name,
and I will answer them.
I will say, ‘They are my people,’
and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.’”

Footnotes:

  1. 13:2 = false prophets
  2. 13:5 Or sold
  3. 13:6 Lit wounds between your hands
  4. 13:8 Lit two-thirds in it

Zechariah 12

Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

Judah’s Security

12 A pronouncement:

The word of the Lord concerning Israel.
A declaration of the Lord,
who stretched out the heavens,
laid the foundation of the earth,
and formed the spirit of man within him.

“Look, I will make Jerusalem a cup that causes staggering for the peoples who surround the city. The siege against Jerusalem will also involve Judah. On that day I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples; all who try to lift it will injure themselves severely when all the nations of the earth gather against her. On that day”—this is the Lord’s declaration—“I will strike every horse with panic and its rider with madness. I will keep a watchful eye on the house of Judah but strike all the horses of the nations with blindness. Then each of the leaders of Judah will think to himself: The residents of Jerusalem are my strength through the Lord of Armies, their God. On that day I will make the leaders of Judah like a firepot in a woodpile, like a flaming torch among sheaves; they will consume all the peoples around them on the right and the left, while Jerusalem continues to be inhabited on its site, in Jerusalem. The Lord will save the tents of Judah first, so that the glory of David’s house and the glory of Jerusalem’s residents may not be greater than that of Judah. On that day the Lord will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that on that day the one who is weakest among them will be like David on that day, and the house of David will be like God, like the angel of the Lord, before them. On that day I will set out to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.

Mourning for the Pierced One

10 “Then I will pour out a spirit[a] of grace and prayer on the house of David and the residents of Jerusalem, and they will look at[b] me whom they pierced. They will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child and weep bitterly for him as one weeps for a firstborn. 11 On that day the mourning in Jerusalem will be as great as the mourning of Hadad-rimmon in the plain of Megiddo. 12 The land will mourn, every family by itself: the family of David’s house by itself and their women by themselves; the family of Nathan’s[c] house by itself and their women by themselves; 13 the family of Levi’s house by itself and their women by themselves; the family of Shimei[d] by itself and their women by themselves; 14 all the remaining families, every family by itself, and their women by themselves.

Footnotes:

  1. 12:10 Or out the Spirit
  2. 12:10 Or to
  3. 12:12 = a son of David
  4. 12:13 = a descendant of Levi

All Night, Part II

By Kara Marni

[Intro]
Mmm, mmm-mmm, ah-ha
Mmm,  mmm-mmm, ah-ha
Mmm,  mmm-mmm, ah-ha
Mmm, mmm-mmm

[Verse 1]
I could sip on you like gin and tonic all day
It’s  a habit and I need it in the worst way
You  remind me of old school love and Jodeci
With some classic Marvin Gaye

[Pre-Chorus]
Can’t  hold it against you, hold it against you
I’m acting a fool but nobody does it better
Call in the morning, I know we were drawing
I don’t want your love to wear off

[Chorus]
And  I, I could stay like this all night
‘Cause I don’t know what you do but it’s right
Oh, ’cause it feels like there’s a million scenes
Washing over me, running through my mind lately
And now I’m feeling like I’m, I could stay like this all night

[Post-Chorus]
Mmm, mmm-mmm, ah-ha
Mmm, mmm-mmm, ah-ha
Mmm, mmm-mmm, ah-ha
Mmm, mmm-mmm, ah-ha

[Verse 2]
I’ma keep this on repeat on the record player
Tape up the windows, don’t wanna know if it’s night or day
I just wanna get on, that’s all, would you take me to
Where there’s no one else but me and you?

[Pre-Chorus]
Won’t hold it against you, hold it against you
I’m acting a fool but nobody does it better
Call in the morning, I know we were drawing (Drawing)
I don’t want you taking time off

[Chorus]
And I, I could stay like this all night
‘Cause I don’t know what you do but it’s right
Oh, ’cause it feels like there’s a million scenes
Washing over me, running through my mind lately
And now I’m feeling like I, I could stay like this all night

[Post-Chorus]
Mmm, mmm-mmm, ah-ha
Mmm, mmm-mmm, ah-ha
Mmm, mmm-mmm, ah-ha
Mmm, mmm-mmm, ah-ha

[Outro]
Ah-ha
Ah-ha
Ah-ha