Women possess a greater sense of nutrition and food management

I was once eating with friends at an IHOP. We were on vacation, and soon headed to the beach. In a rush, I requested a to-go styrofoam box and began pouring syrup on my pancakes.

“They’re gonna get soggy,” interceded a female member of our group. I was able to salvage the pancakes by pouring the remaining syrup in a little plastic container.

Similarly, when living with the Vietnamese couple, I was preparing some Asian stir fry one evening when the wife noticed my inefficient vegetable rinsing technique. “Use a food strainer,” she suggested.

When it comes to practical wisdom to manage food resources, women are unbeatable. They have a much greater sense of nutritional service to others, and this extends to food that originates from their bodies.

This strengthens my observation that women with the strongest ANR inclinations tend to be those who enjoy cooking for and feeding others.

Even in egalitarian societies, women still gravitate towards meeting other people’s nutritional needs.

Their keen food sense is socially amplified. Women are observant to the eating choices of not only husbands and dependent children, but teenage and young adult children, and for single women, male crushes and female competitors.

Two things primarily draw women to ANRs:

  1. This hardwiring to feed/care for others
  2. The intense pleasure they receive in the process

An ANR is literally the condensed version of a woman whipping up the tastiest meal for her husband, her husband coming home, nose leads him straight to the kitchen, and he gives her the warmest, most comforting, appreciative, soul-melting hug and kiss.

Also, the smell of delicious, flavorful food cooking makes a house feel like home.

The female is a nurturer by nature.

“By these mighty acts he nourishes the people, giving them food in abundance.”

— Job 36:31 (NLT)

See also Breast milk’s effects on a man’s stomach

My husband enjoying my breasts would drive me over the edge

Gentlemen, that’s the kind of woman to seek.

So with caution, respect, carefully chosen words, wisdom, purity and reverence, discern if she’s the type who would delight in giving you her breasts daily.

“I am thrilled beyond words that he and I have an equal passion for breast attention. Reading Song of Solomon makes so much more sense in how God designed husbands and wives to enjoy each others bodies within the exclusiveness of marriage …
We are so looking forward to all of the wonderful moments and benefits to be had with our ANR. I would imagine, as “older” newlyweds, we will be getting alot of feedback as to the secrets to our higher than normal display of “wedded bliss”. I know without a doubt that God designed us for each other at this time in our life; experiencing and expressing for each other a love that could have only come from God alone.

Take Care,
KiwiMilkMaid”

“For me, the idea of offering my body, and more specifically my breasts, for my husband’s enjoyment is giving him my best. On a selfish level, my husband enjoying my breasts would give me great joy physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually and quite frankly I think it would be thrilling. My husband would be pulling from the very core of my being and I can’t even begin to think how amazing that would feel for us both. I can’t even begin to imagine the intimacy felt in those moments and how I would feel more feminine, and more like a woman in a purely Biblical sense. By nature, I am a nurturing woman and I think being in an ANR would increase those feelings in me and provide almost a sense of healing for my own personal insecurities. […]”

— Cali Nurse

Her teats fill thee in all time

Thy vein be blessed; and be thou glad with the woman of thy young waxing age. An hind most dearworthy; and an hart calf most acceptable. Her teats fill thee in all time; and delight thou continually in the love of her. My son, why art thou deceived of an alien woman; and art fostered in the bosom of another?
Proverbs 5:18‭-‬20 WBMS: Wycliffe’s Bible with Modern Spelling (Warning: contains uninspired Apocrypha)

https://bible.com/bible/2407/pro.5.18-20.WBMS

 

Online definitions of teat:

 

teat

teat [tēt]
n.
[ME tete < OFr < Gmc base akin to OE tit]
1. NIPPLE (sense 1)
2. any small projection like a teat

 

English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.

Source: English Dictionary, enacademic.com

 

teat

noun

/tiːt/

/tiːt/

    1. (British English)
      (North American English nipple)

      the rubber part at the end of a baby’s bottle that the baby sucks on with its lips and tongue in order to get milk, etc. from the bottle

Word Origin
Middle English (superseding earlier tit ‘woman’s breast or nipple’): from Old French tete, probably of Germanic origin.

 

God gives you a fertile land with water gushing out

3 He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord4 Your clothes did not wear out and your feet did not swell during these forty years. 5 Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the Lord your God disciplines you.

6 Observe the commands of the Lord your God, walking in obedience to him and revering him. 7 For the Lord your God is bringing you into a fertile land—a land with brooks, streams, and deep springs gushing out into the valleys and hills; 8 a land with wheat and barley, grapes and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey; 9 There you will never go hungry or ever be in need. Its rocks are iron, and from its hills you can mine copper. 10 You will have all you want to eat, and you will give thanks to the LORD your God for the fertile land that he has given you.

— Deuteronomy 8, NIV and GNT

Contrast with

He led you through the vast and dreadful wilderness, that thirsty and waterless land, with its venomous snakes and scorpions. He brought you water out of hard rock. 

— v. 15, NIV

See also:

Overabundant wellspring: new dilemma resolved

and

“It was really painful and my breasts were swollen and hard like rock. I was crying out of pain. Both me and my husband tried to manually express the milk out but it was of little help. I was yet to buy a breast reliever then. And it was too early in the morning to visit the doctor’ s clinic. finally my husband had to suck out the milk himself from my breasts. It was of great relief. And it continued for the next few weeks. […] And would sometime also fall asleep by my side while nursing. […] My baby is almost seven months now and I am yet to get back my periods. My husband is still performing his job loyally and to his full satisfaction and mine. […] Both me and my husband are enjoying the new bond. It feels really nice to nourish both of them with my milk. We have resumed our sex-life 8 weeks after my delivery which was a C-section. And the milk always adds spice to our sex life. Though we have never discussed, I would love to continue to feed my husband even after weaning my baby and as long as I can.”

— ANR reviewer. Compare her testimonial’s opening line to v. 15: He brought you water out of hard rock.

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

If you struggle with intrusive mental images of ANRs, then “think often that Christ suffered agony for your purity. Fight image with image. Christ crying in agony.”

Titus 2:14:

Christ gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.

1 Peter 1:18; 2:24:

You were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, [but with the precious blood of Christ]. He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.

1 Corinthians 5:15:

He died for all, that they who live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.

Hebrews 10:29:

How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace?

 

 

From Strategies for Fighting Sexual Sin by John Piper

CN elevates women. Feminists agree.

From her elevated position in this clip, we observe their body language speaking louder than words as he looks up to her, and she assumes a protective posture, as well as the roles of nurturer and confidante.

Body language speaks loudly and communicates deeper, more nuanced truths. The truth seen here is one reason feminists who adopt CN claim the practice raises women to a higher position in the marriage.

Big, strong, manly man becomes oh so tender in the hands and lap of his wife.

See how completely at ease and joyful they are in each other’s arms. Multiple women I came across on CN dating sites describe their desire for this sense of deep relaxation and laughter during nursing sessions.

 

P.S.: That will be my favorite position if the Lord wills that I engage in a Couples Nursing marriage.

Breast milk’s effects on a man’s stomach

Breast milk rearranges a man’s gut flora. It takes his stomach some getting used to. The lactose in breast milk differs markedly from that of other milks.

I surmise that due to its natural, unprocessed properties, God prefers if we consume such rich natural foods daily.

The prevalence of processed foods may make it hard for her to avoid, but she “humanizes” these nutrients before passing them on to her dear husband.

No GMOs or bioengineered products. All natural, straight from the breast.

See also:

Composition of human milk

Wet nurses, doulas and lactation consultants

I have a lot of respect for women who volunteer to wet nurse or donate to other women’s children. Notice again the connection between nursing and doulas/lactation consulting. I’ve discovered that many women who are into wet nursing or milk donation also tend to see nothing wrong with ANRs.
These 4 ads stood out to me:


Ad Title: Houston mom looking to be a Wet Nurse
Mother of 2 looking to be a wet nurse. I have had success with inducing lactation over the past month. I am looking to find a consistent family to be a wet nurse for. I would also be willing to alter my diet to fit baby’s needs (I have lots of experience with a vegan diet). I successfully breastfed and pumped for my two daughters (now ages 6 and 8). I am also a nutritionist, doula, lactation consultant, and childbirth educator. Current full time online student pursuing my PhD from the University of Houston. Drug Free, Alcohol Free, Disease Free. Willing to undergo screening and interview with family.


Ad Title: Melanin Vegan Mama Liquid Gold […]
Raw Vegan Mama & Holistic Doula for over 3 years
No drugs, no alcohol […]
Pump on demand so milk is fresh
[…]
Breastmilk is multi-purposeful, it is the cure for many things in this world.
Health is wealth and it starts at the breast.
Talk to you soon!


Ad title: Lactation consultant with huge supply
Over producer, lactation consultant with a 5ft deep freezer full of sterile frozen milk […] ( high fat) Willing to also [pump] fresh milk on demand as well.
Smoke/drug free
90% Dairy free


Ad Title: Healthy, Active, Over-Producing Marketing Manager with Fatty Milk
I gave birth to my second child, a very healthy 9 lb 10 oz boy on January 4. I’ve been exclusively pumping since and have 4,000 oz in my freezer. I eat a balanced diet and do Barre3 4 times a week. There are absolutely no drugs or alcohol in my milk. My lactation consultant has always described my milk as more like half and half – very fatty! My son, at 10 months old, is 26 lbs and that came from my milk! I always freeze the milk within 3 days of pumping and I’m extremely meticulous about cleanliness. I’ve donated 3,500 oz already to two local moms who needed milk […] Contact me with any questions.

Like That

Why you let em get you like that
Why you let em treat you like that
Why you let em stone cold play you
He’s a stone cold player
That’s a no, no, no, no

I heard he drive you crazy
But come on girl let’s face it
He got your heart deceived
And you ain’t thinking straight when,
God love ya lady, you’ll always be His baby
But you using your body, to go out and disgrace Him
You need to leave him shawty, and you should leave him shortly
After this message I’m guessing you think you need him shorty
No but you need God
Your heart to please God
It to be your satisfaction
Live to please God
He’ll never lie to you
You know He’s perfect, love
You know He died for you
He’s got the perfect love
So gone let him go, go,
Stickin with him is a no,no,no,no

Why you let em get you like that
Why you let em treat you like that
Why you let em stone cold play you
He’s a stone cold player
That’s a no, no, no, no

Why you let em get you like that
Why you let em treat you like that
Why you let em stone cold play you
He’s a stone cold player
That’s a no, no, no, no

Hey, you know Satan like to play you girl
Biting after the killings, trying to shake you girl
He’s so pragmatic, so he’s back at it
That’s why you gotta flea temptation, tell him “you can have it”
He’s a trickster, loves to tell you that you need sin
Make you think you still a slave when you a free men
Always scheming but don’t be ignorant
And fall prey to the liar and the lion’s den
If you wait till you’re alone on a date night
To figure out what’s wrong in the late night
It too late right
You got caught up again, and now you back in sin
Feel like you can’t ever win
But that’s the lie again
You gotta raise up
Knowing God is the only one who can save us
Satan played us
It shouldn’t amaze us
Crafty, takin advantage of the way we craze lust

Why you let em get you like that
Why you let em treat you like that
Why you let em stone cold play you
He’s a stone cold player
That’s a no, no, no, no

Why you let em get you like that
Why you let em treat you like that
Why you let em stone cold play you
He’s a stone cold player
That’s a no, no, no, no

Ladies, if Song of Solomon had never been written
And you never saw how men were supposed to cherish their women
And look at Ephesians 5, where they nourish their wives
Is he really that type of guy or are you rationalizing
Our God deserves glory
Greatest of love stories
More than movies and TV believe me He knows your needs
He provided His only son
When we ain’t deserve it
He loves you on your worst days
You know He’s perfect
So hold on, wait, be content
You got the greatest
You single, give it away cuz your life was made for the maker
But you got it, it’s a gift don’t waste that
Temptation be looking good don’t taste that
I told you back in 05′ you should have waited
Yeah waited
Yeah waited

(Speaking)
Ha, yeah, you remember wait? Ay, if you looking for love, you needa find God.

Why you let em get you like that
Why you let em treat you like that
Why you let em stone cold play you
He’s a stone cold player
That’s a no, no, no, no

Why you let em get you like that
Why you let em treat you like that
Why you let em stone cold play you
He’s a stone cold player
That’s a no, no, no, no

Whispers in the Dark

I hear whispers in the dark
Sayin’, “Baby, don’t you stop”
Makin’ love to you but you’re not in my bed

Sexy dreams that stop and start
Voices tearin’ me apart
You keep on callin’ me, whispers in the dark

You step in the room, close the door
Trail your clothes across the floor, you come to me
Fine as you wanna be, yeah

You slowly turn back the sheets
Slide your body on to me, so sexually
Girl, you don’t miss a beat, no

Then when I touch you so sexy, I’ll help you get off
I’ll make you feel so good, you wanna cry
When I’m deep inside your love

And when you touch me so sexy, my love is like a rock
You say let’s get down tonight
But then I awake, I hear whispers in the dark

I hear whispers in the dark
Sayin’, “Baby, don’t you stop”
Makin’ love to you but you’re not in my bed

Sexy dreams that stop and start
Voices tearin’ me apart
You keep on callin’ me, whispers in the dark

Eleven days, my mind replaced
Every word and every move you ever make
Non stop, twenty four play

When I close my eyes, you come to life
Like a vision that just never goes away
Never, never, never baby, I’m goin’ crazy

Then when I touch you so sexy, I’ll help you get off
I’ll make you feel so good, you wanna cry
When I’m deep inside your love

And when you touch me so sexy, my love is like a rock
You say let’s get down tonight
But then I awake, I hear whispers in the dark

I hear whispers in the dark
Sayin’, “Baby, don’t you stop”
Makin’ love to you but you’re not in my bed

Sexy dreams that stop and start
Voices tearin’ me apart
You keep on callin’ me, whispers in the dark

gettin’ strong
While the nights can get long

Every time and every moment, this time it’s for real
Like a dream you fade away
And disappear and I hear whispers oh, in the dark

I hear whispers in the dark
Sayin’, “Baby, don’t you stop”
Makin’ love to you but you’re not in my bed

Sexy dreams that stop and start
Voices tearin’ me apart
You keep on callin’ me, whispers in the dark

I hear whispers in the dark
Sayin’, “Baby, don’t you stop”
Makin’ love to you but you’re not in my bed

Sexy dreams that stop and start
Voices tearin’ me apart
You keep on callin’ me, whispers in the dark

I hear whispers in the dark
Sayin’, “Baby, don’t you stop”
Makin’ love to you but you’re not in my bed

Sexy dreams that stop and start
Voices tearin’ me apart
You keep on callin’ me

Let Me Cater to You, My Dear Husband

[Verse 1: Beyoncé]
Baby, I see you working hard
I wanna let you know I’m proud
Let you know that I admire what you do
Don’t know if I need to reassure you
My life would be […] without you
If I want it (you got it)
When I ask you (you provide it)
You inspire me to be better
You challenge me for the better
Baby, sit back and let me pour out my love letter
Let me help you
Take off your shoes
Untie your shoe strings
Take off your cufflinks
What you wanna eat, boo?
Let me feed you
Let me run your bathwater
Whatever your desire, I’ll supply ya
Sing you a song
Turn the game on
I’ll brush your hair
Help you put your durag on
Want a foot-rub?
You want a manicure?
Baby, I’m yours, I wanna cater to you, boy

[Chorus: Beyoncé]
Let me cater to you
Cause, baby, this is your day
Do anything for my man
Baby, you blow me away
I got your slippers, your dinner, your dessert and so much more
Anything you want, just let me cater to you
Inspire me from the heart
Can’t nothing tear us apart
You’re all I want in a man
I put my life in your hands
I got your slippers, your dinner, your dessert and so much more
Anything you want, I wanna cater to you

[Verse 2: Kelly Rowland]
Baby, I’m happy you’re home
Let me hold you in my arms
I just wanna take the stress away from you
Making sure that I’m doing my part
Boy, is there something you need me to do?
If you want it (I got it)
Say the word (and I’ll try it)
I know whatever, I’m not fulfilling
Another woman is willing
I’m gonna fulfill your mind, body and spirit
I promise ya
I’ll keep myself up
Remain the same chick
You fell in love with
I’ll keep it tight, I’ll keep my figure right
I’ll keep my hair fixed, keep rockin’ the hottest outfits
When you come home late, tap me on my shoulder, I’ll roll over
Baby, I heard you, I’m here to serve you
If it’s love you need to give it is my joy
All I wanna do, is cater to you, boy

[Chorus: Beyoncé]
Let me cater to you
Cause, baby, this is your day
Do anything for my man
Baby, you blow me away
I got your slippers, your dinner, your dessert and so much more
Anything you want, just let me cater to you
Inspire me from the heart
Can’t nothing tear us apart
You’re all I want in a man
I put my life in your hands
I got your slippers, your dinner, your dessert and so much more
Anything you want, I wanna cater to you

[Verse 3: Michelle Williams]
I wanna give you my breath, my strength, my will to you
That’s the least I can do
Let me cater to you
Through the good, the bad
The ups and the downs
I’ll still be here for you
Let me cater to you
Cause you’re beautiful
I love the way you are
Fulfill your every desire
Your wish is my command
I wanna cater to my man
Your heart (your heart)
So pure your love shines through
The darkness we’ll get through
(So much) So much of me is you (is you)
I wanna cater to my man

[Chorus: Beyoncé]
Let me cater to you
Cause baby this is your day
Do anything for my man
Baby, you blow me away
I got your slippers, your dinner, your dessert and so much more
Anything you want, just let me cater to you
Inspire me from the heart
Can’t nothing tear us apart
You’re all I want in a man
I put my life in your hands
I got your slippers, your dinner, your dessert and so much more
Anything you want, I wanna cater to you

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 designed 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