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
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
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
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?
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
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
Religion stunts your growth spiritually, psychologically, sexually, maritally and socially.
Religion is the reason a female blog follower said she’s in a marriage in which she feels emotionally distant and heartbroken. It’s the cause of my earlier tension in determining whether to pursue a marital ANR in the first place.
If I were still ensnared by religion, Christ-centered ANR won’t exist.
If Christ were entangled in 21st century American religion, Luke 23:29 would be censored and He would have damned the woman in 11:27 to hell.
Said a breastfeeding mom and milk donor: “My little one gets gassy when I have dairy products, so I have cut them out of my diet. If your baby has the same issue, this milk is perfect for you.”
Her statement suggests humans were meant to have only one type of milk — the most natural, and most specific type.
In fact, I would argue that God prefers humans to engage in lifelong consumption of human milk. “Milk” is mentioned in the Bible, and there are biblical references to humans drinking animal milk, but cultures that see nothing wrong with adults drinking breast milk, either expressed or “from the tap,” are closer to God’s original intent than those that have a stomach-churning reaction to the idea, while at the same time harvesting it from animals by the barrel.
Come to think of it, the breast milk I recently tasted seemed so much more nutritious than cow milk. The latter is bland in comparison. Obviously, tongues and stomachs are meant to innately recognize and process identical species’ nutrients, even when digested and expressed.
“It all started when i had just delivered my baby. I had engorged breasts early morning three days after my delivery. 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. He would normally feed on at bedtime after the baby falls asleep. And repeat the same before going out for work and after coming back. And would sometime also fall asleep by my side while nursing. I would always ensure proper hygiene and wash my breasts properly after every time my husband puts his mouth and before feeding my baby. I never had an engorgement again after that except on one occasion when my husband was out the the town for three days, when my baby was around 12 weeks old. 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. I have started giving semi-solid food to my baby now but plan to breastfeed him till he become two years old. 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.”
11 Open your gates, Lebanon, and fire will consume your cedars. 2 Wail, cypress, for the cedar has fallen; the glorious trees are destroyed! Wail, oaks of Bashan, for the stately forest has fallen! 3 Listen to the wail of the shepherds, for their glory is destroyed. Listen to the roar of young lions, for the thickets of the Jordan are[a] destroyed.
4 The Lord my God says this: “Shepherd the flock intended for slaughter. 5 Those who buy them slaughter them but are not punished. Those who sell them say, ‘Blessed be the Lord because I have become rich!’ Even their own shepherds have no compassion for them. 6 Indeed, I will no longer have compassion on the inhabitants of the land”—this is the Lord’s declaration. “Instead, I will turn everyone over to his neighbor and his king. They will devastate the land, and I will not rescue it from their hand.”
7 So I shepherded the flock intended for slaughter, the oppressed of the flock.[b] I took two staffs, calling one Favor and the other Union, and I shepherded the flock. 8 In one month I got rid of three shepherds. I became impatient with them, and they also detested me. 9 Then I said, “I will no longer shepherd you. Let what is dying die, and let what is perishing perish; let the rest devour each other’s flesh.” 10 Next I took my staff called Favor and cut it in two, annulling the covenant I had made with all the peoples. 11 It was annulled on that day, and so the oppressed of the flock[c] who were watching me knew that it was the word of the Lord. 12 Then I said to them, “If it seems right to you, give me my wages; but if not, keep them.” So they weighed my wages, thirty pieces of silver.
13 “Throw it to the potter,”[d] the Lord said to me—this magnificent price I was valued by them. So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw it into the house of the Lord, to the potter.[e]14 Then I cut in two my second staff, Union, annulling the brotherhood between Judah and Israel.
15 The Lord also said to me, “Take the equipment of a foolish shepherd. 16 I am about to raise up a shepherd in the land who will not care for those who are perishing, and he will not seek the lost[f] or heal the broken. He will not sustain the healthy,[g] but he will devour the flesh of the fat sheep and tear off their hooves.
17 Woe to the worthless shepherd who deserts the flock! May a sword strike[h] his arm and his right eye! May his arm wither away and his right eye go completely blind!”
I am looking to help a parent in need to feed their baby breast milk, I will not allow wet nursing, or any kind of kinky.. I will only allow PayPal payment.. so no Walmart to Walmart… anything that will raise a eyebrow ( Scam)
I just happen to over produce.. I have four kids and my youngest is four months, I’ve never really thought about selling or donating my breast milk until a friend of mines needed formula but had no money for it.. and I pumped for her.. pumped enough until she could afford to get some.. then I thought “ why not help out other parents in need”. I am pumping 11 oz from each breast…
10 Ask the Lord for rain in the season of spring rain. The Lord makes the rain clouds, and he will give them showers of rain and crops in the field for everyone. 2 For the idols speak falsehood, and the diviners see illusions; they relate empty dreams and offer empty comfort. Therefore the people wander like sheep; they suffer affliction because there is no shepherd. 3 My anger burns against the shepherds, so I will punish the leaders.[a] For the Lord of Armies has tended his flock, the house of Judah; he will make them like his majestic steed in battle. 4 The cornerstone, the tent peg, the battle bow, and every ruler— all will go out from him together. 5 They will be like warriors in battle trampling down the mud of the streets. They will fight because the Lord is with them, and they will put horsemen to shame. 6 I will strengthen the house of Judah and deliver the house of Joseph.[b] I will restore[c] them because I have compassion on them, and they will be as though I had never rejected them. For I am the Lord their God, and I will answer them. 7 Ephraim will be like a warrior, and their hearts will be glad as if with wine. Their children will see it and be glad; their hearts will rejoice in the Lord.
8 I will whistle and gather them because I have redeemed them; they will be as numerous as they once were. 9 Though I sow them among the nations, they will remember me in the distant lands; they and their children will live and return. 10 I will bring them back from the land of Egypt and gather them from Assyria. I will bring them to the land of Gilead and to Lebanon, but it will not be enough for them. 11 The Lord[d] will pass through the sea of distress and strike the waves of the sea; all the depths of the Nile will dry up. The pride of Assyria will be brought down, and the scepter of Egypt will come to an end. 12 I will strengthen them in the Lord, and they will march in his name—
Got to taste it today. The day after Five Nineteen Day. It was delicious : )
Expressed, of course. It happened strictly within the context of a healthcare-related setting.
I loved it! It tasted coconutty and I definitely tasted the small but noticeable amount of sugar.
Initially hesitant to consume even the slightest drop of expressed milk from a woman not my wife, I’ve come to realize that there’s nothing wrong with it, if you can back your reason up biblically. And the keyword is worth repeating: EXPRESSED.
The word of the Lord is against the land of Hadrach, and Damascus is its resting place— for the eyes of humanity and all the tribes of Israel are on the Lord[a]— 2 and also against Hamath, which borders it, as well as Tyre and Sidon, though they are very shrewd. 3 Tyre has built herself a fortress; she has heaped up silver like dust and gold like the dirt of the streets. 4 Listen! The Lord will impoverish her and cast her wealth into the sea; she herself will be consumed by fire. 5 Ashkelon will see it and be afraid; Gaza too, and will writhe in great pain, as will Ekron, for her hope will fail. There will cease to be a king in Gaza, and Ashkelon will become uninhabited. 6 A mongrel people will live in Ashdod, and I will destroy the pride of the Philistines. 7 I will remove the blood from their mouths and the abhorrent things from between their teeth. Then they too will become a remnant for our God; they will become like a clan in Judah and Ekron like the Jebusites. 8 I will encamp at my house as a guard, against those who march back and forth, and no oppressor will march against them again, for now I have seen with my own eyes.
The Coming of Zion’s King
9 Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout in triumph, Daughter Jerusalem! Look, your King is coming to you; he is righteous and victorious,[b] humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. 10 I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the horse from Jerusalem. The bow of war will be removed, and he will proclaim peace to the nations. His dominion will extend from sea to sea, from the Euphrates River to the ends of the earth. 11 As for you, because of the blood of your covenant, I will release your prisoners from the waterless cistern. 12 Return to a stronghold, you prisoners who have hope; today I declare that I will restore double to you. 13 For I will bend Judah as my bow; I will fill that bow with Ephraim. I will rouse your sons, Zion, against your sons, Greece.[c] I will make you like a warrior’s sword. 14 Then the Lord will appear over them, and his arrow will fly like lightning. The Lord God will sound the ram’s horn and advance with the southern storms. 15 The Lord of Armies will defend them. They will consume and conquer with slingstones; they will drink and be rowdy as if with wine. They will be as full as the sprinkling basin, like those at the corners of the altar. 16 The Lord their God will save them on that day as the flock of his people; for they are like jewels in a crown, sparkling over his land. 17 How lovely and beautiful! Grain will make the young men flourish, and new wine, the young women.
29 “The following swarming creatures that move on the ground are unclean for you—moles, mice, and all types of lizards: 30 geckos, monitors, lizards, skinks, and chameleons. 31 Among all the swarming creatures that move on the ground, these are unclean for you. Whoever touches their dead bodies will be unclean until evening. 32 When the dead body of one of these creatures falls on something, that thing will be unclean. It may be a wooden article, clothing, leather, a sack, or anything used for any purpose. It should be put in water and will be unclean until evening. Then it will be clean again.
33 “If any of these creatures falls into a piece of pottery, break the pottery because everything in it is unclean. 34 If water from that pottery touches any food, the food is unclean. Any liquid that you drink from that pottery is unclean. 35 Anything on which their dead bodies fall is unclean. If it is an oven or a stove, smash it. It is unclean and will remain unclean for you. 36 However, a spring or a cistern holding water will remain clean. But anyone who touches their dead bodies will be unclean.”
The source alone doesn’t get polluted. Is this a beautiful picture of Jesus or what?
“15 Drink water out of your own cistern and running water from your own well. 16 Why should water flow out of your spring? Why should your streams flow into the streets? 17 They should be yours alone, so do not share them with strangers. 18 Let your own fountain be blessed, and enjoy the girl you married when you were young, 19 a loving doe and a graceful deer.[a] Always let her breasts [soak] you. Always be intoxicated with her love. 20 Why should you, my son, be intoxicated with an adulterous woman and fondle a loose woman’s breast?”
— Prov. 5 (GW)
Breast milk is a little like soap. It can fight off maladies and pathogens.
“I personaly dont find anything wrong with this, my husband has been drinking my milk off and on for almost 6 years now and let me tell you he has never once gotten sick…. we all got food poisoning and he didnt get sick its amazing how brest milk works 🙂 Good luck and have fun :)”
Like its counterpart in Proverbs 5, I also couldn’t find the pidgin version, so I cautiously translated. Hope this blesses my brothers and sisters in Ghana, Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Gambia and Cameroon.
I go lead you. I go come bring you inside haus wey my momsi get. (Na im dey teach me when I be pikin.) I go give you make you come drink wine wey dem don put sugar and spice well well for am, some juice wey I don squeeze from my pomegranates.
Among the many … kinks we might all be aware of, adult nursing relationships are one of the ones currently seeping its way out into the open and becoming slightly less taboo. The interesting thing is, although adult nursing might be considered a fetish, it’s not actually always sexual. Lots of people choose to have an adult nursing relationship for a variety of reasons – to feel comfortable, to feel nurtured because it relaxes them or to feel turned on (using it as oral).
If you’re curious about what adult nursing is and why people do it, then this is the right place to find out all of that information. If you are already in an adult nursing relationship, or you’re trying to get to grips with it, we’re also going to take a look at how you can induce lactation for your husband.
WHAT IS AN ADULT NURSING RELATIONSHIP (ANR)?
Adult nursing relationships (ANR) exist when two consenting adults come together and breastfeed together. The man … will suckle the woman’s breast, and she will breastfeed him…
This Interlinear Hebrew appears to have the original Hebrew, followed by a transliteration, and finally the English translation.
Considering how this version uses the word “nipples” instead of “breasts” and the minor differences between the transliteration here and those of Old Testament Hebrew expert Bruce Waltke, perhaps it’s the Arabic cognate he mentions that’s used in this version of the verse.
8 The word of the Lord of Armies came: 2 The Lord of Armies says this: “I am extremely jealous for Zion; I am jealous for her with great wrath.” 3 The Lord says this: “I will return to Zion and live in Jerusalem. Then Jerusalem will be called the Faithful City; the mountain of the Lord of Armies will be called the Holy Mountain.” 4 The Lord of Armies says this: “Old men and women will again sit along the streets of Jerusalem, each with a staff in hand because of advanced age. 5 The streets of the city will be filled with boys and girls playing in them.” 6 The Lord of Armies says this: “Though it may seem impossible to the remnant of this people in those days, should it also seem impossible to me?”—this is the declaration of the Lord of Armies. 7 The Lord of Armies says this: “I will save my people from the land of the east and the land of the west.[a]8 I will bring them back to live in Jerusalem. They will be my people, and I will be their faithful and righteous God.”
9 The Lord of Armies says this: “Let your hands be strong, you who now hear these words that the prophets spoke when the foundations were laid for the rebuilding of the temple, the house of the Lord of Armies. 10 For prior to those days neither people nor animals had wages. There was no safety from the enemy for anyone who came or went, for I turned everyone against his neighbor. 11 But now, I will not treat the remnant of this people as in the former days”—this is the declaration of the Lord of Armies. 12 “For they will sow in peace: the vine will yield its fruit, the land will yield its produce, and the skies will yield their dew. I will give the remnant of this people all these things as an inheritance. 13 As you have been a curse among the nations, house of Judah and house of Israel, so I will save you, and you will be a blessing. Don’t be afraid; let your hands be strong.” 14 For the Lord of Armies says this: “As I resolved to treat you badly when your ancestors provoked me to anger, and I did not relent,” says the Lord of Armies, 15 “so I have resolved again in these days to do what is good to Jerusalem and the house of Judah. Don’t be afraid. 16 These are the things you must do: Speak truth to one another; make true and sound decisions within your city gates. 17 Do not plot evil in your hearts against your neighbor, and do not love perjury, for I hate all this”—this is the Lord’s declaration.
18 Then the word of the Lord of Armies came to me: 19 The Lord of Armies says this: “The fast of the fourth month, the fast of the fifth, the fast of the seventh, and the fast of the tenth will become times of joy, gladness, and cheerful festivals for the house of Judah. Therefore, love truth and peace.” 20 The Lord of Armies says this: “Peoples will yet come, the residents of many cities; 21 the residents of one city will go to another, saying: Let’s go at once to plead for the Lord’s favor and to seek the Lord of Armies. I am also going. 22 Many peoples and strong nations will come to seek the Lord of Armies in Jerusalem and to plead for the Lord’s favor.” 23 The Lord of Armies says this: “In those days, ten men from nations of every language will grab the robe of a Jewish man tightly, urging: Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.”
Last week, I drove by a family taking an evening stroll (the new quarantine pastime). The clan included three females, all dressed like they just walked right out of my dream, as far as ideally dressed women are concerned. Over the years, I’ve come to base this ideal on the image of the ANR blogger I profiled most heavily. Long skirts and dresses, she nostalgically affirmed. Old school femininity at its finest. I had to turn around and inquire where they were from/their religious background. A sharply dressed man responded “Jewish.”
When one connects the dots, it makes perfect sense that the religion that gave us Proverbs 5, Song 8, and John 3:16 would value such old school traditional dressing, gender roles, and even extremes of intimacy.
God bless Israel. The tiny nation has literally been an infinite blessing to the rest of the world (Gen. 12:1-3).
6 Now these are the mitzvot, the chukkim, and the mishpatim, which Hashem Eloheichem commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in ha’aretz whither ye go to possess it:
2 That thou mightest fear Hashem Eloheicha, to be shomer over all His chukkim and His mitzvot, which I command thee, thou, and thy ben, and thy ben’s ben, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged.
3 Shema therefore, Yisroel, and be shomer to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as Hashem Elohei Avoteicha hath promised thee, in Eretz Zavat Cholov uDevash.
4 Shema Yisroel Adonoi Eloheinu Adonoi Echad.
5 And thou shalt love Hashem Eloheicha b’chol l’vavcha u’vchol nafshcha uvechol modecha.
6 And these devarim, which I command thee today, shall be in thine lev;
7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy banim, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine bais, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
8 And thou shalt bind them for an ot upon thine hand, and they shall be as totafos (ornaments [Shemot 13:16, Shabbos 57a]) between thine eyes.
9 And thou shalt write them upon the mezuzot of thy bais, and on thy she’arim.
10 And it shall be, when Hashem Eloheicha shall have brought thee into ha’aretz He swore unto Avoteicha, to Avraham, to Yitzchak, and to Ya’akov, to give thee great and goodly cities, which thou buildedst not,
11 And batim full of all good things, which thou filledst not, and wells digged, which thou diggedst not, kramim (vineyards) and olive trees, which thou plantedst not; when thou shalt have eaten and be full;
12 Then beware lest thou forget Hashem, which brought thee forth out of Eretz Mitzrayim, from the bais avadim.
13 Thou shalt fear Hashem Eloheicha, and serve Him, and shalt swear by Shmo.
14 Ye shall not go after elohim acherim, of elohei ha’amim (the g-ds of the peoples) which are round about you;
15 (For Hashem Eloheicha is an El Kannah among you) lest the anger of Hashem Eloheicha be kindled against thee, and destroy thee from off the face of ha’adamah.
16 Ye shall not test Hashem Eloheichem, as ye tested Him in Massah.
17 Ye diligently shall be shomer mitzvot over the mitzvot Hashem Eloheichem and His edut, and His chukkim, which He hath commanded thee.
18 And thou shalt do that which is yashar (right, straight) and hatov in the eyes of Hashem; that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest go in and possess ha’aretz hatovah which Hashem swore unto Avotecha.
19 To cast out all thine enemies from before thee, as Hashem hath spoken.
20 And when thy ben asketh thee in time to come, saying, What mean the edut, and the chukkim, and the mishpatim which Hashem Eloheinu hath commanded you?
21 Then thou shalt say unto thy ben, We were Pharaoh’s avadim in Mitzrayim; and Hashem brought us out of Mitzrayim with a yad chazakah;
22 And Hashem showed otot and mofetim, great and terrible, upon Mitzrayim, upon Pharaoh, and upon all his household, before our eyes:
23 And He brought us out from thence, that He might bring us in, to give us ha’aretz which He promised on oath unto Avoteinu.
24 And Hashem commanded us to do all these chukkim, to fear Hashem Eloheinu, for our good always, that He might preserve us alive, as it is at yom hazeh.
25 And tzedakah it shall be for us, if we are shomer to do all these mitzvot before Hashem Eloheinu, as He hath commanded us.
Single men, don’t focus on physical attributes first. The size of her breasts or any other physical features are secondary.
The one thing you should set your mind on that most likely guarantees she’ll want to nurse you till the cows come home is this: she devotes her life to bringing people peace of mind.
The spiritual, deeper, more meaningful, less superficial aspects of an ANR matter more than simply a bra size, and women are wired to prioritize emotional attraction to a man over the size of any one body part, so seek the intangibles first.
I’ve come across several women in the ANR world whose occupations directly entail bringing peace of mind to others.
Nurse, doula, nanny, daycare worker, Sunday school kindergarten helper, retirement counselor, financial advisor, midwife and masseuse are prime examples of such vocations.
If she approaches such a position from an evangelistic perspective, as a way to actively fulfill the Great Commission, it’ll make your marital ANR much sweeter.
Instead of using nursing pads to absorb leaking breast milk and then toss it (either in the trash or the wash), what if you could collect that liquid gold with breast pads that save milk? That’s the idea behind the Milkies Milk-Saver On-the-Go pads, which discreetly slide into your bra or tank top and collect up to an ounce of breast milk at a time. The spout design makes it easy to then transfer into a breast milk bag or bottle, so that no ounce of precious liquid is wasted.
Medela Safe & Dry, best nursing pads for heavy leaking:
Reusable cloth nursing pads:
Tips For Using Nursing Pads
Make sure your nipple is clean and dry.
Add a thin dab of nipple cream, if you’re using it.
If it’s a disposable, peel off the backing and position against your breast so that your nipple is dead center.
Now bring your bra close to your breast and press your pad-covered breast into the bra cup. This may take some practice to get the positioning right!
If it’s a reusable, place in the cup of the bra first and then position comfortably. A thicker, padded bra might help conceal the bulk of a reusable.
You’ll know it’s time to remove a pad when it’s no longer keeping you dry. Remember, moisture against your breast can increase your chances for infections like thrush, so once a pad is no longer absorbent, get rid of it.
For a disposable, carefully peel the pad off, fold it up and throw it away with your normal household waste. For a reusable, place the wet pad in a small Ziploc bag to be laundered ASAP, according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Again, make sure your nipple is clean and dry before putting on a new pad.
If you do happen to get thrush, you’ll want to switch to disposables or find a thorough way to disinfect your reusables, so you don’t spread the infection. When laundering, it’s advisable to skip the softener or anti static sheets and go for a sensitive detergent if possible.
Lastly, if your nursing pad gets stuck when you try to remove it, don’t pull. Being too rough with a sensitive nipple can cause cracking or rawness. Instead, a little warm water should dissolve any crustiness and release your nipple.
7 In the fourth year of King Darius, the word of the Lord came to Zechariah on the fourth day of the ninth month, which is Chislev. 2 Now the people of Bethel had sent Sharezer, Regem-melech, and their men to plead for the Lord’s favor 3 by asking the priests who were at the house of the Lord of Armies as well as the prophets, “Should we mourn and fast in the fifth month as we have done these many years?”
4 Then the word of the Lord of Armies came to me: 5 “Ask all the people of the land and the priests: When you fasted and lamented in the fifth and in the seventh months for these seventy years, did you really fast for me? 6 When you eat and drink, don’t you eat and drink simply for yourselves? 7 Aren’t these the words that the Lord proclaimed through the earlier prophets when Jerusalem was inhabited and secure,[a] along with its surrounding cities, and when the southern region and the Judean foothills were inhabited?”
8 The word of the Lord came to Zechariah: 9 “The Lord of Armies says this: ‘Make fair decisions. Show faithful love and compassion to one another. 10 Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the resident alien or the poor, and do not plot evil in your hearts against one another.’ 11 But they refused to pay attention and turned a stubborn shoulder; they closed their ears so they could not hear. 12 They made their hearts like a rock so as not to obey the law or the words that the Lord of Armies had sent by his Spirit through the earlier prophets. Therefore intense anger came from the Lord of Armies. 13 Just as he had called, and they would not listen, so when they called, I would not listen, says the Lord of Armies. 14 I scattered them with a windstorm over all the nations that had not known them, and the land was left desolate behind them, with no one coming or going. They turned a pleasant land into a desolation.”
New Living Translation
No one has ever seen God. But the unique One, who is himself God, is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us.
GOD’S WORD Translation
No one has ever seen God. God’s only Son, the one who is closest to the Father’s heart, has made him known.
Notice how the same word is translated “bosom” in some versions, and “heart” in others. It makes perfect biblical sense, because the Bible calls the heart the centre of human will, emotions and being. Compare that with the definition of “bosom” by the Cambridge Dictionary:
So biblically speaking, “bosom” and “heart” are nearly synonymous.
Therefore, to be in someone’s bosom is to be close to the person’s heart. So close you can’t get any closer. Close enough to accurately make the person known to strangers.
Though we used to be strangers and aliens, hostile to God (Rom. 8:7), darkened in mind (Col. 1:21), the One who dwells in the Father’s bosom has made peace between the Father and us (Col. 1:20, 2 Cor. 5:18-20, Eph. 2:16-17). We now have unrestricted access to the Father (Eph. 2:18). We are in his bosom, forever grafted into his heart.
God’s incredible genius never ceases to amaze me. In his infinite wisdom, he chose to place a woman’s breasts close to her heart. Most mammals don’t get this privilege. The privilege of having a child or male connect so tightly to the heart of the female. Even people still hostile to God and dead in their sins claim it’s supernatural.
“Why should the woman submit…? We must reject the traditionalist answer, namely that women are not decisive enough. The fact is that many wives are more decisive than their husbands. So why are women called to this position? … the answer to that question is another question. Why did Christ become the one to give up the authority to the Father? We don’t know. But it is a mark of his greatness, not his indecisiveness. Women are called to follow him here. But remember, taking authority properly is just as hard as granting it.”
— Kathy Keller, The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God, Appendix
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
“27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 29 so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.”
— 1 Corinthians
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
— Jesus Christ, 2 Corinthians 12:9
“Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
— 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
Things that look weak, shameful and taboo to man are often noble to God, and vice versa, because we have very different value systems.
“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!”
— God, Isaiah 5:20
“What is highly esteemed among men is an abomination to God.”
6 Then I looked up again and saw four chariots coming from between two mountains. The mountains were made of bronze. 2 The first chariot had chestnut[a] horses, the second chariot black horses, 3 the third chariot white horses, and the fourth chariot dappled horses—all strong horses. 4 So I inquired of the angel who was speaking with me, “What are these, my lord?”
5 The angel told me, “These are the four spirits[b] of heaven going out after presenting themselves to the Lord of the whole earth. 6 The one with the black horses is going to the land of the north, the white horses are going after them, but the dappled horses are going to the land of the south.” 7 As the strong horses went out, they wanted to go patrol the earth, and the Lord said, “Go, patrol the earth.” So they patrolled the earth. 8 Then he summoned me saying, “See, those going to the land of the north have pacified my Spirit in the northern land.”
Crowning of the Branch
9 The word of the Lord came to me: 10 “Take an offering from the exiles, from Heldai, Tobijah, and Jedaiah, who have arrived from Babylon, and go that same day to the house of Josiah son of Zephaniah. 11 Take silver and gold, make a crown,[c] and place it on the head of Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest. 12 You are to tell him: This is what the Lord of Armies says: Here is a man whose name is Branch; he will branch out from his place and build the Lord’s temple. 13 Yes, he will build the Lord’s temple; he will bear royal splendor and will sit on his throne and rule. There will be a priest on his throne, and there will be peaceful counsel between the two of them. 14 The crown will reside in the Lord’s temple as a memorial to Heldai, Tobijah, Jedaiah, and Hen[d] son of Zephaniah. 15 People who are far off will come and build the Lord’s temple, and you will know that the Lord of Armies has sent me to you. This will happen when you fully obey the Lord your God.”
It’s deep in the heart of every human being. It wanders around in your soul, waiting to be satisfied. The way you pursue it will set the trajectory of your life story. It is everyone’s quest but, in this world, no one’s destination.
I’m talking about your desire to be happy.
Whether people know it or not, that desire to be happy is a universal hardwiring to be with God face to face. We were designed to walk side by side with the Creator and find happiness in his presence alone.
The capacity for happiness that God has given us fundamentally explains the endless variety of human disappointments in the here and now. You are probably familiar with how C.S. Lewis phrased it: “If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.”
If happiness is our pursuit, then embedded in that quest must be a destination. Perhaps we can find no more real argument for heaven than the angst that we all carry in the face of the temporary and fleeting happiness of the present.
Yes, it’s true; your capacity for happiness is a longing for another world. It’s a craving for what this fallen world will never give you. Between the “already” of our conversion and the “not yet” of eternity, we are granted greater happiness as we are sanctified and know our Lord more deeply, but our hearts will never be at rest.
The happiness capacity of your heart cries out every day to be enveloped by the glory of God, freed from the seductive voices of competing glories. The quest for happiness is a cry for the heaven that God has guaranteed for every one of his blood-purchased children.
One day, as God’s child, you will finally stand in the actual presence of God, never to desire happiness again. There and there alone will the pursuit end, the war be over, and your heart given the happiness you always wanted but never fully had.
We will be happy—no, not with the temporary physical, emotional, relational, or situational happiness that fades like morning fog. We will be happy in a deeply contented happiness of heart, a kind of joyful contentment of soul, unlike anything we have ever known before.
“The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price. . . . He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!” (Revelation 22:17, 20, ESV)
Your pursuit of happiness today is a longing for heaven, where your hunger will be satisfied. There is no greater grace than to be invited into the presence of such glory. There is no greater grace than to have your fickle heart forgiven and finally satisfied forever and ever.
Jesus has paid for and prepared that place for you. Nothing can separate you from that promise of God’s love (Romans 8:31-39).
I need to return to the words of C.S. Lewis: “Do not let your happiness depend on something you may lose.”
Jesus said it this way: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). With these words, he ends our need to search for happiness. He is life, so there is no need to look for it anywhere else.
All the situations, locations, possessions, relationships, achievements, and natural beauties of this world that make you happy are wonderful blessings from the hand of God. Still, they cannot give you the one thing that your heart desperately desires, and that will one day be yours by grace.
1. What made you happy this week? Write down a list of things that brought you joy and specifically count your blessings.
2. How can you enjoy and pursue these blessings from the hand of God without allowing them to control your heart?
3. How long does the happiness from your list typically last?
4. Do you see any dangerous patterns of addiction in your life, where you might be trying to find lasting happiness from things in creation that cannot eternally satisfy?
5. Who do you know who is searching for happiness? How can you use their pursuit as an entry gate to talk to them about eternity and Christ?
5 I looked up again and saw a flying scroll. 2 “What do you see?” he asked me.
“I see a flying scroll,” I replied, “thirty feet[a] long and fifteen feet[b] wide.”
3 Then he said to me, “This is the curse that is going out over the whole land, for everyone who is a thief, contrary to what is written on one side, has gone unpunished,[c] and everyone who swears falsely, contrary to what is written on the other side, has gone unpunished. 4 I will send it out,”—this is the declaration of the Lord of Armies—“and it will enter the house of the thief and the house of the one who swears falsely by my name. It will stay inside his house and destroy it along with its timbers and stones.”
Seventh Vision: Woman in the Basket
5 Then the angel who was speaking with me came forward and told me, “Look up and see what this is that is approaching.”
6 So I asked, “What is it?”
He responded, “It’s a measuring basket[d] that is approaching.” And he continued, “This is their iniquity[e] in all the land.” 7 Then a lead cover was lifted, and there was a woman sitting inside the basket. 8 “This is Wickedness,” he said. He shoved her down into the basket and pushed the lead weight over its opening. 9 Then I looked up and saw two women approaching with the wind in their wings. Their wings were like those of a stork, and they lifted up the basket between earth and sky.
10 So I asked the angel who was speaking with me, “Where are they taking the basket?”
11 “To build a shrine for it in the land of Shinar,” he told me. “When that is ready, the basket will be placed there on its pedestal.”