Yes, my most recent rave has been JoAnn McFatter's amazing album "Temple Dance"!! The songs are amazingly awesome and prophetic. I've copied out the lyrics for my favourite one, "Time For Love". You can listen to it by scrolling down to my little MixPod gadget on the right side of my blog and clicking the next button until you find it (there are only four songs on my MixPod).
I passed by and I saw you in your own blood, squirming.
I passed by and even as you lay in your own blood
I said, "live!" - o I said, "have life!"
later I passed by and I saw it was the time for love
I knew it in your eyes, it was your time for love
I spread the corner of My skirt over you
covering your nakedness
covering, covering - with My own skirt
covering, covering your nakedness
and I entered into a covenant with you
and you entered into a covenant with Me
now you are Mine and now I am yours
so I bathed you with My water
and I washed the blood from your body
and I bathed you with my ointments
and I gave you My scent
I clothed you with My own clothing
and I put sandals on your feet
I adorned you with jewelry on your arms,
'round your neck, in your nose, on your ears
and I crowned you with a beautiful crown
'cause now you're Mine
now you're Mine
now you're Mine.
Isn't that just beautiful? The Bible passage that this was derived from was Ezekiel 16:6-14, which states:
6 " 'Then I passed by and saw you kicking about in your blood, and as you lay there in your blood I said to you, "Live!" 7 I made you grow like a plant of the field. You grew up and developed and became the most beautiful of jewels. Your breasts were formed and your hair grew, you who were naked and bare.
8 " 'Later I passed by, and when I looked at you and saw that you were old enough for love, I spread the corner of my garment over you and covered your nakedness. I gave you my solemn oath and entered into a covenant with you, declares the Sovereign LORD, and you became mine.
9 " 'I bathed you with water and washed the blood from you and put ointments on you. 10 I clothed you with an embroidered dress and put leather sandals on you. I dressed you in fine linen and covered you with costly garments. 11 I adorned you with jewelry: I put bracelets on your arms and a necklace around your neck, 12 and I put a ring on your nose, earrings on your ears and a beautiful crown on your head. 13 So you were adorned with gold and silver; your clothes were of fine linen and costly fabric and embroidered cloth. Your food was fine flour, honey and olive oil. You became very beautiful and rose to be a queen. 14 And your fame spread among the nations on account of your beauty, because the splendor I had given you made your beauty perfect, declares the Sovereign LORD.
Haha, I guess we do have a very intimate God who's jealous of us. Don't you think we should start accepting the fact that He's written and entire book (bestseller in the whole world, in case you didn't know) and He wrote it just for you! Like...Wooah! Doesn't that strike you as a little possessive and perhaps a bit in-love?? Maybe more like, very possessive and completely head-over-heals.
The Bible tells us that our God is a very very jealous God (Exodus 34:14). Doesn't it make you feel so good inside that there is Someone out there who is so very in love with you that He spent a large portion of history compiling a book for your to read about His love and everything He's done. He even spends time whispering, talking, even yelling into your ears how much He loves you (you know, we've gotten to be a bit deaf these days and I don't think it has to do with the music-listening earbud fad).
Our God has given us a ton of different tools that we can use to get close to Him. Don't you think a girl who is dating/courting a guy would appreciate it if he gave her his phone number, email address, and MSN ID? If he did, he'd be encouraging her to get in touch with him...he's showing her that he cares and wants to know more about her.
Well hey, I've got news for you! God has done the exact same thing for us. He's given us gifts of speaking in tongues and prophecy (to build ourselves and others up). He's given us His Holy Spirit...and He speaks to us in many ways. Guys, if you haven't thought of talking one-on-one with God then you might want to do that. He gets a bit miffed with us when we phone Him (prayer) and blurt out all our problems/wishes/desires and then hang up before He gets in a word. So I would love it if today you could take the time to sit in silence before Jesus and just ask Him what He wants to tell you. Write down whatever comes to mind...any thoughts. Don't be afraid about it...as long as it lines up with the Bible then you're good to go.
Here's a verse for you to check out:
"Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know."
Now folks, if that doesn't grab your curiosity (the fact that God wants to tell you secrets) then I don't know what will. :) So God bless you as you go along your way. And keep in mind, our prayers are like the smell of fresh bread to Jesus. He loves it and He's hungry for more! He doesn't just want your prayers, He wants intimacy (aka. if you smell fresh bread then you want to eat it right?). So why don't you set aside some time today to get personal with your Creator and Lover.