My Sleeping Beauty

Receiving blessings and miracles….

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Watching the hands of Gentle Ben hanging above her head, the sun shines on the bottom of her slippers as her eyes grow heavy. Her mind is a million miles from here. The living room looms as the world is in her hands. With her swept-back hair and bedroom eyes, she stretches out on the couch in blue sweats. I watch her in awe. The sun gleaming through the window caresses her smile as she dozes off again. So I stare at the love of my life. Once in a great while, God honors those heartfelt dreams.

Keeping the faith, our Father in heaven reciprocates with a genuine love you’ve spent your life looking for—a true blessing. Holding on to the dreams you prayed for long ago, God’s in the business of answering them. You see, patience is the secret.

So, you may ask, “How can I receive God’s blessings or a miracle?” First, be diligent in prayer and praise as God did all His miracles by the spoken Word. Prayer may be in the form of singing or reading and studying the Bible. Be sure it is positive though and avoid negative phrases.

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Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”

Second of all, live by God’s Word! It doesn’t mean that Satan will not try to interfere with your prayers, but our powerful Lord will ultimately win.

Romans 10:17
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

 

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So maybe we wait, or maybe we become impatient and make mistakes. Regardless, God is forever faithful to us. I try to be on my best behavior–never wanting to bend the Ten Commandments. It’s a good practice to follow the laws God handed us.

So now soundly sleeping, it’s best I write and not wake her–my sleeping beauty. Watching as the sun shadows the tree tops, I clutch my heart for the love I just adore. If man ever had a second chance at life, it surely would be me as I stare at my gorgeous wife who sleeps so innocently. There’s not much to say as I think about the gift God gave me, except to always stay in prayer. I’ll never forget who made this moment happen. Our Father in heaven, gets all the honor and glory!

 

Are You The Right One For Me?

….if a marriage cannot be glorified in the Lord, then we are settling for Satan’s interference.

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Written by Anne L. Bicks, editor of Dana Bicks LLC

I have been so blessed to have found the right partner for life. It wasn’t until my sixties that the wisdom of God taught me what I should have seen when I was younger. Even so, when I was nineteen years old, I married for the first time. I was raised in a Lutheran church, so marriage was considered a very sacred event. Had I known then, what I know so well now, that matrimony would have never occurred. The only positive thing from that union, was my three beautiful children. But, I realize that young people, widows, or divorcees are all capable of getting married (or remarried), for the wrong reasons. The golden rule is that if a marriage cannot be glorified in the Lord, then we are settling for Satan’s interference. Most people that are in and out of marriages constantly, are not looking to God for their discernment of true love. They have also chosen to ignore the Christian traits of a perfect spouse.

So, I have decided to put together a list of important characteristics that you should consider when deciding if someone is the right one for you. I wish this checklist had existed for me, so if you or someone you know is considering marriage, please share and pray for your or their discernment.

 

CHRISTIAN TRAITS OF A LIFE PARTNER:

Does he/she love God more than you? This is critical, as in time, the way they serve Him will be reflected in the way they love and serve you. Remember, this trait will be passed on to your future generations.

Are they to kind to others? If you don’t see your future partner treat others with kindness and grace, in time he or she will be treating you the same way.

Do they treat their parents with honor and respect? How a person gets along with parents, brothers, and sisters will tell you volumes about their character.

Proverbs 19:26
A son who “mistreats his father and chases away his mother is a son who causes shame and brings reproach.”

Ephesians 6:2-3
A person who honors his father and mother enjoys the favor of the Lord.

 

Are they trustworthy and righteous? This indicates they will keep their word no matter what the cost. By the age of 30, a person’s character and values are formed so this trait should be seriously evaluated by young people under the age of 30.

Are they respected by others? Pay attention to any hesitations people may display when they speak about your possible partner. Do others say both negative and positive things about them? If so, take heed, for they may know something you do not about their personality.

Are they flirtatious? A person’s actions and looks speak volumes about respect for you and the opposite sex. It is NOT in their personality to flirt – it’s indicative of insecurities. Understand that insecurities cannot be “cured” by you or a marriage – it is a character flaw.

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How does your potential partner dress? They should wear decent and appropriate clothing and not draw attention to themselves by the way they fix their hair or by wearing clothing that flaunts personal assets. Sexy clothing should be reserved for the marriage partner.

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Are they contentious or violent? If you notice a lot of unhappiness or anger in this person, then be warned this will definitely transfer into your relationship. Most partners in abusive relationships, report anger issues from the very beginning of their dating cycle.

Are they selfish or lazy? A selfish, lazy person will lack the desire or the means to fulfill certain spousal responsibilities. It is a snapshot of their maturity level. Remember, you can’t pay bills with promises of love.

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Are they addicted to alcohol, drugs, food, sex, work, sports, or impulse buying? This indicates how they keep emotions and desires under control. Addictions are a symptom of a larger problem and much larger than your marriage could survive most times.

Are they a believer in the Lord and share the same religious beliefs? If you are religious and they are an atheist, this will form a constant discord in your family. Oil and water do not mix. Nothing should be more important to you or to the person you marry than your spiritual well-being. By ignoring this critical trait, you may be facing a lifetime of spiritual unrest in the marriage and a battle for the spiritual well-being of your children. In fact, the Bible warns of dating someone who is unevenly yoked with your spiritual beliefs.

What kind of close friends does your potential partner have? Friends can easily mislead and falsely persuade the best of partners.

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Have they been open with you about their part in the failure of past relationships? Beware of the person that always blames others for a failed relationship. This indicates they are not honest to their own self, or God, of their personal downfalls. They can’t ask forgiveness from God without confronting their own part they played in past problems. How can they correct their mistakes and learn from a past relationship without an admission of guilt? They can’t and they will surely carry it through to your marriage!

Do you know the true priorities of your future partner’s life?

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Have you continuously prayed for guidance in making the right choice of a life partner? As Christians, we must learn that we have to wait on the Lord. For a man or woman who has an aching heart and longs to get married, the wait can be very, very hard. Any delay you may encounter might be a message from God that it is for your good. God wants you to call on Him, walk close to Him, and wait on Him. Don’t lose patience and wander away from God in your attempt to find someone to marry. This is extremely dangerous and will usually end up disastrous!

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No one is perfect but these basic spiritual and character qualities should be there. Proverbs is very clear that we are to find a partner who has godly characteristics in our lives. Looking for a man or woman to keep us from being lonely, or just to fill our needs, or to be a parent to our children, should not be the only reasons for marrying someone.

God cannot fail and therefore any marriage built on Him is guaranteed to succeed. Women or men who allow emotions of a potential love to dictate their lives, will never be victorious Christians.

But, so they say, “Love is blind”. Just don’t let it be you!

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Dancing On The Shoreline

….our spirits race to first place into the curve.


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There’s a hint of sunlight as the cumulus sky lingers from the night. There’s no noise, no life, just you and l walking on the shoreline. The sea foam still remains but there’s no terns running in and out of it. Frozen in time, it’s you and me. God is holding our hands just as He holds our hearts. As though we were sent back to the beginning of time, there’s no one for as far as the eye can see. Even the ocean just lies on the beach for miles and miles. It looks like you could walk on it. It’s as if God is inviting us to participate but our fears make us all the more human.

The sun majestically rises as though it’s on a honeymoon too, casting diamonds across the ripples of the waters. I let go of your hand and wrap my arm around your shoulder. I ask you, “Is this where God intended for us to be thirty years ago?” Little did we ever guess what our Father in heaven had planned for us. Taking a deep breath, you breathe in the smell of the ocean atmosphere. A chill resonates as it’s always the coolest right before dawn.

The earth now begins to come alive, just as in the beginning of time. First was the little critters dancing on the shoreline; the gulls and terns take turns chasing the sand crabs in the bubbles. Then, breaking through the diamond reflections, a pod of porpoise are hunting for breakfast too.

Survival of the fittest begins on this first day of marriage. God has truly blessed the world that lies in front of us. I couldn’t be happier! As blessings flow like the mountain springs never-ending, our hearts pour out in unison. We share the cherished memories of our younger years.

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The sun is now crawling out of bed and cat paws prance on the water where we fear to tread. A spectacular day on tap – a little breeze, some autumn air, a little salt and a lounge chair to boot.

Thank you, dear Lord. Thank you for finally blessing our lives. Though our youthfulness may have wilted some, our spirits race to first place into the curve. So blessed to share the secrets of life with the world before us, our dreams of success are resonating like the morning sun. God bless those who wake and pray and join the birds dancing on the shoreline! What a gift! Our life now complete, the thrill of another day to do God’s work lies ahead. What an awesome blessing!!

I love you!

Our Wedding

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With our heads in the clouds and the stars at our grasp, you walk down the aisle. The music plays as the ocean keeps beat with our hearts. In your lace dress, decorated with pearls and sea shells, you look like a goddess returning to the sea once more. I stand alone and watch you carve your way onto the sand. You’re footprints are forever sculptured in eternity in the sand.

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A couple stops to commemorate the ceremony with us, then another and another as though they are all invited. The crowd forms a semicircle to watch us and minus the waves’ accompanying sound, you can hear a pin drop.

Facing each other and holding hands, we smile at each other and the minister begins. The minister smiles as it’s only supposed to be a party for two. “Dearly beloved, we have come together….” I think to myself, this reminds me of a wedding on the Hallmark channel. But you squeeze my arm, which I guess is better than kicking my shin.

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Reciting our vows, they mean so much more when the two of you are soulmates that God made sure he reconnected later in life. It’s a beautiful day and the heavens sprinkle diamonds as we look across the waters. God not only anoints me with you but the crowd too. He is laying His hands upon the ocean, blessing everything in our hemisphere. It’s such a comforting feeling to know the world is watching us….on this our special day. Being on center stage, commencing the ceremony, our life is one and only God will ever come between us.

 

Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate

Mark 10:9

 


Pictures of this, our special day, will be shared with all our friends soon – stay tuned……..

The Thoughts Of Love

…On This, The Eve Of Our Wedding

Dana and Anne


As I rest in the shade of this blustery day, my mind is full of moments and memories I want to make with you. I’ve been as far as the orient, north to the Canadian shores, and south , almost to the equator yet I think of those that should have been you. But most all, I try to recollect the moment when I met you.

I fondly remember your soft touch and how you made me feel. As I looked into your beautiful eyes, I saw so much sadness. But your gracious smile seemed as though I handed you the world. A princess I never could have imagined….you wanted to appoint me to be your King for the rest of your life.

Not very aware of God’s predictions, I paid you little mind. I never knew God had sent me an Angel to rescue me from my own blindness. So I trampled out into this world, leaving behind a gift from God. I just wouldn’t believe God had sent you to me.

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But as we parted ways in ’85, you obviously knew God had plans for us. Full of trials and situations, we’ve both struggled in life dealing with incompetent relationships. Sadly, now, I wish I knew then what I see now.

So today, in the wind, I cast my prayers in the hope it’s not too late for God to hear my thoughts and dreams that we share. You my love, my everything….the one who encourages me to never give up; expand my horizons, conquer uncharted world’s, and to take your hand and never let go. A love so deep that all who walked before, never added up to this marvelous princess that God has delivered to my door.

Tomorrow, my life is about to be complete. By making your world the other half of mine and two hearts in unison, we will set sail to faraway lands. I pray, right here to God, for our protection. May He anoint everything we venture into. Our life, so perfect now….my only desire is to make you happy and to shower you with the love God has given me.

Now I know why, YOU , you were what was supposed to happen years ago! But God has given us a second chance. We are so, so blessed! I love you my sweet princess….my angel from above. I just love you! There’s nothing more to say except…. God bless us tomorrow, our day, November 1, 2017. My heart is a bouquet that I want you to have for eternity as I will shower you with flowers forever.

Second Chances

I’ve stumbled through life only to find my gift at the end of my rainbow….


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I examine life and ask God, is heaven real? If it is, then is this hell on Earth? If so, then the Bible is the basic instructions before leaving earth. The pain that runs through my veins has crippled my youthfulness. The wrinkles of weariness exemplify my stature. The gray may look distinguished but it came with a price. And gravity, for lack of a better word, has altered my posture from years before. Rocking, I’m overwhelmed as tears of hurt and disappointment have led me astray. Dead end promises of success and dreams of a better way, constantly crumbled before me. Disabled at breach, I’ve stumbled through life only to find my gift at the end of my rainbow.

I look into your hollow eyes as I see the emptiness of years we missed together. Again, I wish for days of grandeur as the lost yesteryears now bring us to our future. Like a scene from a love story, our romance has tied a knot after our paths, once again, have crossed. God, the great director of directors, has won an academy award for seeing that two lonely hearts find one another, a thousand miles apart.

Trying to paint the final chapter, I look at a picture hook on an empty wall. Hope so vibrant and strength gleaming in vitality, it was only for a scrapbook….that which held the love together. Gone forever we thought life was over.

James 1: 2
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds

Now in the prime of time, as the years come to a close, you hug me and kiss my promise. God has answered both of our hopes for eternal love. They will open the gates of heaven on Earth. Like a home cooked meal, I’m starved for your affection…that which produces a spontaneous combustion of smiles and joy. Every morning is like waking on Christmas, just dying to see what Santa brought. Now the once empty eyes have blossomed like a bouquet that sits on a window sill in the dead of winter, this second time around. We, as one, have come to be. God anointed our path long before we found each other.

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Like a little kid, I send you love notes across your desk before I head off to work. And arriving home, on the garage door, I read from you and the parrots, “So glad you’re home, we missed you, love you .”

 

You see, youthfulness has no limit. The weary wrinkles mean we made it and the gray stands for – we lived through it! As we grow old together, we now have thirty years to make up. Asking God to anoint our time on Earth, may we be the first to reach the heavens holding hands forever.

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I love you, forever.

 

Romans 8:28
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

The Color Of Love

….and The Biblical Meaning Of Colors. Enjoy The Music Of Billy Ocean’s The Colour of Love

 


Though love is thought of in many shades, no one can depict the actual color. From the beginning of time, dawn awakes; I watch in awe of its spectacular wonder. Is that the color of love?

The day progresses and I look at the shades of blue in the sky. Oddly, no one has ever painted that same hue but do we love the color. Is that, in fact, the color of love?

In the culmination of day, the lazy sun sets over the pristine waters. Humbly we sit and watch the shades, different though from dawn’s early light. Holding hands on a park bench, reverently we kiss goodnight, and there the sun slips off into another horizon. Is this the color of love?

It’s a beautiful thought to depict a color that resembles love…perhaps in the peace of a forest as a mother feeds her fawn or an orchid of flowers living in harmony. Or is it that soulmate that finds their way back? And moreover, what if it’s a gift from God you hold in your hands that fills your heart as you share it with thousands?

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Love…an indescribable flavor, an aphrodisiac to your spirit that only God controls. But to come up with a color, is it the hint you receive from another’s world as they let you in? Does the color come from the tints of earth? Or the oceans resting on its sandy shores? Or from the heavens high above, now coming to a close as they too are resting in shades of pastels? That moment when life below and above greets the present. If it’s only for a minute or so in time, the color of love is unequal.

Saying a prayer, it’s only our Father in heaven that could bring this all together; the romance of the sun and the moon that dance together. A million miles apart, they restore our faith for tomorrow looks promising from where I stand. I pray your color of love outweighs the world and all its foes for nothing could compare to God’s gracious color of love……

 


Biblical Meaning of Colors

 

Red:  Wisdom and energy

Orange:  Creativity and the ability to enjoy oneself

Yellow:  Brilliance of wisdom and thoughts

Green:  The ability to give and receive love

Blue:  Ability to communicate with purity

Indigo:  Ability to see the unseen on the spiritual level

Violet:  Human consciousness connects with the Divine or spiritual consciousness

 


 

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