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Addicted to Love.

 Each night as I prepare for sleep and crawl in to the warmth and softness of my bed the anticipation of my night of romance begins.  Slowly and methodically, particularly and intentionally, I prepare myself for the King.

 Like Ester, my bath water may contain the oil of myrrh, frankincense, lilies or roses.  (My thoughts return to a special moment during a time of intense worship that the oil of spikenard was revealed to me -- the scent remained for a season).  As most women do we have a nighttime routine of perhaps moisturizing every dry soft on our skin or delight in the spray of a light fragrant mist as a finishing touch.

 With window candles lighting the way to my bed, I pull down the freshness of the sheets and settle in for some romantic evening!  The King's been waiting for me simply hovering gently in my room, when I finally present myself to Him... my Husband, the One who is faithful and ever present and loves me beyond compare.  I say to Him, "Father, I am here"  and behind closed doors in "the secret place" He responds, "I know daughter."

 'O, to bask in the beauty of His Presence with my eloquent Prince, a Friend indeed who delights in the pleasure of my company!  Today I heard Him sing over me and tell me, "You are the apple of My eye."  Despite human failures throughout the day, He loves me regardless.  Wearing many hats and adapting to various personalities I can finally be myself with Jesus.

 As amazing as it is, the experience that in His presence I have all that I could possibly need is overwhelming.  I find myself captivated by His love.  I'm not a wealthy woman by worldly standards nor do I possess power or prestige.  Fame and fortune may never be mine and the seasons of my life remain challenging.  But one thing I am certain of.  His unconditional, limitless and extravagant love for me never changes.

GBY!  Barbara :) 


- This biog is an extension of HOPE Ministry and "The Secret Place" -- if it has sown a blessing into your life please consider sowing back into the ministry at the website link below:

www.hope2007.org

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Comment balloon 19 commentsBARBARA RIES • June 07 2008 06:14AM

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Good morning Barbara -- that was absolutely lovely. It made me imagine that one of these days down the road I'm going to be reading a very nice inspirational novel written by B.R. I bet a publishing house like Zonderan would pick you up if you ever got around to writing it... ;) Enjoy your day. Regards, C.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Thank you Carol -- how God leads in my writing I will follow for His glory.  Jesus writes such a beautiful love novel -- no one else can compare!  God bless you today and every day as you seek Him and His love.  Barbara :)

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) over 10 years ago

That was great.  I didn't know where you were going for the first two paragraphs but I catch on slow.  I was thinking "This is weird" then I got it.  Thank you.

Posted by Gary McAdams (GMAC Schwartz Property Sales) over 10 years ago

Barbara:  This was wonderfully written and inspiring!  Thank you for sharing it with us!

Posted by Steve Homer (The HBH Group (Keller Williams affiliate)) over 10 years ago

Thank you for visiting Gary and for your post. I appreciate both.  Barbara

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) over 10 years ago

Hi Steve:  I am glad you were inspired.  Thank you for your thoughts. Barbara :)

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) over 10 years ago

That is the type of writing that more people need to hear Barbara...many people dont feel that love. Awesome!

Posted by Chuck Carstensen, Minnesota Real Estate Expert (RE/MAX Results) over 10 years ago

Hi Chuck:  Thanks for your post ... and wow! ... imagine what the world would be like if they did.  Barbara :)

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) over 10 years ago

Thanks for your communications these past couple of days, Barb.....

This is a very nice post about how you end your day...I almost feel I know you a little bit....

Thanks!!

=-)

Posted by Alexander Harb, Dallas, Texas Real Estate Investing (Knights Investing) over 10 years ago

Hi Alex:  Thank you for the post.  And not a problem!  My hope for you and for everyone walking through difficulty is that there is restoration.  And if not, that you can move forward and receive the healing power of Almighty God during this trial. Barbara :)  

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) over 10 years ago

Healing is where I am at, sis...and healing is what is happening...I actually THINK my wife and I will become freinds...strange as it may seem......

Prayer and listening to the Lord does wonderful things!!

=-)

Posted by Alexander Harb, Dallas, Texas Real Estate Investing (Knights Investing) over 10 years ago

Wow, that was one of the most beautiful posts I have seen.

Posted by Karen Gentry>>Charlottesville, Virginia Real Estate Professional (RE/MAX Excellence-Charlottesville VA) over 10 years ago

Alex: That is awesome. Glad to hear this womderful testimony to God's faithfulness.  Barbara :)

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) over 10 years ago

Hi Karen: Thank you for the post.  When Jesus is the subject everything is beautiful.  God bless you and thanks again!  Barbara :)

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) over 10 years ago

Nicely written.  If there is only one person to addicted to God would be my choice

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 10 years ago

William:  Thank you for your post.  I couldn't agree more! Barbara :)

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) over 10 years ago

Hi Barbara -- your love for Our Savior is electric, or is that ecstatic, or is that effuse, or is it emblematic of your faith?  God bless you, and thanks for expressing something many of us feel in such a wonderful and artistic way!

Posted by Terry Rasner-Yacenda, "Dreams Realty" (Broker,Owner - Dreams Realty) over 10 years ago

Hi Terry: He is so worthy of our deepest affections.  Thank you for visiting and for your post.  Barbara :)

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) over 10 years ago

-- Every day I am more amazed than the previous one, of God's great love for me.  Just last night I had the incredible and delightful opportunity to talk about His love to a brother in Christ.  I can't tell you what that means to me.  Whether in ministry, in business or at leisure the Lord's faithfulness in using His children to be a light of love never dwindles.  If you want to learn God's love spend time with Him in "The Secret Place" Psalm 91:1 -- take time from your day to set yourself apart from the world and to draw near to Him.  As sure as I know Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior, is as certain as I can attest to the fact that He is waiting to meet you there.  Barbara :)

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) about 10 years ago

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