Are you looking for Marilynn Dawson’s blog tour? Well you have come to the right place! This week we are featuring Volume 2 of the six-volume series entitled Becoming the Bride of Christ: A Personal Journey by Marilynn Dawson. Since there are six volumes, there are six stops in the tour. Be sure to check out the next stop as listed at the bottom of this post. This post offers an except from The Fire of God’s Love.
About the Author
Marilynn grew up in a solid Christian home, coming to Christ at the age of 7. She has been actively involved in Church life since age 10, including activities such as joining her Mom and sister in singing special numbers, choir, teaching Sunday school, leading Sunday school open session, planning Sunday School lessons, and more. Marilynn attended both public and private schools growing up. She attended North Island Community College on Vancouver Island and Trend College in Kelowna, obtaining certificates in receptionist work and Comptia A+ computer repair. Throughout her life, Marilynn has written poetry and published a few of them in the American Poetry Anthology(two issues). She currently does freelance work for a technical blog in Alberta. She’s also written numerous unpublished articles on end-time eschatology and the news, written unpublished short stories, word studies and more. Marilynn lives with her two teenagers, cat and gerbils, in Kelowna BC Canada. Her day job sees her fix computers, program cash registers, and engage in multimedia for her church. In the evenings and on weekends she’s a soundtech helping with various events through the year from funerals to workshops to concerts and weddings. Marilynn sings in the choir, holding down the tenor section, and sang on her church’s praise teams for several years as an alto or tenor substitute. Marilynn can be contacted via her author page on Facebook at: Marilynn Dawson – Author or by email: email@example.com.
Since you stopped by Marilynn is offering a free PDF download of the entire Volume 2 for you for a limited time. Click the following link for a free PDF of this week’s featured volume between now and the next stop in Marilynn’s blog tour: The Fire of God’s Love (this link will expire on 10/24/12)
Here is an excerpt from Volume 2 of Becoming the Bride of Christ: A Personal Journey
The Fire of God’s Love
We sang “Jesus, be the Center” one night at prayer meeting and one lyric in the chorus, “be the fire in my heart, be the wind in these sails, be the reason that I live, Jesus, Jesus” hit me, namely the part about being the fire. . . In the song, “Revival”, we sing about being revived with God’s Holy Fire, we sing about the “Power of Your Love” by Hillsong. . . I mean these songs when I sing them. . . I bow myself in surrender and submission to this fiery burning love of my Lord. . . It’s painful at times, I won’t deny that. . . It’s just so much easier to give in to these promptings wrapped up in the arms of my God, knowing that He’s right here supporting me, encouraging me and loving me through them. I couldn’t do it without that. I wouldn’t. I hadn’t up to this point so I know it wouldn’t be done without this new found space in God’s love. I couldn’t do this without the support of the unseen Lover of my Soul.
John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
God’s been speaking to me so much about His love and how it affects areas of life I never really thought about before, areas that I’m realizing are almost impossible to achieve victory in apart from His love working in me. It honestly amazes me. Truly we can do nothing apart from the transforming work of God’s love through the Holy Spirit in our lives. All our best efforts apart from this love are just so much wood, hay and stubble. Imagine what would happen to our churches if more of us made this realization. I have to admit it’s a realization fraught with discoveries of just how soiled a heart can be and the needed washing and cleansing that has to happen as a result of the light of God’s love being shone on it. But as long as I can keep from recoiling, as long as I can keep choosing to present my heart wide open to my Lord, as long as I don’t shrink back from the transforming work going on in my life, then I can look forward to what is ahead.The key thing for me has been to recognize and discover that this cleansing, washing, exposing and transforming. . . doesn’t take place outside the all-encompassing, loving embrace of my God and King, Jesus Christ. It’s all within that warmth of His love that all this occurs. Talk about debunking the myth that God stands afar off hurling lightening bolts at us to sheer off the sin in our lives with wrenching force. Instead He longs to love it out of us, cause us to shed our sin in favour of greater intimacy and communion with Him. The only reason we need fear God’s wrath is if we choose to turn our backs and walk away into a life of wilfully chosen sin, and who of us in our right minds is going to do that?! No. . . the person truly desirous of the things of God is not going to walk away, although they might get scared at what God wants to do. How many times has God royally scared me with what He wants me to do?!!! It’s all a matter of remembering that I’m not doing it alone. God is with me. His loving arms are around me. He’s not letting me do this alone but is seeking to guide me every single step of the way if I will let Him.
I can’t help the words to this self-written song coming back to mind,
Start with me. . .
Let Your Holy Spirit fire burn in me. . .
Let Your flames of love take over till You see. . .
Your love reflected brighter than all the world can offer
Lord Your face seen through my life Lord start with me. . .
Burn in me. . .
May my heart be held wide open, burn through me. . .
May Your flames prepare my life for all to see. . .
May my life reflect Your glory may it tell Salvation’s story
Lord may You be lifted wholly, burn in me. . .
All for You. . .
May my heart my soul my mind be all for You. . .
Dedicated to Your purposes that through. . .
This life no longer mine declares the love of Jesus Christ
That I am grafted in the Vine only for You. . .
Come with Me. . .
Child please place your hand in Mine and run with Me. . .
To the peoples and the nations bring to Me. . .
All who suffer in their sin, those caught in Satan’s deathly grip
Bring them all let no one slip, come with Me. . .
Be sure to be on the lookout for the next stop in this tour … remaining stops are:
October 25th, Volume Three: Excerpt – Psalm 27
Leslie Jenkins: From a Daughter http://fromadaughter.blogspot.ca/ – Thursdays
November 1st, Volume Four: Excerpt – Psalm 30
Victoria Milam: Seeking Peace in a Storm http://seekingpeaceinastorm.blogspot.com
November 8th, Volume Five: Excerpt – Lifter of my Head
Jeannie Pallett: Psalm119greaterthangold.net
November 16th, Volume Six: Excerpt – Opening Story Segment – Fridays
Michelle Nickels: Traveler Gal http://traveller-gal.blogspot.ca/
This series may be purchased from Amazon.com at the links below: