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Don't Excite Love...

❤️...Don’t excite love, don’t stir it up, until the time is ripe—and you’re ready. Song of Solomon 8:4

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! I hope you have a day full of chocolate and love! Whether it's spent with family, friends, a significant other, or your favorite TV show!

I think the scripture from Song of Solomon is so powerful and important. Song of Solomon is a book in the Old Testament of the Bible. It is comprised of love poems between a man and a woman. They are engaged to be married and they are basically fawning over each other in the book. They talk about how lovesick they are for each other and how strong their desire is for each other.

Chapter 8 verse 4 is so interesting to me. The phrase is repeated throughout the book by the woman. And each time she says it, she addresses the daughters of Jerusalem. She, a totally in love, engaged woman is warning the younger women to be careful with love. She tells them, don't stir it up until you're ready.

Love isn't simple. Love awakens so many things inside of us. A deeper longing, a more intense want to be seen and heard, a sexual desire - and all of these things can be harmful if we're not ready. If our hearts are unprepared. If we're unhealthy if we're just coming out of a broken relationship, etc.

Maybe your timing isn't right (to be in a relationship) that doesn't mean there's anything wrong with you. Take the in-between time to be healthy. Health attracts health.⁠ Save this post when you need a reminder that being single isn't a bad thing - it's a chance to get our crap together so that when we do get into a relationship, we're getting into it as a WHOLE and healthy person.⁠

Two broken people don't become whole in a relationship. Two whole people are whole in a relationship.⁠

So, maybe you're feeling like you're running out of time on your relationship clock. Maybe you're thinking that there's something wrong with you because you're not in a relationship or being pursued. Think of it more as protection and preparation. The time to awaken love might not be right, your heart (or the other person's heart) might not be ready. Take time to get to know yourself, love yourself, and become the healthy and whole version of yourself.

❤️ ❤️ ❤️

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