By Blondie L. Clayton, Realization Strategist, Author and Publishing Coach
BC: Briefly, tell us about your Christian walk:
What drew you to the Lord? And how long you have
been serving him and in what capacity, if any?
Sue: As a young girl I was always curious about God. I attended church and began to realize the simplicity of the gospel of Jesus.I was satisfied with having salvation. In the year 2000, I heard and felt clearly,the voice and touch of God pulling on my heart.
There were certain requirements that needed to be met in my life and God was interested in meeting those issues concerning me. He wanted to bring me into his arms of fellowship.There was a longing in my heart to become close to God.
I desired and needed answers. I began at that moment to reach out
to God for that understanding.
BC: How long have you been writing and how did it start?
Sue: I guess I officially began writing in that same year.
I heard the call to “Come Up Hither.” It was such a clear call, so I decided to document the experience as the knowledge was being entrusted into my care.
BC: Why did you write this book?
Sue: Clearly, a relationship with God has nothing formed on the outside of man.
This is a work taking place on the INSIDE where the heart of the matter is clearly expressed.
“May I Have This Dance” is an instrument, when sincerely approached with purity of heart, will engage you to connect with God in a way you have never before believed possible.
BC: Your title: “May I Have This Dance?”
How does this title speak to your message?
Sue: “May I Have This Dance” is most unique because it is the only one of its kind. The message is very clear and precise. Will you allow God to lead and direct your life? The title of this book graciously asks the
child to allow him entrance to lead and guide in a world fast losing all hope in despondency and ruin.
BC: What is this book about?
Sue: “May I Have This Dance?” is about saying “yes” to God. It’s about abandoning yourself to him. God wants to lead his child toward a depth of intimacy and relationship that would seem unapproachable. This depth of intimacy is inspired by God.
The heart is prepared by God to receive this act of diplomacy. The “way” is clearly marked by the Hand of God alone. He is calling His Beloved back to their first love. He wants us to pursue His face.
BC: What role does scriptures from the Song of Solomon play in this writing?
Sue: The Song of Solomon is a book distinctly fragranced with “affection.” God used this book to embrace my heart to experience the passion of His love for me. His song of divine grace enabled me to experience intimacy with him by his very own invitation and commitment. There could be no other book to honor ntimacy as well as the Song of Solomon.
How great is this reward!
BC: Your book is not about the Song of Solomon?
Sue: I used “quotes” from this book at the beginning of each chapter to enhance the progression of each experience. God comes to bring us to that higher place, to embrace this passion upon our heart. We worship Him in a more intimate setting.
Solomon wrote this book representing the holy affections existing between God and His chosen people It
is love worshipped at its finest hour.
BC: In your book you talk about divine intimacy. What is that?
Sue: Divine intimacy is a spiritual marriage that courts the sharing in God’s invisible qualities, his eternal power and divine nature. We are truly made to be married to Him.
This union is permanent and portrays an everlasting expression of love and understanding with God that remains an inward progression bringing divine satisfaction.
BC: You mean there is another level beyond salvation experience that we are missing out on? Tell us about that.
Sue: Yes, there is a deep and lasting union with God. A relationship that creates a divine awareness and a closeness that only takes place when we abandon ourselves to Him. It is an intimacy that depends upon the condition of each heart. We can only progress forward with Him as we allow our hearts to be stimulated and awakened to by the Spirit of God.
BC: How did you discover Divine Intimacy as a part of your Christian walk?
Sue: I discovered divine intimacy IS the Christian walk. Without relationship, without closeness, without passion for God, you have NO walk. God must become your all, sharing daily in your activities and decisions.
Embrace Him. He is the reward. And when you truly find Him, the heart will KNOW it. This is everlasting union and knowledge of HIM will create an atmosphere within your soul that none can compare!
BC: Share three scriptures in the Bible that informs us of God’s desire to be intimate with us.
Sue: Let us refer to creation in Genesis 3:8 and the purpose of creation. God created man for His own pleasure. Man brought God happiness and enjoyment. God came to Adam in the cool o the day for intimate close relationship with Him.
Secondly, Exodus 33:12 brings Moses into play and his relationship with God. Moses influenced was influenced by God to come to Him. Moses heard and came, thus building a relationship with God. otice this relationship had to be established.
Moses wanted to experience God on a higher level and asked God to SEE His presence. God spoke to Moses and told Him He would cause His goodness to pass in front of Moses, but that Moses could not see God’s face, for to do so one would surely die!
God placed Moses near a rock to stand. He instructed Moses
that when His glory passed by, he would put Moses in the cleft of the rock and cover him with His hand. There was intimate relationship. God allowed Moses to be the weaker vessel, yet God honored Moses in his request.
Moses heart cry was: “If I have found favor in your eyes, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you! And lastly, there is Enoch. Enoch walked with God 300 years. Enoch pleased God. Enoch was a recipient of God’s love and God was filled with joy over Enoch and commended him. As a result,Enoch did not experience death. God just took Enoch away where he could not be found.
BC: What stands in the way of getting in this place of intimacy?
Sue: There are always mixed emotions when you are not sure of what you should expect when reaching out to the unknown things apart
from your own natural behavior. We hesitate to abandon ourselves to
participate in the realm of the unknown.
Fear creates apprehension and alarm. We become uneasy and nervous, leaving ourselves always at a distance with God. Unbelief will also stifle our dance creating doubt and reservation.
BC: How will your book help a person seeking to get into that place of intimacy with God?
Sue: The book inspires a chapter by chapter progression as the Spirit of God knocks upon the door of each child’s heart. It is a spiritual roadmap
which plays a significant part in revealing the movement by which the dance unfolds.
Wisdom calls a special gathering and season of time.
An impression of his unconditional love begins to influence us, as we embrace God’s rhythm, creating within our spirit, understanding.
The end results, escorts the child into the banquet hall, establishing his
growth, a new level of knowledge, applied with fellowship so divine and
deeply orchestrated, that the friendship is transformed into a divine union so completely absolute.
BC: When the reader is finished reading your book, what message do you want them to walk away with?
Sue: Spending time with God is our privilege. We honor God when we come to him with our love, our needs and our purpose. Having a relationship with Him is NOT difficult, if we will remember to make that choice and then follow through with a sincere heart.
He is our reward! We can sit in His lap, kiss His cheek and change His slippers, all in one act of faith. It really does depend on us! I choose to BELIEVE all things are possible through Him.
I hope you will to!
BC: What is required of us to get into that place of intimacy with God?
Sue: By faith, we come to God desiring change. We come to Him with expectation of a journey into the unknown. First and foremost we must make that commitment to trust Him. Trusting is having confidence in His abilities to work everything out according to His will for us.
Secondly, we must make that time and space to be with Him. It doesn’t matter, come what may, we strive to honor our place with Him. And lastly, I believe we must focus on the outcome of accomplishment.
It is progressive. Learn to keep your head up and your eyes focused on the dance! He will begin to direct your steps along the way!
BC: What happens there in that place; what can one expect?
Sue: As you sit before Him, you will begin to reach out with your heart. Father will be there to draw you close. His gaze will be upon you! Not to fear!
You are familiar. You will learn to discover how to worship Him. There is a knowing an agreement between you and a conclusion to establish. There is a contract,an aim and an objective for accomplishing your goals.
He is nourishment, care and attention. He will bring emotions and your ability to experience their sensations. All favorable combinations for the advancement of
BC: How do we pursue this intimacy with God? Where does it start?
Sue: Once again we respond to his request. “May I Have This Dance?” indeed! We step out in our faith to BELIEVE.
He will in turn answer our heart and we will dance to the tune being played by His orchestra of notes and melodies.
Our heart will naturally begin to move to the beat of His command! After all, He is holding us close. He is leading , directing, moving and performing just for us. As we listen, we will hear His voice! There is more yet to come!
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