The Dove’s Eyes

The name of this site, the dove’s eyes, contains an intricate, yet beautiful story that is still unfolding. While I was in Kansas City, MO in December for the One Thing Conference hosted by IHOP (International House of Prayer), the Lord began to reveal to me the enchanting symbol of the dove. The dove is referenced throughout Scripture – verses in Genesis describe the dove that Noah sends out from the ark, and in John, the Holy Spirit “descends like a dove” from heaven. However, it is also embedded within our culture as a mark of peace and love. And each year as Valentine’s Day approaches, store shelves become plastered with the image of this “love bird.” Frilly, decorative cards and neatly wrapped chocolates perfectly compliment each other as the dove professes lovers’ commercialized affection for each other.

Quite frankly, when the Lord told me that I was His dove, I candidly thought to myself, “Really God? The dove is so overused and kind of lame. No offense…” To say the least, the dove had no significant meaning to me, but nonetheless, the Lord would soon use this “lame” symbol to penetrate my callous heart and reveal to me a taste of His ravishing, passionate love for me. I’m sure you’ve heard the song “Jesus loves me” time and time again – it’s usually sung by twenty or so tone-deaf yet irresistibly adorable Sunday school kids in church at least once a year. And for some reason, even in this endearing context, the words seem to lose their meaning. But can we once again realize the profound yet simple truth this phrase contains?

The Song of Solomon is a book of the Bible that I have only recently been brave enough to venture into. Though it may initially read like a sensual romance novel, this text reveals the endearing affection of the heart of God for the heart of man. It declares the love that Christ (our Bridegroom) has for us (His Bride). In fact, he proclaims, “You are all fair, my love, and there is no spot in you” (Song of Solomon 4:7). Hold up Jesus brotha, you crazy? All fair? No spot? Have you taken a look at me lately? If so, there must be something really wrong with your eyesight!!

But Beloved, let me share this truth with you. There is nothing wrong with God’s eyesight…there is something wrong with our perception of God’s eyesight. Yes, He hates sin, but He no longer sees us as stained with that sin. When Christ died on the cross, a miraculous and beautiful thing happened. We were cleansed by His blood and made as white as snow. It has been God’s intention from the beginning of creation to present us to Himself as a “glorious Church, without spot or wrinkle, that she might be holy and without blemish” (Ephesians 5:27) and this is the very reality from which God relates to us now!

I have come to understand that there is a longing deep within every heart to be cherished…desired…loved. And I believe the greatest obstacle hindering us from being loved is our misperception of how we are seen by our Lover. For instance, if a wife feels abandoned, rejected, or despised by her husband, her heart will remain closed. She is not only unable to be loved, but she is also unable to love. In the same way, until we enter into the fuller understanding that Christ is a Bridegroom passionately in love with us, we will neither be able to truly be loved or to love. The truth is that He calls us His Beloved. Do you see what Christ is intimately saying to us when He calls us this? If we break down this simple word, His message becomes clear. He is saying, my Beloved, Be- loved. Be loved? Be loved?! By the Creator of the universe?!! How can this be? …Why would He love me? …This is perhaps the greatest mystery ever known to man.

Now, back to how this blog got its name. It is only by understanding the intimate, ravishing love of Christ that I am able to even attempt to love Him with such intensity. Song of Solomon 5:12 reveals that the Bridegroom’s “eyes are as doves.” Just sounds like some more “lovely dovey” language, huh? Well, herein lies the secret that the Lord used to blow my mind and ravish my heart one day: biologically, the eye of the dove has the capacity to focus on only one thing at a time. Because its vision is so limited, it is not easily diverted. Once the dove beholds something or someone it desires, its eyes grant it exclusive, undistracted attention. And it is upon us that the Lord’s dove’s eyes have fallen. “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong to those whose heart is loyal to Him” (2 Chronicles 16:9). To even think that the Lord’s loving eyes would actively seek me without the slightest diversion is astonishing.

However, this passage reveals not only the intensity of the Lord’s focus on us, but also the necessity of our focus on Him. Unfortunately, our eyes are easily distracted by the things that falsely claim to give us fulfillment and satisfaction. But if even for a short moment, the wayward bride looks lovingly upon her bridegroom, He declares, “Behold, you are fair, my love; behold, you are fair! You have dove’s eyes” (Song of Solomon 1:15). In other words, the Lord’s heart leaps when our gaze is directed toward Him! When we have dove’s eyes that lovingly long for Him as He longs for us, He cannot help but call us fair, beautiful, and spotless! Whoa…crazy concept. The God of the universe who is, incidentally, also the Lover of our souls smiles upon us and fervently desires our company! It is not until we truly internalize that the Lord has dove’s eyes for us that we are able to have dove’s eyes for Him.

The name of my blog, the dove’s eyes, reflects the heart focus I long to have one day. When Peter stepped out of the boat and walked toward Jesus on the water, he began to sink only when his eyes left the gaze of Jesus. Oh, to have dove’s eyes that are not pulled away by the wind and the waves! The Lord has made it clear that there will always be competing affections and distractions, but by His grace and through our wholehearted seeking, our focus can be sharpened. After all, the Lord desires us, and He will do anything it takes to bring us into closer relationship with Himself. I long for dove’s eyes that are ever focused on my beautiful Lord and Savior!

Here are some ways that the Lord confirmed to me that this was to be the name of my blog:

  • A woman at the One Thing Conference that I met in the prophetic ministry room led me to Song of Solomon 4:1, 7
  • The Misty Edward’s song “Dove’s Eyes” that I bought before the conference
  • An origami dove that my friend made for me
  • A small symbol of a dove on the back of the headphones that my Godmother bought me for Christmas (so small that it is barely noticeable…)
  • The Rick Pino song called “Dove’s Eyes” which I didn’t know existed until I was randomly searching Youtube one day
  • A chapter in Gary Wein’s Bridal Intercession: Authority in Prayer Through Intimacy, a book the Lord led me to buy at the One Thing Conference. This chapter revealed the deeper meaning behind the term “dove’s eyes” in the context of the Song of Solomon

I have decided to call incidences like those listed above, “dove kisses” knowledge/reminders from the Lord of the identity He is calling us into as His doves.

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34 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Dad
    Feb 02, 2011 @ 01:02:29

    Just read the Dove’s eyes story and it is awesome

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  2. Mom
    Feb 02, 2011 @ 01:20:01

    Loved this! I like how you named those little incidences where it can only be a “God thing”…Doves Kisses. Perfect. God has revealed himself to you in so many little ways, it is wonderful.

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  3. Robin
    Feb 02, 2011 @ 01:51:01

    I enjoy reading about your experiences. Keeping you in my prayers.

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  4. Janet
    Feb 03, 2011 @ 05:00:01

    Alyssa, if God works in no other ways on this trip other than through your blog, then I would still see your trip as a fruitful adventure. God has blessed you with the ability to write beautifully and passionately to convey His story and His love. Press on dear friend and I pray that God would stir up a change in the hearts of those who read this blog.

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  5. david
    Aug 13, 2011 @ 15:49:38

    wow….amazed and so glad I ran into this blog…hope to see more. I love your passion and your writing style. if you have not, get th books IVERNA tompkins, the ravished heart, brian simmons, journey of the bride. and you can find cora macelravy (sp?) free if you search online. what an awesome song the song is. it is the absolute most difficult book to get hooked on, but once you’re hooked you’re hooked for life! everyone needs to press in for 6 months in the song and allow god to blow their mind, and 99% of the people I bet would be totally hoooked for life!

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  6. cshowers
    Nov 17, 2012 @ 21:42:18

    Hallelujah and to think that we ravish His heart with just one glance from our eyes! It is only because He loves us so much, that we are able to love Him! I was truly blessed to visit your blog. 🙂

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  7. Carrie
    Feb 01, 2013 @ 14:14:10

    Beautiful… I am just looking into the gaze of Jesus towards us and ours towards him in the context of Song of Songs (Doves Eyes) and your wonderful site popped up. Yipeeee. I love the phrase Be loved. 🙂 so good, and the unpacking of how a dove see’s, thats so helpful and rather intoxicating. I hear i’m single minded when it comes to Jesus (meant to be a bad thing apparently, I can’t see it myself! hehehe) and I have Dove’s Eyes, because thats what the word says, so that is my reality. So cool… Hahahaha. God’s single minded affection towards us is life changing. Keep writing, sharing your heart and journey and bless us, His perfect Bride x (Nearly wrote Bird!) 😉 x ‘Apple of His Eye’ is also rather fascinating to look up.

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  8. j landolt
    Apr 29, 2013 @ 17:08:16

    I saw a white dove in my yard recently-I usually see mourning doves this time of the year-but this time it was a single white dove!

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  9. Katlego Serai (@kattSerai)
    Apr 30, 2013 @ 23:29:33

    very, very encouraging and I am glad that I came across this blog when I was looking for the meaning of Dove’s eyes randomly on google after I heard Misty’s song, Dove’s Eyes. Also we are talking about Identity and the beauty of a woman later tonight with my small group, and I came across Songs of Solomon. These verses on Dove’s Eyes give a clear indication of God’s love for us and how he sees us as being beautiful, being complete in Him and that is wonderful!!!!

    And I will be using some of ur revelations from your blog as well… Thank you

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  10. Brenda Woods
    May 21, 2013 @ 14:08:57

    I am so grateful for this blog. I recently heard Misty Edwards sing “Dove’s Eyes” on the Sid Roth show and was so blessed by it and her desire for undistracted devotion to God. My prayer has been the same since. However, in search of more information on the dove’s eyes, i ran across your blog which really touched my heart to be reminded of God’s love and devotion towards us, in spite of us. Bless you for sharing this with us.

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  11. keith
    Oct 01, 2013 @ 17:47:04

    L ov E this blog ….bless U

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  12. Gladys
    Oct 02, 2013 @ 09:59:57

    awesome! God you are too much! I love you.

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  13. PETER W KAMAU
    Nov 09, 2013 @ 08:18:35

    I am so facinated by the concept “Dove’s Eyes”. I am so amazed at God’s Love… I know and have know that He loves me, only that i had not realised the intensity at which it is..! I love you God… Help me to love you just as much.., Amen!!

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  14. Deborah LivetopraiseHim Alldaynallnight
    Dec 07, 2013 @ 20:31:19

    Awesome, AWESOME AWESOME YAHAVAH!!! OUR TRUE LOVE & KING OF KINGS FOREVER JESUS CHRIST!!! SOO LOVELY! IT’S TIME NOW FOR MESSIAH THE PRINCE!!!

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  15. Daniel Kinoshita
    Jan 14, 2014 @ 19:25:18

    I have been meditating on “Doves Eyes” for a couple months now by Misty Edwards….your blog is a confirmation for me. I just told me daughter “Doves Eyes” has become my life song:) Bless you

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  16. Kristina Lantis
    Feb 12, 2014 @ 12:16:21

    Thank you for your excellent blog. I had a word over me about the eyes of a Dove and was searching the internet to understand what this really meant. I love your passion for God – be blessed!

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  17. Bassanio
    May 10, 2014 @ 16:46:05

    I renewed my love for God and repented of all my sins. i have been reading the bible page to page until i got to Songs of Solomon. immediately i started reading, it didn’t feel right in my mind so i stopped and skipped to the next chapter Isaiah. But when i started reading Isaiah the Holy Spirit told me to go back and read the Songs of Solomon as i intended. I have not finished reading but with this insight from you blog it will aid my understanding and correct my perception of it being a romantic novel. God Bless

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  18. Mandisa Mlotshwa
    May 21, 2014 @ 21:25:51

    Beautiful, thank God I came across this blog as I was searching for the meaning of doves eyes. Wow, how beautiful to know that we are embraced, cherished by our Lover. I love the eyes of my beloved and I will gaze upon them forever. Thank God for this blog. GOD BLESS YOU

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  19. Joyce Emmanuel
    May 26, 2014 @ 07:13:04

    Really it is an awesome blog. It helps many people who wants to know the DOVE’S EYE. Thanks for the blog. God bless you.l

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  20. Lebo Moremi
    Oct 28, 2014 @ 16:59:30

    A friend of mine borrowed me her Relentless_Misty Edwards’s CD and I’ve been listening to it for about two weeks now,, but suddenly only today the ‘doves eyes’ track really hit home… so I practically found myself lost in meditation the whole day!! Was in awe of God’s tender Love towards me!!!

    But then i became so curious and wanted to know what is it so special about the dove’s eyes,, so i decided to Google search… and amazingly stumbled on this blog… Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful testimony!! it has really painted such a beautiful picture of God’s heart towards us!!!

    May we increase in our desires to give the Lord God our UNDISTRACTED devotion!!! Doves’s eyes!

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  21. Maryna Knoesen
    Jan 22, 2015 @ 13:45:40

    A dove flew into our home and I tried to help it out again. The Holy Spirit led me to search the meaning of the dove and I immediately thought about Misty Edward’s song, “Dove’s eyes”. Then I came to your blog and I discovered anew God’s affection for us and truly the significance of being called His Beloved! Thank you!

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  22. Dean Dickerson
    Jan 23, 2015 @ 05:02:33

    The depths in me are moved for my Beloved. I have called “Him” my dove for years, but knew not about the eyes of the dove. Oh how wonderful a revelation this has been. I see and comprehend with joy. Thanks for your time in posting this. May the communion of the Holy Spirit continually and richly fill you!!!!

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  23. yohannagrace
    Jul 25, 2015 @ 15:17:44

    This is good! Just what I needed to hear today. I was just reading Song of Songs this morning and the part about “doves eyes” was popping out to me. The Holy Spirit speaks through your work. I was just thinking of all our problems in life and how it can all be changed if we just fall in love with Him and if we are able to see ourselves the way that He does. Right on! God bless you!

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  24. Malou Cipriano
    Sep 30, 2015 @ 21:56:08

    I was meditating on Song of Songs 1:15 and came across this phrase saying, “Your eyes are doves.” I felt the urge in my spirit to study more about the character of the Dove’s eyes, and your blog popped up. Wow! It ministered to me in an immense way. Your writing style is marked by Christ’s intimacy over his bride, so that it is readily felt by its readers. Continue to pursue him with unrelenting fervency and affection. God Bless you!

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  25. Rebecca
    Oct 02, 2015 @ 16:04:01

    I like this! This has been helpful to many people! God bless you SonShine!

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  26. Dis is wonderful, i was wondering wat a dove's could mean. thank God for dis. Lord help to focus on you undistracted.
    Oct 06, 2015 @ 01:01:05

    Dis just help me to know how special i am to him. help me lord to b focus on you like the eyes of a dove. Nice one.

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  27. Miss-SOOAB
    Oct 08, 2015 @ 09:09:27

    This is awesome. never knew much about the dove’s eye. lord help me to see possess this eye for u alone. nice one,keep BBB it up

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  28. Jeanine
    Feb 09, 2016 @ 18:22:29

    Thank you so much! Just what I needed to dwell on today. God has been teaching me about love this year and I’m delighted to expand that knowledge a bit more today. Just stopping to think how much He loves me makes it impossible to turn the other way in disobedience to His commands.

    Again, thank you for the beauty you portrayed so well!!!

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  29. Jael
    Apr 08, 2016 @ 10:05:40

    This is perfect at this season in my life and really it’s a revelation. I’ve used the same eyes to “look” into “kisses” the Lord hs been showing me personally, hence this revelation fits so well with my season right now…Thanks

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  30. Magin Gonzalez
    Apr 13, 2016 @ 20:17:58

    thank you for your insight and wisdom here! May I, when I get my book started, use part of your blog in it and reference your name for whatever part I use? God is leading me into marriage ministry, but more so with women. This is great revelation after reading 1 and 2 Peter today- thank you. Magin

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    • gammal01
      Oct 14, 2016 @ 14:47:57

      Hello Magin! I apologize for the delayed response! You are welcome to use part of my blog in your book, I would be honored! May the Lord continue to bless you with revelation of His heart for you, and even greater vision for the calling He has on your life!

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  31. gettingwellonedayatatime
    Jul 16, 2016 @ 11:37:53

    This is an incredible and very life giving teaching. I remember when my eyes were paralyzed, with no peripheral vision, and what it was like to turn intentionally for direction, vs. having my peripheral vision. This has caused me to see this scripture and love it even more as He continues to heal both my physical and spiritual vision. May all of us look intentionally with our gaze on Him fixed straight ahead.

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  32. Nicole
    Oct 14, 2016 @ 12:29:41

    Great Revelation! Have you also considedered doves in the NT?
    Luke 3:22-
    and the Holy Spirit, in bodily form, descended on him like a dove. And a voice from heaven said, “You are my dearly loved Son, and you bring me great joy.”
    I believe the doves eyes reference also refers to the Holy Spirit dwelling in us, and when Jesus looks at us, he sees a reflection of himself through the Holy Spirit.
    like a kid at the grocery store, even my best attempts at holding on to the cart were temporary at best, until I saw a big colorful box of cereal specifically designed to get my attention. But when my momma held my hand in the parking lot, I wasn’t trying to hang on to her, SHE HAD ME! This is the power of the Holy Spirit! He is my leader, my guide into all truth! I’m no longer just trying to hold his shopping cart, he has me! Totally different paradigm.
    Galatians 5:22- NLT- So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.

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  33. Ruth Esther Vawter
    Mar 16, 2017 @ 20:24:53

    Thank you for sharing your story. I learned about the focus of the dove. It will help me fine tune my focus with my daily walk. God bless your ministry.

    Reply

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