Song of Solomon is probably the most unique book in the Bible. While full of symbolism, this book takes us into the very heart of God, revealing the depth of emotion that He has for weak, struggling, broken, and immature people. Because of the nature of the message this book contains, there are some things that I have found that help prepare us for the awesome journey that we will take. Song of Solomon definitely is not a book to be taken in through the brain, it is a heart book. Therefore, one of the things that will help prepare our hearts is a time of tenderizing. Each week we will spend a little time soaking and allowing the Beloved to tenderize and prepare our hearts.
Barbara Ward Stephens is affectionately known as "Mama Hug." She is a great-grandmother whose life's work has been to help mend broken hearts.
Mama Hug knows the pain of soul wounds herself. Suffering many kinds of abuse, having a learning disability, experiencing emotional abandonment and rejection, she can relate to others' pain.
The Lord gave Mama Hug a revelation of Luke 4:18 as His mission statement. This scripture became the foundation of her counseling ministry, and later the course Solutions, as well as Healing the Wounded.
Mama Hug is from Birmingham, Alabama where she taught the good news of Luke 4:18 in churches of every denomination.
In 1996, she relocated to Pensacola, Florida to become Pastor of Counseling and Pastoral Care at Liberty Church. From 2000 until 2006, Mama Hug was a professor at Brownsville Revival School of Ministry.
She has authored several books including Psalms for Recovery, Proverbs for Recovery, Love Song, Parable of the Garden, Very Fearfully and Wonderfully Made, and a number of curricula.
Mama Hug currently resides in Pensacola with her puppy Charlie Banjo.