May he kiss me with the kisses of his mouth!
for your love is better than wine . . .
I am black but lovely,
O daughters of Jerusalem.
Song of Solomon 1:2-5


To me, my darling, you are like
My mare among the chariots of Pharaoh.
Your cheeks are lovely with ornaments,
Your neck with strings of beads.
How beautiful you are, my darling,
How beautiful you are!
Your eyes are like doves.

Song of Solomon 1:9-15

Excerpted from Your Intercultural Marriage by Marla Alupoaicei (Moody Publishers). Copyright 2009 Marla Alupoaicei. Used with perrmission. All rights reserved.

Author and speaker Marla Alupoaicei [pronounced ah-loo-pooEH-tchay] serves as the director for Leap of Faith Ministries, an intercultural marriage support ministry in Frisco, Texas. She has authored or co-authored over twenty books and Bible study guides, as well as non-fiction articles and poems. She also works as a staff writer for East-West Ministries, a grace-based church planting organization in Addison, Texas. Marla and her husband, Catalin, whom she met while on a mission trip to Romania, have been married for seven years.