7.31.2016

STAY ENCOURAGED IN PATIENCE


Each one of us is given a story. A life anthem. A song to sing. Heartfelt passions and a deeper purpose. Every single one of us. How amazing is that? I am so intrigued by the fact that each one of us have experienced life in very different ways and one of my heart's desires is to know people's stories. What is it that made you, you? It amazes me that us, as God's people, are filled with so much inspiration, encouragement and love to share with one another simply through a season of life or perhaps a handful of seasons. It may be more relatable than you think.

Today I want to write about a season of being patient in the Lord's plan, allowing Him to write your story. Particularly being patient and staying encouraged in the season of single adulthood. My heart is with each one of you single ladies, I know the feeling. The feeling of asking God how you can possibly glorify Him fully without having fulfilled one of your heart's greatest desires. To celebrate Him in marriage and in raising a family. Did God forget about me? Am I doing something wrong? Sometimes I feel so impatient that I feel as if I should I just settle for someone.  

Please, do not settle. For anything.

We are free to have hope and to dream our biggest dreams. But sometimes it is hard to hand the reigns over and say, "Okay Lord, you've got this. I know that. I trust you. I put your plan before mine." I pray that in this season, we are filled with the Lord's encouragement and unfailing love. That just because OUR plan and OUR heart's desires have not yet been fulfilled, we are called to be patient and trust that the LORD'S plan is so much greater and will exuberate so much more joy than our own. 

I began writing a prayer journal for my future husband in January this year and it has brought so much comfort in times when I feel lonely. I am quickly learning that there is not a set path identical to everyone else's. I am 25 years young and according to God's plan, marriage and a family is not yet meant to be a part of my story.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

I encourage you sweet friends to find the positives in being single. I once read an article that discussed how a lot of single women wait to do all of the fun things or "bucket list" items until they are dating or married. I encourage you to not wait for those adventures. Take that trip you have been wanting to take. Hang out with your girls and have girls nights. Go on an occasional date or two and just kinda feel out the dating world, figure out your dating style. Serve the Lord with your WHOLE heart and feed your soul with His word. I look at it as preparing my heart for my future husband. Pray for him. Write it out in a journal. Talk about it with your friends and family. Trust that the man God has for you will be worth the wait and much more than anything you could have dreamed up.

Psalm 27:14 Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.

Psalm 103:8 The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.

What is your story? 
How are you using the season God so creatively and purposefully orchestrated for you?

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