Thursday, June 04, 2009

loving it.

now that I'm done with college, and have a job I love, it seems like the question that people ask me has moved from "what are you going to do with your life?" to "who are you going to spend the rest of your life with?"

I usually just smile, laugh, and say, "I wish I knew!"
so, since it seems like everyone else is talking about it, so I guess I might as well just say it right here...
I'm loving this phase of my life and being single!
does that mean that I don't want to get married?
NO.
but it does mean that I'm enjoying every day that I have in this phase of my life... I have more time to spend with the awesome teenage girls that I love than I ever will at any other point. I have a more flexible schedule that allows me to travel, spend time with my family and friends, attend everyone else's wedding, and just do some things because it's what I want to do. I'm loving it!

I read several blogs, and one of those is Kelly's Korner... she writes about the adventures of being married and having a sweet baby girl, but she was single for a long time, and writes about that a lot too. she's giving away a few copies of a book I read last year that I absolutely loved... it's called Get Married by Candice Watters. it's not a how-to guide or anything like that, but it gives a great picture of how as single women, we can pray boldly for our future husbands. this is something that God has placed a huge burden on my heart for, and it's something that I'm praying boldly about. It talks about marrying well and asking for God's best. I loved it! if you want a chance to win the book, head over to Kelly's Korner and leave a comment on this post.

If you're a single girl, waiting on God's best for you, take hope and enjoy the time you have! the last thing I want to do is look back on this phase of my life wishing I would have done more, spent more time serving God, and not wished this phase of my life away. I really want to love every moment because I don't believe it's going to last forever.

know that just because you're not married yet doesn't mean that there's something wrong with you, or that you don't deserve a great guy. just keep offering yourself over to the Lord and asking him for his best, but at the same time, pursue Christ with everything inside of you. focus on being the best you can be, and pray that God would teach you now how to be a great wife - it's not too early to start preparing!

this is so where I find myself even today - working on myself, not worrying about my future. I know that I have a few things I need to get together, and that's all I can worry about - me. and it doesn't mean that as soon as I "get everything in my life together" that a guy is going to magically appear either... it just means that I need to pursue Christ wholeheartedly and daily make changes so that I become more like him, and I'll trust him with the rest.

I'm going to leave you with a few verses that have been an encouragement to me...

"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer." Romans 12:12

"Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience." Colossians 3:12

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength." Mark 12:30

"No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it." 1 Cor. 10:13