Saturday, June 28, 2014

Christian Singleness: 2 things to remember

I'm not sure why, but for some reason it is this time of the year, during the summer, that I stuggle the most with still being single. It's probably because I see so many other relationships going on around me, and I want nothing more than to just be with my own significant older. Ugh. The struggle is real my friends.

I'll be perfectly honestly, I've been complaining a lot to God about this lately. I've been asking Him to bring my future man into my life RIGHT NOW. I have such a strong desire to be in a relationship with someone, and the desire is only growing stronger. However I'm not just waiting on any guy. I'm not looking for the next "good" guy. I'm waiting on a guy who passionately loves Jesus like I do. Heck, if I wanted to be any old relationship it would be simple. I could probably make it happen in a couple days, to be perfectly honest [not to sound cocky or anything, but it is true, and I am sure many of you Christian ladies can relate]. 

For awhile to diminish the void of wanting to be in a Christ-centered relationship, I thought to myself that maybe I should take action and go make it happen myself. So I started talking around to some Christian guys, and it was a ton of fun. But then, out of no where, a disruption began in my soul. I didn't have a peace about what I was doing, and I felt like God was telling me that regardless of how badly I wanted to be in a relationship at this present time, I need to submit my desires to Him and focus on the other things that He has called me to do. I  knew I couldn't move forward with what I was doing if I didn't have a peace about it from God. So I pulled away, and felt like I had made the right decision.

So now I'm learning that there are two major things that come into play with being in a Christian relationship. Number one, timing is extremely important. You can be like me and have the most passionate desire to be in a relationship and even feel 100% ready to be in one, but if the Lord says the timing is off then you have to listen to Him. I want a peace about my relationship with my future husband that surpasses all understanding, and I think that peace will come when I listen to God and allow it to happen in His time. 

Number two, it obviously needs to be a Christian guy. Jesus is the most important part of my life. I talk about Him all the time [because He's amazing and changed my life, of course!]. Every good thing that I have in my life comes from God. I can't imagine dating someone who doesn't share that same love for Jesus as I do. It would be so horrible and discouraging. Thank you Jesus for giving me the desire to be with someone who loves You. I pray that wherever my future husband is right now, that  you would give him patience in waiting to meet me, and that he would use his time of singleness intentionally to grow deeper in his relationship with You.

So thanks God, for making it clear to me, that as Your daughter, it is just not Your will for me at this specific time to be in a relationship. I'm not entirely happy about it, but I trust You your Your will for my life.

 But those who wait on the LORD will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:31



Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Allowing God to work in our lives

Hi friends! How are you each doing today? I am excited to be nearly complete with my first year of graduate school this week! It is amazing how the Lord has been there for me every step of the way this year, as He has given me the strength to do everything that I have needed to do.

Lately the Lord has put a unique topic on my heart. I've been thinking about how easy it is to doubt God when things don't go exactly way I want them to. The Lord has been revealing this to me as something that I struggle with in my walk with Him. 

This might be something that many of you struggle with as well. Maybe your looking a new church to attend, but you haven't yet found anywhere where you fit in and you are feeling frustrated. Maybe the Lord just called you to move halfway across the country, and your having a hard time trusting Him in that new season of life for you. Or maybe things simply just aren't going the way you want them to, and your just plain down about it. Well my friends, I can tell you that if you have surrendered every area of your life to Christ and have given Him full control, then He knows what He is doing, and He has a plan for your life greater than you could ever imagine. It is so crucial for us to keep trusting God, regardless if things don't go the way we want them to. Close friends may hurt us or turn against us, but God has a plan. We may not get into that college that we had been praying about for the longest time, but God has a plan. Our boyfriend or girlfriend may have just broken up with us, but God has a plan. This is something that I need to ask myself regularly: If I don't keep trusting Jesus despite my circumstances, how is that giving God the opportunity to work in my life? 

How is God working in big ways in your life right now? I would love to hear! I love you guys!

Love always, Jess