Saturday, April 30, 2011
Friday, April 29, 2011
Thursday, April 28, 2011
“I waited patiently on the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and rear and put their trust in the Lord. Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods.
Many, O Lord my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planed for us no one can speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare”
Having trouble waiting again? What does the bible say God will do for us if we wait
patiently for him?
- Hear your cry
- Lift you out of the slimy pit
- Set your feet on a rock, giving you a firm place to stand
- Put a new song in your mouth, (joy and praise)
How do you know if you’re waiting patiently?
- Do you worry about what will happen in the future? (This weekend, next month, this summer, etc.)
- Do you often try to control situations? (Texting guys first, initiating situations, going to places where he might be, etc.)
- Or do you focus on discipling younger girls?
- Reading Gods word and studying it?
- Reaching outsiders?
- Loving and serving your friends?
If we will just trust the Lord and wait on his perfect timing, he will give us everything we need and more. Psalm 37:4 says if we delight ourselves in the Lord he will give us the desires of our hearts. In other words, if we put our main focus and attention on God and doing God’s will, he will first align our desires with his, so we will want the man he picked out for us, and secondly, he will give us this man when we least expect it. It is while we are working hard for God, striving to do his will, not worrying about anything, when he recognizes our faithfulness and blesses us with what our heart deeply desires.
Luke 16:10 says, “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much…” This can be applied to single life. If God trusts us to serve him and glorify him as a single woman, he knows he can trust us to multiple his glorification with a godly man when the timing is right. But first we must be trusted with very little.
Back to the old cliché,
“Let Go, and Let God!”
1 Peter 5:7
“Cast all your anxiety on him (God) because he cares for you.”
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Anyhow, so because of our self-esteem problem I see dozens and dozens of my closest Christian friends settle for boyfriends and girlfriends who are less than God’s best for them. They don’t feel worthy of the Christian man who leads the youth group. They don’t feel like they deserve a wife who saved herself for marriage. They have this idea in their heads and so they settle for the easy-to-get, the people who don’t exactly treat them the way they want to be treated, but it’s okay because at least they have someone right?
Wrong. God has someone specifically picked out for you to marry. Jesus thinks the world of you. He loved you so much he DIED ON THE CROSS FOR YOU. If he cares enough about you to do that, how much more do you think he cares about your future marriage? ?
God has plans for each and every one of us that he has had since the beginning of time. Ephesians 2:10.
When a guy or a girl shows interest in you, no one said you have to date them. It is not your obligation to say yes because you feel sorry for them or because your lonely. For one thing, if you don’t feel like this is person meets all the requirements of someone you would want to marry, then don’t date them. God doesn’t want you to suffer heartache because you feel sorry for someone. And secondly, you are just hurting the other person by leading them on with no intention of being married later on.
Think about others, but also think about yourself and what God has planned for you. Study the godly men in your life, study your dad, the bible, and Jesus’ actions. What characteristics do you see that you want in a future mate? (compassionate, encouraging, strong, takes initiative, etc.) What Characteristics do you see that you don’t like? (judgemental, controlling, passive, etc.)
Make a list of biblical and godly characteristics that you would prefer in a marriage. Present them to God and ask God to match your heart desires with his. Then wait. Don’t date anyone unless they fulfill the requirements.
Now I know half of you just said, “But how do you know unless you date them first?”
My answer to that question is friendship. If you aren’t friends with a guy before he asks you out, you should say no anyways. A relationship built without friendship first will be awkward and unrealistic. Think about it, when you are hanging out with a guy you like, you are on your best behavior, you are totally aware of your every move, and you dress your best.
However when you’re just hanging out with your friends—YOU DON’T CARE! You act goofy, you where your sloppy bun, and you just have fun! Because it’s relaxed, it’s chill..you know those people are going to love you no matter how you act or look.
The opposite goes for the guy, you don’t know what he’s really like either unless you’ve spent time around him IN GROUP SETTINGS just as friends—observing him and his actions. It doesn’t take much longer than 15 minutes to see if a guy takes initiative, cares about others, and loves God.
And the other half of you who probably asked this, “But what if they change?”
The answer to that is simple but hard. It all goes back to God having a plan and working it out in his perfect timing. If he has destined you two to be together, he will change that person’s heart even to the point of them leading you spiritually (if you are a girl.) The hard part is, you must wait. Don’t force it, don’t push it, don’t instigate. Let God be God while you go on with your life. If and when the timing is right, God will let you know.
I hope this helps some of you today, if you have questions or comment please post, I would love the feedback. Thanks for reading and God Bless.
"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."