It has been a while since I have posted an article on here. I promise I am still writing, but I have just been too busy the past couple of months to write something for my blog.
With that being said, I wanted to share a testimony of mine from the past several months. I hope it will challenge you to look inwards and upwards and evaluate where you are in life, as well as encourage you.
There is a Discipleship Training School outreach team serving in the city I live in and I had the pleasure of hanging out and talking to a couple of girls from the team. Many conversations I have with other single women eventually turn to our singleness and desire for marriage. It’s something that is on many of our hearts, so it makes sense.
I have touched on this topic some in other articles, but I have really seen a shift in my thinking and in my heart about it. I have noticed that I no longer dwell on my singleness and just wait for the right moment when such and such guy will ask me out. I no longer put my desire for marriage above my relationship with God. I no longer think, “Oh my gosh, this could be my future husband,” about every single, Christian man I meet. And it is such a relief! It takes so much pressure off of opposite sex friendships and pressure off of worrying about what everyone around me thinks of me.
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.” Philippians 4:4-5
The one thing I want to share that I believe everyone can relate to in one way or another is to learn to be content in the season you’re in. For example, if I spend my season of singleness wishing that I would be married the whole time, I have wasted that time and that season because I will never get it back. Maybe it looks different for you. Maybe you are ready for your children to grow up and be more independent. Or maybe you are a newlywed and can’t wait to have children. Maybe you are in your 50s or 60s and can’t wait until you retire. Once one chapter closes, it doesn’t open back up, so don’t waste your time being discontent in the season you’re in. God wants to do things in us and through us in every season that we are in, but will we let Him?
“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:11-13
It is obviously easier said than done, as many things are, but it is possible. As cliche as it sounds, Jesus makes it possible. We are living our lives with Him and for Him. When our focus turns to Him, it makes the way we live our lives completely different! When I am focused on how I live my life for Jesus, I am able to be content with the life circumstances I am in because I know it is all temporary.
“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”