6.20.2012

What's a Young Woman To Do?


During our single years, it is easy to wonder (and complain) about being bored and not knowing what to do with our spare time. We don’t have a boyfriend…we’re graduated…we may not have a job…

What’s a young woman to do?!

Well, you may not know this, but…your single years are possibly one of the best times of your LIFE. The time that you spend being bored and wondering what to do, is the time you can be using to change the world.

In Paul’s first letter to the Corinthian church, he tells them (in verse 34): ‘…the woman who is unmarried, and the virgin, is concerned about the things of the LORD, that she may be holy both in body and spirit.

Our unmarried, single years are a time to grow stronger in the LORD. More firmly rooted in His Word. It is a time that we are free from the distractions of a husband and family and should have the tunnel-vision to learn more about our God. Not that we should stop focusing on God when we do get married…but that we should have ourselves fully armored now.

And not getting married is a possibility that we must all consider, as well. Not every girl is called to a life of ministry through marriage. God may have ‘singleness’ written in your story. And that is also a beautiful calling. ‘But I want you to be free from concern. One who is unmarried is concerned about the things of the LORD, how [she] may please the LORD…’ (verse 32)

So ladies, during our single years, let us look at them as a challenge. A challenge to be ministers of our LORD and Savior and not idlers at home. Let us keep busy – helping others, serving others, teaching others…and praying that God would speak through us all the way. Stay the course, dear sisters.

::hugs::
<3

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Guest posting over here today.

6.11.2012

Content with God = Content Forever


Have you ever heard that saying ‘Content while single, content while married’?


Well, I have.

And God has been teaching me a lot about what that means lately.

Like you all know, I am a very romantic person. (some of you are probably rolling your eyes… ‘yes, Miss Raquel, we know very well!’) Having that romantic imagination can sometimes get the best of me. And I can get too carried away in dreaming and fantasizing about the future (…I can’t believe I’m admitting all this to the world…). But you have to come back to earth every once in a while. And whenever I did, I found myself being discontent with my life…my relationships…my singleness. And it wasn’t healthy.


Little things that I came across convicted me that what I’d been doing was wrong. And that I needed to learn to be content with where I am in life right now…not where I will be in the future.

A boyfriend won’t make my life better. Love won’t make it more beautiful. A husband won’t make life
 perfect. Marriage won’t make life easier.

My God is the One Who makes life beautiful. Even when I mess up…even when I fail Him…He’s always there to pick me right back up. To help me move on. To help me see the good in this bad world. HE makes my life perfect. A mortal man won’t.

Suddenly, my eyes were opened. I felt like I had been walking with my eyes closed, dreaming. Instead of open, looking at what my life held for me NOW.

My eyes were open to see the beautiful singleness that I am experiencing right now. I became…content. Content with where God has me in life right now. Content with not having a boyfriend. Content with knowing that God has my man for me, somewhere, right now.

No…this doesn’t make me any less romantic:) Yes, it’s a little difficult to hear my friends talk about their bf/gf. To talk about their latest date. To tell me all the wonderful things they love about their significant other. I cannot WAIT to be able to tell others about my amazing, handsome man. But…at the moment…I can’t. I am…learning to be content. If I can’t be content now, unmarried, as a single young lady, serving the LORD in her father’s house…how will I continue to be content as a married young woman, serving the LORD in my husband’s house?

Stay strong, dear brothers and sisters. You’re not in this alone. <3

Content with God = Content Forever.

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{all photos via Pinterest}

6.08.2012

Send Me a Hurricane

The last two months have been very stressful…emotionally draining…confusing…and painful for me.  A lot has happened in my life.  And God has taught me many life-changing lessons.

But…amidst all these feelings, it has been beautiful…amazing…encouraging…inspiring…because I serve an awesome God.  And He knows the plans He has for me…plans to prosper me and not to harm me; to give me a hope and a future.
As I was thinking about all that has transpired in the last couple of months, these words came to mind.  God has been teaching me so much lately and this describes it all so well.  


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