11.05.2012

Fully Satisfied in the LORD

I know I refer to myself as 'one of the most romantic girls you'll ever meet' (and that hasn’t really changed at all) but the LORD has been revealing Himself to me in new ways.  Ways I didn’t know existed.  I’ve been falling in love with my Jesus and growing in my relationship SO much with Him.  I’m at a point where I am awestruck by the wonders that I’m constantly discovering about Him.  I didn’t know a love like this could exist between me (a sin-filled creature) and God (the Creator of the Universe).

The LORD has brought me through many trials this past year.  Many of them were lessons which, in the end, showed me how I had not been focusing on God at all.  How He had taken a back-seat in my mind.  That I had placed other things  as my focus, instead of keeping Him the center of my life.  Many of these lessons I learned the hard way.  Very hard.  They were very painful to experience.  It took a lot of healing (which I am still going through).  But in the end, I came out a victorious daughter of the King.  And looking back now...I wouldn’t trade all that pain for anything in the world if it meant that I would be as close to my God as I am now.

One of the main and biggest things I learned is how I had been prioritizing my dream to be a wife and mother, above my calling to serve my Creator.  It was a very humbling process when I realized, and had to admit to myself, that my sweet, romantic dream of marrying the ‘perfect man’ and having lots of little ones, wasn’t what should be at the forefront of my mind.

The LORD convicted me in this and struck a chord deep in me.  My ultimate goal right now, as a single young lady, should be to please and honor my heavenly Husband.  My dream in life should be to work towards being all that I can be for my King.

Since coming to this realization, I confessed my sin (of not keeping my Jesus first in my life) and committed myself to striving towards being a better daughter to Him, a better woman for His glory.  And let me tell you...I have never felt so satisfied, so in love, so at peace with my LORD and Savior.  I never thought I’d be saying this, but...if God chose for me not to get married and serve Him as a wife and mother under my husband’s authority, I would be perfectly content being single and doing everything I could to further His kingdom as an unmarried woman.  That’s not to say that I don’t want to get married anymore.  Far from it!  But I am waiting on Him more fully, more completely (and yes, I am still very romantic;).

Let me close with this verse from 1 Corinthians...

'The woman who is unmarried, and a virgin, is concerned about the things of the LORD, that she may be holy both in body and spirit...'

Dear single sisters, take heart in knowing that all you need, you already have. A man won't make your life any better. Be content with being fully satisfied in the LORD. He is the only One Who can fulfill all your desires. Your single years is the opportunity for you to focus on Him and advance His kingdom in ways you won't be able to if you (LORD-willing) marry one day. Take advantage of the time you have now to 'concern [yourself] about the things of the LORD.  And also, even though this may be hard to imagine, once you DO get married, the person you marry can not ever be that perfect person you always dreamed of.  Only Christ can be the unchanging, perfect Husband.  Learn to cherish Christ NOW, so that when your future husband disappoints you, you can know how to love him through your relationship with Christ which has been founded solidly through your single years, and in turn, you will grow in your marital relationship together - with Christ at the center!

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'Delight yourself in the LORD and He shall give you the desires of your heart.'
- Psalm 37:4

13 comments:

  1. Hello Raquel ! I am not even sure if I remember how I found your blog but I am blessed by your post this morning. Although I am now married to my wonderful man, I do certainly agree with you that it is only when you find full contentment in serving the Lord Jesus Christ and delighting in Him that our lives are complete.

    I spent a bit of my single days feeling lonely and envying my married friends. Once I broke free of that bondage and began enjoying my relationship with the Lord, I met my husband ! So I defintely relate with what you wrote today and it is wisdom that a lot of young women miss out on.

    Keep shining for Jesus Christ and keep holding onto that love you have found in Him. There is NOTHING like it NOT even the love of a husband no matter how wonderful that husband may be.

    Your sister in Christ,

    Gertrude @ www.achosenremnant.com

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  2. so true. thank you for this reminder. and in the mean time, I expect to keep on serving the creator and enjoy my singleness as long as I have it. :) xoxo

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  3. Thank you so much for sharing that verse from 1 Corinthians, Raquel - it is one that I've been convicted by many times, and yet it's also so encouraging!

    Thanks for the reminder to keep my eyes and heart focused on my Savior - I really needed that today. You're a blessing!

    Love in Christ,
    Vicki

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  4. It is so encouraging to read your blog. Through every post, I see growth in your relationship with the Savior and it's so amazing what He has been doing. 2012 has been a year in which God has been working more than I knew was possible in my life, and it seems I'm not the only one ;) Thanks for always writing posts that help in my Christian walk and being such a faithful daughter of the King and sister in Christ I look up to!

    ~Neeley
    runfree129.wordpress.com

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  5. Wow, very nice. It's amazing how we pretty. Inch posted the same thing today. God really needs to be the center.
    check out my post today, you'll love it.

    Www.stilldeeper.blogspot.com

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  6. I am certainly at that point too in my life that if I never get married, I would be okay with that. But of course I still have that desire to get married. After coming to this realization, I have more joy and fulfillment. I am not always worried about when I would meet my future husband. I leave it to God because His timing is just perfect.

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  7. This was really wonderful! I really love the fact how you encourage others...you certainly encourage me. I love watching you grow in the Lord, and your posts help me grow in the Lord to. It's amazing how like minded believers can encourage and uplift each other all because of a common bond, our dear Saviour. Thanks so much for the post!

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  8. Amen! I agree with Gertrude, it's wisdom that most young Christian women definitely miss out on. And praise God He has revealed this to you! He's using you already in this new way to encourage young women in this. Keep moving forward!
    Thank you for being real & honest :)
    ~Amber

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  9. Hey there, Raquel! I had seen this post in my blogger account a few days ago and didn't have time to look at it. Then I forgot about it...but this morning as I was reading a different post I realized I hadn't read this one. It was just what I needed to hear. You don't know how much this stuff has been on my mind lately! God keeps throwing this kind of topic in my path for the past few weeks; I know he wants to draw me closer. And I want to too. Thanks so much for writing this though!
    ~Sveta

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  10. Hi Raquel,

    This is very insightful and I know it is true that all we need is Jesus, but here's my struggle...if you as a woman are fully satisfied and content with knowing the lord, and a man won't make your life any better, then what use do you have for a man? The way to describe your relationship with God is so passionate that I feel like I would never be able to offer anything to a woman because she has all she needs. Basically my question is, if you are truly satisfied in the Lord, why do you desire marriage?

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  11. Hey Scott!
    Thanks for your comment:) You have a very good question and I'm so glad you asked it. I'm sorry if my post wasn't clear about this certain point...
    You said: '...if you as a woman are fully satisfied and content with knowing the LORD, and a man won't make your life any better, then what use do you have for a man?'
    Well, first of all, the 'main reason' any Christian woman should get married is because it's the LORD's calling for her and she and her man get married for the sole purpose of furthering God's kingdom TOGETHER.
    Secondly, what I mean by being 'fully satisfied in the LORD' is that He is all anyone will ever need. Anything more that He decides to bless you with is just that - a blessing. I am happy and content with where the LORD has me in my life. A man would only make it better.
    Basically, when a man or woman has the LORD, they DO have all they 'need'. You don't NEED another human being to make you happy. You don't NEED a spouse to make you know love. You can - and (as a Christian) should - have all that fulfilled in just knowing the LORD.
    Does that answer your question?:) Feel free to email me privately. It'll be easier to communicate back and forth if you need any clarification.

    Thanks again for your comment!
    Blessings,
    ~Miss Raquel

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  12. Wow girl, this was SO encouraging to read! It is so neat to see someone your age realize this and strive to be content in your singleness. It definitely challenged me in my own single life right now. Keep drawing closer to the Lord and you will NOT be disappointed. I love you dearly sister!

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