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.

6.18.2012

Surrending My Precious Dream

This post is in memory and honor of Joshua Steven Eddy, who surrendered his precious dream…and left behind a beautiful legacy as an amazing photographer, a warrior of faith and a servant of God.

Joshua Steven Eddy
 March 5th, 1993 – May 5th, 2012

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The last blog post Josh wrote on his blog was one entitled ‘To Surrender a PreciousDream’.  I have read it numerous times…when I first found his blog, when I first heard the news of his drowning, when they found his body, and just a couple days ago, when I stumbled upon it again…it was by accident really, but I’m pretty sure God made it happen on purpose. 



In his post, Josh wrote about how overwhelmed he was with the beauty of a sunset he witnessed on the evening he took his brother and sister-in-law’s engagement pictures.  He says how much he wanted to share that moment with ‘his love’.  How he wanted to ‘pull her close and enjoy this beauty with her’.  But alas, she was not by his side.  He did not have ‘his love’ with him.  He wasn’t even sure he had met her yet.  Who was this woman that would have been Josh’s girl?  We will never know…because God didn’t write that in Josh’s story.

In the closing of his post, he said something that has become his, perhaps, most memorable quote.  And honestly, one of my favorites of all time.

‘To surrender a precious dream is a fearful thing, but to pursue anything but the full measure of the glory of God’s love is a wasted life.’

Josh has challenged me to surrender my precious dream.  And I thought ‘what better place to have a cloud of witnesses than through my blog?’

So readers, witness now as I surrender my precious dreams to my loving heavenly Father.  So that all of my love and passion may be directed to Him alone.  So that I, like Josh, can ‘love God fully’.

And if anyone reading this would like to write a similar post on their blog, I have provided a link-up below.  Write your post, then copy and paste the direct link to the form.

~My Precious Dreams~

>>to marry the love of my life
>>to get married young
>>to get married
>>to have lots of children
>>to see all my children graduate from homeschool
>>to see all my children get married
>>to hold my first grandchild
>>to hold all my grandchildren
>>to become an aunt
>>to adopt a child
>>to publish a book
>>to become exceedingly good at music
>>to become a professional actress
>>to die at an old age
>>to die peacefully
>>to die heroically

These are my precious dreams, dear LORD.  And I am laying them at Your feet.  Take these dreams…these aspirations…these hopes…and use them for Your glory.  Do with me as You please. 

‘Take my life and let it be consecrated, LORD, to Thee.  Take my moments and my days; let them flow in ceaseless praise…’

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PS:  For those of you who are not aware, I was able to attend Josh’s memorial in Grants Pass, on May 16th.  His body was found a few days later (on the 19th) and was buried on May 29th, where his body rests in peace, but his soul is soaring in heaven.
 



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.

::hugs::

{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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