Why do I worry or stress about the future? For the past few days, mixed with the last week too probably…
The story isn’t over, it’s still being written.
Glory to God
Originally written March 5th 2015.
The above paragraph is only an excerpt of my response to an article I read on Nitty Gritty Love titled http://www.nittygrittylove.com/gods-in-control-of-the-surprises/”>God Is In Control of The Surprises. After reading that post I prayed to God about trusting Him and His plans regarding my relationship with my boyfriend.
Reading Michelle Lindsey’s post on how her life turned out and how she met her husband reminded me of something I recently learned. As recent as within the last few months of this year.
Before I ever really started dating I read so many stories of how God worked in the lives of those wanting to be married or those interested in a special someone romantically. Aside from the posts I read on girltalk and peaceful single girl I read the book Quest for Love by Elizabeth Elliot. That books is a great read! So I recommended it, especially if you are single or in a romantic relationship.
I used to become frustrated sometimes because my story wasn’t looking like the ones I read about or saw around me. What I read and saw seemed right, so much so that it seemed like the only way to go about dating. I’ve learned though that each person has a story of their own. The way that our lives unfold are not the same though they may be similar in some circumstances. I’ve learned to appreciate the story God is writing for my life and that it is unique; filled with its own struggles, victories, miracles, answered prayers, times or waiting, times of forgiveness and times of learning.
Father I’m grateful for the plans You have for me.
The stories and testimonies of others lives and Your hand in them only add to the beauty You have created. It shows that You work in many different ways, especially if we let You have Your way in our lives and trust You. It’s no easy journey, but we learn a lot along the way.
My closing point is, enjoy the way your story is unfolding.
Just because it doesn’t look like the successful relationship of a close friend or relative doesn’t mean that God’s hand is not present and it doesn’t mean that your own relationship won’t be successful.
So I’ll enjoy the way my story is unfolding. Trusting in who God is: faithful, compassionate, caring, absolutely loving, and patient. Trusting His promises.
(For those of us who are not single, but not married yet either. There are many readings about singleness and marriage, but what about the in between? With God’s word and my experiences I hope this will be a blessing to those, who like me have at once become frustrated by seeing so much directed to singleness and marriage, but not exactly the in between. Scripture on singleness and marriage are still beneficial to read about because there’s nothing wrong with preparing!)
Pray. Talk to God.
I just posted a poem about when two people become one in marriage. Sure, people become one by having sex with whomever and whenever they want, but that is not what l’m talking about here.
The poem was written when I really thought about all the changes that happen to two individuals once they commit to marriage. Being unmarried, my point of view comes from taking notice of those who are. So yeah, I’m not married, yet, but would like to be. The timing and everything else I pray about and leave in God’s hands.
Anyway, since I’m not married yet, I’d like to hear from those of you who are. 🙂
If you are married, what thoughts would you add to the poem? (No worries, it doesn’t have to be poetic. 🙂 )
If you’d like to share, what were your experiences while being with the one you are married to before you were married?
Is there anything note worthy about the times you and your, now, spouse discussed about or during your first few years of marriage?
Two who were once strangers
Now live together in a home
Just the two, who have become friends Then companions
Now they are one,
Together they bring with them old traditions
Over time they will make new traditions To mix with the old
They bring with them
All they have learned from where they We’re before
They are no longer strangers
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. Genesis 2:24
In the midst of reading the Unveiled Wife blog, I saw a guest post from a woman of the Nitty Gritty Love blog. From there, I did some more reading and I’m glad I chose to because it was encouraging and inspiring. The first post I read from NittyGrittyLove was, God Is In control of Surprises, which is one I’ll have to do a separate post on, but the second post I read I share with you now.
Blind Devotion: Now This Is True Love
The intro to this post is a bit funny, it’s content makes it worth the read. A testimony involving marriage and the little things.
Within that post is a short film titled Blind Devotion by Jubilee Project on YouTube. It’s a sweet short film. I won’t describe it here, but I do believe it can inspire and that it is worth watching. Catch the link below 🙂
“Love does not seek it’s own…” 1 Corinthians 13:5
“Let each of you look out not only for His own interests, but also for the interests of others.” Philippians 2:4
It’s still good to see that some married couples are keeping their promise (covenant) to each other.
Hebrews 13:4 “Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.”
Last week I read two articles about a married couple that have been together for 80 years. Whenever I see pictures or read of articles like the one shown in the Huffington Post or on foxnews.com, the words, “marriage is honorable among all ,” comes to my mind. It’s not that I have many wonderful examples of marriages to look at, but I do believe that they can work especially when God is kept first. The more I see this the more I agree, it is still honorable (highly respectable, upright, noble, distinguished, worthy of honor) among ALL.