Thursday, January 21, 2016

Singleness and Marriage

     We've all been there.... some are still there. We long for love. We long to love somebody. We long to serve that one person for the rest of our lives. We long to be held when we're upset, angry, sad, or happy. We long to be cared for, and to feel special. We long for...

     If not marriage, we long for that special someone, that we can feel like we actually matter. We long to be loved.
     I've been there. I know. I was single not too long ago. I prayed for years for a husband, when I was 17 or 18, and ready for marriage... or so I thought I was ready.
     I really didn't like talking to guys. They made me nervous. The only ones I felt comfortable talking to was the ones I had know for 10+ years... which wasn't very many at all. I longed to have children and to start a family one day. I longed to be loved and to be cared for. I longed to serve someone, and to wake up next to a husband one day.
     I don't think I really understood what marriage was at that time. My only reason to get married was to be loved, and to have children. God has since then been working on my heart, and He knew when I was ready.
     All the men that I knew at church, I couldn't ever imagine even marrying for various reasons. I had a list like many people do. A list that represented what I wanted in a husband... a Godly man who'd serve God first. A man who loved playing games, and who loved being around children. A man who despite his sins, would be perfect for me. I desired a man who would love me despite seeing my daily sings, and struggles, and still says he loves me at the end of the day.
     I struggled even more when I got to 20 and 21. I saw all my friends around me get married, and have children. I saw the beginning of love blossoming. I was able to witness what a Godly courtship (or whatever you want to call it) was. Only, there weren't any men for me around. When I turned 22, I had kind of given up I guess you could say. I told God that I wasn't going to waste my life waiting for Mr. Prince Charming. I wanted to learn things in the meantime until a man came into my life. So, I decided to pursue being a Labor Doula. I put my desires/hopes/dreams on the back burner, and I decided to pursue other things.. another thing I loved... children. With the help of my family, I felt content in my life. Content that If I wasn't going to be married for another 5 more years, I'd have something to pursue. Something to give God the glory, and something that I could live to talk about.
     3-4 weeks after my birthday, a man came into my life. Little did I know that I'd be marrying him 6 months later.
     So, the point of me telling you my story? To let you know that I've been there. I've been single. I've been there yearning to be loved and to love somebody. I know what it's like to wait. Waiting is hard, isn't it?! Waiting on Gods timing, and not our own.
     I can truly say that after looking back at my life, God knew I wasn't ready for marriage when I was 21. I wanted to get married for the wrong reasons.
     I'm not saying that if you are content in life, God will bring "the one" to you. But, I'm saying, you singleness isn't going to be like this forever. You may get married in 5...10...15 years! Until then, what are you doing with your life? Are you living life the fullest every day? Are you cherishing your single years?...Whether you're a man or a woman! Are you serving?...In and outside of the church? Singleness is a treasure! So is marriage! I was reminded of just how great God is to bless me with a Godly husband as Josh this morning when this came on the radio.
Many Blessings on your week!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

When We Cry For Help

     You know those days that just don't go as planned? I had that happen this past weekend. I did grocery shopping as usual. I made an extra stop to a clothing store to spend a gift card that I had gotten for Christmas. The day was going normal, until the end of my shopping trip. I was worn out.
     Saturday's for my husband and I are fairly relaxed most of the time. We sleep in, and have a late breakfast. We've been trying to do devotions before we begin our day. My husband stays home to get work done for other people who'd like logo's and such on their website. My husband is great at creating things like that. While my husband stays home to get work done, I go out shopping for the day. It's about 18 minutes to the nearest exit where I get most of the shopping done.
     By the end of the day, I was so relieved to sit down in the car and drive home. I used to love shopping!... I still do, but I just get worn out at the end of the day, and I don't want to stand or walk anymore... just rest.
     When I got home, my husband and I were going to have our weekly "Mac N Cheese Saturday" for dinner. He saw me struggling to put the groceries away because I had been standing/walking too much that day for me. He ordered me to sit down so that he can make dinner. While I wanted so much to sit and rest, I couldn't... there was too much to do! But, I honestly couldn't. I had to rest, and let my husband help.
     Our relationship with God is like that sometimes, isn't it?... God wants to help, but we want to do it all on our own. God says rest, and we say, "God, I got this!"
      Why do you think that is? Because we're sinners? Because we're prideful? Yes to both. It's hard to let God do it sometimes. Most of the time, when we come to God in full surrender and cry out to God for help, it's usually when we're at our lowest of low's. It's usually when we've tried everything else, and we're just tired.
     Have you ever heard someone say, "All that's left to do is pray?" That irritates me every time, because we shouldn't go to God as our last resort. We should go to Him as our first resort. For some reason, as sinners, we tend to go to God only when we've done everything else.
     So, rest in the arms of the Savior. Rest in the God almighty who's Sovereign on His throne, and who's got it all in his hands! :)

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths." ~Proverbs 3:5-6 (Do we trust the Lord enough? Do we need to let go, and let God do what He has planned?1)

"Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." ~Matthew 11:28-30

My 17 week first baby bump.
I'm 18 weeks at the moment. :)

Friday, January 8, 2016

A Penny For Your Thoughts?

Hello all!
I was wondering if ya'll could comment below on your thoughts on my blog. Are there things/topics that you'd wish I'd talk about more? How often do you visit my blog? Do you feel like I don't bring enough of Christ in my blog? Do you feel like I write too often or not enough? Do you wish that I had more options to share my posts?
     My purpose of this blog isn't to get praise from man, but rather to encourage and/or inspire other like-minded Christian believers.  I try to include God/scripture in every post, as I want to glorify God in everything. If there's a particular topic that you'd like to get my thoughts on, or would like me to talk more about, or would like more scripture evidence, just let me know in the comments below.  I can't promise to answer all questions, and I definitely don't know everything, but I'll try my best.
     Also, if there's things you'd like me to include in my weekly posts, just let me know... whether that's more verses,  or more questions. If you like quotes poems or video's in my posts, please comment about it.
     I'd like to get an overall feedback on what other's like/don't like about my blog, so that I can improve if needed. I realize I can't please everyone, but I'd still like to get your thoughts.
      Thank you to all my readers who come to my blog... you encourage me to keep going. I hope that through reading my blog, you'll find the light of Christ more than anything.
"For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ." ~Galatians 1:10

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Monday, January 4, 2016

New Years Resolution's

       I'm back from our trip to go see the Narwold side of the family for Christmas!
     The Drive to Wisconsin was about 7 1/2 hours with stops. This hungry pregnant lady had to stop a couple times for food or other things. ;) I'm 17 weeks along in my pregnancy now, and I'm still as hungry as ever! ;)
     The past couple days, I've been seeing lots of posts about New Years Resolution's. I've never been much into resolutions, but this year my husband and I decided to do things differently. I believe my husband got this idea from his brother, but it's great nonetheless, and I'd encourage ya'll to do the same.
     Talk to your spouse/Parents/siblings about everything God's done for you this past year. Talk about the good, the bad, and the things that you think you can work on this next year. Talk about your weakness's this past year, and how you can learn from them. Talk about how God gave you strength in the midst of trails. Talk about all the good that's come out of 2015. Talk about goals this year that you feel like God would want you to accomplish. 
     Start small... don't go big... like, become president of the United States. ;) Start out with something you think you'll be able to handle, like, memorize 1 Bible Verse a week; Or, resolve to watch less T.V./movies; Or, read 5 books about (Insert subject) by the end of this year. I know how it tends to go when you resolve to do something, and you do great in the beginning, but by the end of the year, it's kind of dissolved.
     This year, let's think on Psalm 90:12, "So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom." I'd like more wisdom this year, wouldn't ya'll?!
     This year has been filled with much excitement, love, joy, peace, and laughter. However, it's also been filled with many tears, trials, tribulation, and sadness. Don't get me wrong, this year has been amazing!... but, I still struggled with things just like everyone else. I struggled with trusting God... trusting that God would bless us with children; Trusting God that I wouldn't have a miscarriage; trusting God that He already had a plan, and that He's sovereign and in control of everything!
     This year has been filled with many wonderful adventures with my amazing husband! I don't know how God does it, but He gave me the best man I could've ever asked for! Marriage has been very humbling for me, and I'm thankful for a man who sticks by my side, even when I'm a not-so-nice person. ;) The journey for me to go from daughter/wife/mom in the same year has been awesome, and it's been such a joy for me to see everything Gods done in my lief.
     So, what are your resolutions for this year?

Just for laughs: I resolve this year to have a baby! ;)
  • What did you do for Christmas/New Years?
  • How can you resolve to do better this year?
  • What Bible verses have encouraged you throughout this year? 
My awesome little Niece!