Sunday, June 26, 2011

God's plans > my expectations.

inspiration: my devotional + about to start reading another book

around october of last year, i bought "Daily Encouragement for Single Women".
now if i'm completely honest, i had hoped that by the time i got through it, i wouldn't be wearing the label "single woman", but that isn't the case. i've enjoyed going through the book and being encouraged every morning before i go to work. i still have about 60 more days in it; i realize that even though i'm not in any rush to dive headfirst into a serious relationship with someone, it's still discouraging to know that i'm still "single".

my expectations were dashed.
not from the book itself.
but just the implications that if i were somehow more "spiritual" and devoted more time to Christ, it would instantly attract someone else.

i'm about to start reading through "Every Single Woman's Battle" and while i'm not sure exactly what Shannon Ethridge will dig into, i have a pretty good idea based on other books i've read. and i'm completely open to gaining wisdom through another perspective and drawing more insight into the Word of God along with it.

it's hard sometimes for me to be patient in God's timetable.
but i will continue to persevere, knowing that whoever and whenever God reveals who He has prepared for me, it will be obvious that it's all Him. nothing i can say or do will make it happen any faster, so it's time to give up the pen to my love story back to the Author of all Creation.

we will always have expectations.
but our hope in Christ should always take precedence over them.
His timing is perfect.

"In his heart a man plans his course,
but the LORD determines his steps." (Proverbs 16:9)

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight." (Proverbs 3:5-6)

have you ever had your expectations dashed because God had something else planned?
how did you deal with the disappointment?

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