Sunday, January 8, 2012

lady in waiting.

inspiration: just started reading lady in waiting.
I feel very strongly that marriage is not a higher calling than the single state. Happy indeed are those people, married or single, who have discovered that happiness is not found in marriage but in a right relationship with God." -Gary Chapman 
The past few weeks have been incredible in a lot of ways. someone special has come into my life and while it's been realllllly hard to stay focused on God, i trust in whatever He has planned for us. it's amazing to see God's hand in all of this, because when you truly are focused on Him and not on "finding mr./miss. right", He does bless you.

i've been really struggling in this new friendship though, because it's been easy to say and to think "in may, it will be different..." but thanks to some awesome friends and accountability partners, i was challenged to get back on track and to be pursuing Christ first and foremost in my life, as i am called to do.

and as i began reading Lady in Waiting earlier and came across the Gary Chapman quote, i realize that no relationship will ever fulfill me except my relationship with Christ. i love the way the authors put it:
Incompleteness is not the result of being single, but of not being full of Jesus.
And they also went on to say that we are not created to "complete" in one another, but to "complement" one another. Only Jesus can complete us and trying to complete each other through relationships will only burden each other.

it's hard, at least for me, to understand and realize that the longing and desire in my heart for relationship isn't for a man. i can try and fill it with relationships all i want, but it will never be enough. only God can fulfill that deep desire.

right now, i am a lady in waiting for a relationship with whomever God has planned for me.
but i'm also a lady in waiting for God, above all.
it's going to be a long four months of refocusing and pursuing Christ first once more.
but it will be worth the wait and worth the fight.

happiness is not found in marriage (or a relationship), but only in right relationship with God.

...and for all of us who are waiting, let us serve and be thankful for where God has us!

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