Daily Delight

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

{"Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD." ~Psalm 27:14} 

God rarely does things according to our timeframe, and because of this it can be easy to become discouraged. Ladies, waiting is a part of life. God isn't wasting your time here; He's using this time to develop you. The best part about this is that God never asks us to wait without Him; we wait upon the Lord with the Lord! And when it comes to waiting on the relationship our hearts eagerly desire, it's important to wait on a man who also waits on the Lord. Don't rush into anything or settle with someone just for the comfort of having a special someone. Rise above what the world says about what you need or the type of person you need to be in order to find happiness and be spiritually serious about your dating life. Being spiritually serious requires being patient, and practicing patience has its rewards. Here are some ways to continue waiting on the Lord as you wait for the man of God that will wait on the Lord with you one day. 

1.) If you have a list of the characteristics you long for in a future spouse, pull that list out and pray over him right now. If you don't have a list, make one and start praying. Prayer is powerful, ladies. It lays the foundation for that special connection of intimacy you'll one day share with your future spouse. Take advantage of the works and wonders of prayer and let it comfort you as you pray for God to continue developing your future spouse as He continues to develop you. Your future spouse could be praying for you right now! Pray for him in return.

2.) Be honest with yourself and take a good look at your strengths and weaknesses. Ask the Lord to give you the strength needed to overcome your weaknesses so that you can take the next step of development in being the woman of God that your Creator has called you to be. Remember that God does not waste time; He uses it. God is using the time you have right now to help you grow in the ways + learn all the things you need to before you journey with a significant other.

3) Pray for men of God to rise up. Pray for them to be bold, brave, and unashamed of Who they live for. I see so many women of the Lord, but not enough men. That's not saying that there aren't any, because there very well are...they just need to rise up. And if you need to focus on rising up as well, do so. Don't be ashamed of your Creator! 

4) Be a broken vessel for the Lord. Gods knows what you long for. He knows the pain associated with it, the tears, the impatience, all of it. Don't be afraid to hide these things from Him. Cry out to Him and let Him know what you're feeling. This is what it looks like to humble yourself. Let God lift you up and reassure you that you have all you need right now. Remember, it's His will that gets done, not your own. Let God move in your life and reveal Himself to you as you surrender your heart into your Maker's hands.

5) Savor every moment. Every second of every minute of every hour of your life is a gift. Do not waste this gift by moping around. Live your life for the Lord and let Him reveal things to you in His timing. Focus on the journey He has laid out before you, and do not take a single second of it for granted. Your calling is not to live your life in search of a significant other. Your calling is to live your life in honor of your Creator. 

6) Immerse yourself in community. Spend time with people who love you. Let people acknowledge, encourage, challenge, and affirm you in this season of your life. We were created for community, ladies. Take advantage of it.

7) Minister to others out of your pain. Being single is hard, but it's a great way to connect with others. Relate to each other in the ups and downs of it all, and share your love for the Lord in the midst of it all as well. God is at work in your life at this very moment. Acknowledge Him and trust that He works all things together for our good.   

8) Do not lose hope. Live for the Lord and let Him grant you the desires of your heart. Ladies, you don't need a relationship just to have one. You need a relationship with someone who will journey with you, fight with you and for you, and stand by your side each and every step of the way. The call to discipleship is not easy. You deserve someone who will acknowledge and accept you for your imperfections, pray with you and for you, be vulnerable with you, and love you in the most authentic and fullest of ways. God won't waste your time during your season of waiting. Be wise in this time of your life and trust that God knows what He is doing. Only the Lord can provide what you need, and He desires to give you what's best for you. Walk in this truth. 

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