Longing for Love Day 2; Prayer, Patience, & Perseverance

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Prayer. It’s such a powerful tool; a gateway to the Father. It’s releasing our deepest, heartfelt desires to our Creator. In all reality, He is the only one that can do anything about what we want, need, and truly solve our problems. I look back sometimes and think of all the prayers full of pleas, hopes, and dreams of the man I so desperately wanted God to send my way. I imagine I’m not alone in my search.

Before I share a little of my search, find, and start to an inspiring journey, I want to say that God is using your life for beauty in His kingdom. I pray that you see nothing less for your life. You are made for inspiration, and finding a mate should only strengthen Christ's radiation through you.

My journey starts with the end goal that I would not meet my true love and definitely not get married in college. I said that frequently in high school because I had goals, I had dreams, and no guy from my high school met the standards of whom I felt God set for me as His daughter. For some reason in my head, I declared that no man met that standard.

Transitioning into my freshman year of college, I met my best friend. I mean my absolute best friend. The one I knew deep down in my soul that completed my heart...a kindred spirit you might say. Oh, but, did I mention my best friend was a boy? Yep. From that moment on, my heart begin to open, and I began to plea with God, rush God’s timing, and dream of that friendship carrying over into being the most important earthly relationship of my life. But, of course, I wanted to rush things, I wanted to settle for less than full potential, and I wanted to do it all on my own. It was too good to be true. We were young, full of life, immature, and thought we knew it all.

As life moved on, I realized a growth that each of us had to achieve in order to be who the Lord wanted us to be for each other and for His kingdom. It was brutal, it was heartache, and it was a refining that only God can do. 

Oh, how I longed to see God’s big picture.
Oh, how I longed to not settle for less than the Lord had to offer for me.
Oh, how I begged for God to restore my heart and strengthen myself and the man I so dearly loved. 

The timing was long, my patience was thin, and the fire burning in my soul to grow and rely on the Lord was powerful. It was a time spent apart to grow, lean on the Lord, and celebrate the climb.

Two years later, the Lord answered the desires of my heart, and the wait, the growth, and the spiritual mountaintop was worth it. Why? Because I was engaged to the love of my life. And together, we were better for it because we deserved each other’s best. We deserved what God made us to be.

Today, I am a newlywed. I have learned leaps and bounds more than I have ever known about myself. I’m learning the good and bad, ugly and beautiful, joy and sorrow and still growing, never settling. Without that time of growth, there is no way I could feel the comfort, confidence, strength, and realness that I feel now. I can feel the Spirit moving.

Your chapter of the story may look similar, it may be completely different, or you might even think I’m a crazy person. But, the underlying theme is still the same:

You are made for someone that should love you, encourage you, support you, and want to walk this life with you on the way to Heaven.

I want to joyfully encourage you by saying that the fruits of waiting and preparing for a good relationship is worth it. You may be thinking, “There is no one out there for me..”  Oh, there most certainly is, my friend, but you must wait for the Lord to lead you. Prepare your heart for Him by letting the Lord love you and show you worth in His eyes. I just don’t know, I have lots of questions, but I’m flawed..” My dear, you deserve more. A spirit-filled home is filled with love, grace, and growth together

Dating and marriage is tapping into a whole new level of God fulfilling a purpose for His kingdom and finding a confident intimacy led by the Lord. 

It’s challenging, everyone has their flaws and struggles. I must say that there are some days where the ugly is bigger than the beautiful and I’m so thankful to know that God is even bigger than that. It is so evident when you are walking beside someone that is eager to treat you like a daughter of the King. It’s true because you are. Take joy in a relationship or independence. Your life is a testimony of Christ and a vital part to His kingdom work.

Along the way, I dove head first into the Psalms. I’m sharing one with you that hopefully you can pocket and take with you when you find yourself in a place of question and transition. 

Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and he will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices… -Psalm 37:3-7

Be still, delight in the Lord, and befriend faithfulness. The Lord has a beautiful plan for His daughter and you, my dear, deserve nothing but the best that He has to offer you. No matter the story you are writing with your God-given life, enjoy the journey, be refined, and know that you never have to settle.

About the Author

River White is a newly wed and is discovering the fullness of God's unending faithfulness. She loves to spread laughter and joy wherever she goes. Seeing the Spirit move in people is inspirational. She enjoys ways too much coffee, a good book, running, and hopes to travel the world someday.


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