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Lessons in Waiting

Dear reader, I will spill the beans…I am single and 32 years old.  The years after my college graduation have been hard and I have struggled in waiting for God’s timing to be married.  That said, in the last few years I have found a peace and contentment with my singleness.  THEN, God told me to start praying for my future husband and preparing myself for marriage.  I was excited when I first started praying.  Hello future hubby, here I come! And now I continue to pray, prepare and……waitIn this current season of my life, the feelings of loneliness have returned and I wonder, God did you forget what you told me?  The struggle has returned and I am not a fan!  Fortunately, I’m blessed with amazing women in my life who have a similar struggle and we encourage each other through our pain, anger, impatience and frustration.  I’m so blessed and I know I wouldn’t have made it this far without them.  And just yesterday, I was blessed and honored to encourage another woman in her own waiting.  I found all these words of encouragement falling out of my mouth.  I had to smile at God because everything I was saying, was a reminder to me of what God told me (which I prayed for God to remind me what he told me) and the very things I needed to encourage myself.  I remembered an old journal entry I’ve been meaning to post and decided I would do it today. I made it in 2011 about lessons I’ve learned about waiting.  It is a good reminder for me of what I have learned about the importance of the waiting.  At the end of the day, even if I don’t like it, waiting is how God prepares us for the future.  I hope it encourages you.

God bless,


(originally written 5/2/11)

  • I realize I still need to focus more on God and putting Him first. I need to foster my desire on God instead of feeding my own desires for the things I’m waiting on.
  • I need to be more humble about my accomplishments/blessings.  My favor are NOT of my own doing. God has made a way for me.
  • Hope is dangerous for the enemy because it fosters and strengthens my faith.  I MUST keep hoping.
  • I need to control things less and trust God more.
  • I need to learn how to stop stroking my ego and fishing for compliments from others and be content within myself of what I do and let God praise me.
  • God loves me and wants BIG happiness for me. More than I can imagine.  I need to be content where I am and still hope for the future.
  • I might deserve more, I might not, but God operates on grace and unconditional love.  My works will never equal His blessings.  I can’t work off my debt or be “good enough” to deserve more.
  • I need to kill the “who would want lil’ ‘ol me” thoughts and let my confidence be unwavering. I might not be the right one for some guys, but I am the right one for the one that God has chosen for me.
  • It doesn’t matter if I don’t get noticed by all the wrong guys.  I only need attention from one right guy.  Plus, I don’t want anymore drama from the wrong guys.
  • I should consider lack of attention from guys who are not my husband as God’s protection and not God’s curse.

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  1. “I need to control things less and trust God more.” I am with you sis! I realize how much my desire to be in control has caused me perpetual anxiety which only gave me a negative view of my future. We simply cannot be in fear and have faith. But it is His GRACE to shower us with His gifts and blessings. What He has for you is for you and no one can take that away. Not even you!

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