(flirting with my hubby! 🙂 We hosted an event a couple weekends ago in AL)
Ok, so you may see the title and think in your head– YES! I’m about to get WORKING on this list of HOW I can prepare for marriage. I think as Christians, we can be SO .. works minded. We just say, “give me this list & I’m going to do it & I’m going to be prepared for marriage.” Although I am going to give you some practical TIPS, nothing can prepare you MORE for marriage than the Holy Spirit who guides your life. Granted, reading books, studying, praying for your one-day spouse are all GREAT things. I am not saying don’t get knowledge– but the MORE you know– the more accountable you will be to that information.
Even if you do all of these things to prepare for marriage I want you to know that in marriage.. you will have your bad days. You will have days where you don’t feel good and you don’t feel like cooking or cleaning. You will have days where you want to quit your job. You will have days where your spouse is driving you up the wall. You will have days where you feel lonely. You will have days where you feel broken. You will have days where you don’t want to be bothered. A list of top ten whatever will be thrown out the window. You will know what to do, but you still won’t do it because of pride, hurt or whatever else.
Marriage is beautiful. It really is. But if you’re a train-wreck as a single, reading a page long blog sure won’t make your marriage work. The only One that can fix what is going on in your heart is CHRIST alone. If you’re bitter at every person that is getting married, having kids or getting a promotion then not even a marriage is going to make it better. A marriage will only reveal more of your heart and include someone else into your life. If you marry a man that doesn’t understand your past or that he is supposed to LEAD you & go into your heart & pluck out the wrong areas and lead you toward’s healing & Christ– you’ll marry a man that gets MAD at your past. He won’t know how to deal with it. He’ll stay frustrated, so will you. You won’t submit. He won’t die to himself. Thus, why the divorce rate for Christians is at 50%.
I’m not one for formulas. I believe God is very creative but I believe examples encourage us & remind us to trust God.
You finally recognize that no man can fill your little voids. As soon as you decide to cut off all men that distract you.. then, 10 more try to date you. You continue to take the steps needed because you KNOW that it’s not your time for a relationship. A mature woman knows that if she gets into a relationship right now– that she will MESS up somebody’s life. So she cuts out all of the idols. She gets quiet before God. She spends time with God daily & gets into that secret place. She knows that it’s not enough to say “I pray throughout the day & spend time with God that way–I don’t have set aside time.”–she has both. She understands that talking to God throughout the day is BIRTHED from that secret PLACE. She continues to stay on her face before God before she heads off to to work & throughout her day. Her friends get married around her & she’s so excited for THEM because her contentment comes from that secret place of quiet time with God & not some external circumstance. She doesn’t compare her life to others. She is continually pursued by men– I mean GOOD men. Christian lawyers.. doctors whoever else. But still..she’s not attracted to them. She doesn’t have peace about pursing a relationship with those guys. So she stays quiet before God. Time continues to pass & she continues to stay consistent in her relationship with God. She knows what God called her to do & she don’t wavier from it. The holidays roll around and you’re sitting at home alone with your family. Your family is on you about your clock ticking & being single. You smile & remind them that God’s timing is perfect as His peace overwhelms your heart. The jabs about your single life.. no longer bother you. You long for that secret place to spend time with God away from humans.. because there’s nothing like Him. So you pull away from your family & find a quiet room. You sit before God and tell him that you would rather be single for the NEXT 10 years then to date another random.
10 days later you meet your husband and you recognize him within 10 minutes.
This was my story. I believe that I best prepared for marriage by taking my eyes off of marriage & putting my eyes on Christ. I used my example because I saw a shift in my life where my heart went from getting the attention of some little boy to sitting at the feet of Jesus. Regardless of how long you wait for you husband I want to encourage you to STOP waiting. Lets look at the definition of waiting:
1. The act of remaining inactive or stationary.
2. A period of time spent waiting.
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