investing for the future

Read this blog post from Lysa TerKeurst the other day and a set of questions stuck out for me:

“What’s something you can do today to invest wisely in your marriage? To be mindful of your mate? To protect your relationship?”

Even though I’m not married yet it did make me think, “What am I doing today that will affect my marriage in the future?  Am I doing all I can today to protect the relationship I’ll have with you one day?  How can I be mindful of you even before I know your identity?”

Purity of body seems pretty obvious and easier to keep but what about purity of mind?  Purity of heart?  

I don’t want to love anyone else but you.

God has a way of speaking to us through most unexpected sources…

– Ames – 

worth the wait.

I recently bought a book for a friend of mine and I couldn’t help but smile at the author’s dedication (to her husband) at the front:

Doesn’t that just make your heart go, “awww” ? :)

Though I don’t know who you are yet, I’m looking forward to saying,

[insert your name],

you make me love Jesus more. 

thank you.

And I found this song through another blog (I’ve forgotten which one it was sorry!) and it relates to the above sentiments but could very well be in relation to whatever prayers that you’ve still been waiting on God to answer… don’t worry, the wait is by design and it will be worth it ;).

I can see your heart is yearning
Everything is so unclear
Is the answer ever coming
After all these years
It’s not an easy feeling
Sometimes it seems unfair
But He knows just what He’s doing
With unanswered prayers
So hold on

It’s worth the wait
Just keep believing
God has perfect timing
Never early, never late
It takes a little patience 
And it takes a lot of faith
But it’s worth the wait

What if what you’re desperate for
Isn’t what you really need
What if there was something more
Than what you dreamed
We may not always see
We may not understand
But He knows just what He’s doing
He’s got a bigger plan
So hold on

CHORUS

In His time, you’ll be fine
All this waiting, now, is by design

CHORUS

In His time, you’ll be fine
All this waiting, now, is by design

– Worth the Wait, 33 Miles

– Ames – 

11/11/11 – embrace it!

So, I was told by an overseas student from China that today is ‘Singles Day’.  I asked what they did to ‘celebrate’ and she said her single friends would get together and complain about being single and some would even go on blind dates to try and end their single days.  I guess it really depends on your definition of single and how you view your single years.  For me, I’m actually going to take the time today to really celebrate being single :).

via Tumblr (click through)

I see the single years as a gift from God, a time to grow and stretch and to be ALL I can be as a single woman and when/if I reach that point in my life where God says, ‘You can serve me better with another’, then I’ll change my tune :).  To me, being single isn’t a status, it’s a season.  A season of possibilities and potential; potential because your time is your own and there are no limitations on what God can do in you and through you.  It’s a season where you can learn to depend on God fully and completely and I believe that this is best done while you are still single because you won’t be distracted by having another ‘significant other’ in your life.  You don’t have to match your times with someone else’s schedule or take on another’s burden too close to heart.  There’s a certain freedom that comes with this season that I find extremely rewarding and personally wouldn’t like to have it any other way right now.  To my ‘attached-friends’, please don’t think I’m hating on you or bitter, it’s quite the contrary in fact :).  I don’t think being single is better necessarily… I think there’s beauty and purpose behind each season of your life and whether that is being single or being in a relationship right now, you can either be the best you can be or complain, wanting something that isn’t God’s best for you right now.  There’s a time for everything under the sun (Ecclesiastes 3).

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delirious with joy

Is it possible to be delirious with joy?

This past day I’ve had this giddy feeling and I seem to always feel a slight smile on my face, even in the midst of the dreary, stormy Melbourne weather.  It’s like being in love for the first time but this time, I’m not in love with the boy who will go on to break my heart, I’m in love with the Saviour who nursed me back into wholeness.  So perfectly too.  The beauty of His healing power is that it won’t even leave a scar once the process is complete (reminds me of how Daniel’s friends walked out of the fiery furnace without even the smell of smoke on their clothes).

For the FIRST TIME, in what has been a difficult 2+ years, the clouds that were hanging over my head have totally lifted and the forecast is clear, blue skies here on in :D.  Those clouds will never bother me again, praise Jesus!  I feel so detached from all that hurt and pain… I look back now and wonder, ‘Seriously?  Did that really all happen to me?’  It’s almost like it’s another girl’s story now but I still get to retain the benefits of the life lessons, the character-shaping and the experience of God’s grace in a new and personal way.  I get the better deal at the end of it all :).

God is so good.  He is so faithful.  Earlier this week, my BFF sent me a text with this quote, saying it reminded her of me:

God can heal a broken heart but first we need to give him all the pieces.

It’s true.  I can testify to this truth.  Why I held onto that last piece boggles my mind but I’m so glad I finally let go of my own shame and guilt.  Freedom is found in Christ, and Christ alone!

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

I think Romans 8:28 is fast becoming my life verse haha

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Oh Babe,

I can’t wait to see the amazing love story God has planned for us!  I guess He’s already working on it as I type this so in a way, we’re already living it… maybe we’re in the prologue right now haha

Anyway, I know it’s gonna be awesome – not because I’m building up a false hope about what courtship and marriage will look like, but because my hope is in the Author of Love and He is going to do a much better job of writing this story than either of us… I know it’s going to make people stand back and go, ‘Wow, that had to be God, had to be of God.’  I love you sooooooo much already and my heart will beat only for you.

Always and forever,

Your girl.

♥ Ames

NFH: thinking about you

Hey Darling Boy,

How have you been?  Lately I’ve been thinking about you.  A lot.  I think it is in part due to the fact that in the midst of this exam period, the mind likes to escape away to happy thoughts at times :).  It may be due to the fact that some of the people around me have been moving forward on the ‘relationship path’ lately i.e. a friend starting to date for the first time, a friend getting engaged, couples getting married… Maybe it’s because I’ve stumbled across some really inspiring blogs that portray what it means to live for God through marriage.  I dunno.

All I know is that I’m eagerly awaiting the day when I’ll find out who you are and when we’ll start living this life together.  I was so encouraged to read of a brother’s own heart for his future wife and it renewed my hope that the guy I pray you will be does actually exist.  Though I say I ‘wait’ I won’t be doing nothing… there’s so much living yet to be lived, so much God still wants me to see, so much stretching and growing yet to be done before we meet.  And a number of exams to smash as well :P.

Hope that wherever you are that your day may be blessed and fruitful in Him.

Love you lots already,

Your Girl.

♥ Ames