I would like to introduce to you a woman who has encouraged me through her honesty and trust in the Lord. When she contacted me to be a guest writer and I read her testimony, it was a blessing to me. We are never alone and the Lord often brings us in contact with those who we can relate to during our season of singleness. She chose to be thankful instead of complaint-full about her circumstances, which is a great example for this month's series. I am thankful the Lord crossed our paths. :)
Hi everyone! My name is Brooke and I am honored to be guest posting today on Chelsea’s blog. While searching online for Christian blogs for single women, I stumbled upon this site and was immediately encouraged by Chelsea’s words. As a single woman, I sometimes feel like I am surrounded by people who are married and have children. When that is something you long for, it can be easy to become discouraged and feel alone and left out when it seems like everyone else has found their special someone and you haven’t. That’s why it’s so important that we encourage each other and speak God’s truth to each other’s hearts. He has a plan for each of us. Here is an insight into what the Lord has been teaching me...
I deleted his voice mails, threw away the “I love you” notes he left me, and quit carrying the purse he bought me because they all served as painful reminders of the man I thought I was going to marry.
However, what I can’t get rid of is the stack of bridal magazines I bought in anticipation of planning our wedding. Not that I needed them. I’ve had my wedding planned for years, but buying bridal magazines felt like a rite of passage when you get engaged. For me, it was part of the excitement, the anticipation of this beautiful day I had dreamed of, a day I thought would never come.
As the perpetual single girl, I was 33 years old when I got engaged last year. It’s been over two months now since my ex and I broke up and along with the death of that relationship, I’ve struggled with feeling like my dreams of being a wife and mother have also died. I think most everyone would agree that it’s hard, especially in today’s world, to find someone to love, to hold, and to cherish forever. I had waited years to find someone and before I knew it, he was gone.
I hear the lie daily from the enemy that I will never find someone else to love like that, that I will be alone forever and years from now, I will still be longing for something I’m not supposed to have.
And you know what? I may never get married; I may never have children. While that possibility can bring me to tears in a moment, I know that my God is Sovereign above all. He will never leave me. He will bring me joy, hope, peace and love in unexpected ways no matter what.
My God is all about the impossible.
If you look at history, God showed up big time when it appeared that all hope was lost. He supplied a sacrifice for Abraham at the last minute in place of his son Isaac, Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead after four whole days, and Jesus Himself beat death on a cross rising again three days later after it appeared that the story was finished.
You see my dream did die with my broken engagement, but that doesn’t mean it’s gone forever.
It might mean it’s on the way to being resurrected because with God, death isn’t the end. It’s only the beginning. So whatever you’re longing for, whatever it appears will never happen just might be on the verge of coming to life again.
Believe in the possibilities that lie in the greatness of God’s power.
Maybe, just maybe, I’ll get to use those bridal magazines one day … and even if I don’t, God is good and He is great.
Brooke is a 30-something single woman who loves Jesus and is just trying to follow Him every day. She works full-time in the publishing industry as a managing editor and spends her free time making pretty things, writing and attending as many Vince Gill concerts as she can. You can follow her on Twitter (@magnolia615) and visit her blog (http://www.magnoliagrace.blogspot.com).