Friday, February 17, 2012

Becoming Esther...

I was recently challenged and encouraged by an article Mrs. Charo Washer wrote. I was reminded of how valuable the season of life I'm in right now is. What I'm doing with it effects generations to come! Whether you're thirteen or thirty and single, I pray this is a blessing to you!

"Single women often see themselves as sitting on the shelf while life passes them by, or as sitting on the bench while others play the game. They do not realize that they are wasting the most important time of their lives, they are robbing themselves of great joy and reward, they are robbing their future husbands of a more virtuous woman, and they are robbing God of a servant through whom He desires to do great things." -Charo Washer
Just because I don't practice "highly defective dating"  (Praise God for how He has worked in my family!) doesn't mean I should be sitting idly by twiddling my thumbs while just waiting and waiting, dreaming of that perfect guy! Rather, I must be busy, very busy, continuously becoming a more virtuous woman, striving to serve the Lord in everything I do. (1 Corinthians 7:34)

"Remember in your singleness that you are not the only one single, but your future husband is passing through the same stage as you. Would it not be a terrible thing to finally meet the man who is to become your husband only to find out that he has used his singleness to serve God and to prepare himself to be a better husband for you. And yet you did not use the freedom of your singleness to serve the Lord, nor did you take advantage of the training that God offered you? Would it not also be a terrible thing to realize that your husband spent his days as a single man praying daily for your needs and the work of God in your life, while you neither prayed for him, nor responded to the grace of God that was given you as a result of his prayers."-Charo Washer

It's such a delightful privilege to be doing my future husband good right now. Redeeming the time being busy about the Lord and His work. Learning of His greatness and being continually transformed to His image. Growing to love Him more. Seeking the salvation and edification of others. Becoming a Proverbs 31 woman. And what a blessing to do just what she describes the man doing for his future wife...praying for him!

"My dear friend, being single, like being married should be considered a very special and enjoyable time in the providence of God. It should not be considered a mere circumstance or a curse from which one should try desperately to flee. Being single is a time to learn of God and of ourselves, a time to discover who we are in Christ, and to grow in Christ likeness. It is a time to be zealous for good works and involved in ministry to others."-Charo Washer

So, have I wet your appetite by now? Go read the article in it's entirety for blessed!

"Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word,
 in conversation (manner of life), in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. "
{1 Timothy 4:12}

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