Saturday, May 31, 2008

Dear sweet friend...

To my sweet friends who are waiting - waiting to meet the right guy, waiting on God's timing for marriage, waiting for marriage to engage in physical relationships.

I have been thinking about writing you this letter for a few months now, unable to decide whether to do it. I am not an expert on any subject, especially marriage. I was impatient like many of you. I wanted to graduate. I wanted to move back to Dallas and be near Jack. I wanted to get married. I wanted to move in and start my "real life." It's hard to be content with your situation when you long for more.

Paul discussed this contentment in Philippians 4:6-13, and he said it better than I can:

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at last you have renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you have been concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength."

Please don't give up waiting on God's timing, friends. Don't give up waiting on marriage. Because there is nothing like your new husband sitting you down on your wedding night, taking both of your hands, looking into your eyes, and saying:

"I'm so glad we waited."