Finally, love endures all. This one is HUGE. IT is basically a summary. If you get this, the others will happen. This is also the hardest one because it puts up with everything.
It is honestly so hard to be patient and wait for God’s timing on many things, especially when it comes to a boyfriend/husband. There are so many ways to compare ourselves and our lives and feel like we are behind the curve. God doesn’t have the same timing we do and He doesn’t fret when something doesn’t work out how we thought it would. He knows. He knows what is best. He has plans for us. Plans that are so much better than anything we could have planned ourselves.
Most people have heard the saying “This, Too, Shall Pass” and often remember it when they are struggling with something or going through a very hard time. I looked up the quote to see which Bible verse it came from because I thought it was a Bible verse. It sounded really good to me as a Bible verse. It’s kind of like God reminding me (and everyone else that reads The Bible) that better days will come. Everything has its time and season. However, after searching for over ten minutes, I realized that’s a common misconception. There are no verses in the Bible that state “this, too, shall pass”. I even looked up different translations and verses. Some people have credited the quote to a fable written by Persian Sufi poets and even to Jewish folklore saying King Solomon said that.
It is very easy to get caught up with what your spiritual gifts are. It’s a wonderful thing to think about. The Lord of the universe gave us special gifts we can use to bring Glory to Him. There are dozens of spiritual gift surveys online that can help you evaluate what your spiritual gift might be. The spiritual gifts include leadership, administration, teaching, knowledge, wisdom, prophecy, discernment, exhortation, shepherding, faith, evangelism, apostleship, service, mercy, giving, and hospitality. (Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12:8-10; 28-30, Ephesians 4:11)
Paul, of all people, knew what it meant to look death in the face. Before he became a Christian, Paul was actively seeking out and killing Christians. On his way to Damascus (to kill more Christians), Paul was blinded by a bright light which says quite a bit considering it is believed that it was “high noon” when the bright light blinded Paul.
It’s not always easy being single. It’s easy to long for the days when you have a significant other or even a husband. It pains me to hear young women tell each other that they will find someone. You’re right. You will find someone you can marry, but should you really marry them? Ben Stuart, the former leader of Breakaway, has said previously “You can get married tonight if you lower your standards enough.”
Prayer is a very special communication we have with The Lord of the universe. It’s our own personal way we can talk to Him and cry out to Him. It is important to pray about the things that are close to your heart. Don’t feel nervous, think about it as talking to a friend. However, you should have a special reverence for that special time with The Lord and seek His heart in what you do and what you pray for.
You’ve probably heard people pray for God to be with them especially when they are struggling and going through a hard time. You’ve heard people ask God to be with a Christian in the hospital or be with their friend going through a hard time. I’m going to challenge you, though. Why do you ask God to be with you? Do you think He isn’t with you right now? Do you doubt His love for you?
It’s easy to say that you go to church to learn more about God, but that is such a stereotypical church answer. That honestly might be true, but there is so much more to it than that. There’s many reasons to go to church, but it is so easy to miss out on them or get wrapped up in everything else.
Fear is faith in something else. Feel free to reread that last sentence as when I first saw it, it convicted me. One of the great female bloggers of the day, Jordan Lee posted this on her Instagram feed a few days ago. It really took me off guard as I have heard countless sermons about fear and worry and I honestly can’t tell you very much about any of them. I do remember that the phrase “do not fear” is in the Bible 365 times, so it’s an everyday reminder not to fear, but I don’t know any of those verses by heart.