<![CDATA[Queen in Gold - Blog]]>Wed, 28 Nov 2018 09:13:46 +0200Weebly<![CDATA[3 Reasons you’re still single]]>Thu, 22 Nov 2018 13:49:34 GMThttp://queeningold.co.za/blog/3-reasons-youre-still-singleA little bit more than a year ago an elderly man approached me in a grocery store: “Why don’t you have a boyfriend?”

I still don’t know how a random stranger could tell that I was single just by looking at me. What could possibly be the physical evidence for having a boyfriend?Picture

​I can’t remember whether or not I answered him, but I do remember asking myself that question on a regular basis during that time.  I remember thinking: “I wish I knew.”

​​If you can identify with my grocery store moment in any way; if singleness is something you’ve prayed and moaned and cried about - this is probably for you. For the rest of you; please take caution when asking single people about their relationship status... 

It starts with trusting God
“He has made everything beautiful in its time...” – Ecclesiastes 3:11
​God is the author of romance. Not only does He long to romance us; He actually also desires for us to bear this image by romancing each other. He created both Adam AND Eve and then HE brought them together (Genesis 2:7-22).
​Have you ever wondered what would’ve happened if Eve went off searching for Adam on her own? It was God who brought her to Adam. She simply had to follow Him and trust where He was leading her.  
"He actually also desires for us to bear this image by romancing each other."
​I’ll admit it. I run off. I try to figure things out on my own. That’s exactly what we do when we try to establish “why” we’re still single – you know: you’re too skinny or too fat; you don’t socialize enough; you only interact with guys on a friendship basis; you don’t have any guy friends; you’re too shy; you’re too outgoing; you don’t wear any make-up; or you wear to much... you need to change! 
"​If God is in control of your life – there must be a reason you’re still single." 
​Let me remind you that God created you – the way you are. He loves you – the way you are. Perhaps there are a few things He wants to work on before He introduces you to that special someone, but He definitely doesn’t ask you to fit into a worldly mould of “dating material.” He asks you to follow Him. That’s it. 
​If God is in control of your life – there must be a reason you’re still single. That was the very thought which lead me to write this article.

1. You’re still single to grow in intimacy with God

Many of us view singleness as a season of “waiting” to get married. We think of it as something that should pass; or something that should’ve passed yesterday. 
​For God, this is a time of revealing His heart to us. Instead of worrying about when this season will end, He wants us to use this time to get to know Him more intimately (John 17:3). 
"He always intended Himself to be our First Love."
​I recently heard someone say that before God introduced Adam and Eve; He most likely shared a moment alone with His daughter. The Scripture doesn’t say much about what happened (Genesis 2:11), but we do know that God was the first One to lay eyes on her. At the same time He was also the First One she ever laid eyes on. He always intended Himself to be our First Love.

2. You’re still single to grow as a person

Perhaps there are areas of your life that still needs healing. Perhaps God is using your current season to prepare you for the next. Some of you still need to finish school or get a job or gain some life experience. Whatever areas of life you’re growing in, God will use it to make you a better representative of His Kingdom; and yes; also to make you a better spouse someday. 

3. You’re still single because God wants to use you
In my article; What I've learnt from 6 years of singleness, I write about how being single often gives us time and opportunities to do things for the Kingdom we wouldn’t have otherwise been able to do. These are not my own thoughts, but that of the apostle Paul in his letter to the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 7:32-35). 
"You are given a unique calling and an opportunity to start living according to it." 
​You don’t need a husband to complete you. You are made complete in Christ. You are given a unique calling and an opportunity to start living according to it. 

(4.You’re still single because He’s still working on your man)

This might be true, but I don’t think God, who created the universe, would be like:"Great! ____________ (your name) is ready to get married. Oh wait... I forgot to prepare her husband.”

​I happen to think that if He’s still working on your future husband – He’s probably still working on you too. 
​My friends, there is a reason God didn’t create Adam and Eve together. There is a reason they were created separately and brought together by their Father. Let us trust His timing and His process. 

Even if you never marry

There are women who only get married by the time they are 40 and then there are women who never marry. I’m not trying to scare you, I’m simply asking you to assess your own heart. How much do you trust God and that He is a good Father? 
​There have been a number of times where I’ve experienced God asking me whether I would continue following Him even if it meant I would never get married or have children. These are two of my biggest desires. Because I know they are Godly desires, I also know I can trust Him with it. I can trust Him with boldness, because by far, my greatest desire is to do my Father’s will. 
"How much do you trust God and that He is a good Father?" 
I’d like to leave you with this quote by Elisabeth Elliot:

“Having now spent more than forty-one years single, I have learned that it is indeed a gift. Not one I would choose. Not one many women would choose. But we do not choose our gifts, remember? We are given them by a divine Giver who knows the end from the beginning, and wants above all else to give us the gift of Himself.
​Ask God to help you embrace this gift of singleness: seek Him in intimacy; grow as an individual and be a light to the broken world. 

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<![CDATA[6 Things I would tell my high school (and current) self]]>Fri, 19 Oct 2018 11:32:16 GMThttp://queeningold.co.za/blog/6-things-i-would-tell-my-high-school-and-current-self​High school was probably some of the best and worst years of my life. It was during those 5 years I discovered I didn’t fit into the crowd (most of us don’t), leading to a very confusing search to find the true me. In between it all I tried to figure out how my childhood faith and relationship with Jesus would look like into adulthood. 

​Clearly, following Jesus called me to be different; so I took a year or two of not being too serious about Him - by grace I realized how unfulfilling that would be. It was in high school I chose to follow Jesus with everything – no matter what. Sadly, I also saw many walk away, choosing to follow the world instead.

If I could do it again – there are a few things I’d do different. While listing them today, I realized how applicable they still are. Perhaps this is true for you too.  

1. Get to know all sorts of people
“Love your neighbour as yourself...” - Mark 12:31
​I remember sitting next to people in class I wouldn’t necessarily get the opportunity to befriend in my current season of life. Although I wasn’t completely unaware of them and did create some opportunities to get to know them – I wish I wasn’t so obsessed with my own social status and whether or not it allowed me to be their friend. I wish I just befriended them anyway. 
​I wish I listened to their stories and didn’t think twice about greeting them in the hallways. I wish I sat with them during break time when they had no one else to sit with and I wish I invited them to social gatherings.  
Often we get so caught up in our own lives that we miss opportunities to be the light in some else’s. We miss hearing about the lady behind the till’s day, because we’re in a hurry to get home. We miss spending time with people who need our support, because we’d rather feel sorry for ourselves. We miss listening, because we’d rather just talk about ourselves.
"​I wish I listened to their stories and didn’t think twice about greeting them in the hallways."

2. Speak up 
“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” – 2 Timothy 1:7
​In high school I participated in drama and public speaking, so I was never really considered shy. But even though I could get up and say something in a room full of people, I often struggled to say something in a group of friends. Among my peers I often felt insignificant and very insecure. What if I said something and it made me look stupid? What if they didn’t like me? Why would they want to talk to me anyway?
​To be really honest with you this is something I still struggle with. I need to remind myself that God created me and that He loves me and that I am good enough. Because of this I don’t have to stand in the corner timid and shy – I can speak up! I have nothing to be afraid of – in fact; I have something to give.
"I need to remind myself that God created me and that He loves me and that I am good enough."

3. Be a light, not a judge
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16
​I’m a little bit embarrassed to admit this, but right after fully committing my life to Jesus; I fell into the trap of telling people how wrong their sinful lives were. I spoke openly about how I was living fully for Christ and often; very publicly; missed the mark. I’m honestly not very proud of the way I represented the Kingdom during those years. 
​I’ve learnt since that my good deeds should speak for themselves and that I really shouldn’t claim to be or know better than anyone else. We are not called to make the world live holy lives – we are called to point them to Jesus. He makes them holy. In Christian circles we often emphasize the sin of the world, rather than their lost- and brokenness. 
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” - John 3:17

​4. Build deep friendships
“One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” – Proverbs 18:24
​One thing I really don’t miss about high school is having so many superficial friendships. I specifically remember one incident where I was “hanging out” with girls I had nothing in common with and didn’t even like; only because we belonged to the same social group. 
​I happen to think that one of the most admirable qualities in life is being real. Authenticity is always a vulnerable position, but it’s the only way to build deep, meaningful friendships. Sometimes we have to open our hearts and face the possibility of rejection. 
"Sometimes we have to open our hearts and face the possibility of rejection." 
​I cannot even begin to pretend that I have this figured out. When and where and how to be authentic is still a journey I’m on. What I do know is that authenticity is part of God’s original design. It’s leading us right back to our true nature of being naked and unashamed (Genesis 2:25). 

5. Enjoy singleness
“For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.” - Habakuk 2:3
​I was thinking more in the direction of Ecclesiastes 3:11, but then this verse from Habakuk caught my eye. He will not delay! My friend, this is not a promise that He will send you a husband; but rather that He is present in your current season – He’s not late – He didn’t forget about you!
​In high school, especially during the two years I wasn’t seeking Jesus with everything; I was seeking to have a boyfriend (with everything). I believed that if I could find someone whose world revolved around me, then I would be significant and then I would be safe. Meanwhile the safest place I could be was in my Saviour’s arms and His divine timing. 
"He’s never late – He’s already here!"
​Whether or not you are single or married – God has a plan for you in this season! It’s so easy to miss out on what God’s doing now, because we’re distracted by what He’ll do next. I’m not pretending that this is easy – you’re going to need His help – that’s why it’s called trusting Him. Breath it in. Embrace it. Enjoy it. He’s never late – He’s already here!

6. Learn to play the piano
“...and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills.”
​– Exodus 31:3
​I’ve always wanted to play piano, but seemed to think that because I didn’t start taking lessons at the age of 5, I would never be able to.  This was a lie. I believed that all I could ever do was develop the skills I already had. I compared myself to others and was afraid to try anything I might not be good at. 
​We often limit ourselves, because we don’t allow ourselves to dream. We don’t believe that the Spirit gives us the skills we need to chase the dreams He placed in our hearts.
​I started playing piano the year after school. Even though I’m still very much in the development phase of this skill – I’ve already seen God use it in facilitating worship. I realize that playing piano is not just a childish dream, but something God placed in my heart for a specific purpose.
"​We often limit ourselves, because we don’t allow ourselves to dream."
​Having dreams that stretch you are worth it! God really has a bigger plan for your life than you do.

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<![CDATA[Modest or beautiful?]]>Sun, 07 Oct 2018 07:26:32 GMThttp://queeningold.co.za/blog/modest-or-beautifulPicture
​If you’re like me and you read a bunch of Christian girl blogs you’ll know that many – MANY – of these blogs talk about modesty and like to focus on the do’s of don’ts of what to wear. Although I love a practical approach and some of their tips are really helpful, I would like to point out that this is not another one of those articles. Instead of telling you how long your skirt should be – I’d like to explain WHY. 

If you read last week’s article; Does God think you’re beautiful? you’ll know that beauty is the essence of femininity and that women were created to be beautiful both inside and out. Perhaps beauty and modesty seems a little contradicting to you. Can you be called to resemble God’s beauty to the world and hide it at the same time? I happen to think this is such a major misconception of what modesty is.

So let’s talk about it.  

Let’s define modesty

The word “modesty” actually has a double meaning. It can refer to being humble as well as avoiding indecency. Although these are two completely different concepts, I actually believe they complement each other well. Romans 12:3 warns believers about thinking too much of themselves. I happen to think dressing immodestly does exactly that. Instead of acknowledging your beauty as a gift from God and seeking ways to honor Him with it; you put your beauty on display for the world in order to enhance yourself.   
"Modesty is not hiding your beauty, but choosing to honor God with it."
Modesty is not hiding your beauty, but choosing to honor God with it.

So why should you dress modestly?

By looking at Paul’s discussion of sexual immorality in1 Corinthians 6:12-20; I’d like to point out 4 reasons you should dress modestly:

​1. Your body is not yours
“...You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”
​– 1 Corinthians 6:19b-20
If you confess that Jesus is the Lord and Saviour of your life; you should also acknowledge Him as the Lord and Saviour of your body. We like to remember this when we’re praying for the sick, but do we remember it when we’re following the latest fashion trends?

You and I have the privilege of belonging to Christ, because He paid for us with His body. He gave His life to make us righteous (2 Corinthians 5:21). He came to give us our true identity as children of God and because of this we belong to Him (2 Corinthians 6:18). 
​Jesus paid for you with His life. You were not cheap. You were bought at a price. Your body, dear sister in Christ; is not cheap and therefore you shouldn’t be treated it as such.
"You were not cheap. You were bought at a price."
​Honoring your body as God’s holy possession is an act of worship.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God - this is your true and proper worship.” – Romans 12:1

2. Your body is a temple
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?” – 1 Corinthians 6:19
In the Old Testament we read about the Spirit of God filling the temple (1 Kings 8:11). It is from there God spoke to the nation of Israel. The very reason He instructed them to build a temple was to be able to dwell among them.

God’s Spirit still longs to dwell among us, but in a much more intimate nature than before. Before Jesus’ ascension into heaven, He promised to send His Spirit to be our Helper (John 14:16-17). Acts 2 confirms that this did indeed happen. The Holy Spirit does not simply dwell in the temple anymore, but in the hearts of believers.  We are His temple.
​In the Old Testament the Israelites visited the temple to experience God and to hear from Him. Today we are privileged to have Him living in us. I happen to think this means other people ought to experience God through you. Before people could enter the Old Testament temple they had to go through cleansing rituals. We have been cleansed through the blood of Jesus, but we still have the choice of whether or not we live in the holiness we’ve received.
"...we still have the choice of whether or not we live in the holiness we’ve received."

​3. You’re part of a bigger body
“Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself?” – 1 Corinthians 6:15
​As believers, we belong to the body of Christ. This is the body of believers, the church, of which Christ is the head (Colossians 1:18). His body ought to support and encourage one another spiritually. You might not experience the effects of your immoral dress code, but some of you Christian brothers sure do. It is for this reason there is no place for immorality among believers. 

​4. Your body is a gift

This last reason is not exactly mentioned in 1 Corinthians 6, but does confirm its message.

I believe we are to treasure our body for what it is; a beautiful gift from God. 
If you read last week’s article; you’ll know that in Captivating, John and Stasi Eldredge mention three desires of the woman heart. One of these desires is having a beauty to unveil.

We don’t just long to be beautiful, we long to unveil it.
I think there is so much significance in the choice of that word “un-veil.” Doesn’t it just remind you of a wedding? Isn’t that exactly what happens?

The bride comes down the aisle wearing a veil over her face and beautiful white gown. Usually her father would then “unveil” her right before handing her over to her soon-to-be husband. 
"God gave you this gift of beauty and purity so you can give it to your future husband someday"
Don’t you think God gave you this gift of beauty and purity so you can give it to your future husband someday? So your heavenly Father could unveil you?

I’m not saying you should hide your beauty from the rest of the world. I believe we’re given an inward beauty and an outward beauty of femininity and that it should be exhibited to the world. The beauty of sexuality, however, was always meant for your husband and should be treasured for him alone. 

Why modesty?

Dressing modestly is not hiding your body, but treating it according to its true worth. Your body belongs to the Lord; it’s His temple. You are part of a bigger body that needs to be uplifted and your body is a gift from God that ought to be treasured. 

Questions to ask yourself

From experience I can tell you that dressing modestly is not always easy. I’ll also admit that sometimes I fail. While being bombarded by social media and trends around us, it’s sometimes difficult to know what’s acceptable. I suggest you join me in asking yourself the following questions:
  • What are my intentions with wearing this outfit?
  • Could the way I’m dressed cause a guy to stumble?
  • Does my outfit resemble God in purity and holiness?
“But like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves in all your conduct” – 1 Peter 1:15

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<![CDATA[Does God think you’re beautiful?]]>Fri, 28 Sep 2018 14:38:19 GMThttp://queeningold.co.za/blog/does-god-think-youre-beautifulPicture

​​In Christian circles we like reminding each other that beauty is not found in outward things like hairstyles and jewelry, but in having a gentle and quiet spirit (1 Peter 3:3-4). 

Another popular verse is Proverbs 31:30 which describe beauty as vain, suggesting a woman should rather fear the Lord.

Let me be clear; I’m not about to disagree with Scripture – true beauty is found in our hearts.

I am, however, going to be honest with you. The way these Scriptures have been emphasized; has left me feeling guilty. It has filled me with shame for having a desire to be physically beautiful. I happen to think God gave us these Scriptures to encourage and free us and not to fill us with guilt and shame.

So what is His idea of beauty?

It’s His creation

God created beauty. He also created us with the ability to appreciate it. Think of sunsets, mountains, the sea or even a delicate flower. These things capture something of God’s essence. They reveal His beauty to us.

 In an even greater intensity He created women. 
​As women we possess a physical beauty - it’s part of our nature. In order to enhance this beauty many women turn to makeup, hairstyles and jewelry. True beauty, however, is found through inward adornment. 
"True beauty is found through inward adornment." 

It’s Biblical

The Bible doesn’t forget to mention that women like Sarah (Genesis 12:11), Rebekah (Genesis 24:16), Rachel (Genesis 29:17), Abigail (1 Samuel 25:3), Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11:2) and Esther (Esther 2:7) were beautiful. 
​1 Peter 3:3-6 uses Sarah as an example of a woman with inner beauty, but this doesn’t mean she wasn’t physically attractive. Abraham wasn’t afraid they would kill him and take his wife because of her inner beauty (Genesis 12:11-19 and Genesis 20). God created Sarah with a physical beauty; which was enhanced through her inner beauty. 
"Abraham wasn’t afraid they would kill him and take his wife because of her inner beauty" 
​Song of Songs portrays the love relationship between a husband and a wife – a representation of God’s relationship with us. Chapter 4 starts off by describing the physical beauty of the maiden:
You are altogether beautiful; my darling, there is no flaw in you.” – Song of Songs 4:7
Psalm 45 (the Scripture that inspired this blog) describes a royal wedding. This wedding most likely points toward the forthcoming wedding between Jesus and His Bride (Revelation 19:7). I’ve always loved this instruction to the Bride:
Let the King be enthralled by your beauty; honor Him, for He is your Lord.
​– Psalm 45:11

It has a purpose

One of my favorite books is “Captivating” by John and Stasi Eldredge. They do a really good job of describing the heart of a woman and how it differs from the heart of a man. They explain that “the essence of a man is Strength” and “the essence of a woman is Beauty.” 
​Although a woman can poses strength and a man beauty, beauty is something especially highlighted in the way God created women. 
“the essence of a woman is Beauty”
​Think of the story of Esther. It was because of her beauty she was chosen to be queen and because of her inner strength she saved her people (Esther 2-5).

God gave us beauty, because through it we bear His image (Genesis 1:27). So many Christian women walk around telling themselves their not allowed to be beautiful and consequently miss out on what God designed them to be

It’s deeper than the physical

​True beauty is much deeper than what the world perceives it to be. It is for this reason Proverbs 31:30 calls beauty “vain” and the New Testament instruct women not to make physical appearance their priority (1 Tim 2:9-10; 1 Pet 3:3-4). 
"True beauty is much deeper than what the world perceives it to be"
Our beauty shouldn’t be measured by worldly standards, but this does not mean we’re not supposed to be beautiful or that our beauty should be exclusively inward.

Proverbs 31 describes the ideal wife. Except for a Dr Victor song cover; I doubt any man will tell you that the ideal wife is ugly! The Proverbs 31 woman is most definitely beautiful and even more so because of her Godly character. 

It’s who you are

John and Stasi explain that the heart of a woman has three core desires: To be romanced; to play and irreplaceable role in a great adventure and to have a beauty to unveil.  These desires are all first and foremost met through our Saviour. He wants to romance you; take you on a great adventure and show you how beautiful you are!
"The validation for your beauty is found with the King and not in the world" 
​Your desire for beauty is legitimate and you are made wonderfully (Psalm 139:14).  The validation for your beauty is found with the King and not in the world. 

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<![CDATA[Worth the wait...]]>Fri, 21 Sep 2018 15:11:37 GMThttp://queeningold.co.za/blog/worth-the-waitI realize that I haven’t written in three weeks. If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know that I used my birthday as an excuse, but the real reason you haven’t heard from me is because I was waiting on God. I was waiting on Him for personal breakthrough, as well as a way to apply what He’s teaching me to something I can share with you. ​​
​At some point in your Christian walk you’re probably going to be confronted with waiting too.  I'd like to address two crucial facets to waiting on God.

First is waiting to hear His voice.

Second is waiting for Him to come through.

Both are things I’ve struggled with. So whether you’re waiting to hear His voice; or waiting for an outcome; this is for you.

Waiting to hear His voice

We live in a society where fast-food and same day delivery is the norm. We don’t wait. We don’t believe communication is something that should take time either. If there’s something we want to say; we simply text or email it.  And if the reply doesn’t come soon enough; we call. For this reason we can’t understand why God doesn’t answer our prayers NOW. We simply don’t make time to sit at His feet and hear what He has to say.  

What the Bible says...

The Psalms are filled with Scripture about waiting on the Lord:
“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” - Psalm 27:14
“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him.” -Psalm 37:7
“We wait in hope for the Lord; He is our help and our shield.” - Psalm 33:2
​ (Also read: Psalm 5:3; Psalm 25:5; Psalm 130:5)
The Psalmists knew something about spending time with God and making that time a priority. How can we expect God to speak to us if we don’t even make time to listen? Do you really expect God, the Creator of the universe, to simply fall into your routine? Is everything else in your life so important that the only time you have for Him is in the car on the way to work? Is He not worth making time for? 
​Isaiah 30:18 says that those who “wait” or "long" for God will be blessed. I believe that deep down we all have a longing for God; but because we neglect it, we lose touch with it. We become consumed by all other facets of life. The moment that anything else becomes more important than God in your life; it becomes an idol; which makes it a sin (Colossians 3:5). Living a life that is God-honoring is not about fitting God into your life, but giving your life to God.
"Do you really expect God, the Creator of the universe, to simply fall into your routine?"

So when does He speak?

​Perhaps it’s different for you, but for me it’s actually simple:  He speaks when I don’t. He speaks when I’m done complaining; finally giving Him a chance to say something. He speaks when I’m willing to accept whatever He’s going to say; even if it’s not what I want to hear.

And how does He speak?

The other day I was having coffee with a friend and we spoke about different ways of hearing God’s voice: through nature; people; Scripture; music; dreams; visions; prophecy; or an unexplainable peace.
​I happen to think that when God really speaks; He confirms. He doesn’t just tell you something once when you’re in your room alone and now you have to go out and do it. He tells you again. He tells someone else. He gives you a Scripture – often the same Scripture on more than one occasion. 
I recently came across these words of Jesus in Matthew 7:7
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”

​2. Waiting for an outcome

There are so many times I don’t want to walk the long and difficult road of character building. I want God to do a miracle and rescue me from the difficulty. But He knows that going through with the difficult season is for my own benefit (James 1:2-4). Ironically, growth happens so much quicker when we embrace the process right from the start. 
"...growth happens so much quicker when we embrace the process right from the start."
​The other day I noticed how God doesn’t get impatient with me. Even if I’m the one rebelling; demanding an immediate outcome and completely missing the point; He patiently waits until I embrace the process. He patiently waits every time I bump my head or head off in the wrong direction. 
​This was so humbling. We like thinking we’ll be better time managers than God. If time is in His hands (Psalm 31:15) – how can you not trust Him with it? He’s patient with us – we should be patient with Him too.
"He’s patient with us – we should be patient with Him too."

What the Bible says...

Once again the Psalms are filled with desperate pleads for God’s rescue:
“Look on my suffering and deliver me, for I have not forgotten Your law. Defend my cause and redeem me; preserve my life according to Your promise.”   
​- Psalm 119:153-154
“...have mercy on me, Lord, for I call to You all day long...” – Psalm 86:3
“From the ends of the earth I call to You, I call as my heart grows faint...” – Psalm 61:2
​I happen to think this teaches us something about prayer. We’re allowed to go to God and ask Him to carry us through difficult times. We’re allowed to open our hearts to Him. This is how we invite Him in to really change us.
​Another significant passage about waiting is found in Ecclesiastes 3:1-11.
“He has made everything beautiful in its time.” - Ecclesiastes 3:11
​I didn’t think God was beautifully on time when I turned 23 and happened to still be single. If you read my article “What I’ve learnt from 6 years of singleness” - you’ll know that I always dreamt about marrying young. But God challenged me to trust Him with my 23rd year of life. I recently turned 24 and I’m truly grateful for what He’s done in and through me in this last year. I’m still not married, but truly thankful.  For it turns out He was beautifully on time. The real beauty was being able to give Him my age.
​It’s because of His presence seasons and times are beautiful – without Him, it just won’t be. So often we go off running on our own and we miss out on His design. Not doing things God’s way is a waste of time; and not the other way around.
"Not doing things God’s way is a waste of time; and not the other way around."

​“Take courage my heart

Stay steadfast my soul

He’s in the waiting...”

– Take courage, Bethel Music

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