No matter what your background is, what type of experiences you’ve had, or what mistakes you’ve made, your life is of significance. And regardless of what you may have grown to believe, God created you with a specific purpose in mind. Chosen For Such a Time as This was written to encourage and inspire single women, however, it addresses the issues that many women face today, no matter what their marital status is. This book places great emphasis on the truth that the most valuable relationship you can have is with our Creator. Through that relationship, we are made whole. This life is a journey that comes with blessings, frustrations, laughter and tears. Whether you are married or single, wholeness and contentment in Christ is essential. Despite the season you find yourself in, God has a plan for your life. And He can use you right where you are.
Jheralynne is a 23-year-old from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She is a recent graduate from the University of Alabama where she studied Early Childhood Education and English. Jheralynne serves at her church and is also a small group leader. She has been a Christian since a very young age, but it wasn't until she got older that she realized her worth in Jesus Christ and truly began to know Him on a much deeper level.
I believe marriage is a godly desire. After all, it is God’s idea. Marriage is truly a blessing, and I believe sometimes we forget that singleness is a blessing as well. During a season of discontentment, I had to ask myself, If God never gave me a husband, would I still love Him? If God never gives me a husband, is He still good? My answer is yes! God’s love is the highest form of love and I could never abandon Him for any reason. I submitted my desires to Him and experienced a shift in perspective.
How do you currently view your season of singleness? Do you embrace it? Are you completely over it? Whether you are enjoying singleness or totally rejecting it, my prayer is that you’ll understand every season of your life is purposeful. Meaning, there’s a reason for the path God has chosen for you to walk. God could be using this time to develop your character and prepare you for what you are praying for. Impatience and bitterness are not the keys to your desires.
According to Psalm 84:11, if you are truly living for God, there is no good thing He will withhold from you. A healthy perspective allows you to trust in God’s character and His promises. The fulfillment of your desires will not satisfy you. You could have everything you ever wanted and still feel empty because only God Himself can fully sustain you.
I want to encourage you to be hopeful about the future, but to not lose sight of the beauty in today. The people in your life right now will not always be around. Cherish the moments you have with your loved ones. The opportunities you have today won’t always be available. Take advantage of this time to pursue your interests as well as the purpose God has called you to. Singleness doesn’t mean waiting for life to begin. Make the most of where you are right now! Travel, take a community class, explore a new hobby, join a co-ed small group, etc. Have fun!
Lastly, how can you serve others during this season? Where can you volunteer? Is there a need in your church or community that needs to be filled? Use this time to serve others and to develop your character.
Remember that as you are truly living for God, there is no good thing He will withhold from you. He will give you the desires of your heart when you delight in Him. And just because it hasn’t happened yet, doesn’t mean it won’t happen. If you are discontent in this season, I encourage you to shift your focus. Be expectant, have fun, and trust God! Most importantly, build your relationship with Him and make sure He is always first in your life and in your heart.
Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.
Psalm 37:4 ESV
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