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As a woman, I am entitled to a certain number of posts to mush over the guy I like. As a woman, I am entitled to a certain number of conversations that center around the guy I like. As a woman, I am entitled to a certain number of prayers that revolve around the guy I like. As a woman, I am entitled to certain number of emotional explosions that have to do with the guy I like. As a woman of God, I am entitled…
Actually, I have no rights. None.
Why do I believe God has put Cody Davidson in my life? To teach me. To teach me more about Himself. And that He has done. Over and over. Every single day.
He teaches about HIS faithfulness. HIS love. HIS understanding. HIS communication. HIS listening. HIS pursuit. HIS desire.
If the man you have so ardently set your affections upon does not move you to change in your relationship with your Christ, wreck your perception of yourself, lead you to the Cross before he leads you to himself, and if he does not call you out in a way that says, “I would rather you become the woman God wants you to be than the woman you would be content with staying now,”
He is not God’s best for you.
A man of God will not bring you down. He will not suddenly change upon knowing you, reading his Bible and beginning spiritual conversations with you. A man of God will not flatter you with compliments to gain a reward on his part. A man of God will not pursue a woman who does not have the same goal in life as himself. A man of God will not waste his time on petty girls infatuated with the world. A man of God might be strange, weird, a little bizarre, a bit crazy and very different. He won’t catch your eye because he won’t be where you expect him to be.
A man of God is just that. A man of God. Not the man you think him to be or want him to be. So kill your perceptions of the man you like and look at him the way God does. How does he measure up? Hardly? Then say peace out.
I am tired of hearing girls on my campus talk about guys who anyone can take one glance at and know that they are not Christ-like, godly, or truly pursuing Christ. I see a lot of guys who give a good talk, who have a lot of knowledge and know how to a woo a girl. As a Christian girl, don’t say you uphold to standards of what a man should be then fall for a guy who clearly does not measure up.
Don’t settle for a guy who changes when he gets to know you. He’s a fraud.
Us girls are so weary of lonely nights, our forlorn hearts are broken over our loneliness, and empty hands. How we long for a man to know us emotionally and want us physically. As Christian women, I wonder if these desires are fleshly, centered on ourselves rather than bringing God glory? We sit in our rooms, moping over our loneliness when there are people around us who need Christ. We wrap our lives around us. So ultimately, we set our relationships and marriages up for failure because we are already so selfish—we will kill any Christ-centered relationship.
Speaking from experience, get out of your desperate “I’m so lonely” and get to know your God.
HE is the only One who will ever rid you of that loneliness. Sure, it’s “so cliche” to say that “Christ is all you need,” but really… let that sink in for a minute.
I write this out of love. I write this as a girl who spent 21 years completely alone in a worldly sense without a relationship (minus 2 months). I write this as a girl who is now in a friendship with one of the most godly 22 year old guys I have ever known. I’ve been there. And I am HERE now.
I’ve seen both sides and I am telling you… there are days and nights I yearn for those lonely nights when I would weep till my eyes stuck together from loneliness, but God brings all things to pass and His plan unfolds in His timing. He sees His people as they are and He knows when they are ready for a new season. We do not choose our seasons, He does. He sees you at your deepest point of need and He desires to fill your need with Himself till you are overflowing…overflowing so much that your life spills into the lives of others.
How I pray each of you girls have a taste of what I have been able to partake in for 9 months now. A sweet, godly friendship with a respectable, honorable man who desires to pursue you, but FIRST to pursue his Christ. A friendship with a man who is so humble that he gives and gives not thinking of himself and isn’t too prideful to admit his weakness. A friendship with a man who calls you out in love and beckons you to go to Christ before himself. A friendship with a man who respects your parents, even if they don’t approve of furthering the friendship. A friendship with a man who tells you and lives out… that he would wait 14 years just to be with you.
Ya know, waiting isn’t so bad. If it brings you here, then all those tears, all those prayers to your Christ…
they were all worth it.
How long, O Lord, must I wait?
Wait for me, my child.
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And when in me myself should rise,
and long for something otherwise,
Then Lord, take sword and spear
I will trade these ashes in for beauty,
I’ll wear forgiveness like a crown,
at the foot of the Cross.
LADIES: place your heart in the hands of God and he will place it in the hands of a man who he believes deserves it.
Take Heart! God is writing your story!
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)