Hope in Singleness

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 “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
Hebrews 11:1
 
It is my faith in the Lord that gives me hope. I may not know all that the future holds, but I certainly know that I can trust the Lord with whatever may come. As Hebrews 10:23 states, “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”
 
Life brings joys, sorrows, and challenges. As I have walked through all of these many times over I recall the most peace that reigns in my heart is when I’m putting my hope in the Lord. There are many times I’ve wanted a bad situation just to end or immediately get better, but life doesn’t always work that way.
 
As a single woman I’ve often prayed “Lord, send my husband into my life,” and guess what he hasn’t come knocking yet. Do I lose my hope because my prayer has not been answered? No! I remember these scriptures and remind myself God is faithful! He has answered so many of my prayers, why would I doubt him with one area that my heart longs for. I have the assurance of hope and the conviction of things not seen. So instead of getting lonely, mad, or hurt, I pray for my future husband(whoever he is, wherever he is). And I keep living life as fully as I can!

My go to Bible and Prayer quilt (quilted by my mom)!

Sister, if you find yourself in doubt and in need of hope, turn to Christ. For He will be your refuge and your strength. (Psalm 46) One of my favorite scripture verse to live my single life by is found in the midst of 1 Cor. 7. Here Paul is writing the church to answer a few questions concerning marriage. And right in the middle of it all is one verse that I have repeated over and over for many years. 

1 Cor. 7:34 “An unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about the Lord’s affairs: Her aim is to be devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit. But a married woman is concerned about the affairs of this world—how she can please her husband.”

“An unmarried woman is to be concerned about the Lord’s affairs.” Oh how I know the challenge of these words. It is all to easy to be selfish when you are single. With over 20 years of singleness as experiences I know. That doesn’t mean I don’t strive to seek the Lord’s will in my life. It does mean however that I have to be mindful of what I do and what I think about. To be concerned about the Lord’s affairs means being willing to ask His will in my life and then walk forward in faith. 

And that last part of the sentence, “her aim is to be devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit.” I could go on and on about this, but I will limit myself to a few words of advice. The world tells us, women of all ages, conflicting views of what we should be, look like, dress like, and act like. I cannot tell you exactly what it means to be devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit. For each one of us that might look different. I can tell you, you are a beautiful daughter of the King, He adores you for exactly who you are right now! Simply begin by seeking Him first, praying, and reading his word!

Isaiah 43:1 “But now, this is what the Lord says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.”

We should be striving for purity! As Paul wrote to Timothy in 1 Timothy 4:12 “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.” Create in me a clean heart, oh God, and renew a right spirit within me! All have fallen short, but don’t ever doubt that God loves you and forgives you as he does me! 

When we set our sights on the Lord and seek his kingdom the worries of our life seem so small. Our hope is found in Christ alone! The world will lie, steal, and disappoint you. And sister it is a battle almost everyday for me to remember this scripture verse and then be willing to walk in faith without fear of the future!

Blessings,                                                                                                                                                                              Kendra

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