Do you remember growing up and a person a few decades older than you would talk about how “time flies”? You would roll your eyes and think about how getting out of high school or college felt like an eternity you may never reach.
Well, consider me old; I can’t believe my last post was 6 months ago. HALF OF A YEAR has passed; and so many things have changed. It’s been a wild few months, filled with a lot of change, tears and overall excitement.
It’s so funny to look back on all of the posts I have written over the years, the ones on singleness and the ones on contentment in Christ and think of how the Lord has brought me through ebbs and flows of growth, pruning, and true joy in him.
I believe that all of the dating books, and advice and all the relationship things are good. They’re good, but they’re not fully complete. You see, you can read all the books, and have all the dreams, but they’re not reality, and they’re not real life.
What is real life is (hopefully) getting to date your best friend, a man you have known for years and seen grow in the Lord, a man who makes you laugh at nothing, who prays over you as you lay on the couch sobbing over situations you’re in and cannot control. Real life is admitting when you’re wrong, and communicating when you’re upset instead of letting it fester inside of you; and putting grace before pride. Real life is messy, and complicated, and intricately wonderful and beautiful.
As much as I have written that I am a woman who has my identity in Christ, and doesn’t need a man to be happy, it’s true – I am perfectly capable on my own. However, I was wrong.
Yes, dear friend, find your identity in Christ, that will never change – this is ALWAYS important. Take time to set up ways to pursue the Lord, and grow in Him; but also know that being in a relationship is just as beautiful. Putting your hope in Christ is what will help your relationship thrive, and trusting the man you’re dating as he leads your relationship is also vital to growth.
That being said, forget relationships, apply that to every area of your life, I’m not saying if you’re not “happy” quit your job; but if you’re not happy, quit your job. If you feel like God has called you to do something even greater, then pursue avenues to grow in those gifting’s. Network with people, grow in your ability to lean on Christ and pray he opens and closes the doors you should walk in – that will definitely put your faith to the test, let me tell you. Friend, He has you, the Father has you and will guide you. Trust in Him.
I write all of this to say, I am in the midst of a HUGE and super exciting transition. Never in my life have I felt more peace, because I know that I am walking in obedience. The Lord is for you, He will fight for you, and all you have to do is be still (and HUSTLE hard).
So, here’s to change and working hard towards the goals and gifting’s the Lord has placed inside of you. Follow @lindseynicolelettering for the fun that is to come!
– Lindsey Nicole
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