I have been praying and thinking about this post for quite some time now… God has been teaching me and guiding me in ways that I never could have imagined. There has also been a turn of events.
For those of you who don’t know, I am taking a Challenge for about two years to not date at least until I graduate. It isn’t just about ceasing to date, but it’s about choosing to focus on God instead of guys. I am allowing the Lord to rewrite my identity that I had previously given boys the access to define. I am giving God control of my life and He is molding me into who He made me to be. It’s about being in love with Jesus Christ and living my life fully and recklessly abandoned for Him without the distractions of guys.
It has been the most incredible experience I have ever had. I have grown in my faith and learned more than I thought was possible. He has given me passions that I didn’t believe I would ever obtain, and He has provided me with opportunities that I will cherish for a lifetime. I look forward to what God will do in the next six months to come.
I believe that the first year was when God did a lot of work in me. There was a lot of chipping and shaving off the layers of sin and lies that I had allowed to settle on me. He worked His love and mercy in me as He slowly revealed the original skin and identity that He had created. Each step closer to God I took, each day I put on my Game Face and the full armor of God (Ephesians 6), the more I began to resemble Jesus and the woman He had designed and imagined me to be.
This current year of my Challenge, God has been continuing His work in me, as well as working through me. He has reversed my thinking and instilled the importance and the difference of serving Him compared to man. In His will He has blessed me. Part of my Challenge is that God would ready me for the man He has me for. A few months ago, the Lord brought someone into my life. A turn of events.
“Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.” –Proverbs 3:3-4
I have prayed about sharing this with you and have prayed about the right words to write. It was suggested to me that I could write out what I wanted to say and post it after my Challenge, though I felt as if I was hiding important details from you, my friends and readers, and keeping what God is doing on the down low, when really I should be bringing honor and glory to Him through it. I want to share it with you and explain to prevent any confusion or assumptions that I am “cheating” on my Challenge. For whatever reason God has brought this man into my life, I am choosing to give every thought and feeling to God and surrender my desires in order to allow God to be in control and His will to be accomplished and not my own.
“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
We are focusing on being friends and treating one another as brother and sister in Christ as He has made us. In respect of each other, my Challenge, and God’s Will, we have agreed upon setting physical, emotional and spiritual boundaries in order to remain focused on God and make Him our number one. We are remaining open to God’s plan for us and trusting. My intention is not to boast about these changes but to express the way that God is blessing my Challenge. It isn’t just a set of rules and restrictions, but a privilege in His glory. Whatever His reason for us in each others lives, whether to learn something, to just be friends or more, I am trusting God. There is so much more to share with you, and I am excited for you to be a part of it!
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