(October 18, 2018)
Yesterday, I asked my sisters in Christ from all over the world in a Reformed Theological Women group I’m in regarding a personal concern, my usual struggle, “Singleness X Marriage”. I’d like to share with you the heartwarming godly advices I received, just in case you do have the same heart concerns as mine. I hope it encourages you as much as it has encouraged me.
This was my question:
Any advise for a single, 28yr old woman, who feels like she’s still struggling with trusting God with her desires for marriage?
That’s actually me. I’m aware this is part of my sanctification. I just wanna know if anyone can relate, how do you deal with all your friends getting engaged/married, while you’re trying to get rid of self pity?
Please pray for perseverance. Please pray that I truly trust Him. I feel like this struggle is too selfish, and there’s a lot more important stuff that I shall be minding, but this season is really kinda tough.
And these were the messages I received:
1) It is tough. “Don’t give up, don’t give in, give it all to Him…” Grab ahold of some promises and don’t let go for even an instant. I [finally] met my husband when I was 36. I got married at 38, had my son one week before I turned 39, and we have been together for 27 years. It’s worth it to wait! Trust the Lord, he loves you so much more than you can imagine. I can’t tell you why the Lord makes some of us wait, but I can tell you that he DOES know what he’s doing. (I claimed a promise in Isaiah 34:16 “Seek from the book of the Lord, and read: Not one of these will be missing; None will lack its mate. For His mouth has commanded, And His Spirit has gathered them.”) Don’t give up! Don’t give in. Rejoice with your friends, since Romans instructs us to “rejoice with those who rejoice.” Their joy takes nothing from you, just as their suffering would give nothing to you. Blessings to you dear heart.
2) I got married at 29, after being raised in such a way that I was ready and waiting to get married since I was 16. It was hard to see all the girls 10 years younger than myself get married and start having babies. I love children and want my own badly (note- even if you do get married at some point, there will likely ALWAYS be something you want just out of reach.) While I know everyone’s so very different, I do wish I’d appreciated my single years more while I was in them. Scripture makes it clear, a married woman takes care of what her husband wants (super paraphrased) while single women can focus on taking care of what the Lord wants. The ability to immerse yourself in study, to participate in missions and events without having a home and husband to worry about is honestly something I miss. I’m by no means saying marriage is undesirable, but singleness is ALSO desirable. It’s not like a sickness, to be cured. It’s another element of life to be used because the Lord has blessed you with it. I don’t know if that’s helpful… if I’m making my thoughts clear. I just would encourage you to see the freedom and independence as benefits to take advantage of, for the glory of God.
3) 27 and single here. I find myself praying often that the Lord allows me to truly “rejoice with those who rejoice” when weddings, bridal showers, and baby showers all come up.
I also try to look at all the benefits of my single life right now. For me, it’s building confidence on my own, learning to manage finances, being more freely able to help others, etc. I feel more prepared to eventually be in a relationship/marriage if that’s what the Lord has for me than some of my friends who married younger were.
I also think that a common misconception is that as a single woman, you can’t be a “keeper of the home.” Keep your house clean, cook lovely meals for yourself, show hospitality by inviting groups of people over to your house. People tend to think of hospitality as more of a married woman’s game but it’s totally not.
The biggest thing I can say has helped me is not to isolate yourself. Find things you enjoy and go do them. Spend time with family and friends. Keep spending time in the word regularly. And occasionally spend a whole day home alone in your pj’s watching movies. 😂
4) Heyy!! There’s a class that I took.. Gods perspective of us. And the foundation of it is.. we are a wife before we are a “wife”.. meaning we are the bride of Christ before we are a physical bride here on earth.. and learning to serve and completely surrender to Christ..
There’s also some practical sessions as well for when you’re physically married.. but the concept is that A Man who finds a wife.. not a man who finds a woman and marries her and then she becomes a wife.. if you’re interested in the class let me know! There was a lot of great disciplines..
5) I remember this feeling. I did get married young, but most of my friends were married or engaged a bit before me. No one was available in our church, for me.
I prayed a lot, read an Elisabeth Elliott book on marriage, and Keep A Quiet Heart. I decided to do my best at what I was currently called to do. And it was obvious where God meant for me to be at that time.
It was when I had found contentment and would have been happiest to stay that way forever that God blessed me with a man. And he had waited what felt like eternity for him. He was 27 almost 28 when he married me.
I was working in a library, volunteering at church and home school co-op and plugging myself and heart and soul into everything and everyone that called out to me.
God may not have wanted me to marry and so I decided to do the most I could for others as though I was going to be single forever.
I did pray a lot though. And I still remember the longing for marriage.
But the more time I had to dwell on my singleness, the more I longed for someone.
6) I didn’t meet and marry my husband until I was 32. I struggled a lot with the prolonged singleness, especially in my late 20s. Turning 30 flipped a switch in me and I felt like I was 18 and full of hope and excitement for life again. I think the longer my singleness went on & the more I embraced it and life became that much more vibrant for me. In fact, when I did meet my new husband, I didn’t even want to hang out or date him (somehow I just knew he was the one) because I didn’t want to get tied down and was finally enjoying my singleness. Anyway, he won me over regardless & we were married 5 months after meeting.
7) Hey girl, I know that feel. Where I’m coming from: In a relationship – hoping to be married soon but the Lord is definitely sanctifying me through the waiting season. The yearning is real, but constantly trying to remind myself that when Christ is the supreme goal – there is nothing that life can offer, or that death can take away that can ever surpass the joy of being with my Savior. Have you read the book “Not Yet Married” by Marshall Segal? It’s so good 🙂
8) I’m 29 and single. Trust the Lord that He’s sovereign. Ask for patience and wisdom. Use your time to improve yourself and grow in your faith. Praying for you. ❤
9) While I married fairly young(23), we battled infertility for years. I have several close friends who married much later and I find the longing and the waiting very similar. I would suggest to use this time of waiting to grow in your relationship with Christ, which will be the best possible preparation to be a wife. Pray the same for your potential future spouse. Serve the Lord and the church in obedience while you wait. In my hardest times, serving others has always been the best way for me to deal with my grief. Also, please know that it is ok to grieve for your delayed dreams. Just do it in Christ. He knows our hurt and longing and is our comfort. 💜
Praise God for sisters in the faith from all over the world. Praise God for each time I align my heart concerns to Him and what He has practically placed in my plate at the moment, it’s also when my perspective on my status gets better. There’s still a lot of works to be done, in me, through me, and around me. It’s not like the Lord needs me to get things done. But He is graciously giving me so much privileges and wonderful opportunities to do the works He has prepared for me to do, for His glory. That’s why I do believe that my current heart for marriage is still quite selfish, but valid, for the Lord cares for my heart’s desires. Psalm 103:8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious, Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness. God knows what I want, but most importantly, He is sovereign, He above knows what I truly need. And it’s not a mate, it’s a heart genuinely aligned with Him & His will, for His will alone shall be done, for His will alone are good, pleasing and perfect.
Also, every good and perfect gift is from Him, I want that! I don’t want to rush things anymore. I don’t want earthly standards, I want the Lord’s will. If marriage isn’t for me, I want to be okay with that, I want to embrace that. I want to count it all joy that I would have to go through various trials, because the testing of my faith produces steadfastness/patience/endurance. Steadfastness must do its complete work, so that I may be mature and complete, lacking nothing. I want maturity in the faith, and maturity takes time, takes the Lord’s grace, I’m waiting on that, my hope is on the abounding grace of my Lord and Saviour. To my sisters in Christ, whether married or single, may we all be the Biblical Women the Lord designs us to be, it’s not easy, but by faith, it is possible — all for His glory.
PS How about you? What are your thoughts on these. I’d love to hear from you too. God bless you.