I open my heart to you

"O Jesus, lover of the young, the dearest Friend I have, in all confidence I open my heart to You to beg Your light and assistance in the important task of planning my future. Give me the light of Your grace, that I may decide wisely concerning the person who is to be my partner through life. Dearest Jesus, send me such a one whom in Your divine wisdom You judge best suited to be united with me in marriage. May his character reflect some of the traits of Your own Sacred Heart. May he be upright, loyal, pure, sincere and noble, so that with united efforts and with pure and unselfish love we both may strive to perfect ourselves in soul and body, as well as the children it may please You to entrust to our care. Bless our friendship before marriage, that sin may have no part in it. May our mutual love bind us so closely, that our future home may ever be most like Your own at Nazareth. 

O Mary Immaculate, sweet Mother of the young, to your special care I entrust the decision I am to make as to my future husband. You are my guiding Star! Direct me to the person with whom I can best cooperate in doing God's Holy Will, with whom I can live in peace, love and harmony in this life, and attain to eternal joys in the next.  Amen."

Well, this is a wonderful prayer about finding your husband (or wife).  I want need to start saying this every day.  I pray all of the time for my future husband, but not consistently.  This is a good one to help both me and my future hubs be truly open and trusting of our Lord about allowing us to meet in His time!

And... the waiting:
"Waiting on God isn't about the suspension of meaning and purpose. It's part of the meaning and purpose that God has brought into my life. Waiting on God isn't to be viewed as an obstruction in the way of the plan.Waiting is an essential part of the plan. For the child of God, waiting isn't simply about what I'll receive at the end of my wait. No, waiting is much more purposeful, efficient, and practical than that. Waiting is fundamentally about what I'll become as I wait. God is using the wait to do in and through me exactly what He's promised. Through the wait He's changing me. By means of the wait He's altering the fabric of my thoughts and desires. Through the wait He's causing me to see and experience new things about Him and His kingdom. And all of this sharpens me, enabling me to be a more useful tool in His redemptive hands."
~ Paul Tripp on Psalm 27

How hard the waiting is... but so true, how much we learn- about ourselves, God, the world- from the waiting that truly prepares us for our future.  How fitting during this time of Advent.  We wait.  With anticipation and joy that Our Savior is coming.  God wants us to wait.  He wants us to learn about Him and prepare ourselves for His son.  Our whole lives are spent preparing for our Lord, to be face to face with Him one day.  How exciting and joyous is that?!

But, why is it so hard to see the waiting for our husband the same way?  Obviously, the Lord wants me to prepare.  To learn more.  And it WILL be exciting and joyous when I do meet my husband!  And it should be just as exciting as I wait in anticipation for the one the Lord has called me to marry.  Sometimes, I just wish it didn't feel so slow and impossible.  As they say, this season of waiting will come to an end.

Holy Mother, pray for us!
St. Therese, pray for us!
St. Joseph, pray for us!

BTWs, I got the above quotes from this great blog, The Catholic Young Woman, I just discovered, from their posts labeled with: singleness and waiting.  Check those ladies out, if you haven't already! ;)

I also don't mean for this to sound as sad and depressing as it may seem.  I found these quotes to be helpful, and wanted to share.  I need to keep reminding myself of these things, sometimes. :)  I am not lying around in bed, gorging chocolate and having a pity party with God, wondering what is wrong with me.  Don't worry.  All is well over here!!

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  1. I love that first prayer you posted about praying for one's future spouse! That prayer was given to me and some of my single girl cousins by one of our aunts a couple years ago. Also, priest friend of mine told me a couple years ago to pray 3 Hail Mary's every day for my future spouse's purity. I have been pretty consistent with the 3 Hail Mary's. I've often reminded myself that my future spouse and I are already united through prayer - pretty cool, huh?!

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    1. Wow! Thank you for reading allll the way back here. I forgot I even wrote this! :) Thanks for getting me to read this post again, I really needed to hear it all over.

      God is so good that way, huh?

      And SO cool to think about already being united in prayer with my future hubs... if I'm praying for him, I realllly hope he is praying for me! What a great thought! Thanks for sharing!

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