So, in talking about the things we love about being single, obviously it was all about us. I know there were a few of you that mentioned being able to pray more on your time or volunteer or whatnot (which is so great and true), but my list was kindaaaaaa allllll about me. All the things that I could do/see/experience/etc.
Which is maybe why Morgan and I decided to have this weeks topic be about the things we can improve. I mean, it will not be "all about me" forever. It's great to be reminded that being single isn't really the worst thing in the world, but it's also great to be reminded that this world isn't all about us. Jesus walked this earth for every single person, to love and serve them... you, me, your family, the people that live in the tiny village on the other side of the world. Everyone. And, He called us to do the same.
Be serious and sober for prayers. Above all, let your love for one another be intense, because love covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to one another without complaining. As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace. Whoever preaches, let it be with the words of God; whoever serves, let it be with the strength that God supplies, so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 4:7-11Yes, it's incredibly overwhelming to think about all ALL THE THINGS we have to/should be doing to live as Christ taught. But, for the sake of this series (obviously) I am only talking about things that I can be better at NOW to serve my future hubby and children.
I don't really like talking about things like this. I mean, who does really? Do you know anyone that's like, "Oh I love talking about the things I suck at and how I should improve them and then actually fail at again. It's just SO fun!" Um, I don't. And that would be weird if someone does. Anyway, I have to try really hard to not go down a dark path of I am so horrible. This is why I am single. What is WRONG with me? Ugh... it's not pretty. But, it has to happen sometimes, ya know? If I want to improve... I have to look at these things. If I want to be the best version of myself, I have to look at the things that need to change.
Charting- I have talked a bit about my NFP journey on here before. But, I've been prettttty horrible at it lately. I keep telling myself, "it's ok. I don't need to know this 100% yet... I'm not married. It's not happening right now. It's fine." But, you know what's funny about God's timing... things happen when you least expect it and maybe when you aren't thinking about it. So, if I keep doing what I am doing, I will be in panic mode before my wedding trying to make sure I really understand this NFP-ness. It's just silly. This is the easiest and most practical thing I could be doing right now to prepare for my marriage. If I've got it down, it will be easier to teach the hubs and be less of a stressor when we are first married.
Prayer- I mean... I am not even going to go into this. This is by far the BIGGEST and most important thing that I need to improve on.
Patience- I am a pretty patient person... but I can be pretty quick-tempered. I mean, I realllllllly loathe bad customer service. Let's not talk about that too much, mmmmk? But, I also find that when little things don't go my way or someone says things a certain way (I am a
Learn and Watch- by this I mean... read more books about healthy, Godly marriages. Hang out with married couples that I admire. Listen to what they say about marriage. Learn the effective ways of communication. Basically, immerse myself in all things good, holy and healthy marriages. It's where I will really learn what things I want to be part of my marriage or I don't.
Ok, I think that's enough for this post. There is a TON more that I need to work on. But, having these in my face is a good start to really give me the nudge to get working. I will be praying for you all, and the things that you need to work on, as well.
Hosting again b/c Morgan is on vacay. I hope you're enjoying your fam, girl!!
Despair and Vocations
The lovely Amanda suggested this topic... here is what she had to say:Most of us have times where we despair about our vocations, or, if we know them (i.e. marriage), we despair that they will never be fulfilled. How do we deal with that despair and what are our best tips on moving past the despair into hope?
Thank you to everyone who provided feedback last week! We really appreciate it. We are still chatting about what changes, if any, need to be made! We will keep you in the loop, promise! See you next week!