The Patience Project

project patienceSo… what started this?

I am excited about my life.
The things that God has brought me through so far, the blessings He’s poured out… the here and now and everything that’s happening and all He’s showing me… and of course, I’m excited about the future.

Ah, the Future.
Yep, tend to get stuck there sometimes…

I have a tendency to read posts and articles about marriage. There are some blogs I like to follow, and a couple of Facebook pages in my newsfeed. Some of the things I read are so encouraging. I love to see healthy, godly marriages and families, and hear their stories.
It gives me hope.

Yes, there are is an abundance out there… a huge resource of Christian material for married women, young and old alike. Sharing stories, spreading encouragement, passing along life lessons…

But… where are the resources for young women who are going through just as beautiful and complicated a season? The season of a relationship before marriage?

There are some pretty big differences. The two seasons are separate.
For instance…

–We can’t read The Love Dare with our boyfriends.
–We can find all about God’s design for being a Wife… but what about when you’re still a girlfriend? What is your role now?
–Are there any Bible studies for couples who aren’t married? Because we can’t do the marriage ones, due to the topics they get into…
–How to Pray For Your Husband… how to Pray For Your Boyfriend?

Well, you get the idea.

The fact is, there is a lot of help out there for women who are married. And praise God, because Heaven knows they need it. And hopefully someday you and I will need it too.

But right now, is it appropriate for me to be reading the marriage blogs? Is it wise for me to be staring toward the future, or shouldn’t I be living in the here and now God has blessed me with? Treasuring it for what it is. Making every moment count.

I should be focusing on my present life, and the current stage of my relationship with this wonderful man God has stitched to my heart.

My energy needs to be put in the right place: On The Lord and my walk with Him, the person I am striving to become, and the relationship and friendships I’m blessed with.

And sometimes I need advice, or I need the perspective of someone else in the same stage of life as me. Somebody who can relate. Somebody who just went though this too, and can share what helped them.

And I can’t be the only one. That is why I notice the lack of resources for these kinds of relationships.

So, here is Project Patience.

I am excited about this! This is an area of my life I’m passionate about, and to be able share and learn and grow… I’m grateful for this opportunity, and I cannot wait to see where it goes.

First things first: Right here, right now: this project is dedicated to God. To the King of my Heart and the Lord of my Life. To the One who makes all things possible, gives us unending, amazing grace, and the creator of Love Himself. All things are possible through Him. He gave me this life and the capability to Love, and I want to Live it for all it’s worth…!

In Jesus’  Name, Amen.

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