So, you’ve been single for what it seems like forever. You appear to be the only singleton in your group of friends, and basically, you’re fed up! When you go out, you feel like the spare part, and find it difficult to be part of the conversation at times, as they’re often talking about ‘couply’ things. Sound familiar?
It may even have got to the point where perhaps people much younger than you whom you’ve practically seen born and grown up before your very eyes have got married before you!
It can be quite upsetting, even though you try to put on a brave face and it can be hard to keep up the pretence that everything is fine. After all, no one wants to see a sad, depressed face looking back at them!
I know how this feels as this is exactly what happened to me! I’ve seen my younger niece and nephew both get married before me, which was a bit galling to be honest!
It’s not that you’re jealous, per se, but you want to have what others have, i.e. a loving, committed relationship with a Christian partner, but it seems to be rather elusive.
People are always quick to tell you that you just have to be patient, that it will happen in God’s timing, usually by those who are already in either a long – term relationship, or already married, which doesn’t really help.
Waiting on God’s timing and persistence is important
So, what do you do to get through this somewhat difficult phase in your life?
Waiting and trusting in God during this time is very important.
You can find many verses in the Bible, which can help with the waiting process, for example, Romans 8, Verse 24 – 25:
24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have?
25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
Patience is truly a virtue, but not an easy one to perfect!
The key is patience, therefore and trusting in God; He knows what we need, and he will provide the right partner at the right time, so don’t give up or lose heart! It took me much longer than I thought it would to meet that special person, but I am now engaged to a wonderful man, who is most definitely worth the wait, so hang on in there!
While there may be many reasons you have not yet met that special person, timing is important. As a Christian, waiting for God’s timing, though difficult at times, will reap you dividends in the end if you can be patient and not get out ahead of His timing. So often impatience in this area ends in heartache, but if you can learn to flow with God’s timing you will one day see what He’s been working on behind the scenes of your life.
So, timing is important, but so also is persistence. You may have a dating profile up thinking that this is never going to work. However, there have been so many stories of members nearing the end of their subscription, and about to give up, when the right person came along, so it is important to not give up. Even if you decide to have a break, keep trying at a later date.
If you do have a profile up, perhaps it can do with updating, so why not put up a newer, clearer photo? Out of date or unclear photos should be taken down and replaced. Also, regularly review what you have written about yourself and try to improve on it. If it’s too long, people will likely lose interest, so shorten it if necessary and make sure you show your personality through your writing. If writing isn’t your thing, ask a friend to help out. Look out for future articles on this site on writing effective profiles.
The Importance of Prayer
Persistence in prayer too is vital. The Bible says, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. 9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” Matthew 7 v 7-11 (NIV).
You may have been praying for two months, twenty years, or even more, but keep asking and one day God will answer.
Invest in Yourself
While you’re waiting to meet the right person, this is a wonderful time to invest in yourself spiritually, in terms of your relationship with God, and developing godly character by spending time with other Christians, with Him in prayer and in His Word.
Taking time to find out what God has called you to do is also important, as your mate’s calling will very likely complement your own. Perhaps God has called you to a ministry that is very low key and behind the scenes and this suits your character very well. You may not therefore feel comfortable with someone who wishes to be a missionary overseas. Or, you may be very active in your church and committed to personal growth in Christ. Therefore, someone who is not very serious in their faith at this time may not be a suitable partner for you.
Past wounds from previous relationships are also another area that needs to be addressed as these can cause barriers to love and undue problems once in a relationship. Michelle McKinney Hammond is an excellent Christian writer for women on godly relationships. There are also numerous secular coaches particularly for women, providing a wealth of paid and free advice and in the case of secular advice, do make sure it will enhance your relationship in a godly way.
So, never give up!
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