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Intent for Singleness-Excerpt from NOT Another Singles Book
by LaVonia Tryon
6/04/2012 / Christian Living
There are many specific intentions for your Singleness, and these will be discovered as you turn over your desires and plans to God and allow Him to replace them with His desires for you. He will reveal His established plans to you as you spend time with Him. Some will be directly in line with those that we will discuss in this book and some will be only dedicated to your individual walk. Ask God what does He intend specifically for you in this season and when He reveals it, have the courage to act.
There are some general intentions that I believe God has for all Singles in their Single season. This is by no means an exhaustive list, nor will each category highlight God's specific plan for your time alone with Him. With discernment and prayer, God will reveal His specific plan for you, so be open to what He is speaking to your heart. Why am I still Single? If you are anything like me and the millions of other Singles out there, you have asked yourself this question and even screamed it at God numerous times. And like me, you may have often been met with a deafening silence. God has now changed my viewpoint on what I perceived as silence, and opened my heart to understanding Singleness the way He designed it.
God views Singleness as a time of undivided devotion unto the Lord; a time that the Lover of your soul can romance and woo you. This is a time that the Redeemer of our souls pursues and overtakes us with a love so pure and so sweet it cannot be compared with anything else, because we will never experience anything else like it. Who wouldn't want to prolong that? This is a time that God has set apart for you to work wholeheartedly for His kingdom without the distractions of earthly responsibilities like a mate and family. Once you have allowed your heart to be saturated with this kind of love, I believe your mindset will no longer be, "I 'have' to get through this season", but rather, "I 'get' to experience this season!" You will truly learn to enjoy it.
If marriage is in His will, there may be a significant adjustment period in learning to put all the distractions away to get some time alone with Him like this again. So take full advantage of this time as it was intended and get drenched in His love. Another purpose for Singleness is to focus on defining yourself. Many times when we talk about getting ourselves together before marriage, we focus on finances, credit scores and other material things. While I do believe that these things are important I believe if we focus on getting our internal right, then the external will begin to line up. A good name is more desirable than great riches.
When we allow God to line up our character with what He has already defined for us, then the natural will line up with the spiritual. The Lord's Prayer says, "Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven." I'm just now fully grasping what this verse means in my Single life. His will for me has already been predestined and orchestrated in Heaven, so when I pray this prayer I am commanding my natural man to line up with what my spiritual man already is.
LaVonia R. Tryon is an Author, Entrepreneur, Public Speaker, and Motivator. Her unique insight into scripture and wholehearted desire to deliver the voice of God to Singles is evident in her daily lifestyle. Author of NOT Another Singles Book: copyright 2011 All rights reserved
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