Saturday, November 28, 2009

Thankful for This Season

Not only am I thankful for this season of autumn, but I'm thankful for this season of life - this season of singleness.

I must admit, it is hard to be thankful for singleness. After all, all my life I've looked forward to getting married! However, much as I look forward to that time and hope that it comes quickly, I am very thankful for the time God has given me now, to serve Him in my maidenhood.

One day I look forward to falling in love and having that special someone, but I am thankful for all of the ways God has taught me to fall deeper in love with Him, as I've gone to Him with longings unfulfilled. I look forward to supporting my husband in His endeavors, but I'm also thankful for this time I get to spend with my parents and siblings, and the ways I can help them. I look forward to having children of my own, but I enjoy this time that I can be a "big sister" to many different children around church and "Miss Anna" to quite a few ballet students.

These single years are a gift. I forget that sometimes in my longing to be married. I don't think that marriage should be intentionally delayed, but I am thankful for these years God has given me. There is so much to do, so many things to learn, so many ways to serve before I have the responsibilities that marriage and a family of my own will entail. I eagerly look forward to these responsibilities, but I also enjoy having the flexibility that I do now.

It's hard to wait as I get older - in fact, come back on Monday for the beginning of a series of posts around that theme - but I know that God's timing is best. One day, Lord willing, I will be reflecting with thankfulness about my husband and children. Until then, I rejoice in this time of singleness, thankful for the ways God allows me to use this time.


Miss Emily said...

You've taken the words right out of my mouth! That is such a wonderful post Anna! God bless <3

Joanna said...

Anna, thank you for posting this. I've been thinking the same things as you lately, so I really appreciate it!

Anonymous said...

There is a reason for every season that God brings into your life.

Until marriage comes your way, pray for your future husband, although your parents have probably been doing that since the time that you were a small babe.

Have a wonderful week,

Meg said...

Spend this time with the Lord; let the Lord be your betrothed while He prepares your heart to love Him and your future spouse.

Miss Rose Virginia said...

Thank you so much for posting this, Anna! I just turned 22 yesterday, and I realized that by my age, my mom was already married, and my grandmother was married with a two-year-old daughter. Thanks for reminding me to be thankful for this time of life, a time when I can be a daughter and an older sister with few other things to distract me from the glories of God!

God bless,

Sheila said...

I hear ya! :-) It is a wonderful gift, and still challenging at moments.

Elizabeth Ellen Moore said...

There is a purpose in every season of life. Good thoughts, Anna. There is much to be thankful for!