Finding Prince Charming… and then letting him find you

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Prince Charming – He has a white horse, he’s handsome, he has gorgeous hair and he swoops in to save the girl the second that she needs him. He’s the perfect guy– but you know the story.
As us girls grow up and begin to date and form relationships with guys, the hope of finding our own Prince Charming begins to fade. We get hurt, forgotten, lied to, betrayed, used, and love that we thought would last forever turned into another painful memory.
Prince Charming becomes nothing but a character from some dumb story. He becomes an unrealistic standard that we run away from. We convince ourselves that he is ultimately a bad thing since looking for him has only led to disappointment.
We learn how to settle for relationships that don’t bring us closer to God or make us happy… We figure that an unsatisfying version of love is better than no love at all. We forget our hopes and dreams in order to be content.
It is during these times that we need to remember that we are not called to be content, we are not called to settle, and we are most definitely not called to lose hope. Romans 12:12 says “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”
This is the best possible advice to follow while we await our future spouses. Rejoicing in hope because we know that God will make it happen at the appointed time, being patient in tribulation because we will definitely face difficulty while waiting on God’s timing, and being constant in prayer because our future spouse, wherever he is, needs prayer and we also need to pray that we become the women we need to be so that we may meet him.
Now there is the question of whether or not God actually cares about this or has a plan in mind for us. The answer to this is… ABSOLUTELY YES. A clear example of this can be found in the book of Tobit. The Archangel Raphael speaks to Tobiah about the woman he is supposed to marry and says “Do not be afraid for she was set apart for you before the world existed.” (Tobit 6:18) God likewise has written each and every one of us our own beautiful love story.
All we have to do is trust in him and do our best to become the beautiful daughter he has called us to be. We do not need to worry about what will happen down the road or who we will marry because God already has all of that figured out… and while this guy may not be what we expected, he will bring us closer to God and love us the right way.
As we strive to wait for God’s will to come together, let’s relax, pray, drink some iced coffee, and enjoy the beauty of our current lives; trusting that God’s will is going to fall into place at the best possible time.
I will be praying for all of you as you realize the great and perfect plans that God has for you.
God loves you so much and so do I.
1 Corinthians 13

The Beauty Series Part 1: The Mirror

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The mirror. It is unbelievable that a flat reflective surface can mean so much to so many people. This object that hangs on walls or sits folded up in purses has become something that people use to define themselves. In an age where physical perfection is so glorified, it becomes easy to concentrate solely on the face staring back at you.

The projected images of beauty that society embraces have become so suffocating that we often overlook our actual beauty. There is so much more to humanity than a reflection. What we see in the mirror is merely a shell. It is not who we are, nor does it capture our immense beauty. When it comes to seeing ourselves, a mirror is the last place that we should look.

This sounds a little crazy but think about it… a mirror can’t show us the way that our eyes light up when we’re talking about something that we love. It can’t show us the way we make others feel when we smile at them. A mirror can’t capture how beautiful we are when we humbly approach God in prayer. It will never show us how we touch the lives of those around us.

THESE are the things that are truly beautiful. These things are the reasons that others will fall in love with us and also with our beautiful God. These things tell us more about who we are than any mirror ever could.

Proverbs 27:19 says “as face mirrors face in water, so the heart reflects the person.” If it is in fact our hearts that reflect us, maybe we should take a little less time looking at ourselves in the mirror and a little more time bringing the beauty that we possess within ourselves to all those around us.

God knew exactly what he was doing when he made you, don’t think negatively of his glorious masterpiece.

I am praying for all of you as you continue discovering your unique beauty and worth in Christ.

God loves you so much and so do I.

1 Corinthians 13