Beauty in the Single Season

Something that really makes this season beautiful is the purpose of it! There is a purpose in every season, and for that you can praise God. The purpose of this season is to prepare you for the coming season of your life – the season where changes will come in like getting married and having a family. This is your time to prepare for it. Take a moment and think about this. What makes a woman a godly woman? What makes a good wife? What makes a good mother? – Your answer to all of those questions is a woman who fears the Lord.

The woman who fears the Lord is outlined in Proverbs 31:10-31. Take a moment to read over this passage carefully.

The Woman Who Fears the Lord

10     An excellent wife who can find?
She is far more precious than jewels.
11 The heart of her husband trusts in her,
and he will have no lack of gain.
12 She does him good, and not harm,
all the days of her life.
13 She seeks wool and flax,
and works with willing hands. 

14 She is like the ships of the merchant;
she brings her food from afar.
15 She rises while it is yet night
and provides food for her household
and portions for her maidens.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
17 She dresses herself with strength
and makes her arms strong.
18 She perceives that her merchandise is profitable.
Her lamp does not go out at night.
19 She puts her hands to the distaff,
and her hands hold the spindle.
20 She opens her hand to the poor
and reaches out her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of snow for her household,
for all her household are clothed in scarlet.
 
22 She makes bed coverings for herself;
her clothing is fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates
when he sits among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them;
she delivers sashes to the merchant.

25 Strength and dignity are her clothing,

and she laughs at the time to come.

26 She opens her mouth with wisdom,
and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
27 She looks well to the ways of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children rise up and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women have done excellently,
but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands,
and let her works praise her in the gates.

This is a divinely inspired portrait of a true woman! This woman has her priorities in order. She provides for her family, she works diligently with eager hands and manages her time well. She is strong. She is faithful. She is known by the people and well-respected. She is loved and praised by her husband and children. This is the model woman! And it is by this model that we will continue in this book to learn about the character traits of a woman of God and apply them in a way that we can grow in these traits as we walk through this beautiful season of singleness. It is by exercising those traits, that we become a godly lady-in-waiting. There are more topics that we are going to cover, but please pay special attention to those that are included in this passage of “The Woman Who Fears the Lord.

My hope is that you will see the beauty of this season and that you will take full advantage as you walk though it. Take the time to look around and see everything it offers, and take from it everything that you can. Nothing that you learn in this season or gain in this season will ever be wasted. And what you do take from this to make you a godly lady-in-waiting, will also carry on into the next season to make you a godly wife and mother. (Or as some is the case, are called to a life-time of singleness, in which that what you are learning will still make you to be a godly woman and teach you to serve Him to the very best of your ability and in the way that he has called you to.) In Holding Hands and Holding Hearts, by Richard D. and Sharon L. Phillips, it says,

“If you cannot be contented in singleness, you will not be contented in marriage…No one person can be the source of your contentment. Contentment comes only from God, and the sooner we start seeking it in Him, the better off we will be.”

The beauty of the single season seems to rotate like that of our actual seasons. Sometimes it starts in winter, where you feel the lone bitter cold, and then eventually transition into spring, where you may feel that everyone has someone and that everyone is paired up with someone else. It may seem like this is where life begins and that you are only looking at it. What you miss then when you are looking at everyone who is coupled up, are the springtime flowers, the days growing longer, the sun shining higher, the birds chirping, and everything that is coming back from winter death newly purposed and green. When you focus on one thing, you miss the beauty of the bigger picture. Summer will come and you will enjoy the sun! And eventually, autumn will come again, and when it does, remember to take a moment to see the beauty of the changing season, and to reflect on all that you had learned in the last one.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Katelyn Arnold Tahorudo
    May 13, 2012 @ 17:39:32

    She trusts His discretion implicitly and believes that He loves her and will make the best choice for her.

    Reply

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