LOVE THAT GROWS WITHIN
A collection of devotional series for women
BY LUCIA BRACHO
“And the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that man should be alone: I will make him a helper comparable to him.’” (Genesis 2:20)
WHOLE IN JESUS WHOLENESS
Daughter, we were not designed to be alone; the Bible provides evidence of that (Genesis 2:24, Proverbs 18:22). However, God created us women to be a companion, an idle help for our future spouses. We are not puzzle pieces or ying-yang elements; we can’t complete people. That’s not our role, it’s Jesus’ calling. But as trivial as it sounds, some women fall into the trap of believing the lies of the enemy. All this is a consequence of misinformation. You see, when we don’t know whose we are, and where our identity comes from, we are exposed to believe what everyone else says of us (a.k.a. what society, the job, the boyfriend says of us.) In Lauren Daigle’s new song ‘You Say’ it is written, “In Him, we find our identity” and I couldn’t agree more with it. We were fearfully and wonderfully made in his image–this is the outcome of placing our value in heaven. Our roles as princesses of the kingdom of heaven aren’t attached to a girlfriend or wife status, no sugar coating here. If you wanted to hear that there is someone out there to complete you, go back to your Allure magazine because I am here to tell you the truth.
SINGLE AND WITH PURPOSE
“Singleness is a gift from God; it’s an opportunity to spend more time and devote yourself to Jesus.” I’ve found myself repeatedly sharing these words with other women. I shout with my hyper attitude, “This is the phase of completion! God is completing you and making you whole!” So, rejoice because that means God wants to spend alone time with you.
But often, way too often, we don’t see it that way. We like to play the pity game and find a zillion reasons why we are still single…Been there, done that. But like Christine Caine said in her latest sermon at City Church Chicago, “You elevate what you uphold.” It’s a matter of posture and perspective. What voices are you choosing to listen to? What truth are you believing?
“What happened to you in the past doesn’t determine your future.” I’ve heard these words spoken by amazing leaders, pastors, and authors. In particular, I recently read it in Rick Warren’s book, The Purpose Driven Life. God reminded me again that our past experiences don’t compare with the extravagant future and purpose He designed for us. It might look scary, impossible, unbearable, but that’s where faith takes place. Believe that, you are right, you can’t do it on your own, but with God by your side…YOU CAN MOVE MOUNTAINS! (Philippians 4:13)
- What are the dreams and vision God has given you to accomplish as a single woman?
- What Does God say about you? Ask Him as you spend some alone time with Him.
- What are the things God has entrusted you with to be faithful and bear fruits?
- Are you walking purposely aligned with the plans of God or yours? Ask Him to realign you in His ways
PRAYER OF THE WEEK
Heavenly Father, I come to you to be transformed in your presence and realigned in your path. I want to know more of you and your character, to bring honor and glory to your name. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen!