Thursday, February 13, 2014

So.. It's February 14th.

Oh no not another single girl begging everyone to calm down about Valentine's Day.  Oh yes actually, that is what I'm doing.

Ephesians 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ who has blessed us with every  in the Heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.

I'm pretty insecure, inclined to wonder daily, why I don't have everything that I want in life and then blaming it on my own personality defects or some sort of deadline or standard Ideal Sara missed and now she's just left with Real Life Sara. Valentine's Day, just like any other day, raises those insecurities and gives me the opportunity to shut them down.
I have always loved Valentine's Day partially because I just love flowers, chocolate, and pink and dedicating a day to this is perfect for me. But I think it's also partially in rebellion.
This day is only to be fully enjoyed if you're with the man of your dreams? I'm missing out because I'm single? Watch me.
Valentine's Day is for me too and I won't be left out.
I approach February 14th with this vigilent and resilient celebration, no way am I discontent, I have no disapointment whatsoever about not being in a relationship.
But this year, I want that to be genuine.  I want to feel a real security and confidence in the Lord that encompasses and overtakes any real dissapointment about not being yet in a commmitted relationship.
I want to be allowed to feel a little disapointed, and let it show in light of God's power and truth and see how well it would be able to stand.
This year I went to the Lord with it, with the real facts.  I long for that best-frienship of being in a relationship so much and I want to experience all that He has for me relationally in a way that is most Glorifying to Him and doesn't suppress or diminish any of His call and purpose in my life.
He gave me Ephesians 1:3.

As Paul writes the letter to the Ephesians, there are many things going on, many topics to confront and many trials to overcome and points of doctrine to make clear but he opens the letter with these sweet words, "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ!"
1.) Praise
2.) Blessed in the Heavenly realms
3.) Every Spiritual Blessing in Chrsit.

Women, lets base our lives on Spiritual Realities.
Lets surrender our desire for the perfect boyfriend and take a look at the ministries we are placed in right before our eyes, the ministries we are already in the midst of.  Invite Him into every moment and ask Him by the power of His Holy Spirit to help us have eyes to see how His perfect plan really does align our desires in ways we could never imagine on our own.

But we need to be willing to sacrifice and trade in the superficial cycle of longing and numbing the longing for something deeper, There is a deeper plan and purpose underlying every moment of our lives and when we choose to pay attention to it the discontentment and inadequacies of our earthly lives fade.
We are invited.
Let's join in.

"Let Him lead me to the banquet table. Let his banner over me be love" Song of Solomon 2:4