January 13, 2014

The Single Girl Diaries - Another Bridesmaid

I started 2013 off thinking I was finally going to be the bride and not the bridesmaid. I thought 2013 was the year I put on my "28th dress" so to speak. Well, not quite. On New Years Eve last year, my on again off again boyfriend of 5 years, ended things. {: Side Note: This is not a ex boyfriend bashing post. He's an amazing man of God, just not my amazing and not my man of God-Us single girls would fare a lot better if we recognized the difference:}  Even though I knew it wasn't Gods plan for me, it didn't ease the pain so much, but what did was my girlfriends.

After my boyfriend and I broke up, one of my acquaintances from church asked me to dinner one night. I didn't know much about her other than she was a rockstar leader at our church and seemed to be an incredible person who was full of life and passion. That dinner ended up lasting, I think, almost 4 hours {:our poor waitress:}. That night was pretty much the beginning of an amazing friendship. She's now one of my closest friends and a source of accountability without judgment. She challenges me and encourages me. She laughs with me, but also has no problem telling me what's up.

So to say that 2013 didn't start out well {:also on New Years Eve I went to another ex boyfriends wedding reception, and my car got hit:} or go according to plan might be the understatement of the year! But sometimes you have to open up your life to the unexpected, and even the unwanted surprises.  Sometimes staying open to surprise packages leads to surprise blessings. That's what happened to me. In 2013 I didn't get the groom or the 28th dress like I thought I would, but I got something just as amazing, a new bridesmaid.

Never under estimate what God is working and orchestrating behind the scenes even through difficulty and sorrow. Often times, it's those seasons and moments you look back and see Gods hand the most, even when you couldn't see it then because you were inside the out working of a blessing.

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  1. It is so important to recognize the difference between a great man of God and Your great man of God! But trust me I know those to can mesh together very easily! Being single is such a incredible lesson the Lord puts in our life and it was a season in my life were i learned so much that has helped my marriage!


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