Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Preparing to Be a Good Wife ~ and a Titus 2sday Link Up!

Young women who devote themselves to the Lord

prepare themselves for the future by gaining

wisdom first, then stepping carefully

when the time is right.

Dear Darlene,

I have a question and I think you might be able to help. I am a rising college senior, and over the summer, God has placed a desire in my heart to prepare to become the best Christian wife possible. I've felt this call before, but I've put it aside (as sinners like me often do!).

Though I have never been in a serious relationship, and am content in my singleness at the moment, I find this special burden to be very daunting yet exciting! However, I'm not sure how to prepare since marriage seems so far away from me at the moment. I know this is a tall request, but what do you suggest?


Preparing to Be the Best Wife

Dear Preparing,

Let's start by taking a look at 1 Corinthians 7:32-35:

I would like you to be free from concern. An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord’s affairs—how he can please the Lord. But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world—how he can please his wife—and his interests are divided. An unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about the Lord’s affairs: Her aim is to be devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit. But a married woman is concerned about the affairs of this world—how she can please her husband.
What we see from this verse is that once you are married, your interests will include meeting the needs of your husband. And all moms know from experience that once children come into the picture, our interests are even more so divided. There will be days when you barely have time for a shower.

Your aim at the present time should be that of devoting your life to the Lord.

Most young women asking this question are looking for practical advice like coupon clipping, baking pies, budgeting and housekeeping. But the truth is that your focus needs to be on the Lord at this time. Homemaking takes a far second place and there is plenty of time for that later.

You might wonder why I'm taking this angle, and I'll tell you that there's a very good reason for it. Young adults are the ones making the most important decisions of their lives. In fact between the ages of 18-25 a large percentage of men and women have already chosen their career, their spouse, and decided on whether or not they'll have children--if they haven't started a family already.

These decisions can be damaging in the long run if they aren't grounded by faith and wisdom. Many young adults are rushing into things as they follow the desires of their heart without considering God's plan for their lives.

Young women who devote themselves to the Lord prepare themselves for the future by gaining wisdom first, then stepping carefully when the time is right.

Wisdom comes from the word of God, understanding is the application of that wisdom. If you want to be a blessing both to God and to your future husband, get wisdom.

How do we get wisdom? James 1:5 tells us to ask God for it, but there are also other ways to seek it. Colossians 2:3 tells us that all of the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in the mystery of Christ. And how do we learn about Christ? We do so by studying the Bible and allowing the Spirit of God to move in our lives.
Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her. Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her. ~ Proverbs 3:13-18
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