"Approaching relationships with the knowledge that their purpose is to further the Kingdom of God in the other persons life and in my own, has stripped away the cynicism, because it allowed me to see a glimpse out of the box I wanted to put the Lord and relationships into. It’s not all roses and we all make mistakes. Sometimes finding the purpose in a relationship is about what we have learned about the Kingdom of God in the process. And other times, it’s about realizing that the fruit is there – whether or not we are directly benefiting from it." -Katie Bernier, "Marriage-Not the Ultimate Purpose of Relationships
For this Wifey Wednesday I want to point you to a friend's blog. She is finishing up a fantastic series on singleness that would benefit all people in whatever season of life. I know I have been convicted and encouraged while reading her thoughts, but the above quoted post has been my very favorite thus far. It has resounded such an "Amen!" in my soul that I've read it 3 times in the last 48 hours!
Marriage, especially in evangelical Christian circles, can become an idol in a single woman's life. But even if you're married, marriage can become an idol too, especially if you're expecting it to meet ALL of your needs or define you. Those expectations can often crush a marriage instead of letting it bloom into the imperfect, but beautiful relationship of each spouse encouraging one another to pursue the advance of the Kingdom of God in their own unique ways. Regardless of your marriage status, all women in the body of Christ can be encouraging those around them to cultivate their gifts for God's glory.
Katie has a wonderful testimony of seeing God work out His kingdom purposes in her life and has summarized it beautifully in the above post. I'd encourage wives (and especially single women) to go read it now, remembering that you are not just a married person or a single person, but "co-workers in God's service" (1 Corinthians 3:9).