Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
1 Corinthians 3:17

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Thinking To Stay Warm

I did something this week I don't normally do.

I watched the Bachelor.

I like the young man enough- he seems sweet and genuine; though I really wonder what on earth he expects to find in a situation like this one....I digress.  The women, on the other hand, didn't come across quite so well.  Maybe that's all part of the marketing ploy for all I know, yet I found the whole thing really, really sad.

Halfway through the show my heart was aching for some of these girls, wondering why they felt so empty, so "washed up" at the tender age of 25.  The most horrifying aspect was that several of them seemed to have already mapped out their young lives with this man, as if they knew him intimately enough to even fathom the idea.  I guess I felt sorry for some of them, and I wanted to take them aside to tell them how valuable they are, how much God loves them and has a perfect plan for their lives, whether it involves finding love on a TV show or not.  Then it hit me- I didn't know that when I was their age either.  I've always believed in God, but I didn't have any knowledge of His real love for me and for the details of my life.  I cannot reach out to the girls on the show, but I can reach out to the young women in my own circles, to encourage them, uphold them in prayer, and simply be there.  I'm going to have to pray about what God wants me to do...and I'll keep you posted.

For now, I'm cold, feeling a bit withdrawn and isolated, so I'm going to post a few favorite pictures from warmer days over the years.  Enjoy!


Regina and David said...

AHHH those warm weather photos made me smile. sure missing the "land of eternal spring". :-)

Andrea said...

Oh that show.....makes me so take advantage of the hearts of young women, the most intimate part of them, and use it for profit and to set them up for tremendous heartache for the rest of their young lives as they remember the rejection and continue to compare themselves to others....and as it makes voyeurs of us all. So, so wrong.

Anyway.....thanks for your thoughts ....... and the reminder of warmer days behind......and ahead!

Gardenia said...

oh I love your summer photos, and those smily toothy grins on your kiddos and your beautiful yeard, and that pelican ! where on earth did you spot him?

Terri Anne said...

I have the same thoughts on that show... I've only watched bits here & there of it.

I too long for those warmer days, the days ARE starting to get longer so that's positive movement.

I'll pray God reveals to your heart what to do. Are there any single women you know in your church you can reach out to? I've found church can sometimes be one of the loneliest places to be as a single, as a lot of churches are so family oriented, and don't know quite what to do with singles.

Gretchen said...

Loved your pictures!

Susan said...

So beautiful to see how God is working in your heart, planting and growing the desire to build into others in new ways. Looking forward to seeing what God has in store for you next!

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