Day 6: His Plans for You

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11

From Dear Dad…

Need I explain my fear of marriage? I’ve never seen what a real marriage is supposed to look like. My grandparents’ is a mess. My parents’ marriage certainly can’t be normal. We know how it turned out with you and Mom. Are my friends doing it right? I don’t know what it’s supposed to look like.

I think it will be a fear I battle until the day I actually step up to the altar. I go back and forth between the fear of marriage and the fear of never getting married. But God’s Word comforts me. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” Jeremiah 29:11.

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I would love to say this fear is nonexistent, but it’s not. As a single woman, I constantly find myself comparing others’ marriage to what mine may or may not look like. I constantly have to renew my mind and remind myself that my marriage will between me, God, and my husband. I’m always reminding myself that even though divorce seems to be a never-ending plague in my family, that doesn’t mean I’m destined for it.

Then there is the fear of What if I never get married? What if I don’t find someone to love me? It’s in those moments God reminds me that I’m making things all about me, and not what He can do. Oops, there I go again, trying to be in charge.

He knows the plans. He has the perfect cowboy boot wearing, Country Music listening, Jesus lovin’ man out there for me somewhere. (One can dream can’t she?)

Seriously though, let’s chill out together and trust that God has things handled without us interfering. Are you with me?

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Sundi Jo Graham

Sundi Jo is an author, speaker, and small business owner, making her home in Branson, Missouri. She blogs at sundijo.com on life, faith, and health. Sundi Jo believes you can't live life without laughter, and that Dolly Parton is the greatest singer ever. You'll find her engulfed in the social media world, spending time with friends and family, hanging out in flip fops, or dreaming of being a "Chopped" chef. Find her on Twitter (@sundijo).