One. True. Wife.
You may notice that my blog has a new look and title, and I’m pretty excited about it! Not that “Relevant Issues. Biblical Answers” was really a bad title, though I must admit that it didn’t really drip off the tongue too easily. I started blogging with a focus on my marriage series after being inspired by much political discussion I’d been hearing about the Sanctity of Marriage. While I find political discussion pretty driving, it just isn’t as vital as God’s Word. I don’t want to limit myself to only discussing things that are “relevant” in modern culture (though I believe God’s Word is ALWAYS relevant to the world around us!). So I’ve been praying for God to reveal a new direction for my blog. While I do intend to complete my marriage series, my focus has shifted quite a bit. This new “blogging identity” will open the door for me to share what I’m most deeply passionate about! And that is “Truth”. For years now this one passion has always defined all others, even though I probably have dozens of other things that I would say I’m passionate about. I’m burdened for the lost in the Muslim world. I love teaching, loving on, and molding good character into preschoolers. I’m thrilled with the idea of training up children in the way of the Lord. Send me out with a group of youth, and I just can’t wait to pour into their lives. It’s the same with college students. I’m passionate about women fulfilling the roles that God designed specifically for them. I love finding opportunities to tell the world about Christ. And now that I’m married, I’m probably most passionate about learning to be a Godly wife. Maybe someday soon, I’ll add “Godly mother” to that list. But that’s all in God’s timing, right?
Looking at all of these “passions”, it’s easy to see why I had trouble choosing a degree program when I came to Seminary (aside from the fact that God hadn’t really laid one on my heart). I picked a degree program, but really all I knew was that God had called me to Seminary. Now that I’ve met and married my husband while here, it’s easy to see why He did. And the good thing is that every single one of my “passions” will help me to serve God and be an asset to my husband once he enters the full-time ministry.
But they’re all so random, right? And obviously I can’t live them all out every day. So what is it that God’s called me to do? Well, He’s called me to be His servant. To follow after Him. Scripture tells us what all Christians are to do! As Christians, the fruit of the Holy Spirit will naturally give us a passion and desire to pursue a deeper relationship with God, obey God, evangelize the lost, disciple believers, and serve the world around us. God’s interested in shaping our character so that we produce His fruit! That’s why my passions don’t stop with just one thing. That’s why my heart is pulled in so many directions. God seeks to reach both the healthy and hurting, both the wealthy and poor, both the lost and dying; and He has passed that love down to His children. Our love for the world cannot end with one specific people-group, country, or age bracket. Our service for God cannot end with either evangelism, discipleship OR service. We are called to do them all! Matthew 28:19-20 commands ALL believers to “make disciples”. I Thessalonians 5:11 shows us that we are to edify one another. Verse 11 tells us to “Abstain from every form of evil.” There are so many passages in Scripture that clearly direct the lives of ALL believers. These assignments, challenges, exhortations, and commands are our marching orders. As God’s children, and out of hearts devoted to Him, we are to seek to FULLY obey every word written in the Bible.
This is to be the goal of all believers. And it is mine as well. I seek to live in complete obedience with God’s Word. I seek to make all decisions grounded on His truth. I seek to become a woman of Godly character, as defined in the Bible. I seek truth above all else. This is my real passion, the one that supersedes all others. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” He is Truth. His Word is Truth. And in submission to God, I seek to be a woman of truth. In submission to my husband, I seek to be a wife of truth. In the midst of a world that seeks to discard all that is Godly, I seek freedom in Christ alone. Jesus said, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:31-32). I hope to be “One True Wife” among many. I’d love to see many other women will rise up with me to live a life committed to God’s truth, and I’m so grateful for those women who already have. These “True Women” challenge and edify me, just as God leads them too. They are my inspiration to rise up, and to keep my eyes set on His truth.