Signed with Love

Rings on a Bible

To the man God has chosen for me,

  I just wanted you to know that I’m constantly praying for you. I can hardly wait for the day that I finally walk down the aisle to meet you and say “I do.” It’s crazy to think that you could be right in front of me and I won’t know it until the Lord wants me to. I’m looking forward to a life together full of love, laughter, and most importantly growing in Christ and encouraging each other. It’s not going to be perfect, we’re going to have disagreements and go through some tough stuff, but we’ll make it out stronger than we started!

I want our marriage to be so filled with love for each other and love for Jesus that people look at us and feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I want to be that couple who grow old together, watch each other go grey, stick together through thick and thin. I want to take time each morning to spend time in God’s word and pray together before we go on with our day.

I can’t wait to wake up next to you and know that The Lord put you in my life as my first love and most importantly my last. Patiently waiting for you is difficult some days, but I know in the end it will be rewarding and completely worth it. I pray that as I spend my season of singleness praying for you and drawing closer to God, you’re praying for me and drawing closer to God as well.

Sooner than we realize we’ll be together, serving the Lord and loving on His people. I can’t wait! Until then, my prayers continue for you, your family, and our marriage. The direction God will take us and how He’ll use us, and the ability for both of us to wait and not just settle because we’re tired of being single. We were made for each other, so hang in there with me! God’s timing is perfect!

With love,

 Single and Waiting

Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

Ecclesiastes 4:12 (NIV)

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Undeserved Grace

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His blood stained robe
A crown of thorns
His selfless sacrifice
My life transformed

A wooden cross
His nail scarred hands
The pain He suffered
I’ll never comprehend

His love, eternal
An undeserved grace
As He took His last breath
My sin was erased.

~Amanda N. Sams
January 21, 2014

Dear Christian Single

Dear Christian Single,

God's Best

I know it may seem like God has forgotten about you. You may feel like that you’re never going to find the spouse of your dreams and you’ll be single forever. Just keep hanging in there! You’re in this season of singleness for a good reason, although you may never find out why, God knows and that’s all that matters. Don’t lose hope, God hasn’t forgotten about you! His timing is perfect and when He finally brings you to the person He’s been preparing for you, you’ll realize that the wait was more than worth it. As you’re waiting, don’t put your life on hold because you feel as though you can’t go any further until you’re married. Use this time to your advantage, after all, God has put you here for a reason! Strengthen your relationship with Him, pray for your future spouse, make a list of qualities you want to find in and have for that spouse.

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you…”

James 4:8 (NKJV) 

Most of us can probably say that we honestly don’t spend enough time with God each day. I know I have days when I get out of bed, throw myself together, and go into work without even touching my Bible. Let me tell you, I can feel it by the end of the day! Even if you don’t always have time to open up your Bible, make sure to acknowledge Him each morning and evening. Whether it be a quick little prayer about your day, a “Thank You” now and then throughout the day, or even starting your day with some praise music on the way to or getting ready for work or school. You don’t have to spend an hour in your Bible and in prayer for it to count. Use your season of singleness to find different ways to draw closer to Him. Better yet, use this time to serve Him and love on His people. Volunteer, get involved with your church in different ways, mentor someone younger than you, there are plenty of opportunities! Watch, listen, and be open to change as he prepares your heart for that special person!

“Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

Psalm 37:4 (NIV)

Pray for your future spouse! It may seem silly because you don’t know who you’re praying FOR, but God does. Use your list of qualities as a guideline for your prayers. Also pray that the Lord will continue to prepare your heart and shape you into the person He needs you to be for that spouse.

You can kind of pick out the qualities I’m looking for in my future husband in a past post of mine entitled “From Me, with Love” go check it out and maybe take the time to write out a letter to your future spouse as well!

“God intends and expects marriage to be a lifetime commitment between a man and a woman, based on the principles of biblical love. The relationship between Jesus Christ and His church is the supreme example of the committed love that a husband and wife are to follow in their relationship with each other.”  

~ John C. Broger 

Show Me, God

Show Me, GodHolding hands with Jesus

 

Show me, O God, Your perfect plan,

In You I put my trust,

No more will I ask “Why me? Why this?”

No longer shall I fuss.

 

Your ways are so much better

Than my own selfish plans,

My life is Yours completely,

But I’ll need to hold Your hand.

 

~Amanda N. Sams

January 5, 2014

 

“Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths.”

~Psalm 25:4 (NIV)

Looking back Thankfully and Looking Forward Faithfully!

“We have this moment to hold in our hands2014-Sign
and to touch as it slips through our fingers like sand;
Yesterday’s gone and tomorrow may never come,
But we have this moment today.”

So so true! Those are probably some of my favorite Bill Gaither lyrics. Each day of our lives is filled with moments that could be our last, I’m so thankful that the Lord gave me another entire year to live out, to grow in, to love more, to bless others. I’d have to say that, looking back, 2013 has been one of the best years thus far! I’ve grown as a person, a writer, a musician, and most importantly as a child of God. The Lord’s blessings on my life have been so overwhelming this year that it goes far  beyond a “Happy New Year!” Facebook status.

God has placed so many amazing people in my life, each helping me to grow, encourage me, and just love on me. I’m so thankful for my wonderful family, my church family, and my friends. Because of these beautiful people, I know there will always be someone there for me to turn to in times of trouble, to pray with me or for me, to share my joy with, just to do life with! Each of them means the world to me and I’m so thankful for their presence and involvement in my life, be it everyday or once a year. I wouldn’t be who I am without the impact they’ve had on my life.

2013 was not only filled with wonderful people, it was also overflowing with incredible inspiration and growth in my writing. If you would have told “senior in high school” me that four years from then I would be writing poems, for fun, I would have laughed at you. When the Lord hit me with that initial poem in August of 2012, I assumed that it was a one time only thing. Boy was I wrong! It was five months until He fed me the second one, but since then He’s handed me the inspiration and words for 30 more of them. I’m in awe everyday as He works through me. It’s an amazing feeling.

As much as I LOVE to write and the quiet time that comes with it, I love even more being able to play clarinet to bring glory to the name of Jesus. I’ve mentioned this in multiple posts, but it’s such a huge part of who I am, I can’t be thankful enough for the opportunity! Our church has been blessed with an incredible piano player, (whose CD is playing as I type actually!) she blows me away every week. Not only has our church been blessed with her wonderful music, I personally have been blessed with her  love of accompanying. Many Sunday mornings she’s come in to rehearse and told me how late she was up working on an arrangement, then hands me a beautifully printed and bound piece of music for us to begin working on that morning. Each time we get together to play, I grow in musicality and how I express myself through my playing. “It’s better to express than impress,” that’s what we live for. I’ve gained confidence in my playing and learned things that I would have never learned had I continued on my career path for music education. I’m right where the Lord wants me musically and I’m forever greatful that He’s put me here. I’m in awe of her abilities. Her and her husband are so sweet to me and I thank the good Lord EVERYDAY for the blessing they are in my life. Piano and Clarinet

Last but not least, 2013 was a year of incredible spiritual growth. I’ll be honest, I didn’t manage to read through the Bible in a year, but what I did read of it, has done so much work in my heart, my life, and in how I look at those around me and the situations life throws me. I’m taking my time to read through the Bible so I can have the time to listen to the Lord and soak up what He speaks to my heart.  I may not have spent my childhood in church every Sunday morning, Sunday evening, and Wednesday night, but I’m so thankful for the solid Christian upbringing I did have. My grandpa was a huge part of that and I really don’t know where I’d be today if he hadn’t been there to tell me Bible stories, teach me the life lessons he did, and show me the love of God from a young age. Now that he’s gone, and I’m at the age that I understand and explore God’s word for myself, everyday I find that I long for that guidance that I didn’t completely understand while he was with us. I want to have those deep conversations, to run my blog post topics by him and get his input.

I also wouldn’t be where I’m at in my walk with God if it weren’t for the two incredible men I get to call my pastors. I’m beyond thankful for their guidance, love, and encouragement. I know I can always turn to them when I doubt myself or need clarification. I’ve been blessed with the best!

Through the notes my grandpa left behind, his resources, and the guidance of the Lord, I pray that I can continue to grow in my relationship with my Heavenly Father and become a woman of God that my grandpa would be proud of and impact the lives of others with God’s love and message of hope and salvation through His word.

Thank you 2013 for being so good to me, I can hardly wait to see what the Lord has in store for me in the coming year! I pray that it’s used to bring even more glory to His name!

“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

Colossians 3:17 (NIV)

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