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Aug
02

Single Ladies Part 7: Single Sisterhood

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mom-purpleI feel like the writer of Hebrews as he comes to the end of the “Faith Chapter” (11): And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell… of Rahab and Ruth, of Naomi and the bleeding woman, Lydia and Dorcas, and all the other single ladies of Scripture! Somewhere in the Word, there’s a story that mirrors your own. Find your sister, listen to her testimony, learn from her journey. The trove of truth treasures is unlimited. Explore its depths daily!

As I wrap up this series on “Single Ladies”, I find myself thinking of you, of single ladies that have bolstered me in my own journey, and of the lessons I have learned personally. So this time, we’re drawing from present-day single sisters, those that we see face-to-face, those that walk this earth and this road with us now. Here’s what we can learn from one another:

BE FAITHFUL.

First and foremost, be faithful to your Lord. You cannot expect to have real success or true joy apart from Him (Psalm 16:2). Spend time with Him. Listen to Him (Proverbs 8:34). Saturate your heart and mind with His truth. Walk with Him daily (Micah 6:8).

Be faithful to your family, not only in word and deed but in truth and love (I John 3:18). Church family, immediate family, extended family, and all those who are part of our realm of service and influence and support. Let us love one another! (Galatians 5:13)

Be faithful to your calling. God has gifted you and equipped you to fulfill a specific purpose in His perfect plan (Romans 11:29). Be strong and courageous and do the work (I Chronicles 28:20)!

BE FRUITFUL.

Be fruitful in your faith. Grow. Be refined. Share. Serve. Let your testimony be evident to all. (John 15:8) And a fruitful faith isn’t possible without a fertile heart (Hosea 10:12). Seek accountability. Practice repentance. Submit to God.

Be fruitful in your work. As it says in Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” Whatever your job or your area of service, whether you receive monetary compensation or not, whether you’re at home or not, you can make it count for eternity.

Be fruitful anyway. In spite of your past, in spite of your scars, in spite of your fears, press on toward the goal (Philippians 3:12-14) and make a difference for the kingdom.

BE FIRM.

Be firm in your foundation. There is no other foundation apart from Jesus that can withstand the tests of time and life (I Corinthians 3:11). He must be the Rock on which you’re anchored and your constant source of strength. Apart from Him, we can do nothing (John 15:5). He must be your All, your heart’s Love, your Significance and Security. Above all else, build your foundation in Christ.

Be firm in your convictions. Faithfully resist temptation (Matthew 26:41). Take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5). Be steadfast and immovable (I Corinthians 15:58) and set the example (I Timothy 4:12b).

This is just a sampling of the principles that have guided me in these years of singleness. God continues to mold me and teach me and use me and strengthen me as I submit to Him. Like the single sisters of Scripture, there are many of us today who are “Single Ladies”. So find your sister. Listen to her testimony. Learn from her journey.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Joy Jochems has been in ministry literally her whole life. While Joy is actively involved with her local church as youth ministry coordinator and lends a hand at CWAHM as devotional coordinator and guest contributor, she recognizes that her primary ministry is in her home, to her children. You can contact Joy at joy@cwahm.com.

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