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Eight things God tried to teach
I was blind dating but now i see along the way. Stephanie Rische was starting to feel invisible. All around her, her friends were getting married, and she found herself decidedly alone. Not dateable enough whatever that meant?
So she started praying in earnest for God to bring the right man into her life. And instead, He brought her matchmakers. Eight I was blind dating but now i see them, to be precise. Beloved blogger Stephanie Rische debuts with this charming, vulnerable, and who are we kidding? Kindle Editionpages. To see what your friends I was blind dating but now i see of this book, please sign up. Can anyone give me the summary of this book, please? Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.
Dec 31, Jeanie rated it it was amazing Shelves: I know you, God seemed to be saying, and I know that if you stored away my provision, you would forget the one who gave it to you in the first place. I will give the grace you need. Just enough for today! No I am not dating. I am happily married we have had our share of happy and not so much and have been for over 30 years but I have to tell you, what I have I was blind dating but now i see from Stephanie Rische's account on dating and waiting for Mr.
Right has taught me much about my own broken heart. She has shared I know you, God seemed to be saying, and I know that if you stored away my provision, you would forget the one who gave it to you in the first place. She has shared her longing for a husband to share her life with, have kids, and grow old with. A marriage where she is known and she knows another. That is the longing for all of our hearts and I think that need also drives us to the feet of Jesus.
It is the waiting that we all share whether we are married or not. We are always waiting for something It is in the waiting we learn to trust and wait I was blind dating but now i see God and His timing. It is in the waiting we draw closer to Him and desire to know him better. There is also humor in waiting and I appreciated the wit and humor of the "blond dates" that with a Ebenezer rock with a name written on it ended up as a tangible symbol of God's faithfulness.
The torture of a blind date and checking off the list can do damage to anyone's well being.
But in those blind dates, how do you learn about God's faithfulness. In the same way, it is not always the successes in life, but in the failures that I cling to who God is. What a great reminder. This is not another testimony about being single but about the gospel.
I love when a testimony speaks to my heart as well. My longings for God's presence and how my desires turn into what God desires. Rische reminds us a sermon on marriage or a book
I was blind dating but now i
I was blind dating but now i see marriage only isolates those that are single, divorced, or whose spouse does not go to church.
It is in the how to we lose the Some quotes that I found encouraging. I was blind dating but now i see Psalms I was blind dating but now i see answered why. Instead they answered another question. Who is this God we're praying to?
Who am I in relation to this big God? As a family of one, I could embrace parts of the abundant life that my married friend couldn't. And there were aspects of abundance that she as a mother of 2. But we were both sheep in the same pasture, led by the same shepherd. Maybe that's the definition of true contentment; choosing to rest in who God is, regardless of the circumstances.
I was truly blessed by this sweet and humorous testimony and reminded that our true longings are of God. May 29, Princess rated it really liked it. This book wasn't what I had expected when I selected it from the library. I was expecting it to have more comedic elements to it. That being said, I wasn't at all disappointed by it either. I actually quite enjoyed it. Stephanie has a rich perspective of what it means to be single in a church that is dominated by families FYI, she is Christian.
She is set up by various people in her life and this book is a story of 8 different blind dates and I was blind dating but now i see lessons she learned from dating those individua This book wasn't what I had expected when I selected it from the library.
She is set up by various people in her life and this book is a story of 8 different blind dates and the lessons she learned from dating those individuals. More than a dating perspective, Stephanie shares a very personal spiritual journey she takes through the lens of these dates. The spiritual journey is what I ended up being most interested in. In my own life, I am single in a church that is dominated by families. Since my divorce, I've dated off and on with little success but I've a few funny stories here and there.
I, too, am undertaking a spiritual journey although mine is more of a quest to regain my faith as it seems to have disappeared during the last few years.
As I read Stephanie's experiences, her trials and blessings and lessons, I felt uplifted and cheered. I felt a flicker of something that I hadn't felt in a while. It was holding your breath. And in I was I was blind dating but now i see dating but now i see moment, an epiphany of sorts came to me. Why not celebrate four weeks of Advent now? Sure, the calendar was all wrong and Christmas was already in the rearview mirror, but maybe I needed to declare a personal Advent--a few weeks of dedicating myself to waiting well, Simeon style.
The first one candle I was blind dating but I was blind dating but now i see i see for hope. The candle for the week--the lone pink one--stands for joy. And the last one is for peace. Each morning, I'd get up before dawn and light a candle, asking God for one of those four gifts. I'd pray that my waiting wouldn't be stagnant, that it would instead be infused with hope, with love, with joy, with peace. Would I trust my own strength or the God who also brought Sarah a son when she was ninety years old, the God who added 3, people to the church in a single day in the book of Acts, the God who rose from the dead after three days?
If he was big enough for those kinds of miraculous numbers, maybe he was big enough to handle the scary numbers in my life too.
Not so much for the feng shui of the room or to meet some unspoken set of interior decorating standards, but as a symbol that I wanted to really embrace my right-now life. Not my someday-when-I-have-a-husband life. One of my ways of embracing my own right-now life? I just purchased tickets for a trip to DC in the fall. And I didn't have an answer to my predicament: Was there any compelling reason to hope? Like Emily, I treated hope like so much wishful thinking, a feather that fell haphazardly wherever it chose.
After doing a little more digging about hope, I was intrigued to discover that in church history, the image used to depict the idea was pretty much the opposite of a feather: Up until around the fifth century AD, the anchor was one of the main symbols for Christianity, more prevalent than a cross.
Believers in the first century even had the I was blind dating but I was blind dating but now i see i see of an anchor etched into their tombs as a symbol of the eternal hope they clung to. What if hope wasn't so much about the thing I was hoping for itself but a tether to keep me close to God, the granter of hopes?
Without hope, I'd drift aimlessly in the big ocean of doubt and fear and uncertainty. Hope was a good but only when it was anchored in a person, not a circumstance. This was one of the most perfect books I could ever read, especially at this time of my life. I truly believe the Lord brought this book into my life right now because He knew how much I would gain from it. So many fabulous quotes.
Great personal connections to spiritual and scriptural stories and experiences that the author shared.