Today’s guest author is Renee Fisher. Leave a comment below (by midnight March 19) to be entered to win a copy her new book, “Not Another Dating Book.”
I want to let you in on a secret. When I wrote “Not Another Dating Book” I had been single pretty much my whole life. I was fast approaching 29 years old with no man in sight. Some of my friends were already married, some had kids and weren’t married, and others were serial daters but hadn’t met anyone of quality–yet. I wanted to write a book that could help you find your own love story, the most important being with God!
Today if you find yourself nursing a broken heart as a single, inside of marriage, or just not sure where to begin to have healthy relationships–read and be encouraged!
Loyalty. It hurts when someone leaves, breaks up, or cheats on you. It hurts beyond words. Misery loves company, and that’s why God asks us to get connected. We’re here to encourage one another. Take long walks. Talk and share. Pray together and point each other back to God–even when He is silent.
Leah is the best biblical example of this. She was not loved. Nor was she the favorite wife of Jacob. After Leah’s father tricked Jacob into marrying her, Jacob spent seven years working for the hand of her young sister, Rachel. Ouch. Talk about a loyal pain. But the Lord noticed her misery. As Ann Spangler and Jean Syswerda put it, “The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Leah’s husband) looked down and saw a woman who was lonely and sad because her husband loved his other wife better than he loved her. So, to ease her sorrow, to provide her comfort, God gave her children–beautiful, upright, strong children, one of whom would found the lineage of the priests of Israel and another who was an ancestor of Jesus Himself.”
I know some of you–myself included–have experienced deep sorrow from a painful breakup. From someone breaking his or her commitment. Maybe you’re the one who broke it. You never know how God’s going to redeem your love story. He’s still writing the pages as we speak. Learn to trust Him and put your hand in His. He’ll lead you down the path of righteousness. Next time you’re tempted to believe you’re the only one with heartache in relationships, take heart and think again.
Since the time of Genesis God has been making and remaking His covenant to His people. Unlike your ex, “God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?” (Numbers 23:19). No. Say it again: No! No loyalty pains or broken commitments can separate you from God’s love. (Excerpt from Not Another Dating Book, © Harvest House, Eugene, OR).