Marriage changed everything. It was no longer about me, it was about "us." Everything I did affected him and vice versa. Gradually our habits changed to accommodate one another: hobbies, sleep patterns, temperature of the house, decorating styles and so much more. Along with change came challenges. Sometimes I disagreed with his way of doing things. Sometimes he thought he was right and he wasn't. Okay, I've been wrong on numerous occasions also.
Adding a baby to the picture changed our lives even more. We love being parents, but it's a daily challenge. I always wonder if I'm parenting the right way. Abby tests my patience and has quite the rebellious streak. Parenting is frustrating. There can be highs and lows within the span of 10 minutes. I love being a parent, but it's sometimes it's like having a tiny stalker who will not leave you alone. (lol)
So we had this conversation about singleness because I told Jeff how much easier life would be if I were single and holed up in a monastery or convent. The temptations would be fewer. It would be so much easier to read my Bible, fast, and pray and be shut away from the din of today's technology and the dangers lurking around every corner. It would be easy to appear saint-like when separated from stress and temptations.
But this is not what God intended for Christians, at least not for the majority of us. He wants us to exercise our spiritual muscles. He pushes us through the spiritual boot-camp of life. He wants us to achieve some powerful biceps and quadriceps. There are no shortcuts; no magical muscle enhancing surgery. These muscles only develop through use.
Are you also suffering from some spiritual muscle soreness? Have you faced some recent challenges that tested your faith and revealed your true heart condition? It's for your own good. God has a sovereign plan behind the tests you are currently enduring.
While we may be called to the desert for a period of time, God doesn't want us to live a spiritually lethargic life, separated from all non-believers.
I thank God for blessing me with Jeff and little Abby to whip me into spiritual shape. My muscles would be seriously atrophied without them."I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one." John 17:15