Patience: an eight letter word that irritates most people, because it suggests that one should wait, even when they don’t feel like waiting. Interesting enough, it is the number 8 that is viewed as an eternal number because in a perfect figuration eight no one can tell where it ends or begins. That’s just like patience. Often times, when being patient, there is no end in sight.
For millions of women “in waiting,” Lord, when will he come, is the most prevalent. Disgusted with waiting, some of us make the mistake of taking the waiting process out of God’s hands, and putting it in our own. The problem with taking anything out of God’s hands by not yielding to His way and timing, but forcing our own, is that if patience is a tool of God, you can be sure, impatience is a tool of the enemy.
God specializes in setting you up for greatness, while the enemy specializes in causing you to settle for something that’s not even good, because it is not yet complete. No one is perfect, but we can all be complete, if we allow patience to have her perfect work. What is the main reason why women get so impatient? We think we’re already complete, and that Adam should “hurry up.”
“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them,” Genesis 1:27
Though Eve was created alongside Adam in Genesis 1, Eve does not live with Adam until Genesis 2. Why? Because though Eve may have been complete, there were some things in Adam that still needed to be complete. Adam had work to do! In Genesis 2:15 God commanded Adam to “tend and keep the garden,” including naming the animals. While we do not have the privilege like Eve did of being non-existent while Adam is being completed, waiting time is not wasted time, but work time for us too. Paul says it best “The unmarried woman cares about the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit. But she who is married cares about the things of the world—how she may please her husband,” 1 Corinthians 7:34.
If you are still single, there is still work in God that needs to be done, that will probably never get done if God gave you a husband right now. Allow me to use myself as an example:
As a single woman I average 3-4 television, radio, magazine interviews a week, teach a weekly mentoring class, preach 2-3 conferences on the road a month, and more. I could not do these things as frequently as a married woman. It would take away from the bonding time any wife should have with her husband. So it is with you. You’re not single because no one wants you, but because God wants you to Himself. Remember, God says, I am a jealous God!
Stop taking it so personal that “he’s just not that into you.” It could be that he’s into the garden that God has given him to tend: his walk with God, his career, his immediate family, etc. You will be less frustrated when you take your eyes off what Adam is not doing (paying attention to you), and put your eyes on what you’re supposed to be doing; concerning yourself with the things of the Lord for your life. You have a purpose and a destiny. You won’t fulfill it if you’re still thinking you’re half-full because you’re waiting on a man to fulfill. Still Single? Get Busy! “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few,” Matthew 9:37. He’s just not into you, because God is not through with you. When God is done with you, the man who is for you will do for you what Adam did for Eve; be right there standing waiting on you.
Prophetess Tera Carissa Hodges has birthed a ministry where the concept, like all things in her life, was placed in her heart by God. The Founder of Life Now Ministries based in Atlanta, GA, Prophetess Tera Carissa, as she is affectionately called, hosts conferences throughout Atlanta, and travels domestically and abroad to preach God’s Word. Her International invites include: Australia, Bahamas, Kenya, Nigeria, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago. Prophetess Tera Carissa has also appeared on numerous television programs, radio shows, and magazines.
A graduate of Florida A&M University armed with a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism, Prophetess Tera Carissa believes in using her ministerial call and academic milestones to work with the people to empower the people.
When asked what prepared her for the challenge of conceiving and running Life Now, she contends, “Life experience and God. All of the different people who the Lord has linked me with in the last three years have prepared me for this journey of Life Now Ministries, even the people who meant me evil.”
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