July Theme: Wed Yourself
I love courtship and the whole process of making a commitment to someone and taking the time necessary to truly get to know them. Courtship is loosely defined as a period during which a couple develops a romantic relationship, especially with a view toward marriage. One of the main differences between dating and courtship is dating tries to answer the question, How can I find the one who will make me happy? Courtship strives to answer the question, How can I honor God and discern His direction regarding my life partner?
So how does this all correlate to you? How can you court yourself? By answering the question above: How can I honor God and discern His direction regarding my life? (minus one word). Girrrl court yourself!
Here are three ways you can begin to court yourself:
1. Ask yourself from tough questions - Courtship involves asking some tough, reflective questions. Are you settled on your life purpose? If so, are you on track with your purpose? Are you happy? If not, what can you do to change your outlook? When we ask ourselves these questions we begin to peel back new layers of ourselves that lead to new and fun discoveries!
2. Get Accountable! - Part of the courtship process is accountability. This is one of the other major differences between courtship and dating - accountability. First off hold yourself accountable for your small steps of progress in this courtship. Truly commit to seeking God for the next steps of your life. Then pray about an accountability partner, someone who will encourage you, correct you and help you get back on track with your goals. Someone who will offer a kind word as the Holy Spirit leads.
3. Fall in love with you again! - What do you do when you’re in love (not the dumb stuff we do but the nice, cutesy stuff)? You smile at him. You write him nice notes with smiley faces. You get excited when you know you’re going to spend time with him. You know, that type of stuff! Well, when you wake up each day, look yourself in the mirror and smile :)!!! Write yourself nice notes and post them around your space (think Being Mary Jane) as a way to encourage yourself as you are beginning this courtship journey!
4. Believe you’re worthy!! - Walk into your courtship with yourself knowing that you are worthy of it! You are worth the work! Regardless of past mistakes, failures, night seasons, etc. you are still worthy and worth it!
As we “Wed Ourselves” this July let’s begin with the Courtship and really get to know ourselves on a deeper level. Let’s peel back some new layers and discover some new, interesting and fun things about ourselves.
You are amazing! You are awesome! You are aligned!
Be Encouraged. Be Inspired.