Top 10 Ways to Get Ready for Your Future Husband

Top Ten TuesdayToday, on top 10 Tuesday, I’m welcoming the blogger from There Once Was This Girl to share about getting ready for your future husband. Her life was not at all pristine before she was married, but she found God and He made all the difference.

As my husband and I approach our 1 year anniversary, I can’t help but reflect on our past and the difference it has made in our lives to follow the path God had for us. In March we celebrated nine years together. At first we were very happy and in love, but something was just not right. We spent two of those years dating, then three+ years living together. Then the change pressing on our souls that had to happen in order to continue our journey and our relationship with Christ hit us. For the next two+ years we abstained from all sexual relations, as we waited for our wedding night. This was, by far, the greatest decision we made. Those two and half years provided me much-needed time for reflection and insight of my past, mindset and decisions made along the way. The intimacy and connection it brought to my husband and I was unlike no other.

For those of you who are like I was, in a relationship that everyone says you’re supposed to have, but you feel is just not right, I want to give you ten steps to make you ready for the relationship God really does have for you.

Getting ready for your future husband

1. Pray–for you and your future husband.

Ask others to pray with you and for you. Are you asking God to bring you a man or a better man but not truly believing (by your actions and self talk) that you are worthy of the best, most gentle, loving and caring man? Are you praying for your future husband but not asking God to open your heart, mind and eyes to the lies you are currently believing and accepting? Are you not asking God to change you, mold you and prepare you for your future husband? If not, it is time to start.

2. Stop having premarital sex.

It does not matter if you are currently in a relationship. Stop and wait until your married. If he leaves you because of this, then you will know without a doubt that this person is not “the one”. It doesn’t matter if you have a child with this man, you have been dating him for 10 years or your relationship is new. This type of sin slowly chips away at your soul, self-worth and separates you from the relationship you were meant to have with God. You should be insulted as a beautiful and worthy woman of God, if he feels it is important to sample you before marrying you. By not waiting, you are the one in control of your life and you are choosing your own path. When you choose your own path over the one God has for you, you are missing out on the opportunities God wants for you–including the opportunity to meet someone who is really right for you.

(Have trouble with this one? Here’s a post on how to stop sleeping with your boyfriend.)

3. Don’t Define Yourself by Your Boyfriend

If you feel your worth is defined by having a man in your life and having that man stay in your life depends on you giving him your precious body then you need to spend much more alone time with God and His word. Understand these are Satan’s lies you are believing to be true about yourself. These are lies.

4. Learn what real intimacy is.

Understand that sex is really NOT the intimacy and connection you desire and crave. Satan tells us it is readily available to us through sex. This is a huge lie designed to separate us from our Creator, think less of our selves and destroy our self-worth. See the lie for what it’s worth and turn yourself towards Gods truth.

5. Know that sex does not equal love.

Love is not full of lies, cheating eyes, nor cheating bodies. Love is not belittling and degrading comments or gestures. Love is not a strong abusive hand or voice. If you have believed this lie to be true know that you are worth so much more. Read what the bible says love is (1 Corinthians 13:4-7).

(Have trouble with this one? Here’s a post on why God wants us to wait until we’re married for sex.)

6. Get involved in helping others.

Get involved at church, start a singles small group. Take up a hobby. Get yourself healthy – emotionally, spiritually and physically. And do this with your boyfriend, if you have one. His character will be revealed as you help others together. And if he doesn’t want to help? That’s a huge sign, too.

(Knowing what kind of person your boyfriend is is so important! Here’s my list of 4 things you absolutely need in a future husband).

7. Love yourself through God’s eyes.

Believe His truths, speak His truths over and over in your head. Speak them out loud. Wrap yourself in the full armor of God and take captive every negative and sinful thought. Believe that you are worth waiting for and your future husband is worth waiting for. Prepare now for future temptation.

8. Realize that you can not pick and choose which parts of God’s word you choose to believe.

There are many sins which are the result of following with your flesh and not with your faith. Sex before marriage is one of those. Control your thoughts and your flesh will follow.

9. Own the truth that you are not alone.

You may feel alone but if you really dig deep into God’s word you will see that you are not alone. You are beautiful, precious and very much-loved. You are worthy and valuable. So much so that saving yourself for marriage…for your future…would be the ultimate gift to give to him. By not waiting you are in control of your life and choosing your own path. When you choose your path over the one God has for you, you are missing out on opportunities to meet someone who you will be able to serve God with fully.

10. Be patient as you get ready for your future husband.

While it may feel that God is making you wait forever, He is still preparing you. Remember He could still be at work in your future husband too. Even though you may be ready in God’s eyes, your soul mate is not ready yet. Be still while He readies him for you. Maybe your future husband is just as stubborn as you once were! Be patient and have faith.

There OnceAs a former single mom, “Anonymous” was skilled at making a messy disaster of her life and home. Through accepting Christ and His word, she was able to find the hope and encouragement needed to improve our situation.  She has a huge heart and passion for single moms in hopes of encouraging and motivating those precious ladies to not follow in her footsteps of disaster but to follow God. You can find her at There Once Was This Girl.

Comments

  1. Thank you for sharing this Sheila and guest. It’s one of my passions :) I talk with singles a lot, and share about the journey to marriage, the importance of waiting well – heart, mind and body. It’s not a popular gospel unfortunately. Blessed to read this today.

    Ps yesterday i had a single mom guest posting on my site. you have a heart for single moms and so does she. Awesome reading from you today :)
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  2. All good tips…at the bottom of the list should be the suggestions of cooking lessons. I haven’t dated a lot of women, but I’ve been the chef among us most of the time. Being that I’m older and never married, I learned to cook just to be able to eat inexpensively. Then I discovered that I actually enjoy cooking.

    • Great, practical point! I love cooking, too, but I sure didn’t know how when I was just 21. Now my hubby and I actually enjoy cooking together!

    • Thank you Jeremy!

      I never learned how to cook until I met my husband…now I LOVE it! For me it was never that I didn’t want to cook but as a single mom I couldn’t afford to mess up a meal. So I always stuck to the safest recipes. All boring and mostly box meals. My husband LOVES to joke that my spaghetti and meat sauce (from a jar!) is what made him fall in love with me!

      Best wishes to you!
      Shaylah
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  3. “Are you asking God to bring you a man or a better man but not truly believing (by your actions and self talk) that you are worthy of the best, most gentle, loving and caring man?”

    Wow. Those words resonated with every lie that I believed from the world that I was not good enough, pretty enough, faithful enough to be wanted by any godly man. It took me through a pretty dark time, and I nearly gave it all up for a relationship with someone who would have led me away from Christ. Finally, I realized it was all about trust – when I prayed for a godly husband, God WOULD bring one into my life, and I was supposed to accept that gift, not because I was worthy, but because I was incredibly blessed to have a Father who gives good things to His children. God brought such a man into my life, the answer to prayers I had never even voiced, and it has been an amazing journey of grace and gratitude.

    If you are still waiting, don’t give up – God delights in taking our broken lives and turning them into something beautiful.

    • Tad,
      I believed the enemies lies from childhood through adulthood…..leaving behind a life full of disasters and failures. When I turned my focus on God’s truths, things began to change in the most amazing ways. I always thought it would be difficult to find a good man let alone one who would accept and love my children. I was so wrong….took me 30 plus years to find him but he was well worth the wait.
      I pray that all single moms will turn their focus on God and His word to live their lives…it will make such a difference.
      Best wishes!

  4. Sheila,
    Thank you so much for posting my article…I was so excited today to see it on your site!

    Wishing you all the best and many blessings!
    Shaylah
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