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  • Ten Years

    My name is Christine, I am 25 years old in a few weeks I will be turning 26 and I am a single woman of God. When I was 16 I made a promise before God and my family to live a chaste life as I waited for my future husband and that I would not date just to date but would date with the intent to marry. I made this promise so that I may live according to God’s will and for the protection of both myself and my future husband. My parents gave me for my 16th birthday a purity ring that I have worn ever since I made my promise.

    As the 10 year anniversary of that promise approaches in the next few weeks I have reflected on what it has meant in my life as well as how different my life could have been had I not made that promise. I personally feel that my promise to God and my future husband has helped me grow as a person as well as kept me from relationships or dating that could have pushed me off course of what God wanted for my life thus far.

    Once in my life I had prayed that God would keep any man who wasn’t meant to be my future husband away from me. I promise you He has kept to that prayer over the years when I was younger and as I got older He gave me the discernment to recognize who was not. I have been asked out on many dates since I made that promise and I have turned down many dates. Not because they were bad men or dangerous in any way but because I knew they were not my future husband.

    I have grown in so many ways as a person and child of God. I have grown in ways I might not have if I had been dating different men or had just been in a relationship in general. I have come to a peace in my singleness and I have found that praying for my future husband while we are a part as well as praying for our future for when we are together has helped me have a peace about who I am and where God has me in my life right now. I believe prayer is powerful and I pray for him, that he becomes all that God created him to be. I wouldn’t change a thing about where I am right now. I have found over and over again fulfillment in serving God, it is what I live for and it brings me joy and hope and happiness like no other. I have found a joy in my singleness and all that I have been able to do because of it.

    Singleness is a blessing and I think people need to start teaching it as one. To all my single sisters in Christ: you have a great gift. Being single gives you an opportunity to serve others, to grow in God, to accomplish goals and make dreams come true. You have family and friends who love you and a God who made your life with purpose. Don’t settle for anything less than God’s best for you. You are worth so much more than you could ever imagine. Allow God to grow you into the person He created you to be. I can’t promise you when He will bring your husband into your life or if it’s even His will that you have one. All I can promise you is that God has an amazing plan for your life and it doesn’t begin when you get married it began the day you are born and it will continue until He calls you home. Don’t waste your life waiting for a man to come into your life. Live and if God has a man who can compliment your life than you will know who that man is when the time is right.

    Ten years may seem like a long time but to me it’s been worth every moment of serving God and seeing where He is going to bring me next. Every season I’ve grown, I’ve learned and I’ve become better. I would wait forever if it meant that I could give my husband the joy of knowing that no matter who tried to come into my life, my love and heart was only ever for him.
    I really hope this has encouraged any of my single Woman of God women out there. Never forget how valuable you are to God, He loves you and He has a plan.

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  • The Men and Women of Scripture

    I think people are under the common misconception that the people in Scripture are extraordinary people who are much greater than they are. That for the people of Scripture greatness and perfection was the core of who they were. I’m here to tell you that anyone under that assumption couldn’t be more wrong. With the exception of Jesus Christ no one in Scripture was any better or any holier human beings than you and I.

    The people of the Bible were just as messed up and dysfunctional as the rest of us. Jacob was a deceiver, David was an adulterer, Moses was a murderer, and Solomon was the wisest fool on the earth, Jonah acted as a child in regards to being sent to Nineveh, Paul (formerly known as Saul) had been a vengeful man killing Christians everywhere he went, even people like John the Baptist and Mary were only human. All of these people despite their different mess ups and struggles all have something in common and that is that God chose to use them for His perfect will anyway.

    That is why we serve God is it not? None of us are worthy to be a part of God’s perfect and beautiful will and yet He lets us be a part of it. God still uses His people to bring about His will. That is how powerful our God is, He can take broken things and make something beautiful out of it. God takes brokenness, He takes all the pieces and makes a beautiful mosaic out of it, and He makes it one big picture again. That is what we see in the Scriptures. We see people who are broken, people who are messed up, people who are struggling being picked up and the broken pieces of their lives being put together to create the family line that would bring Jesus into the world so that we could be redeemed. I am glad that God didn’t wait around for perfect people to bring about His will, because if that were the case Jesus wouldn’t have come because the family line wouldn’t have been set up and we would not be redeemed. God works in spite of our human frailty and that is the true Testament of Who He is. Scripture says that while we were still sinners Christ died for us. Nothing can stop God’s will not satan and not us. There was no man in Scripture that could stand in God’s way. Just as Pharaoh tried to kill Moses Herod tried to kill Jesus and God didn’t allow either one to happen.

    The Scriptures are an account of all that God has done and it is an account of what He still can and will do. We are no different than the people of the Bible. The Bible is a reminder that God can use messed up crazy sinners like you and me to do great and mighty things. Not because of who we are but because of Who He is. This is why as believers we have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Saviour we recognize our sin and human frailty. We realize that we need our Saviour because on our own we are wicked and sinful people but through the precious blood of Jesus we are redeemed. It is in our weakness that God is glorified because it is here His strength is made known.

    So the next time that you are reading the Scriptures and you feel like God can’t use you because you are not good enough, not special enough, not worthy remember that despite the odds God will prevail, that imperfect people can be used as vessels to bring about God’s perfect will and that greatness is not for us to obtain. If greatness is what we wish to obtain for ourselves than we have missed it. Greatness is for God and by God always, because greatness is too much a burden for us to bear but God can carry it because He is great. Let God be great and let us be humble. God deserves the glory now and forever for all that he has done and all that He will do but most importantly because of Who He is.

    - Christine Sawyer

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  • The Little Things

    The little things are most often the best things in life. Laughter with friends and family, getting a card in the mail unexpectedly, a smile from a friend, witnessing a random act of kindness from a stranger, watching the sunrise and set, finding a french fry at the bottom of the McDonald’s bag when you thought you had eaten them all, getting a parking spot close to the store when it’s raining, reminiscing about a time long since past because you found something while cleaning that brought back the memory, reading a good book, taking a walk on a spring day, having your favorite song come on the radio while driving in the car, having a memorable conversation and the list goes on and on. Yes it is the little things, the small blessings that make up the story of our lives. Sure we have the monumental moments: graduations, weddings, new jobs, birthdays, promotions, etc. but so often the little things get overlooked and yet they shouldn’t because these are the things that make life beautiful. Every moment both big and small make up your life. These small moments are like God’s love notes to His children. Reminding us that He cares very much of the details and of us. Take some time to reflect on the little moments of your life. You just might be surprised just how big those moments really were.
    – Christine Sawyer

    “It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.” – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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  • Valor

    Man seldom recognizes the need for adversity. Few have eyes to see its worth. For out of the ashes of adversity arises a man of valor. The noblest of men, putting forth a valiant effort to achieve great deeds. Boldly he presses on to obtain all he was once told he could not. A man tested by fire, wearing his scars like a badge of honor. It is for the betterment of mankind he deems his struggles worth it. It is his recognition of this that makes him great. Humility graces his head like a crown, radiant as the sun. For what good is it for a man to succeed if he is not made a better man than yesterday? And what good is it for a man’s perception of himself to be clouded by undeserved merits? No, it is a man’s character that outweighs them all. A man is only made great by the measure of his character, and adversity is the first stepping stone because it is here a man decides where he will go.

    - Christine Sawyer

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  • Christina Grimmie

    June 10th made one year since Christina Grimmie passed away. Her passing was a tragedy and I’ll never forget when I found out what had happened. I met Christina on March 8th 2016 at a Rachel Platten concert. After the show Christina was signing autographs with her brother Marcus. I had gotten a ride to the concert and my ride was circling outside until I came out to get picked up because the show was in the city so there was no parking. I remember looking at the long line and looking at the merch table with Christina’s signature bass and treble clef sign. I thought to myself, I’ll meet her when she comes back around on tour. I finally decided that this was a great opportunity to meet her so I called my ride and asked them to circle around. They were so kind as to do so. I got in line and before I knew it, it was my turn to meet Christina. Christina was so nice to me and made me feel more like a friend than a fan. I remember after meeting her as I walked away I thought to myself “I’m definitely going to see her show when she comes back around on tour.” A few short months later Christina Grimmie was murdered at her concert in Florida while signing autographs. I remember when I found out, I didn’t believe it. It almost didn’t seem real. The same girl whom I had met and spoke to and took a picture with was gone. I remember when it hit me that it was real, I cried. I cried at the thought of a young girl with a whole life ahead of her having been taken home way too soon. Christina’s passing was tragic, she had so much life to live and sadly at the age of 22 was taken. I remember thinking back to what I had thought when I was debating meeting her, that I would meet her next time. It hit me that if I hadn’t met her when I did there wouldn’t have been a next time. It showed me how fragile and valuable life is and how tomorrow is not guaranteed. We never know what is going to happen. We must live in such a way that no matter what happens the ones we love know we love them and the ones who mean the most are shown. Christina left a legacy that will not be forgotten.
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  • My thoughts On Singleness in a Relationship Obsessed World

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    As a single at 25 years of age I’ve spent years hearing people say things like “why are you still single?” “That person would be great for you” “oh, you’ll find the right one someday” and the list of quotes goes on. So these are my thoughts on being single in a relationship obsessed society. While a relationship can be a blessing being single is very much a blessing too. It’s something that would be recognized as such and a whole lot easier if society didn’t teach relationship=happiness and pressure singles to “find somebody”. This causes singles to run out and try to find anybody who is willing to date them in an attempt to attain this happiness and get out from the judgemental “why are you still single” questions. The problem is a relationship doesn’t equal happiness. I would say a relationship=frustration and sorrow. The real equation would be a relationship with the right person = joy, laughter, sorrow, tears and everything in between. The key word is the Right person. The right person will compliment you not complete you and if happiness is what you are seeking and it’s something you don’t already have than you most likely think a significant other will complete you. The only one who can complete you is God and without Him this completion you seek will never be obtained. Another person can’t complete you, only God can do that. If you find you feel an empty place in your heart and you’ve tried to fill it with other things finding no peace or joy than you need to give your life to Jesus. You won’t regret it and He will heal your heart and bring you more joy than you can imagine. Until you allow God to change your heart and mind you will always be searching for fulfillment in the wrong things. Relationships being one of those things most likely. Singleness is a time to be celebrated, there is so much to be thankful for, so much time to grow and learn, to travel and make big decision, to seek God and find out who you are in Him, to serve God and bring the world to cometo know Him. Maybe one day He will bless you with a significant other to share your life with but until then seek God and rejoice in your time of singleness. There’s so much to be thankful for and to rejoice over. Consider my advice it doesn’t come without lesson on my part. After years of waiting for “Mr. right” I’ve come to the conclusion that God is the only one who can complete me and I will no longer put my life on hold for “Mr. Right” to show up (after all there’s so much life to live why waste it) if he comes he comes and if not I’ll have lived a life not missing or on what God has for me. I hope this article has helped some of my fellow single people out there. Live your life, serve God and if He has someone for you they will be in your life when He says it’s time, not before, so don’t try and force it.

    Love and God bless,

    Christine Sawyer

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  • God Is Faithful: A Journal Entry

    This is a first for christinesawyer.net but I thought I’d take a moment to post an article that is more of a journal entry than an actual article. The past few weeks have been very crazy but I have been trusting God to take care of the things I don’t understand. In the past two weeks I have had to seek God for an answer to a life decision that I was unsure of, I’ve been looking for a car, trying to get through each day of work as it comes, I’ve been working on two separate writing projects and I’ve been trying to split my time equally amongst my various obligations. Overall at 24 years old the realities of being an adult have been hitting hard this year and I was worried it would be too stressful for me but God has been faithful to me the whole time keeping me afloat and giving me perspective. I’ve been learning to trust Him with everything, the big, the small and everything in between. While on twitter one day I read a tweet that said “Allow God to reveal and show Himself to be faithful” and over the past few weeks I’ve been trying to seek God and trust His will, will be done in my life. This is how it went:

    As I prayed for the answer to that big life decision awaiting an answer for over a week (that I felt like I already knew what the answer would be but wanted to be patient and wait for confirmation) God reminded me that He was listening and sent the confirmation through a family friend who called me up out of nowhere to tell me something they felt God wanted me to know. This phone call confirmed what I felt God wanted me to do in regards to this decision and thus I received my confirmation. It also confirmed the season I felt God was leading me to. I had a peace about the decision and I’m grateful to God for keeping His promise from Matthew 7:7 when Jesus said “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” I sought the Lord and He answered me. It took a while but in the waiting He taught me the importance of patience and faith, that you need both to serve God.

    Since then I have been in search of a car and seem to be coming up with dead ends everywhere I turn. I was getting discouraged because I felt that I couldn’t afford anything I was finding and anything I could afford had some problems with the gears or the transmission etc. I was starting to feel a bit hopeless, then I talked to a friend and he reminded me that God is faithful. I laid in bed one night and said to God “If You want me to have a car You’re going to have to provide for me because I can’t do this on what I’m making working right now.” A few days later I received my yearly review at work. Not only did I get a really good review but I received a more than generous raise. While I still haven’t found a car in my searching I truly believe that God will provide a car when the time is right. Not a crazy expensive car but a modest one that will get me back and forth to work. God is a provider so when He says it’s time for me to have one He will provide it. I’m not going to sweat it but I’m going to trust. God will take care of me. While for a few days I was discouraged about the outcome of my search, I realize that God knows what I need and when I need it and so I don’t need to force what God has not blessed. I will keep looking and keep praying and one day I will have my own car.
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    “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.”

    The next part probably won’t seem like it fits in this post but it will. I was on twitter after the initial tweet about God showing Himself to be faithful and I saw a tweet by a very well known youtube singer/songwriter that some of you may know as Tyler Ward. (*I do not know Tyler Ward personally nor is he affiliated with this page) Tyler had posed the question “If you could know only one thing about your future, what would you choose to know? OR…would you prefer not to know?” I generally don’t tweet people who are popular on twitter because I know they are busy and don’t have time to respond but Tyler seems like someone who tries to acknowledge his fans to the best of his abilities. So I posted response to his tweet saying “as cool as it’d be to know about the future I think there is a beauty in the not knowing because that’s where faith comes in.” A few hours later I received a response from Tyler Ward. It was short and as I mentioned earlier Tyler and I do not know each other but it was an answer. I don’t know the reason why Tyler asked that question on twitter but what I do know and what he may not have realized when asking this question was that his question posed was the answer to my own questions. That we may not always know what’s going to happen in our lives whether it be good or bad the beauty of the not knowing is in the fact that God does and that’s where faith comes in. It got me thinking about the beauty of faith and the not knowing. It says in Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Without hope we can not have faith, the two work hand in hand. The not knowing teaches us to trust God and have hope in Him and when we have that we have faith. While things don’t always go the way we’d like them to we can rest in knowing that God is indeed faithful and God is indeed looking out for us and taking care of us.

    God over the past few weeks has shown Himself to be faithful even though things didn’t completely work out the way I had thought they would. As I’ve trusted God the past few weeks He has proven Himself faithful just as the twitter page had encouraged me to trust. The more I’ve trusted, the more I’ve sought, the more I’ve trusted, the more that He has inspired me to write and to extend myself in other areas of my life. I looked for a car, talked to dealers and inquired about a loan. I didn’t get a car but I learned a lot about myself and I grew a little bit more as a person. All these things that made me nervous and a bit timid before I have pursued. I received confirmation from God through a family friend, encouragement from another friend and extended myself on twitter and received an answer. On this end note God is faithful and He knows what He’s doing. I’m grateful for the past few weeks because God used all different situations to teach me a lot. Sometimes we have to fight to remember what we already know and over the past few weeks God has shown Himself to me and has reminded me of those things through many different circumstances and people. It’s amazing how God speaks to us if we would only listen. So the next time you feel hopeless or are lacking in faith remember, God is always faithful: He keeps His promises to those who serve and seek Him, if you seek God with all of your heart you will find God (Jeremiah 29:13) and God speaks to us all differently and it’s important to never forget to listen when asking for the answers: you never know what, when where and through whom He will speak.
    Love and God Bless,
    Christine

    Oh and this was the tweet I was talking about: *Note Tyler Ward and myself do not know each other personally and Tyler Ward is not affiliated with this page.

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