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This post is such a summary that I made and understand from book Lady in Waiting by Jackie Kendall and Debby Jones
Read the others Chapters:
Chapter #1 Lady of Reckless Abandonment
Chapter #3 Lady of Faith
Chapter #4 Lady of Virtue
Chapter #5 Lady of Devotion
Chapter #6 Lady of Purity
Chapter #7 Lady of Security
Chapter #8 Lady of Contentment
Chapter #9 Lady of Conviction
Chapter #10 Lady of Patience
No Time to Waste
“Please let me go to the field and glean among the ears of grain after one in whose sight I may find a favor.” And she said to her, “Go, my daughter.” (Ruth 2:2)
Since Ruth move in with her mother in law, she was willing to use her life working diligently at everything Lord called her to do. She didn’t really care about her status as a single lady (a widow). Ruth didn’t even really care that that time she was a stranger in new land, not afraid to walk into a totally unfamiliar situation.
Most of single woman stay home rather than travel alone into the unknown place and situation. We acctually miss out the chance of encouraged by others, making a new relationship. Sometimes I did this situation, I mean stay home alone. And that alone situation lead to the feel loneliness :D. and I realize I lose my chance to make a new experience. Being a Lady of Diligence is to take a step and be the volunteer. Let’s get involved and take lesson of every new experience.
Free to Follow
6 “As for foreigners who become followers of the LORD and serve him, who love the name of the LORD and want to be his servants – all who observe the Sabbath and do not defile it, and who are faithful to my covenant – 7 I will bring them to my holy mountain; I will make them happy in the temple where people pray to me. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on my altar, for my temple will be known as a temple where all nations may pray.” (Isaiah 56:6-7)
As a single woman, are we busy serving Jesus during our free time, or we waste our time trying to pursue and seeking an available guy? Ruth as a widow didn’t use her free time for something unworthy, she went right away to work. Ruth went after God after years living in darkness. But eventhough, God gladly received her service, Ruth bound herself to the service of Lord.
As a human, our selfish nature tends to focus on thing that we do not have rather than on what we have ‘free time’ which can be use for ourselves even others. Is our life on hold until we have someone to hold? Then hold on to Jesus, who will never dissapointed us.
A Full Place Setting
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come so that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.” (John 10:10)
Do we still believe that abundant life is only for married woman? Do we still have that such of thought that woman with a husband, children, and a settled condition is more satisfied than we are? Life is fullest and satisfying only when we diligently serve the Lord, in whatever our condition.
“As is ussually the case, as soon as I stopped asking what was in it for me and began asking what I was meant to give, things began to improve, beginning with my attitude. I continue to grow and be greatly strengthened in my relatioship with God one-on-one and to seek out where I can serve those around me.”
Singleness is an enviable condition. An unmarried woman has something that a married woman hasn’t: extra time for Jesus. Many young women waste valuable years as we wait for life to begin – after marriage. We rarely realize the priceless free time they waste until it’s gone. If we love serving Jesus, we should not waste our free time. Let’s help others as we still capable cause selfcenteredness will rob us from the joy of serving.
“Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:58)
A verse above describes Lady of Diligence attitude toward ministry and service for the Lord:
• Diligence and the ministry of teaching: we should consider our self for leading a discipleship group and teaching them what we know about the Lord.
• Diligence and the ministry of encouragement: “The tongue thet brings healing is a tree of life, but deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.” (Proverbs 15:4 NIV).
• Diligence and the ministry of prayer: Do we have a prayer partner? Who can help us pray for others, who can encourage us to keep God’s perspective on our commitment to being all God wants us to be. Together with our partner prayer can participate in God-given prayer projects even discover how we can take our concerns for others and pray for them.
• Diligence and the ministry of service: Rather than wasting our precious time fantasizing about an earthly lover, take action of aout free time to serve the :Lord of Heaven. Single women are not “Sleeping Beauties” waiting for prince to fight through the thorns and past the wicked witch to finally kiss them awake.
• Diligence and the ministry of writing: “He who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.” (Proverbs 11:25b NIV). A personal note, though serves as oxygen to the soul of the recipient.
• Diligence and the ministry of listening: when someone is grieving, our presence gives more power than our words. When someone is burdened, we may wanna just listen and silently pray rather than give a solution. A listener provides a healing audience for someone who is hurting. Being a listener needs loving and listening heart.
• Diligence and the ministry of hospitality: what a way to share the love of Christ with someone who needs to see Christianity in action.
• Diligence and the ministry of helps: helping others with the “dailies” of life is a gift that breaks their exhausting monotony. For those who are diligently going after Jesus and the privilege of serving Him by helping others, He records such works (Matthew 25:34-35).
“Let’s take a look at again our schedule and decide how some of our free time that wasted yesterday might be redeemed today. Use wisely our free time and we’ll get the gift of no regrets.”