Girls, I am so excited to introduce you to my sweet friend, Priscilla! She a close friend, mentor, and sort of adopted older sister to me, and I have gotten to see an up-close view of the practical living of a poured-out, vibrant single life in Priscilla. She is 32 years old, and although she would welcome marriage and motherhood, she is fully engaged in the life God has given her now.
I asked Priscilla to do an interview for this post, and I’m so excited to share with you all a bit of her story and heart. I think you’ll feel her sweet spirit emanating as she shares. My hope is that you will be inspired to live to the hilt whatever life God has given you TODAY!
Without further ado, here’s the interview! (My questions in italics, her answers in bold)
Allison: Have you ever struggled with being single?
Priscilla: Yes, I struggled more so in my late teens early twenties. Now, I’m at a point of total bliss and contentment. Praise Jesus!
What has helped you to reach an attitude of delight and gratefulness for this single season?
Delighting in Jesus instead of my desires, dreams, or wishes.
Flexibility-embracing God’s best for each day.
Anchoring my life in God’s Word and in Truth.
Living a dynamic life with purpose and passion, to the full.=)
Lovingly, Joyfully surrendered to Him.
What skills have you learned as a single woman?
Personal finances (understanding how adopting a frugal lifestyle will earn me pennies)
Maintaining a budget and investing dollars
Leaning about other cultures
Developing a sense of fashion with modesty
How have you actively pursued serving God and embracing His mission for you as a single woman?
I have made myself available to God first, my family and others. I’m willing to serve wherever God opens a door.
Eight years ago God opened the door for me to study nursing. God is using this career in mighty ways. It’s a blessing in my life and with that I want to bless and serve others.
I believe hard work is foundational to being a successful women.
Hard work is a good and godly thing. Ecc 9:10a….”Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.”
I love participating on the family farm!
I did some volunteering and serving in foreign countries…..and look forward to more in the future.
What things have you done to further the Gospel and serve the least of these (poor, widows, orphans, sick, etc)?
In 2013 I had the privilege to serve (for a brief time) at a food bank in Israel. I helped with packing food boxes and food distribution.
Showing love by baking or cooking for disadvantaged families/widows, sick neighbors/friends.
Sitting down and giving a listening ear to someone that is discouraged/not well and needs to talk.
Going out for ice-cream or coffee with co-workers.
In 2015 God opened the door for assisting my friend with her vision for young womens retreats in Iowa.
2016 Mexico– young womens retreats.
2017 volunteered/served 2 weeks at Kaplan Medical centre in Israel and 2 weeks at the Rehovot congregation in Israel.
Have there been any times in your single life thus far that have been especially challenging and why?
One thing that I find challenging is balancing independence/freedom and at the same time honoring my parents. Let me explain….at a certain age in life parents should pull back and allow freedom to “responsible adults” (age can vary).
Ultimately, me as a single adult must give an account to God, with my actions and how I live my life. In my case, with living at home well into my 30’s, I had to make a serious commitment to God. I respect and honor my parents and still live an independent life, with my Saviour and anchored in God’s Word.
What is your favorite thing about being single?
No stress! =)) not true.
It’s an AMAZING adventure!
Spending time in the Word. Prioritizing my time with the Lord.
Embracing mentorship and accountability.
Giving God the first fruits of my day.
Spending quality sibling time!
Living the adventure.
Getting busy serving others.
Meeting and learning new cultures.
Stepping out of my comfort zone.
And just living a vibrant and zestful life to the full…..it just gets better and better!
What is the biggest lesson you have learned during the last ten years?
WAIT and SURRENDER.
There is a God who makes “everything beautiful in HIS time.” Eccl 3:11
I had and still have many visions (not limited to marriage) and I am witnessing first hand the fact that life-changing ministry can only happen when I lay down my own agenda and surrender to His. God has a purpose and a plan and God gives visions, then He takes us down to the valley to batter us into the shape of the vision, and it is in the valley that so many of us faint and give way. Every vision will be made real if we will have patience.
God had to shape and batter me and is still working on me. My story is being written right now, and the choices I make TODAY will affect how it ends.
I want to finish strong with the Lord’s help.
He is worthy of my everything.
These final six words should be the goal of every Christian’s life. “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Matt 25:23
I will close with two amazing quotes….
“Be inspired with a vision for what is possible when you leave the pen in God’s hands.”
“Peace does not dwell in outward things, but in the heart prepared to wait trustfully and quietly on Him who has all things safely in His hands.” — Elisabeth Elliot
My dear friend… God is for you. When we can’t, He still can.
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