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Wait for me NOW!

As I mentioned before, LiveJournal often turns up things that disturb me (and usually not from my friends list). Today's example is the Wait For Me Journal: Thoughts for My Future Husband by Rebecca St. James (you can even preview pages of this totally awesome book!). The entry mentioning it fawned over what a wonderful, godly idea it was, as did the comments. If this is so, I'm thinking of a few other versions we might try.

Show Me The Money Journal: Thoughts for My Future Fortune: In both the Old and New Testaments, God blesses people with wealth and resources. And sure, there are warnings about money. But there are also similar warnings about family, and we all know that marriage and family are Jesus' very favorite things ever! Besides, God has placed a genuine desire for money in my heart, and He's given me the gifts to be a good steward of it, so there's no way He would make me this way unless He planned to give me a fortune—people often say the same thing about their desires and gifts to be married and have children as confirmation of God's future will, and they can't be wrong!

Get Away From Me Journal: Thoughts for My Future Singleness: We know that both singleness and marriage are gifts from God. Some churches teach that these gifts are limited: "If you have the desire to be married, then you don't have the gift of singleness." It stands to reason, then, that the opposite would be true: those who have the genuine gift of marriage would never desire to be single. Unfortunately, some realize only after marriage that they have a desire to be single. If so, this journal is for you! Just as there are people across the country praying for God to give them the gift of marriage they long for, you can lift your hopes to Him to have your gift of singleness restored. It may be God's desire for you to spend hour upon hour setting your heart's desire on a "gift swap" and letting this be your most heartfelt prayer before Him—many single people have been encouraged to do this for years with much success!

Hurry Up And Wait For Me Journal: Honest Thoughts for My Future Husband: Since this is for The One The Lord Would Have For You, why not be completely honest and let him know just where he fits in your life? This version actually uses the same material as the 2002 Rebecca St. James classic, but encourages the journalmaker to dig deeper in her answers. Some sample entries:
  • When I think of you, I am reminded of...the fact that you are someone I am completely making up in my head, the one against whom I will be measuring actual flesh-and-blood men for the rest of my life (until God's perfect timing brings you to me!). Someday you will come along and fill in the empty part of my soul (well, you AND God...but you're FROM God, so thats OK!). I'm also reminded that you're the reason my youth leader told me not to have sex—I mean, I know it's for God and stuff, but it's you I'm saving myself for. If it was just to obey God and I didn't know you were waiting for me, I think I'd go cRaZy!!!1!! *blushes*
  • My hopes for our future together are...Well, first we will have a bEaUti-FULL wedding (I am SO looking forward to showing you the scrapbooks I've made for our dream wedding!!!!1!!1). I think we'll do missions together for a while, and then start our family (two girls and a boy: Britteny, Madyson, and Gideon). And I hope our happiness will not only be for us to enjoy, but will give others, especially single people, so much hope in What The Lord Would Have For Them with a wonderful marriage! *squeal*
  • I trust God's perfect timing because...God is AWESOME! He is so good, and He made me with the desire to be a wife and mommy like, forEVER (seriously!). So I know He's going to give you to me, even though I can't find exactly in the Bible where it says that (besides, the Bible is too big and freaky looking!). I just KNOW it, and so I spend time every day with Jesus writing in this journal to you and praying for you. I ♥ this journal—it's the best $20 I ever spent (I bought it with the book!). Sometimes I forget other stuff I want to pray about, like for poor people and stuff in other countries, but you are always in my heart. *happy sigh*

I think I'm onto something...

Comments

omg, omg! I thnk u r totally on 2 s/t, u r so so so SMART!
ty, ty!1!!!1! ^___^
You could actually sell the Money one.
Isn't there already something like that called "The Prayer of Jabeaz"? ;)
:)
hahaha. This is seriously the best entry on my friends page today. Great satire.
This kind of claptrap seriously ticks me off. I'll probably end up writing more about it in the future, now that I'm wound up.
Well thank you for having the wisdom to agree with me! ;)

(Seriously, this stuff is misguided and awful.)
10 10 10

Perfect Score.
Hooray! I get the gold!
okay, so i just finally looked at the "preview" of her journal. . .
. . . . .
. . . ugh.
Isn't it horrid?
Will you have a copy of any of these on hand when Peggy and I come to your church on Sunday? I'd really like to get my hands on that money one ;)
You're coming Sunday? Hooray!
Some day when we are sitting across from each other and have downed at least one excellent pint, I'll tell you why Rebecca St. James gives me the heebs.
I heard a rumor from barlow_girl that she did/does.
Brilliant....and in my heart I just know that you are the ONE for Rebecca. Thank you, my brother. I'm getting thirsty like that other boy.

Remember: Sayin' I love you don't cost nothing.
The three of us with a pint and an evening—that says I love you like crazy.
LOL!! That is the funniest thing I have read in a long, long time.

Totally classic, Banzai.

I am crying I am laughing so hard.

I have to start my own:

Get Away From Me Journal: Thoughts for My Future Singleness

Not that I have to tell any poor blokes to get away from me but you know, the thought it there! LOL. Whoo!!
hahah! This totally made me smirk in the middle of an afternoon I was prepared to let make me bitter. Thanks!
I love the way your writing would tick off anyone even remotely Baptist/fundamental/really conservative.

I myself having grown up in that exact environment have finally "seen the light," LOL, of the idiocy of trying to picture one's future mate. What a way to limit God! Or totally screw over the amazing person He's brought you because you're too looking for that ideal you had in your head!

MAJOR personal connection to this. Because God just does. not. work. in our boxes. So would someone stop telling girls to put their hope in a future husband to keep them away from sex, and instead perhaps (gasp!) have the audacity to suggest they find their fulfillment in Christ - permanently - and not just their future homemaker aspirations?!

There is NOTHING wrong with wanting to be a mom. But I've seen way too many girls messed up, even moreso than looking to their current partner, by dreaming and setting their hopes on their future spouse. HELLO! God is NOT supposed to be this temporary satisfaction till the REAL man walks into the picture. He is the end all completer of the soul.

Which stinks, because we're taught... LOL, ok, sorry, score two for banzai - here comes an entry in my journal just for you.
I love the way your writing would tick off anyone even remotely Baptist/fundamental/really conservative.

Oooh, I'm Baptist and I so was not ticked off by this. But more by your comment that totally generalized people based on denomination.

But, banzai I did find this quite humorous, which is interesting since I believe that we had a discussion about this once in fringebenefits's journal.
ok i am gonna bite my tongue on most of this

it seems to me we all have our view on what is a good idea for a ministry and it vessel of delivery

to be honest...and blatently...your sarcasm about her ministry is as embarressing as her cheezyness...

yeah she goes about it in a very milk way (vs meat) but for young girls who may be new to faith and looking for direction this may guide them in the path long enough to get strong.

I didnt wait. I wish someone had come to me with something more than God will burn you in hell for this. Had i thought at all about a future when i would have to tell my husband about my past because it is effecting my body now...maybe i would have been spared pain and the memories of a horrid past

this isnt for the happily or at least secure in themselves singles....it is for the 16 year old newly saved young girl looking for something to hold on to until the fully can digest the meat of the bible and know the joy that fulfilling God's will and that doing that is enough...

I know it seems cheezy....but so does alot of other ministries to me...but we all have our place...
its a body....not everyone can be the head or the heart...some of us have to be the pinky toe...
Honesty in return:

There aren't earthly spouses coming for everyone who is single, or everyone who desires to be married. That's a false hope not based in Scripture, and Christians need to stop dealing it out as if it's truth, especially to youth. A teacher or church that deals in false hope will cause people to stumble—they will hate hope, with good reason.

I do not believe Christians should ever be taught or treated in such a way that "love" of a hypothetical future spouse is more motivating than the love of a real and present Savior. It may be great behavior modification, but it's not the gospel. It's His love that says sex is beautiful and His authority that commands it to be reserved for marriage—not a fantasy spouse's, or even a real one's later in life.

I cannot support teaching people to focus on and fall in love with fantasies when Jesus is real, regardless of whether one marries or remains single. That just trades one form of idolatry and slavery for another.

The cheesiness is beside the point; it's the theology that's wrong.