The Challenge of Being Single Opens Women to Trust

I own a circular saw and I use it too.  I put my safety glasses on, really think about where and how I’m cutting my board, and I go for it.  And…I’m the proud creator of a set of closet shoe shelves that look GOOD and are so wonderfully efficient, if I do say so myself.  That may not seem like a big deal to some. I mean, HGTV testifies to the fact that women can be carpenters, too. But for me, it was a big deal.  I grew up with the understanding that circular saws, drills, nail guns, etc were Daddy’s tools and that basically a circular saw was too dangerous for me to handle.  Since I was single and without the manly power of a husband, and had limited resources of help, I could feel rather alone in my situation.  I’m also rather hesitant to ask others for help, so I would lament over the fact that I just wanted some boards cut.  Of course, buying and learning to use a circular saw was only one of many things that would challenge me in my singleness.  There have been other things in my life that I would have to tackle alone and confront my feelings of discomfort or inadequacy…house decisions, auto repairs, speaking in front of a large group and even writing this paragraph.  But, I found that I really WASN’T alone.  God was with me all along the way.  He has challenged me to rise above what I think I’m capable of doing and to realize that He is the man in my life that I can lean on.  The challenges of the unknown and unsettling aren’t easy, but they are enormously rewarding as God reveals how much He can do in me.  The value of this growth experience takes on a whole different meaning when there is only me involved vs. a husband and me.  One of God’s greatest desires is for us to recognize how much He is there for us.  “Trust the LORD with all your heart, and don’t depend on your own understanding.  Remember the LORD in all you do, and he will give you success.  Proverbs 3: 5-6   What better way is there for us to recognize HE can supply ALL our needs, than in our aloneness with Him.

 Laurie Harris

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