Ashley Love, the daughter of Pastor Alvin Love and gospel singer CeCe Winans is getting married. Ashley, who is 29, shared her journey of waiting on God’s best for her in a blog post on thefoxfitness.com
In the blog post she shared what she calls “5 P’s” that are essential in the quest for love:
Perspective – You need to define what marriage means to you, why you want to get married
and what your expectations of it are. More importantly, you need to make sure those reasons
and expectations line up with God’s word.
Prayer – This was the most crucial aspect of my journey to marriage. It builds your faith when
you pray and ask for specific things, because when God answers, you know it was Him. Prayer
has a way of lifting you up and bringing you into agreement with God’s will.
Patience – This is not simply waiting, but it is waiting with a great attitude.
Persistence – This is more for the men. You are the initiator and the one that must follow
through. Don’t let intimidation or fear of rejection stop you from going after what you want. Many
times, ladies are won over by a man’s persistence, confidence and decisiveness. There is of
course a balance to this, and I believe the Holy Spirit will guide you in knowing when to keep
pushing and when to gracefully let it go and move on.
Peace – This is a must. If there is a lack of peace, more than likely, God is not behind it. Pursue
the Lord first and foremost, then seek and wait for love from a place of rest. The best indicator
that you are in the will of God is if you have His peace within.
I want everyone reading this who is not yet married to be encouraged. The desire for marriage
is from the Lord, and He has a set time for everything. Trust that He will give you exactly what
you need and want at the exact right time. If you are submitted to God and are honoring Him
with your decisions, you will not miss out. Of course, it would be wonderful if we could get
everything we wanted when we felt we were ready for it, but that wouldn’t require hope or faith,
two things that really please the Lord. It’s about the journey; what we learn on it and how we
grow from it. These may all be cliché things to say and you may not always want to hear it, but
it’s the truth! When you feel like you’re tired of waiting, wait some more. There will always be the
temptation to be discontent with life. No matter what stage of life we’re in or what we’re waiting
for, we must be grateful, enjoy every single day and make the most of exactly where we are.