At the young age of twelve, I attended a True Love Waits Conference and pledged to remain sexually pure until my wedding night. 23 years later, on August 16th, 2015, I handed that pledge to my husband on our wedding night!
While waiting those 23 years to meet Greg, I dated many “frogs” and wondered if God would ever bring a godly man into my life to marry. Again and again my parents (and other key people in my life) encouraged me to choose hope and continue living my life to the fullest. It wasn’t easy as I found myself attending countless weddings and baby showers! But my support network challenged me to use my singleness to do great things for God…and by God’s amazing grace, that’s exactly what I did. I shared my journey of singleness (and sexual integrity) with as many young people as I possibly could. My goal? To give them hope that they’re not in this battle alone and to inspire them to wait for God’s best.
What helped me wait to be sexually active until my wedding night? Was it a stellar sense of self worth? Maybe self-control made out of steel? No, neither of those. Sure, some might blame it on the fact that I am a firstborn – you know…the responsible, rule following type. But it goes much deeper than that. What led me to make different choices than my peers was primarily one thing, godly adult influence – people that were Jesus with skin on to me.
The first place I met Jesus was in the home – through my parents. My parents have been married now 44 years and have done an amazing job modeling a healthy marriage to my brothers and me. Not only did they model covenant love to each other, they also loved us unconditionally. They listened to us, believed in us, and encouraged us. Most importantly, they consistently pointed us to Jesus and discipled us into a saving relationship with Christ. Their presence made all the difference in the world!
In addition to my parents’ influence, God brought quality mentors into my life that spoke the same truth into my heart. Their words of wisdom and guidance strengthened my conviction to wait to be sexually active until marriage and in turn, stand out from the crowd.
Godly adult influences were an anchor for my soul when the storms of life tried to blow me over. How well anchored are your children?
Reflect and Respond:
- If you’re married, what does your marriage demonstrate to your children? Is it time to get away and focus on each other? Consider Family Life Today’s Weekend to Remember. Check out familylife.com/WTR to learn more.
- How many godly adult influences do your children have? Consider each of your children individually and work together as a couple to brainstorm the godly (and not so godly!) influences in their lives. Then after spending time in prayer, make a list of action steps you can take to build more godly adult influences in their lives while minimizing the negative ones.
- Read and discuss Proverbs 11:14 and Proverbs 15:22 as a family. Discuss the importance of having advisors/mentors throughout life. Make a point to mention that it doesn’t matter the age or stage of life we’re in, we all need one! Consider brainstorming as a family the qualities of an ideal advisor/mentor and who may already be playing that role in their lives.