Already A Bride

King James Bible  Proverbs 18:22
Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.

The scripture says findeth a “wife”, it did not say, he that findeth the woman who will become his wife, she is already a wife.   Wow….so what does this mean? This means that if you desire to be married and are faithfully praying for a husband then you should already be a wife.   Now, this does not mean that you go down  to the local Wal-Mart and find yourself a pretty little lacey thing to put on for your boo.  I most certainly do not mean that!  Sex is certainly a wonderful and sacred part of marriage but what you have to remember is that after the honeymoon, after you kiss each other good morning and start out on a new day, there are bills to pay, cars to maintain, schedules to coincide, there are considerations for each other that may be an inconvenience to you, yep,  you just may have to sacrifice!   Okay, it is great to be able to throw down in the bedroom and have him crave you like an afternoon snack, but you have to be wife MINDED too!!!

Every marriage is like a fingerprint.  It is different and unique in it’s own way.  Sometimes in a marriage the roles are reversed and some marriages are still very traditional.  There is nothing wrong with either as long as you and your spouse both agree. 

So what is already being a bride about?  For example, a nursing student goes through four years of nursing school, but they are not technically considered a practicing nurse until they have taken their Boards and passed all sorts of tests and certifications.  The college would not stick a student in a hospital room to care for a patient with out having prepared then to do so.  Same goes for you, the unmarried wife, God is allowing you this time of singleness to prepare.  Don’t use this time to sulk about being single or to make poor decisions in dating that will affect you down the line.  Now is the time to gather or fine tune your skill sets, and to become the best possible version of you before walking down that aisle.

We are going to dive into this some more, but here are some questions that you need to ask yourself for now:

-Physically – What are you doing physically to be ready for your husband?  Are you comfortable with your body?

-What is your skill set outside of the bedroom? Okay great… you can drop it down and bring it back up , but like I said earlier unfortunately the hours spent in the bedroom are limited and then you still have to sneak in some time to sleep.

-Can you prepare a decent home cooked meal?  Manage the bills?

-Can you sew a button on or tie a tie?

-Do you know how to clean a home?  I am not talking about throwing stuff in a back room.  I am talking about cleaning and organizing so that the two of you can live comfortably and find things.

-Do you know how to maintain a home?  Cut grass, manage repairs, etc.  I am not saying that you have to but if you had to at any point… could you? If your husband became ill or hurt, could you fill in the gaps until he recovered?

-Spiritually speaking, are praying for your husband now, even before you come together?  Are you praying that he is allowing God to keep him and prepare him for you?  Could you pray him through and be a support to him in the rough times?

-Are you prepared to be an emotional support to your husband?

-Do you have hobbies?  Do you participate in groups or activities that will enrich you outside of spending time with your spouse?

The list could go on and on.  In the weeks ahead we will tackle some of these keys areas with more blogs and even guest speakers, so that we all might have a better understanding of how to effectively become an unmarried wife.

Shhhh…. I hear wedding bells in the distance, but now is the time to prepare.

The Single Foundation

When two people meet the foundations that they have built as single people will puzzle together. Relationships start way before you ever meet “your person”, the relationship starts with you. How does this happen? Here are some questions that you can ask or do:

  1. We are constantly learning about ourselves, but do you have a sense of who you are, what you want in life and where you could go?
  2. Do you know what you want in a relationship? Do you believe in marriage or just companionship with no legalities?
  3. How do you view and handle money?
  4. Are you becoming the best version of yourself? Physically? Emotionally? Spiritually? Financially? Relationally?
  5. Would you ever change your faith or religion?

These are just a few of many, many questions. When you think about questions like these and if the person that you meet thinks about questions like these when you two meet you can discuss these together and will see how the puzzle pieces of the foundations that you have individually cultivated will join together, if they will join together. Sometimes the pieces will not fit and that is okay. At least you know. Sometimes those will fit and then you can decide to stay on the journey of getting to know, learn and possibly love each other or you can decide to go another route. The key here is knowing where each other stands, what each other wants, and what you are willing to work through or walk away.

Your Natural Self

I used to work with a woman who said that she woke up every morning hours before her husband to shower, shampoo and then flat iron her hair. I know this because she told me one day after complimenting me on my natural hair. After the compliment she confessed that her hair was very curly like mine, but that her husband hated curly hair and forbid her to ever wear her hair curly. How sad? How sad it must be to not be accepted, loved and appreciated in your natural state, especially by someone who says that they love you. The person that committed to her, did not fully commit to her, but rather committed to her altered state that she is committed to presenting to him day in and day out.

I have had someone tell me that they like long straight hair, as I sat there with thick shiny curls flowing over thick shiny curls? I am not trying to branch off into a race issue here, but as a black woman, to hear a black man tell you that they like long straight hair, it is really kind of a slap in the face. Now I know black women who do have fine silky hair that grows from the roots on their head, it is real, but that is not me. When this man told me that, I told him that he should go find a woman with long straight hair because that is not me. He then suggested that maybe I get a relaxer. Really? My anger was building a bit when I told him that I would not get a relaxer, that will not damage my hair ironing it out every day so that he can pretend to love what I look like and not who I really am in every sense, mentally AND physically aka…my natural state. I guess my frustration is how can a man who has the same hair as I do growing from his own head, have such a distaste for my hair….we have the same hair!!!! This my friends this is a conversation for another platform, so let me bring this back home and here it is- the person that says they love you, needs to love you in your natural state.

Life is hard enough and you should not have the extra pressure of constantly trying to present an altered state of yourself to someone. I am not saying that you should never put on makeup, or iron your hair, or make any other enhancements to yourself, you can, Lord knows I do. But…. at the end of the day, when the doors are closed to the world, and you have stepped into your oasis to wash the cares of the day away and it is just you and your person alone together…when the make-up is off, the wig or extensions are off, your hair is freshly washed and natural, the heels are off, or the eyelash extensions are placed back in their case -you should be able to stand there completely naked and natural and find love and acceptance in the arms of the person who say that they love you…you.