I’ve been praying for my future husband probably as long as I’ve been able to speak. That’s what a good Proverbs 31 woman does, right? Usually, it’s my final prayer before drifting off to sleep at night, which may be why I have this recurring dream of marrying Tim Tebow. My prayers may have included the following things and in no particular order—May he …
- Never want to stop dating me. (Which means actually asking me to go on a date and not make me figure out if we are just “talking.”)
- Have a BIG heart for kids. (Both our own, obviously, and those we interact with in ministry.)
- Want to serve together. (Not only at church, but at home and in the community as well.)
- Be able to balance a checkbook. (Which means not having to start a new checkbook register each month because of forgetting to mark down certain expenses. Not that I do this. Ok, maybe I do this.)
- Have at least one flannel in his closet. (Preferably more, but absolutely NO Crocs!)
- Have at least one suit in his closet. (As much as I love flannels, I love seeing guys looking sharp and tailored in a nice suit.)
- Be able to grow a full beard. (Not including that Amish style beard.)
- Deal graciously with my sassiness. (In case of a sass emergency, chocolate will help.)
- Read the Bible with me.
- Lead our family using the Bible.
- Never ask me to play Uno. (Or if he does, know that he isn’t allowed to lay a Draw 4 down for me.)
- Remove his hair from the shower walls. (I’ll clean the shower, but hair grosses me out.)
- Deal with all rodents and reptile issues. (I’ll gladly kill all spiders without a single complaint.)
- Like all my Facebook posts.
- Tell me I’m beautiful even while as a grown woman I’m still getting pimples.
- Help me make the bed every morning.
- Hold my hand in church.
- Not mind it when I sing off key. (Including in the car and in the shower!)
- Love me like Christ loves the Church. (Yup. I said it. Not an easy bill to fill, but neither is a woman who submits. We’ll both need to be pursuing crucified lives to do this!)
- Encourage weekend naps.
- Cheer for the Buffalo Bills (Except if they’re playing his team. Unless his team is the New England Patriots.)
- Be generous. (Toward all people, with his time, talents and gifts.)
- Live a life devoted to bringing glory to God.
- Be tall enough to reach the high shelves in the kitchen for me. (Don’t worry, I’ll grab stuff on the lower shelves for him.)
In all seriousness, it’s extremely important to be praying for your future spouse as a single person. Having a devoted prayer life prepares our hearts as we wait and keeps us focused and communicating with our Heavenly Father. We only want what He has for us anyway, and prayer will continue to bring us to that conclusion. Not our will, Father, but Yours be done.
Although I can’t be completely certain, I do pray God has a man out there for me and that one day when we meet he’ll tell me he was praying just as feverently for me, too. Until then, I want to be committed to praying for him and then not stop praying for him until death do us part.