New blog series: Wait for Me

14 Jul

It’s been almost three years now since I truly felt compassion for young people. In November 2009, I attended a retreat for students as a youth leader and witnessed hundreds of students with backgrounds of abuse, depression and addiction flee to the altar to receive the grace and mercy of God. My heart broke for them. I began to hope that someday, somehow, I’d find my way into ministry.

Right now I’m working a regular “day job.” I absolutely love it, but it’s not the end for me. And I’ve also realized that I don’t have to be a pastor’s wife to be “in ministry.” No, my ministry is here and now, not in 10 years. It’s every Sunday and Wednesday that I devote to my youth group. It’s the ministry-related freelancing I do on the side. And, it’s this blog.

And my biggest passion for teens and young adults is a topic that is laughed and scoffed at by our sex-obsessed culture. It’s purity.

I’ve blogged about purity before, encouraging others to view it not as “unrealistic,” but as possible. (See the category “Pure Encouragement” for my posts on that topic.) But now I want to do something even more.

A few weeks ago I discovered the band for KING & COUNTRY and also found out that the men in the band are actually Rebecca St. James’ younger brothers. I got SO excited! I grew up on Rebecca’s music, and as I began to reflect on the impact her music had on me, I immediately remembered her most popular song, “Wait for Me.” So I decided to look her up on Twitter, and through a series of tweets, I discovered she actually has a book called Wait for Me that she published in 2002.

As I began to pray about my future just this morning, I once again felt that compassion I experienced in 2009. But it was a more specific compassion–a compassion for those who are both either 1) waiting for the one or 2) giving their hearts and bodies to anyone who’ll have them. I want both sides to see that purity is a beautiful thing, and that “waiting until marriage” is the best option and absolutely possible. I know many people who have waited. It’s how God intended it to be!

So, starting this Tuesday, I’m going to be blogging about Rebecca’s book Wait for Me. I’m so excited to dig into it today and begin writing about it. Every Tuesday I’ll publish a new post about it. There are seven chapters, so this will take seven weeks.

So, if you’re unmarried–male or female–this is goes out to you. (Even if you are married, these lessons can be for you, too, to someday share with your children.)

And let me also note that I refuse to be “preachy” or condemning. I’m learning, too–and I admit that I am not perfect. These will be lessons I learn and share with you. And I also want to note that Rebecca addresses second chances in her book. So don’t turn and run away if you have a past. Please stay.

I would be honored if you would stay tuned and walk out this journey with me. I’d encourage you even to read the book along with me. It’s only $9.99 on iBooks!

Thank you for reading and I hope you’ll come back on Tuesday!

Jen

13 Responses to “New blog series: Wait for Me”

  1. cortland jones July 14, 2012 at 11:31 am #

    AMEN! May God bless you and help others through your inspiration to serve His purpose in your genration as He did David!

  2. debi July 14, 2012 at 1:16 pm #

    Kudos to you and I admire your love of the Lord and spreading his good news in this forum. Thanks for checking out my blog as well. May God richly bless you!

  3. Dennis July 14, 2012 at 1:45 pm #

    Jen,

    I am excited for this series of blogs to start, and that you undertaking a complex, misunderstood, difficult subject of purity.

    I think we all don’t have to be “pastors” to minister to those in need. I am so glad you really want to speak to the youth and guide them, because there is such a need for leadership in this area. So many are following the lead of the Kardishians or the like. In my experiences with the youth, there is much brokeness in their hearts because failed or strained relationships in the family, especially with their parents. This results in them making poor decisions in their sexual identity and forming solid relationships. I think this will be some honest talk and speak into the brokeness of the hearts of the youth. Thank you for taking on this important subject.

    Dennis

    • Jennifer Hope July 16, 2012 at 8:07 pm #

      Hi Dennis-

      I totally agree with everything above! I see so many young people coming from broken families and looking for love in the wrong places as a result. I want to reach those hearts & pray God would use me. Thanks for stopping by & for encouraging me!!

  4. alwayzhis July 14, 2012 at 4:37 pm #

    Praise God Jennifer for what the Lord is leading you to do!! The youth of this country/society so NEED to find the Lord Jesus Christ! They are the lost generation. I have 5 (of my 16) grand children in this group and my heart aches for them, but I do notice that they are very open to the Scripture! I am adding you to my daily prayers—
    Many blessings…
    Stephanie

    • Jennifer Hope July 16, 2012 at 8:06 pm #

      Hi Stephanie- thank you so much! You are such an encouragement!

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