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August 17, 2006

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jenny

Great stuff Carolyn! I know that I have used the "open/closed door" thing when talking to others, but you are so right that it's got to be an open door that aligns with God's will that we know of already. I love Mr Blackaby's reference to door watchers - that's so spot on!
Thanks again for your encouraging blog. Blessings to you and all.

manet

I agree with what Mr. Blackaby stressed out. It just can't be "God's (decretive) will" if it goes against "His (declared) will". I am very thankful that we took up this topic on God's decretive and declared will about a year and a half ago because it cleared up all erroneous notions about what God's will is. Deuteronomy 29:29 says that: "The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of this law." We must go after God's declared will, because that is what is revealed for us. We must not be too busy finding out what God's decretive will is, we must not be too busy looking for "signs". Anyway, whatever happens in our lives is surely from God (His sovereignty) and He always has his perfect purpose behind every event.

Jessica

Dear Carolyn,

I can't thank you enough for the opportunity to share your site presents to us who are single. It is like having a continuous heart to heart talk with a girlfriend all day about the things that bother us.

Now, I always struggle with Paul's statement that 'believers should not be yoked together with unbelievers.' Wasn't this statement specific to the Corinthian context due to the prevailing immorality in the society? How then do we explain Esther's marriage to a pagan king? Or Jacob's marriage to Rachel who worshipped her Dad's idols? Most of the men God used in scripture seem to have been married to women who did not necessarily worship Yahweh. Would God contradict himself? Please explore this further and share your thoughts with us.

Vanessa

wow! wow! wow!
that's all I can say. Boy, God really knew I needed to hear this.

I have struggled sometimes with open and closed doors, because there are times when doors apear closed and we are called to knock and keep koncking until it opens. We are called to fight for something in the midst of opposition. And then, like you said, there are open doors that God does not want us to walk through.

I want to live a life guided by God's truth, that will give me courage to go through closed doors and walk away from open ones.

Rebekah

Girl talk has an excellent post on singleness as part of their book club just now. :)

Emily

It depends on your definition of dating. Dating doesn't always lead to marriage. Sometimes it could be quite fun and a good learning experience to go out with a safe person who doesn't share your faith. One night at Starbuck's sitting across from each other and talking is not going to lead to marriage or throw you into a lovesick frenzy.

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