Whistle Why You Wait, A Guest Post from My Super Cute Husband

 

For those that don’t know me, I am Byron Rideau. I’m Husband and future baby daddy to the AMAZING Mariah Houghton. When my wife (still has a nice ring to it) asked me to write a blog for her readers I got a little nervous. One, because I have never written a blog before, two, what could I possibly write that she cant write better than me! Never the less it’s my honor and privilege to write to whomever may come across this post.

 

Some of you guys may already know our story, but here’s a little recap.

We met when I was around 15, and she was 13. We knew of each other but were never really close. “Her best friend was best friends with my best friend” type deal, and that’s how it was until August of 2014. A while of months before August I had just gotten out of a 9-month relationship. And my promise to God was to wait on Him, and learn to whistle while waiting. I told Him I wouldn’t date until I was content with who I was and had peace with who I was. Too many times we think that us waiting on God is a punishment. We are so used to getting everything we want when we want it! We live in a “microwave dinner” world that when it is time for us to wait we freak out. Whether it’s waiting in line, waiting in traffic, waiting for food service, or waiting for marriage, biding our time is more counter-cultural than ever.

 

I decided I didn’t want a microwave relationship but a slow, roasted, marinated, oven cooked relationship! Can I get an amen?! All the best food takes time and preparation to make, so why just jump into a relationship that hasn’t taken time to cook? “Whistle While you Wait” rings so loud for me, because I did it! I never “saw” Mariah until God opened my eyes to see her. Your husband/wife could be your next-door neighbor but you would never know because you haven’t waited God to reveal that person to you.

 

Now, a lot of people don’t know this but I was Mariah’s first boyfriend, ever! Which is a lot of pressure, I mean everything we would do together, like regular boyfriend girlfriend stuff, she had never done before. The crazy thing is that I knew I wanted to marry her. As a 20 year old, I was hit with asking myself 3 questions. How do I win some one’s heart that has never been won before? How do I pursue someone for marriage at our  younger ages? And how do I not mess this up?  To answer all 3 questions in detail I will have to write another post, but I will give you a little bit.

 

I would have never known how to pursue Mariah until I learned how to pursue God, even now after the wedding, if I’m not pursuing God the way I’m supposed to I forget or lose focus on how to pursue Mariah. Nobody is ever ready for marriage. Now you can be in a better place financially or mentally or emotionally  but you will never be ready for it. You learn as you go. I’m not going to lie I wish I could have been an millionaire before we got married. I wish I could’ve had a perfect 9-5 job working at a church or full time ministry before but I knew God was calling us to wait that long. You see how FINE Mariah is! I couldn’t wait any more! But I WOULD HAVE. We stepped out on Faith, and God honors that everyday.

And that is how God pursues us. He can’t wait any more. He wants to be in relationship with you every morning every day. He knows that you have other things pulling on your mind and time but He waits for you. He’s been waiting for you before you were born. He was waiting on you before the foundations of the world. He wanted you so much that He gave His Son so that you would have LIFE. I didn’t know if Mariah was going to choose me or not but either way I already chose her.

 

Long story short, we became best friends in October. Started dating March 10th, 2015. Got engaged March 10th, 2016. Got married September 25, 2016.

I waited… I decided to not have sex until I was married and it was obviously difficult! I think the real reason why it was so hard was because I wasn’t satisfied with who I was, and I thought a woman would fill that void that I was feeling. “If God cant satisfy you when you are single, nothing will satisfy you in a relationship.” Whistling is something you do when you are at peace, satisfied, or confident where you are. So if you cant be content, at peace, satisfied, or confident when you are single. You can’t whistle in a relationship.

Learn to whistle now.

I learned to “whistle” while waiting for my wife. And now everyday when I wake up and look over next to me, I see the blessing that God has given me for waiting on Him.

So, if you’re a virgin or not, in a relationship or not, married or not. Learn to whistle. God knew what He was doing when he created love. If you are looking for questions about love go to the SOURCE: Jesus is Love and Love is Jesus.

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends…”  John 15:9-17

If he or she is not willing to love you like christ loves us, HE AIN’T THE ONE BOO BOO!

Love is a gamble, but God knows the out come. He will give his children peace in the relationships to pursue, or the ones to run away from.

 

 

Much Love,

Byron Rideau

58 Comments

KierraLanice

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This was an amazing post! I love you too to pieces and watching God honor and elevate you both is inspiring to say the least.

Abi

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I FELT IN LOVE WITH THIS POST AND WITH YOUR STORY, GUYS!!! 😍😍😍😍 Byron did an awesome job. Beautiful heart.

Marion

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Beautiful story! Good job Byron you guys are so inspiring to young people everywhere! (Writing from Kenya).

Bokang Mathews

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Aagghhh man this is a very beautiful piece. Well done Byron. You pretty much spoke my heart in this piece and why a sista *ME* is willing to wait. I’m looking to find God first, let Him complete me, find not and contentment in Him before anyone else. Thank you for this🙌🙏

I love you both. Grace and peace fam
God bless

Ruthy Jay Orozco

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Brotha Byron! Boy you better go on ahead and preach! Lol all jokes aside this was richly good! What a thrill it is to know that the Lord sets us up to learn to then teach. Byron- Thanks for sharing this and Mariah-thanks for putting your man on the spot. Bless you guys!

Ms. Mel

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Amen!! I am 43 and waiting and praising. I whistled. And the tears flowed.. Thank you Man of God! And congratulations.. love you and God bless you! ONE

Tammy

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Thank you for stepping out in faith and saying YES to God and your wife in writing this. You do have a story to tell and I do appreciate you sharing from the man’s side of view. Your wife has complete confidence in you and you did an amazing job.

Katlego Makua

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Thank you for that Byron. You guys have inspired me since day 1 and you still do. God bless you snd your marriage. Much love from South Africa!

JW

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This was an amazing post with such incredible wisdom and maturity…. Much love to you Byron and Mariah!

Lucilia

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Amen! Been celibant and waiting for three years now and God is teaching me so much about the art of whistling…

Love the blog. You inspired me. God bless!!

Nella

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Just what I needed to read, what an inspiring story… Stay blessed guys, keep shining and inspiring xx💡

Reine kelly

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I love love love this😍 may God pour never ending love and blessings on you guys❤

Tracy Abraham

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Loved this post! So encouraging!

Irene

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Big fan. I actually stalk you guys a lot 😜😊 and I love your story. God bless your hearts and your marriage 😘😘. With love from Tanzania

Aisha Carty

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Thank you so much for this post
I feel that God has put on my heart to be truly single and grow closer to Him
Reading this has inspired me to do this, not to compromise, not to please other people and to put my needs first and not be afraid that if i do so i will be “rejected”
So THANK YOU so much
Your relationship is an example to me
God bless you both

Elon

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So so good !

Olivia

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This is such a good article! The word on purpose I needed , like now! Thank you so much Mariah and Byron! Be blessed

Iris

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I love it!!! Needed to hear that

Lauren Taylor

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This was an amazing post Byron. Everything you said spoke to me. Thank you!

Melanie

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Absolutely love this !! It was definitely needed . I’m currently in a relationship and have been trying to figure out if this is even the right decision for me. Is this what Jesus wants for me . I have to leave this in his hands and find Him .

Thank you so much!
Stay blessed you beautiful people

Kat

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Wow!! Just wow. Amazing and encouraging post!

Mercy

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May God continue to guide you guys, all the best from Malawi

Mercedes Richards

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I needed this! This was so encouraging! Thank you!

cynthia

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Thank you so much for the post .so inspiring .Love you both.

Kenyonna

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Well this was awesome!!! I decided I didn’t want a microwave relationship but a slow, roasted, marinated, oven cooked relationship! Can I get an amen?! All the best food takes time and preparation to make, so why just jump into a relationship that hasn’t taken time to cook? “Whistle While you Wait” rings so loud for me, because I did it! This analogy kept me Reading! God is love to get to know the father. So happy for you guys!!❤️

Angeline Julmiste

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I loooovvvveeeddd reading this!!! It is crazy amazing seeing young Christian couples letting God use them & just letting God be part of their relationship… PERIOD!!! Coming from a 20 year old college student… This is soooo inspiring!!! BEST WISHES IN YOUR MARRIAGE &&& MAY GOD SHOWER YOU GUYS WITH ABUNDANT BLESSINGS!!! 😇😇

Leeza Smith

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This is so great! I love you guys and your relationship! I’ve been single for a long time but I trust in god’s divine timing and know it’ll be worth the wait. I am learning to love myself first

Nkechi

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Congratulations. Young love is beautiful. And a marriage that has the Lord as the foundation is destined. May the Lord bless your union as you both continue to inspire and grow together in love.

Brittany knowles

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Very blessed and moved by your words. I pray God continue to bless your marriage, not just for today but for years and years to come.

Mo

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💕 Beautifully written. God bless you both continually.

Rhonda

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U couldn’t have said it any better. U both are blessed beyond measure and I, myself am happy u learned to whistle when u did because not many are willing to “go that extra mile”. As u can see, in ur waiting God is setting up the result and I pray that His blessings continue to overflow for u all and that u may continue to fall in love over and over again.

Trish

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Yassss!!! “Slowed, roasted, marinated, oven cooked relationship!!!”” AMEN!!! Lol Ahhhh this post was beyond good!!! Awesome Truth!!! Thank you!

Tehillah Piva

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AMEN! To “slowed,roasted, marinated, oven cooked REALationship”. Thank you for sharing such a great portion of your journey, “whistle while you wait” to MRS /MR right. Be blessed for blessing us with this blog.

(writing from Cairns Australia)

Andra Urbano

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Nice one Byron! you got it right! I totally agreed with you. God bless you and your marriage. Regards to Mariah! 🙂 I missed her. Xoxo

Andra
from PH to AE

Andra Urbano

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Nice one Byron! you got it right! I totally agree with you. God bless you and your marriage. Regards to Mariah! 🙂 I missed her. Xoxo

Andra
from PH to AE

Celisiwe Myeni

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LOL LOL LOL LOL one may ask why am I laughing , but this post is a confirmation to , a confirmation that I made a good choice by seeking the kingdom of God first standing in a promise knowing all which I need will be added unto me. I am 24-years old , yes I was in a christian family that love God so dearly but I was not living by his commandments , I lived my life the way I wan’t, I never spend my life without having a boy-friend ever but early this year January God started to strip all that I did not need in my life, It was very very hard but actually now things are working on my favor, believe me I now love God company more than ever , I even know how to spend my time reading the word and just worshiping him. he is revealing a lot of things to me . With all this I am seconding my brother that as long you wait of the Lord he sure does add all you need unto your life at the right . Because his time is so perfect in a way that he is always there to rescue you in time of need. #GodRaisingDavidGeneration that will do his will.

Sieara

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love this

Stacye

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Write the book Whistle While You Wait. It will be a blessing to all!

Ebony Powell

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You did well little bro! Love you guys to the moon!

Lucy

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There’s a book to be written by you two. The world needs it. May God continue to honour and richly bless you!

Love from England

Manda Kennerson

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You guys are awesome!! I loved reading this article so much!! Continue to inspire me and many others!

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Thank you for this message young brother. I follow your wife because of the amazing, mature young woman she is. I am over 50 yrs old – and even at my age I m blessed by her heart for God, her desire to please Him first and that hunger for Him that she seems to walk out every single day. This just shows how God places people – young, old, broken, near or far to show us how much He loves us. Now you, young man – in this message – laid out a Godly plan for all who are seeking a life companion… not a hook up. Thank you for your candor, thank you for loving our beautiful Father more than anything else and for seeking Him first. Thank you for setting an example for all real men and women walking that narrow path – no matter where we re in life. May God continue to bless you and your wife with all the happiness your heart can stand!!! In His Grip

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I needed to read this so bad! Thanks for writing this😊

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This literally gave me all the feels! Love this and you two and your journey in love and in God! Please do more pop ups on Mariahs blog, I’m pretty sure she won’t mind. Love to hear a mans perspective in a world ran by girls 😉 God bless you two and your union

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I get goosebumps every time I read this blog post (and yes, I’ve read it more than once). Your love for each other truly reflects God’s love you both.

I’ve been following you both on Instagram and I’ve really taken interest into Mr Rideau’s spoken word. I was wondering if there was a platform I could access them on ie. YouTube?

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Your love for each other truly reflects God’s love for you both.*

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I loved this! So so good! I love the fact that you made him blog on this and I’m very excited to read the next blog Byron writes on answering the 3 questions!! The world needs more people like you both! God bless your cute little family <3

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