Are You Easily Distracted?

Are you making a discovery, or are you making a distraction? Are you really free-spirited, or merely restless? Is it really wanderlust, or is it discontentment? This past weekend, I decided to go on a spontaneous vacation, a personal writer retreat if you will. I booked a place for the first time through Airbnb- a gorgeous room in a 1930’s mini-mansion. I said a prayer to God- that He would help me focus on writing and other tasks I needed to accomplish, with minimal distractions. The next day,…

One Man’s Story: How Singleness Prepared Me for Marriage

A Story of Purposeful Singleness by Branden Sewell… “You always hear stories about young girls dreaming about their wedding day. When we think of young boys, we don’t typically think of them dreaming about their big day. It has been drilled into our minds that boys aren’t the sensitive ones. They dream about being superheroes or being professional athletes. I personally believe there are actually a lot of young boys dreaming about their future brides; however, the culture has set an expectation for boys to…

What’s New with Elizabeth: Open Doors & Saying Yes

It’s funny how opportunities come knocking when we least expect them… As many of you know, I am working on writing my first book! When I started the process, I knew I needed help. Therefore, I reached out to a Christian author I knew of through a friend. I simply Facebook Messaged her, asking for a few tips. She, in turn, offered to get me into the Ashville Christian Writer’s Conference to learn everything I needed to know in one weekend event! There was only one spot left, and…

PURPOSEFUL SINGLENESS: Re-discovering Your Bliss

By Tausha Wallace I had to do a heart check before I cuddled up in my spot with my hot tea to write this. I was at Walmart, and a sweet woman asked me about my kids—no ring on my finger and not a child in sight.  This happened yesterday- sigh.  I’m far from worthy to write about singleness and waiting, so with that disclaimer, here I am. I’m Tausha, maker and owner of Southern Bliss Designs. I’m 31, nearing 32 and a happy 5-year-old…

PURPOSEFUL SINGLENESS: Taking Initiative

A Story of Purposeful Singleness by Hannah Carnes I had a plan for my life and when I would accomplish each of the “milestones”. You know, graduating college, getting married, having children. I can remember being in high school and whole-heartedly believing I’d be married right out of high school. I was a freshman in college when I pushed that timeline up a little further. But I was certain I would find my husband in college. I’m now twenty-three, a college graduate, and still single. I’d be…

8 Embarrassing Single People Struggles

Singleness keeps you humble. It often pushes you beyond your comfort zone. It can uncover the strength you never thought you had, while also revealing the weakness and needs you never wanted to have. Today I invite you to peek into the mind of a single person to discover- not just the obvious ponderings we have about loneliness or finding the right person- but the random other things we think about in association to the inconveniences we face. Here are 8 relatable, random, embarrassing, hilarious,…

PURPOSEFUL SINGLENESS: Playing and Providing

It was Christmas Eve, and he sat in the hospital call room listening to other medical residents play a round of trivial pursuit. He was missing out on Christmas with his family, again. His parents, adult siblings, nieces, and nephew sat around reading The Night before Christmas and hanging stockings on the wooden mantel at his parents’ house in Alabama. He could envision it, but could not partake. Instead, he was observing Christmas alone at Tampa General Hospital in Florida, where he served long nights…

PURPOSEFUL SINGLENESS: Life beyond Proving My Worth

As a teenager, I had my future figured out… or so I thought. I would be married at age twenty-two. I was counting down the years! My plan was “confirmed” when I enrolled at a small, Christian university in the South, where the unofficial campus slogan rang, “A ring by spring or your money back.” Let’s just say that I never got my ring nor my money back… For the most part, I have always been officially single. I went on dates in college and…

4 Things Singles Should Consider at Church

Dear Fellow Singles, A few weeks ago, I wrote a letter to churches addressing some awkward and uncomfortable experiences we have had within their doors. Some of us know all too well how it feels to walk into a church and feel completely alone in a sea of people. Some of us have felt like we were not fully embraced in light of our single status. Overall, I received a very positive response from those who read that letter. I think some churches are really…

An Open Letter to Churches from A Single Person

Dear Churches, I know that generally your hearts are pure, and you have great intentions. Therefore, I am writing to let you know some things you may or may not realize about the single people in your congregations. I’ll cut right to the chase. Walking into your doors for the first time is generally ten times more nerve-racking and awkward as we venture in on our own. Some of us fear looking awkwardly isolated or feeling more alone than we already feel in light of…