Singleness

The Importance of Investing In Your Single Years

The Importance of Investing In Your Single Years

Growing up, I daydreamed about going to college because it was something I wanted to do. After that my imagination jumped to wedding bells and baby carriages. I did not anticipate a gap called my “single years.” I don’t think I was the only young woman whose dreams consisted of wedding gowns and baby names. I remember in college issues of Bride magazine filling the decorative basket in my sorority sisters’ bathroom. College? Check. Now on to the next life goal . . . marriage. But ten years passed from the time I graduated college to the time I got married. Ten […]

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Saving Your Heart by Staying Single

Saving Your Heart by Staying Single

When I was in eighth grade, I made a commitment: I would be stay single and not participate in the “high school dating game.” I had just broken up with my first real boyfriend and decided that I wanted my next boyfriend to be my future husband. I didn’t want to date several guys in my teen years and only have little to offer my future husband when I met him. I also wanted to do as Song of Solomon 2:7 (MSG) suggests, “Don’t excite love, don’t stir it up, until the time is ripe—and you’re ready.”   This commitment to […]

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Should my boyfriend and I plan our future?

Should my boyfriend and I plan our future?

It’s the month of love and so we’re taking extra time to answer the dating and relationship questions we often get from teen girls. Today, we have the first of two perspectives on the topic of planning your future. Join us later this week for another perspective. When I was 15 I fell in love. My heart was tuned to hear the beats of my beloved. Our bond would never fade. Our future together was set in stone. Except we broke up. And so did my heart. First of all, let me say God had His plan in mind for […]

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Flirting or Friendly: How can I know?

Flirting or Friendly: How can I know?

He opens the door for me every time I come to the building. He seems to always laugh at my jokes. He told me my new sweater was really pretty on me. He noticed my haircut and said he liked it. Is this being flirty or friendly? How can I tell the difference? In generations past, being polite, kind, respectful and even chivalrous were a normal part of our social relations with one another. Things have changed. People are more familiar with one another, but we also tend to not show as much kindness and care. So when someone (of […]

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The Cinderella Rule by Bethany Jett

God’s perfect man for me came wrapped in a United States Marine Corps uniform and driving a sun-faded ‘86 red Jeep Cherokee.  As for the food…when he asked me out to dinner for the first time, I was thinking Olive Garden. We went to Dairy Queen. After almost ten years of marriage and the addition of three rambunctious cutie-pie-little-misters, Justin and I still high-five and fist-bump like teenage “bros” anytime one of us demonstrates an act of awesomeness. I feel like our marriage is the “ever after” portion of fairy tales that end at weddings…the part little girls dream about […]

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What Kind of Husband Are You Sowing?

A few years ago I was listening to a sermon on singleness when the pastor told the story of a young woman who had emailed him. She said that one day she went to her parents’ house and started to tell her mom about this young man she had met. She went on and on about how he was such a godly man, a strong Christian, and everything she had ever dreamed of in a husband. Her mom listened attentively to her daughter. Then the young woman said, “But he doesn’t even know I exist.” She was discouraged and felt […]

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