singleness is a blessing

A few weeks ago, a cheerful third grade girl plopped down by me on the pew before church started. I smiled. During the summer, this girl would often ask her parents if she could sit by me during church, and I’d missed visiting with her every Sunday. We chit chatted for a while, and I asked her how school was going and how her Thanksgiving break was. Then the topic of Christmas came up and she said she was really more »

The secret to contentment

It’s so hard! It’s so stinkin’ hard!  It’s so hard not to become jealous when you see someone else who has something you want. It’s so hard to be genuinely happy for them. So hard to smile when you’re heart is aching. Currently, in this phase of my life, it’s hard for me to be happy when I see cute couples who are dating. It’s hard for me to see strangers who are smiling, holding hands and walking to class, more »

What to pray for your future husband

Continuing in the theme of “praying for our future husbands” that we’ve been discussing this month, today I’m sharing a few ideas as to what we can pray for our future husbands. {See also: why we should pray for our future husbands and ways to pray for our future husbands.} This is just a list to help get us started. There are countless things we can pray for the man we will one day marry. {My friend Abigail also wrote a post containing topics to more »

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Have you seen the movie The War Room yet? I saw it yesterday with some friends and family. It was great! If you haven’t seen it, it’s in theaters now. Go see it. :) But anywho, in this movie there’s an elderly woman who teaches a younger woman how to pray for her husband and for her family. Through her prayers, God turns her marriage around. It was an amazing thing to see. And the majority of the movie, I more »

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Contently single. Isn’t that some sort of oxymoron, like jumbo shrimp or a deafening silence? The two concepts just can’t fit together…. one can’t possibly be content and single. It seems to me that every girl taught from a very young age that happily ever after only happens when the princess and the prince find each other, have true love’s kiss, and get married. After all, doesn’t every girl dream of her handsome prince from the time she can tie her more »