Second, two winners to announce:
Of the Valentines Giveaway from last week: Stephanie ( the Stephanie who left a comment on 2/8 at 5:01 p.m.)
Of Lynn Cowell’s His Revolutionary Love package: Patti Bodenhamer
Congrats ladies! Send your home address to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can get your prizes out pronto.
Lynn’s Valentine’s story got me thinking back on my younger, single days.
I remember early in college, when it seemed everyone was getting “the ring”, I often felt left out.
Today, since I have several close friends who are single and a nearly 21 year-old daughter who gets invited to weddings regularly (of her closest friends from high school, several are already married, her best friend is married with a baby and others are nearly engaged) I see singles who feel “less than” or “left out”.
Now, I wish I could go back in time and talk to my single self. Yes ma’am. About patience and timing and enjoying where God has you instead of whining about where He’s not yet allowed you to go.
And, I also wish I had been more like my daughter.
Rather than fuss and fret, pout and sulk, she is placing her trust in God and enjoying each day as it comes.
I have observed how it doesn’t seem to bother her that she is still single when most of the old gang is not. (It may, however, bother her when well-meaning people say insensitive things like “So…no ring yet?” Hello! She is only 20!)
There is another smart (and clever) choice that Kenna has made.
Even though she doesn’t have a ring on her finger, she has been writing to her husband for the past 6 1/2 years–since she was 14 years old.
When she was in junior high, she grabbed herself a journal and began pouring out her heart to the man who will someday place a ring on her finger.
Although I have no idea what she’s written (and I only recently found out she’d been keeping such a journal) I imagine when she feels lonely, or left out or “less than”, she is telling him how worth the wait it is to be in God’s will; how she is praying for him and wondering about him and looking forward to their future together.
If you are single, can I encourage you today?
You are loved.
You are valued.
You are so worth the wait.
And God loves you more than any man ever could. (spoken by the woman who learned quickly that a man does NOT make you whole, complete, happy, etc.. Only God plays that role).
If you are single, will you please leave a comment today telling us about you. Are you divorced? Widowed? Never been married? What is hardest for you about being unmarried?
Then, how about the rest of us married cyber sisters (who do NOT have perfectly happy lives) commit to praying for one of these gals today and tomorrow? (Feel free to comment below their words where it says “reply”. Even write out a short prayer if you’d like.)
~ a cute tote bag (from my cosmetologist daughter)
~ some Bath & Body Works PS I Love You Lotion (God’s words to you)
~ and a red faux leather journal from me (to write to your future husband or to pour your heart out to God. The Bible makes it clear that some people have the gift of singleness)
Remember, married or not, you are loved!