By Jill Briscoe Paul says that the state of being single is a privilege, not a punishment.
He encourages us to look upon singleness as a gift. You say thank you, unwrap it, and discover its charm or usefulness.
Just over a year ago, I sat at my parents' kitchen table, across from a friend I had known for years.
We were both in town for a wedding and catching up on life.
Me, my friend, and the bride had seen one another through many years of singleness, and now two of the three of us were married. As we sat there drinking coffee, her eyes filled with tears. She is an incredible woman who God has used mightily.
She is normally one who keeps her emotions close to the chest, so I knew she was really hurting. She was a staple at the church we attended together, rock solid in her faith, the salt of the earth.
Dear distractions they may be, but certainly they can cause inner conflict. ” those of us who have a mate wonder, as we worry away our days in this delightful pursuit.
On the other hand, the single person is free to ask, “How can I please my Lord? Without the distraction of an earthly husband the needs of the heavenly Husband can be met. Help me discover the sweet surprises of the single life.
Married women must juggle divided loyalties and seek to pay attention to two partners at once.
So what joy, what unbounded freedom, what purpose is ours if we are privileged to live a single life.
She didn't understand why marriage hadn't happened for her yet. All I could think to do was affirm her in those realities.
for some reason, fall 2011 was marked by several conversations like that one.
Earlier that month, I had wept on the phone with a single friend as she shared her feelings of inadequacy.