It is not a happy state for many, of course. Pingback: Friday Favorites - Redemptive Homemaking. Hi Emma, thanks for your post. Good stuff! Very well spoken. Well written. This has been very helpful to me. I have struggled with homosexuality all my life. Nor is it his will for me. Hi Emma. Nice article. Quick, pungent writing style.
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The article touched on points that singles commonly experience. You contrasted our dark single moments with the shining light of truth. You helped us refocus on what matters most, namely, our identity in Christ, his love for us, and our call to serve others. You presented examples of people who are content being single and others who are miserable. It is probably right around the corner.
I know this article is addressed to women, but men can relate to it. One of your statements touched my heart. Focusing on God, not on how we feel, puts us in a place of confidence, hope, and purpose. Sorry to point this out, Emma, but the reference from 1 Pet is actually from 2 Pet Excellent article, nonetheless.
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I saw Christopher Yuan post the link to your article and caught my attention, being single again after a second marriage ended in divorce. Seems juvenile to say this I suppose, but I feel like only now have I really woken up a bit to the irrationality of my own perverse stupidity. Ah well, we stuck it out like good Christian soldiers for two years, never once holding hands or sharing a room let alone a bed yes I can affirm what was stated in the article that a person can be exceedingly lonely in a marriage , and yet I would always feel better knowing when she came home.
I was the salt being put in my own emotional wounds, not the salt of the earth doing any heavenly good. Well, maybe the second marriage was also because now I was older and figured this would be the last shot at daddyhood. My new wife had a young daughter and I got to be her dad and teach her to ride a bike, do a flip off the pull-up bar at the park, dance with her in the living room while working on our flips and twirls…. She was the sweetest kid a dad could want and naturally losing her was the worst part about divorcing her mother. Thankfully we still get to see each other and her mom and I talk, but as a committed unbeliever, the closest she came to coming to the Lord was coming to church with me.
Well you get the idea. I envy those Christians I know who are single, have been single, never married yet remain devoted to the Lord. We all stumble here and there, in different and also similar ways, but my stumbles were pretty outrageously stupid and that despite having such amazing godly men and women as friends. The Lord has finally let me see the consequences of my willful sins and anyone thinking marriage is an antidote to loneliness, misery, unhappiness, feeling complete, you are sadly mistaken.
I would tell you to clip this post from Emma and stick it in your Bible as a bookmark.
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I should go back and cut half of what I wrote, but I figure this is as much for me getting it off my chest as it is for any soul willingly to read it. Thanks, Emma. One that brings peace to an occasionally aching heart. WOW, did you say a mouthful, Brother. Thanks so much for posting, especially your last paragraph.
So thank you for mentioning us, recognizing us, and for encouraging us. Life purpose is to leave new people after yourself, children. You can try justify your failure to achieve it by reading such articles, but you will not cheat yourself, your soul knows the truth, and it get angry that you are failing, you will not cheat yourself! There is a life purpose and life without love is not complete, Jesus love is great and sufficient, but its not your purpose, its only comfort to hold you up when you are failing to achieve what your inner feelings and secret thoughts are telling that you need.
Because some has charm which at tracks millions others can not find even one close friend? All we are beautiful,so where is the problem? If you know your problem, its only question of time when you will fix it, and will have everything you want.
Hope this may help to those who need some help for their dreams to come true. Sincerely M. Not a lion, but a scapegoat. How dull, merely to be desperate and dateless. How exciting, to be battling the strategems of the arch fiend. Nothing happens to me which has not first been sifted through His fingers. One does not outweigh the other, but both are present in our temptations. God knows that we are in no wise perfect, nor can we be. This is why He sent His holy and perfect Son to die in our place. Never mind the fact that in many churches the men outnumber the women.
Yes, some are picky, but by no means ALL.
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That is not the only purpose in life, Mike. Far from it. You also ignore the fact that people in relationships can self-destruct and cause havoc for their loved ones … the human propensity for mucking things up is hardly confined to singles!! But thanks for your kind words of encouragement, brother.
Philippa, i have too many single friends and that really upsets me. That why i made my post and i wanted them to take action and not to give up ;.
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Regarding Christianity — its of course not about raising the family and kids it has much higher purposes , sacrificies and also huge rewards to which i reffered in my previuos post. But that does not mean that you as an Christian hero shall be single and without family. If he or she is enough mature and wants to have a family , but fails, then its most likely their attidute fault and that i wanted to highlight. Good luck to you , take care and for sure i know that you aware that everything is possible in this world.
And this is meant to be in reply to Grant Hayes, so I hope it works … there seems to be something a bit weird about the formatting here. You have a point, in that sometimes I think some of my fellow Christians far too conveniently use the devil as a scapegoat whilst refusing to take moral responsibility for their own actions.
Her worldview clearly encompasses the belief — which I share — that all Christians can suffer from spiritual discouragement, and that this discouragement is not purely confined to interior battles … we Christians do honestly believe there is an enemy of our souls.
We Christians do genuinely believe there is a spiritual dimension to our life here on earth and we do believe there is such a thing as spiritual warfare. I really appreciated the premise of this article, and you say many things here which are true and helpful and fair on the subject of Christian singleness. Gay people need kindness and compassion, and we as Christians should be demonstrating thoughtfulness towards them rather than carelessness. OK, Mike, I can see how you have good intentions. Sure, there are single people who are immature, both emotionally and spiritually.
The church has a wonderful habit of shooting its wounded. Often people grasp at marriage before knowing a person. Here are just some of the lies Satan tells us all the time. A Possibly Related Resource. Cheers, Tim. The answer is to pursue Christ. Blessings, Tim. Some of the tools the bible gives us to deal with temptation are: 1. I recommend fasting with prayer — extremely powerful.
Flee temptation. Literally run!! On the male side we can think of John Stott and John Chapman, among many others. This was a surprisingly well written article. Thanks for sharing.
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So true! It is such a vital topic to address and yet far often not addressed. Oops, nice pickup on the Bible reference. That would be my fault. My new wife had a young daughter and I got to be her dad and teach her to ride a bike, do a flip off the pull-up bar at the park, dance with her in the living room while working on our flips and twirls… She was the sweetest kid a dad could want and naturally losing her was the worst part about divorcing her mother. Only you know that. What is shame worth?
My shame is enormous: I keep seeing that lately. It keeps me online, interacting with ghosts, making meaning out of my pointless little broadcasts and pronouncements.
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