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In July 2006, I was thoroughly struggling with being single. I had no clue at that time that by November of that year, I would be dating Tim. I only knew that at the age of 25, I deeply desired to be married and seemingly had no prospects on the horizon. I took a personal retreat that summer and one afternoon I had this vision. I wrote it in my journal and it carried me forward into the days ahead. I want to share it with our readers today. Continue Reading…

When I was single, people often tried to encourage me by saying, “Just keep waiting on God, He will bring about the right person when you’re ready.” It never really brought me comfort like the other party intended. I recently realized why. It’s only half-true.
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[“Courage Is” is a guest post series of readers sharing their personal stories of courage and what it means to live courageously. This our friend ProdigalJ’s story.]

Weddings are something I love and dread. I love them, because I get to celebrate my close friends. They are so meaningful for me that for a special few, I’ve even cried (manly) tears during the ceremony. However, when the parties are over and we’re done celebrating ‘togetherness,’ it’s hard to not feel like I need to be with someone in order to be “whole.” As if being single isn’t enough, and that somehow I’m incomplete.
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[My Introvert Life is a series exploring my introversion as it presents itself in various life contexts.]

I have a confession:  as a single person, I struggled immensely with accepting my introverted needs.  “Sorry, I need to hang out by myself tonight,” didn’t exactly sound cool, you know?  Mercifully, when I was in school, I had a lot of art classes, which allowed me to work in relative silence on my own.  And for most of my single years, I had the energy of youth on my side, so I could get away with hopping from one event to another without having to give it much thought.  For a while, anyway.

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