Usually, I try to stay positive on Valentine’s Day. I’ve written about bubbly love songs and Lord of the Rings Valentine’s cards (see below), and I usually stick to happy topics like this out of defiance because no one else seems to enjoy Valentine’s Day, not even couples.
This year, however, I am going to come clean–admit the truth that Valentine’s Day is not always fun and dandy because it highlights the fact that I am still single with no hope of changing this status in the near future. No wonder I’ve heard this day called “Singleness Awareness Day” more time than I can count (though I try to celebrate it as “Friendship Awareness Day.”)
Rather than mull over my state of singleness, I am going to share some resources that I have enjoyed and benefited from over the past few years regarding this subject. Enjoy!
“You Don’t Have to Like Being Single.”, from True Love Dates
This entire blog is wonderful and relates to people from every marital status, but this post particularly resonates with me because its message isn’t one that I’ve heard 1,000 times before!
“3 Things To Do When Being Single Hurts,” from That Crazy Christian Romance
This is a blog from the male perspective that approaches relationships and singleness in ways that I often don’t often think about on my own. This post especially touches my heart!
“This One’s for the Girls: A Pre-Valentine’s Day Post,” from Trekking Through Hobbit Holes
This post shares some truths for singles to remember on Valentine’s Day (and all the time), but is not solely a relationship blog. Still go check it out because this blog is great. Just look at the title!
“87 Things You Should Do Before You Get Married In Order To Actually Get Married,” from Single Christian Girls
This post, and this blog in general, does not have a serious tone over all, if you couldn’t tell from the title. But everyone needs a little laughter now and then!
Passion and Purity, by Elisabeth ElliotThis book is wonderful, and I hope to read many more books by Elisabeth Elliot. In this book in particular, Elliot highlights her own seasons of waiting and shares some extraordinary truths along the way. I’ve shared some amazing quotes from the book, and will probably share more in the future. Check a couple of these references out here and here!
True Love Dates, Debra FiletaYes, there is a book based on the blog that I mentioned above, and it can probably be read by not only singles, but everyone. Check it out!
“Singleness with Becca Harris” and “What to do with Unmet Expectations with Maggie Combs” by Journeywomen
I’m sorry to say that I had never listened to a full podcast until this week, when I discovered Journeywomen, thanks to my sister’s suggestion. I only just figured out that there is an app to listen to free podcasts right from my iPhone. Who knew?
It’s great to hear real-life discussion of women talking about singleness and unmet expectations from a Christian perspective. There is one line that particularly stuck with me that I think defines the theme of these two podcast episodes: “Singleness is an opportunity to display [God’s] sufficiency.”
I have discovered a lot of the resources I’ve mentioned just over the past few years, but there is so much more that I still want to explore!
Let Me Be a Woman by Elisabeth Elliot
Loving Your Husband Before You Even Have One by Kim Vollendorf
Because He Loves Me by Elyse M. Fitzpatrick
Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments!
Happy Heart Day!
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