Submission and the Single Life

Sharon Marriage, Singleness, Submission Leave a Comment

For many women, the idea of trusting a man TOTALLY in marriage is a scary thing. It’s not that their husbands aren’t trustworthy or that they don’t trust their husbands in some things. But the idea of submitting when you think you’re in the right, or when something really life-changing is on the line? That can be hard. And that’s why so …

Holiday Survival Tips for Singles

Sharon Seasonal, Singleness 1 Comment

One of my favorite blogs to read is The View From Her which offers both godly advice and practical advice for women. Last week she posted a blog entitled “Holiday Survival Tips for Singles” that I really loved. While her ideas are certainly helpful, I was most encouraged by the spirit behind them. You can see for yourself: “The holidays can be …

Singles v. Marrieds

Sharon Marriage, Singleness 1 Comment

A couple years ago Glamour Magazine ran an article entitled, “What Single Women Hate About Married Women (and vice versa).” The article was written by two women: Laurie Sandell, representing “Team Single,” and Julie Klam representing “Team Married.” Each woman offered her frustrations with friends on the “opposing team,” and I thought their insights were both comical and thought-provoking. Team …

What Does It Mean To Be “Single?”

Sharon Dating, Relationships, Singleness 6 Comments

When I was a college minister I had the following interaction with both male and female students on a very frequent basis: Emily has been dating a guy for a number of years and they’re really serious. She thinks she’s going to marry him and they have their entire future planned out around one another. But one day Emily’s boyfriend …

Every Man’s Battle

Sharon Purity, Self-control, Sex, Singleness 2 Comments

This week I was listening to the radio and heard an interview with an author who just published a fascinating yet controversial book entitled “The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner’s Semester at America’s Holiest University.” The author’s name is Kevin Roose, and he is a student at Brown University who enrolled at Liberty University for a semester as a kind of …

Pre-engagement Counseling: Wise or Weird?

Sharon Dating, Marriage, Singleness 13 Comments

This past weekend my fiancé and I attended a retreat for engaged couples who are preparing for marriage. At the beginning of the weekend we were presented with information about our culture’s stance toward marriage, and we heard one statistic that I found particularly compelling: 90% of American young people believe that premarital counseling is a good thing to do, …