A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to write a mini series about Intentional Living. I have never done something like this before, so I agreed. 16 bloggers from different corners, all joining together to write their take on Intentional Living. Everyone of us has a different topic, under the Intentional Living umbrella.
I thought I had chosen my topic right away. But then, I battled for weeks. I had a little list of topics that I was comfortable with, and someone knowledgeable about. "Being thankful." "Being a good friend." "Loving people like Jesus does." "Listening to God's voice." "Being kind." But, you aren't reading any of those right now. You're reading about Being Content While Single.
Bah. Not my plan at all. Writing about being kind, thankful, or loving people is easy, because it isn't really personal. It doesn't get into the nitty gritty. Writing about being single is getting into areas I'm not comfortable with myself, and sharing them with people I don't even know. I knew this is what I am supposed to be sharing, but I refused for weeks. Once I told God ,that in fact, He knew better than I, and accepted this topic, I had peace.
Just to be clear, if it were up to me, I would already be married to a tall, handsome, plaid wearing, Jesus loving, adventure taking kinda man. I would have lots of babies, and be content to be in my kitchen, wearing an apron and lipstick, and being the sweetest little house wife this world has ever known.
But, that's not my life. I am single and 25. I have heard every cliche, story, and piece of advice in the book about being single, waiting on God's timing, and men. The girls in my freshmen small group at youth group have had more boyfriends in six months than I've had, ever. I haven't dated much at all. I am the perpetual bridesmaid, always being told that I'm just like the girl from that movie, 27 Dresses. I only have 3 things on my 'make it or break it list', and I haven't really found a man that meets all of them. I don't think my standards are unattainably high, I just know that I am wonderful, and worth a good man who loves Jesus, more than he could ever love me. I have tried blind dates and online dating. It just hasn't worked. I believe God knows my man, and is working things out, in His perfect timing. Sometimes, I get easily frustrated and annoyed with my lack of man and babies, but I have learned so much the past year or so about God's faithfulness, so I know He has me, and He has this.
Discontentment is something I don't normally struggle with, but naturally, as I prepare to write this week, I have struggled in the worst way. So, everything I write, God is teaching and reteaching me a step ahead of you reading it.
So, with all of that being said, here it is. A week's worth of me trying to figure out how to be content with this single season I'm in, so I can then share it with y'all. I hope you stayed tuned for all five days.
There are 15 other bloggers doing the same thing, just with different topics. Check them out, and be encouraged.
GiveAWay Info: I will be giving a way a prize pack with some of my favorite goodies at the end of this series! There is only one prize. You can enter every day of the week by answering the question at the end of each daily blog. Leave a comment with your name, city and state, and your answer to my question to be entered in this week's prize pack! I will announce the winner in a post on Saturday, April 13th, 2013. The winner will have to contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org with their mailing address to receive their prize. Good luck!
Sunday's question: What area of singleness do you struggle the most with?
Love, Michelle :)
The Complete Series:
Intentional Living Bloggers & Topics
Intentional By Grace – “Filling Up Your Life & Not Just Your Schedule”
Christian Mommy Blogger – “Intentional Blogging”
Intentional Homeschool – “Intentional Training”
KaysePratt.com – “Embracing Rest”
Live Called – “Making Your Home a Haven”
Triple Braided Kids – “Cherishing Your Baby’s Development”
Gospel Homemaking – “Intentional Attitudes”
Season The Day – “Parenting with a Purpose”
Grace Everyday – “Empowered by Grace”
Creating Naturally – “Preserving Family Memories”
Running Against the Odds – “Training our Mind and Body”
Young Wife’s Guide – “Glorifying God in Your Homemaking”
A Biblical Marriage – “A God Centered Marriage”
New Life Steward – “Intentionally Walking With God”
The Purposeful Mom – “A Busy Mom’s Guide to Teaching Character”
Adventure In the Unknown – “Being Content While Single”