You are a holy nation!
You are a holy nation!
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Scene from a popular television show: Two characters, having previously flirted for several seasons with will-they-or-won’t-they tension, figure out they are sexually attracted to each other. They grab each other, bodies grinding against each other, hands tearing off clothes, mouths practically consuming the other’s face. Cue moaning and grunting. He pushes her up against the file cabinet, and they are off to the races.
The above is from just one show, but it’s pretty representative of what every TV show, movie, and pop song tells us sex is supposed to be. Passionate. Raw. Intense. Pleasurable. Exciting. Unleashed. Orgasmic.
For years I drank that cultural Kool-aid, all the while being committed to purity until marriage. Sex was something I both desperately wanted yet couldn’t have, like a Christmas present you had to wait to open. My best friend and I would pray against temptation and lustful thoughts, but we did not think to pray that sex with our future husbands would be great. It was a given! Plus, after all these years of celibacy, I was owed great sex, right?
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Everyone I know on earth: “So. How’s it going? Are you dating anyone?”
Still single me: Sigh….”No, I’m not dating anyone at the moment. Yes, I’m still single. No, there are not prospects in the foreseeable future or the requisite 15 mile radius. And, yes, I’m fine.”
Me: “No, really. I’m happy and content on most days with being single. Why? Do you know someone?”
Them: “Oh, goodness no. You don’t want to date any of my friends! They’re so (fill in the blank with some incredibly strange or terrible character flaw)!”
Me thinking inwardly to myself: Why do you have friends like that?
Does this conversation sound familiar? I know I’m not the only one who feels like I’m constantly defending my singleness on a daily basis.
And often when we look at this time in our lives, especially when you’re over 30 like me, people tend to lean more towards the negative side of the spectrum. Towards the absence of something. As if the lack of a spouse is a curse that needs to be reversed before the clock strikes 24 years of age. Or worse, that God is withholding the blessing of marriage from us because of some unconfessed sin or the assumption our puny faith needs some pumping up.
Unfortunately, we take that stance as well. That we’re missing something. Incomplete. Not yet worthy of the love and affection of another human. Particularly a human who is male with rippling muscles, always smells like Christmas and ambition, opens doors, lays his jacket down over puddles for us to walk over, and picks up the tab on first dates without that awkward moment after the check arrives.
I’m not asking too much, am I?
Either way, while everyone else is viewing our situation as the glass being half empty, there’s always an alternative. And from what I’ve experienced, seen, and heard, there are much worse things than being single.
Yes, there are worse things than the solo Netflix and Chill.
You could be dating that guy you met the other day who was hiding behind a smile and false chivalry. Only to find out 3 months later that he was actually a jerk who has no intention of ‘waiting’ or holding you in any higher esteem than Dana, Jessica, Tasha, Lauren, or any other breathing female.
You could have wasted 6 months of your life in a ‘text-lationship’ with that guy who sort of likes you but never really made a move to ask you out on a date. Meanwhile, you’re holding strategy sessions with your friends to decipher his texts of “hi” or “what are u doing” with a winky face to determine what they really mean. Because everyone knows that emoji was a sign of his undying love for you that he’s just too scared to reveal directly.
You could be with that nice guy who has a check mark next to most things on your list for years. While inwardly feeling that sinking, gnawing reality of settling because you’re tired of waiting for God’s best.
But, at this moment in your life, you are worth being single. You are worth resisting the temptation to fall into situation-ships as a result of your fleeting feelings of boredom and loneliness. And you are worth being hidden by a God who knows your value. And trust that He intimately knows the man who will see that value without being told or convinced.
So don’t lose hope because there are no prospects in the requisite 15 mile radius. You’re worth the waiting you have to endure to enjoy God’s perfect love and will for your life. It may be painful in the interim, but the process of growing closer to Him and getting closer to what He has for you is unrivaled in possibility.
And not just the possibility of marriage and being found by someone to share your life with. But the possibility that He is saving you from the extreme heartache and time wasted trying to do life on your own.
“You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble; You surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah.” Psalm 32:7
“Keep me as the apple of the eye; Hide me in the shadow of Your wings.” Psalm 17:8
Hey there! My name is Roz. I’m a full time working, single, homeschooling mother to the world’s funniest 5 year old on the planet. I’m an introvert who is obsessed with bacon. I like to play music extremely loudly in my car and will keep singing at full voice even when you turn to stare. I also blog occasionally over at beautyfullyflawed.com where I write words about Jesus, homeschooling, and the beauty of imperfections. I look forward to sharing my imperfections with you, as well.
Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows – Luke 12:7
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I used to be the worst at accepting compliments. When one came my way, especially from a guy, I went into deflect mode. Adrenaline started pumping, I got nervous, and I babbled some sort of nonsense. “Oh, thank you, but, I’m not that beautiful.” “Oh, thank you, but I need to lose a couple pounds.” “Oh, thank you, it must be this outfit.”
It was the same fight-or-flight reaction I would have facing an attack. Fight – I would deflect the “blow” and try to shift the conversation. Flight – I would blush and try to hide.
But what attack? It was just a compliment! It should be the opposite of an attack!
I realized that it felt like an attack because it was an assault on one of my core beliefs about myself – the belief that I was ugly, the belief that I was not worthy of positive attention from a guy. I could not accept someone else’s positive view about me because I did not have a positive view of myself.
The same applied when it came to my relationship with God. I could read the verses that God saw me as beautiful, that He loved me, but I did not believe it in my heart. I passed quickly over them and straight to the parts about what I should do to win His love. I struggled to see God as loving me for me because I did not see myself as worthy of His love.
This failure to believe hurt my relationships with both men and God. It was impossible for me to have a positive relationship with either when I did not believe or trust that they truly valued me.
So how did I break the pattern?
First, I had to retrain myself to accept the compliment without instantly negating it. With men, I trained myself to simply say, “Thank you” and nothing more. With God, I didn’t just read over the verse, I forced myself to stop and actually dwell on the verse and meditate on it in my heart. I had to learn to trust both men and God that they were telling me the truth. I may not have believed it about myself, but I had to accept that they honestly saw me as beautiful.
Second, I had to work on my own beliefs about myself. I had to learn to value myself and to see the beauty in myself. I have always been confident when it comes to academics and work, but I struggled when it came to a personal relationship. So I had to focus on seeing my beauty and value not just professionally, but as a woman.
What about you? Do you know your value? Do you know that you’re worthy of love just as you are? Do you believe people when they compliment you? Do you believe the verses about God’s love for you?
I will post some verses below and I encourage you to not just read them, but really place them in your heart. Write them on your mirror so you see them in the morning. Place post-it notes around your car or office or home. Save the verses as your screen saver so you see it every time you use your computer. Surround yourself with the truth of God’s love and really work on believing it. Because you’re worth it!
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. – Psalm 139:13-16
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. – Jeremiah 29:11
Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you, I give men in return for you, peoples in exchange for your life. – Isaiah 43:4