Encouragement in Suffering #2: Immanuel

My Christmas tree is up and looking pretty great (even if I say so myself).  Why, you may ask, is my Christmas tree up before thanksgiving?  A) I love Christmas.  B) I love Christmas trees.  C) Thanksgiving is valuable to me in that it’s a sign post for Christmas (and the food I guess).  D) I love Christmas.

Encouragement in Suffering #1: Zoom Out

Boy, oh boy! Thanks for all the encouraging responses to this singleness stuff.

I have a million more thoughts, but they all fall under categories I’ve already mentioned, and let the record show that I value organization too much to edit and add.  I thought it might be good to give you my final thoughts in the form of encouragement.  The next few blog posts will be dedicated to that.

The first big fat encouragement I can think of is: Zoom Out.

Blessings of Singleness #7: The Pain of Losing Dreams

Apologies for the lack of blog.  I haven’t been able to write because of the emotional, physical and spiritual preparation that goes into a 10 year high school reunion.  Fear not: good times were had by all.  It was the weirdest night ever.  First, because I am fairly certain I have never seen 79% of those people in my life.  Seriously.   Who were all those people?  And how come they all look so old?

Blessings of Singleness #6: The Pain of Misplaced Shame

Okay.  Apologies for going dark for a couple of weeks on this blog.

The problem with me is that I’m a lot like Peter.  Some days words just come out of me and I hear ‘blessed are you, fabs. you have no idea what you’re talking about but God is speaking through you.’  But some days the only words that come out of my mouth are met with  ‘get behind me Satan’.

And on those days, by God’s grace, I try to blog less.

So, now I’m back.  Hopefully ready to affirm that Jesus is the Christ through my thoughts on singleness.

Blessings of Singleness #5: Lack of Physical Intimacy

In our culture it seems ‘healthy’ or ‘normal’ when women desire sex as a means to emotional intimacy.  But no one believes that a woman could struggle with the purely physical.  So, I’ll go ahead and put this blog out there just in case it might be an encouragement.  This struggle has provided for me the biggest challenge and deepest ‘suffering’ of singleness.

I believe that one day, I will look at my life and say with confidence that the single greatest blessing I have experienced of singleness has been pain of learning to live without physical intimacy.