Thursday, February 14, 2013

Love Others This Valentine's Day

It’s that time of year again. Time for lovers to love loving all the more. Time for singles to feel, well, alone.

I’ve spent plenty of Valentine’s Days as a single, and I know the associated angst all too well. I’ve made the “Singleness Awareness Day” jokes. And I’ve coined phrases of my own — a personal favorite being “The Evil Red Day.”

For me, though, this year is different. For the first time ever, I’m in a serious relationship on Valentine’s Day. While I’ve always enjoyed the festivity of the season, the pink and red hearts take on a new level of cheeriness now that I get to spend this holiday with someone I love...

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Growing in Patience

On February 7, Crosswalk.com posted an article by Jennifer Heeren titled “Dating Requires Patience.” She begins:

Patience is a fruit of the spirit that God taught me during my e-dating experience. My plan was to sign up for a membership on an e-dating site, pay for two to three months, and find the perfect man for me. This seemed perfectly fair to me since I was already in the second half of my thirties. I felt I had already paid my dues, so to speak. I was in a mindset to pray through the whole process and I really wanted God’s input into the outcome but I was also making my plan and praying that God would bless that plan instead of trusting in Him, leaning not on my own understanding, and letting Him make my paths straight (Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV). God honored the fact that I wanted His input but I needed work on the not leaning on my own understanding part...

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

What Modern Singles Want

On February 5, USA Today published an article by Sharon Jayson titled “What Singles Want.” Jayson discusses the findings of an online survey of 5,481 singles. She begins:

Whether it’s a first date or potential partner, singles have clear “must haves” and “deal breakers” in mind.
And according to a broad national survey of almost 5,500 unattached adults 21 and older, those qualities, attitudes and expectations illustrate cultural shifts in how singles approach relationships.
Among the findings:
– 38% would cancel a date because of something they found while doing Internet research on their date.
– 42% would not date a virgin.
– 65% would not date someone with credit card debt greater than $5,000; 54% would not date someone with substantial student loan debt.
– 49% would consider getting into a committed relationship with someone who lived at home with parents...

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