• I'm a Single Christian and I'm Not Intentionally Preparing for Marriage: Here's Why | Christian Dating | Preparing for Marriage | Christian Women | Single Christian | Following God | God's Plan | justbeautifullyhonest.com
    Christian Dating,  Dating and Relationships,  Here's to the Single Ladies,  The Single Life

    I’m a single Christian, and I’m not intentionally preparing for marriage

      Want to hear this post straight from me? Click the link above!   I’ve been thinking a lot recently about why marriage seems to be such an idol for singles in the Christian community.   Certainly, people outside of the Christian faith desire to get married, but there seems to be almost a need, a desperate desire, and a panic to avoid singleness within the church. If you’ve read anything about my own story, you know that I’ve lived this desperation. I’ve felt the pain of thinking that I had somehow failed, or must not deserve God’s favor because I didn’t get married on what I had grown up…

  • "I followed everyone's advice and I'm still single: Encouragement for when you can't make sense of your single status" | Singleness Quotes | Dating Advice | Christian Dating | Being Single | Single Life | Single Girl | justbeautifullyhonest.com
    Dating and Relationships,  Here's to the Single Ladies

    “I followed everyone’s advice and I’m still single”: Encouragement for when you can’t make sense of your single status

      Want to hear this post straight from me? Click the link above!   “He will come when you stop looking for him” “Pray about it” “Have you tried on-line?” “Have you thought about trying a new church?” “You should meet my friend. You’re both really nice.” “Find yourself first” “You’ll find him when you..[move] [start your new job] [go on a missions trip] [start doing things you’re passionate about]…” “Are you putting yourself out there?” “Have you tried asking him out?” “Don’t ask him out. Just wait..” “What about a new hobby where there are lots of men?”   Sound familiar?   If you’re anything like me, single a…

  • How God Has Shown Me He Cares About My Love Story, Even Though I'm Still Single | Love Story | Singleness Quotes | Christian Dating | Single Christian | Singleness Encouragement | justbeautifullyhonest.com
    Christian Dating,  Here's to the Single Ladies,  The Single Life

    How God has shown me He cares about my love story (even though I’m still single)

      Want to hear this post straight from me? Click the link above!   God doesn’t care about our love stories.   This is something that I truly believed for many years, and it was based on nothing other than the fact that I was single. I was disappointed, and I was stubborn. No matter how many verses I read about the character of God, how He cares for us, or that He wants good things for us, not a single part of me was willing to believe that He had any concern at all for my love life.   Because I was single, clearly God did not care.  …

  • Real Talk: Singleness and Finances | Encouragement for the single girl making it on her own | Independent Woman | Making it on my Own | Single Christian | Singleness Quotes | justbeautifullyhonest.com
    Here's to the Single Ladies,  Independence,  The Single Life

    Real talk: Singleness and finances

      Want to hear this post straight from me? Click the link above!   I’ve been thinking about the best way to approach this post for a while.   I wanted to have all of the answers to the financial challenges of being a single girl making it on her own. But the reality is, that I just don’t. I don’t have it all figured out. In fact, not even close. I haven’t figured out how to magically materialize more money for myself. I’m completely and utterly terrified that I’ll never be able to retire. Every time that I look at buying a house I crumble at the impossiblity. When…

  • What I'm Looking Forward to: May
    Everyday Inspiration,  What I'm Looking Forward To

    What I’m looking forward to: May

      What’s this monthly “looking forward to” stuff all about? Check out “What I’m Looking Forward To: April” to read why I started it (and why I think you should, too!)   Each week since I wrote “Single Longer than Expected? 10 Tips to Thrive, Not Just Survive, in This Season,” I’ve been posting weekly tips and encouragement to Facebook and Instagram.   This week’s tip was to “Find the little things that make you happy, and do them often”. I truly believe that life is all about the little things. The “big things” come only so often, but there are little things we can fall in love with and…

  • Why Singleness Is Not A Season Of Waiting | Christian Dating | Christian Single | Dating Advice | Single and Waiting | Season of Waiting | justbeautifullyhonest.com
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    Why singleness is not a “season of waiting”

      Want to hear this post straight from me? Click the link above!   I recently (ok, recently as in 2 months ago, I’m a bit late with this post), put up a Valentine’s Day post on my Instagram.   Did you see it? It gives some context for this blog, so I’ll give you a few minutes to go check it out… Dum dee dum dee dum…la la la… Oh, you’re back! Did you find it? Oh, no? Hmm. Were you looking for a picture of a couple? Or a picture of flowers and chocolate? (or let’s be honest, if someone were dating me…lattes and sour gummy worms?) We…

  • Three Myths About Being Single And Happy | Single and Happy | Singleness Advice | Single Quotes | Single Christian } justbeautifullyhonest.com
    Here's to the Single Ladies,  The Single Life

    Three myths about being single and happy, and one important truth

      Want to hear this post straight from me? Click the link above!   I’m not going to lie to you (the name of the blog would be pretty useless if I did, huh?).   I never wanted to be single and happy.   In fact, being single and happy sounded like just about the worst thing that could happen to my single self. In my opinion, the only positive outcome for my singleness was to find a man. If that wasn’t going to happen, I was voluntarily going to be an eternal guest at my own pity party.   I distinctly remember when I began to notice women who…

  • What I'm Looking Forward To: April | Daily Encouragement | justbeautifullyhonest.com
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    What I’m looking forward to: April

    Goodness gracious, how are we already to April?   2018 so far has been a WILD ride for me, and I’m so excited to tell you what I’m looking forward to, specifically in the month of April. Why do I share what I’m looking forward to? Well, because I believe we ALL need something to look forward to! Years ago, in my deepest struggles with singleness, and trying to figure out who I was and what to do next with my life (super easy task, right?), I started making lists for myself of what fun things I had coming up next.   When you have something you’re driving towards, it…

  • Single longer than expected: 10 tips to thrive not just survive | Single girl inspiration | Single Quotes | Singleness advice | How to be single | Single and Thriving | justbeautifullyhonest.com
    Here's to the Single Ladies,  The Single Life

    Single longer than expected? 10 tips to thrive, not just survive, in this season

      Click the link above to hear this post straight from me!   Hey girl, Have you been single longer than expected? Me too. I think about that sweet little naive 20 year old girl who thought she’d be married by 22. Were you one of those too? Precious, isn’t it? Sometimes I think, “If only I could have told her our plans were about to change.” But actually, I’m glad that I couldn’t have told her what was coming, because I’m not sure that she could have handled it. I’m picturing a level-ten hissy fit and a full blown toddler-style meltdown.   Fast forward ten years and it would…

  • Three ways we need to change the conversation about Christian Dating | Christian Dating Advice | Christian Relationships | justbeautifullyhonest.com
    Christian Dating,  Here's to the Single Ladies

    Three ways we need to change the conversation about Christian dating (for the sake of our sanity)

      Want to hear this post straight from me? Click the link above!   “Why can’t you just relax and have fun?”   That’s what people always used to say when I went on a date and came home tangled in anxious knots. Which was always. “What do you mean? How am I supposed to relax and just have fun?” I’d reply. People acted like it was so obvious that dating is supposed to be fun, and that I shouldn’t take it so seriously to the point where one date would put me on edge. But that made no sense to me. I had always been told by the church…