A little over two years ago, I received a question from a reader. The gist of it: “Why are we women in such a rush to get married?” I thought it was a good question deserving of a good answer, so naturally I deferred it to someone else 😉 A close friend of mine (who is practically my big sister), Lisa Marie Hunt, wrote a two-part answer about Why We Long For Love and How To Glorify God In Your Singleness:
“…I wondered why God didn’t think it was time for me to get married. Was I not holy enough? Not pretty enough? Was God upset with me for something? Did he want me to be a Sister, even though my desire to be a wife and mother was so strong? Was I ever going to get married or would I be stuck as a lonely, old, lady… who couldn’t even have cats because I am allergic to them!? And then about five years ago I read the very first paragraph in the Catechism: “He calls man to seek him, to know him, to love him with all his strength”. Nowhere in that sentence, or the paragraph that encompasses it, did the authors mention marriage, religious life or singleness.
I had been dwelling on the longing in my heart and thinking it was for a man, when in reality that longing was for Him and my purpose was to seek Him, to know Him and to love Him. If getting married would help me to do that, then Praise God! if becoming a Sister allowed me to do that, then Praise God! And if for whatever crazy reason God wanted me single, then Praise God! That moment was a life-changer for me.”
Why talk about this today? Because yesterday Lisa published a book!
The Moment Is Now: Do More Than Just Survive Your Single Years, Practical Tips to Live Them For God’s Glory is available to download on Amazon FOR FREE today and tomorrow only (after that it will cost money, so download it today and tell your friends to do the same!).
I had the chance to read the book ahead of its release, and–even as a married mother of two–I kept finding myself nodding along with Lisa’s words. There are books on chastity in dating and how to date the “right” way as a woman of God, but The Moment Is Now delves into a less-discussed topic. What does a single person who understands– and truly finds beauty in–the call to chastity and the vocation of marriage do to make the most of the time of singleness God has given her beyond just…waiting?
Lisa is very up front that this is not a book about waiting. The Moment Is Now is about what to do with the gift (and it is a gift!) of singleness that God has given you. I very much recommend that you check it out! (And it’s FREE today, so why wouldn’t you?!)
You can download the book on amazon by clicking the picture of the cover above, or by following this link: The Moment Is Now: Do More Than Just Survive Your Single Years, Practical Tips to Live Them For God’s Glory.
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