Permission to ask the guy out.

“Just ask him out for coffee,” I tell myself. Is it possible to guard your heart and risk it at the same time? To protect it and expose it at the same time? “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” Philippians 4:6-7. Maybe I’m…

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My Prayer for Summer ’17

Back home in ATL, I am surrounded by 30+ post-grad singles within my church community alone. But out here in Fort Collins, CO, I’m more aware of my relationship status than I’ve ever been in my 26 years of singleness. How do I make the most of being surrounded by a Christian culture where there…

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Paige’s Story: It’s okay to not be okay.

I 100% believed I’d be getting married immediately out of college, and I couldn’t be more grateful that didn’t happen. I didn’t know “single twenty-somethings” was a people group before I arrived in the midst of them, and the last two years of my life have been my favorites. God has allowed me to dodge…

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My Week on Bumble

From Bow Bridge to Bethesda Terrace, scenes of Amy Adams singing “That’s How You Know” from Disney’s Enchanted popped into my head. Smiling, I mentally noted to watch that movie as soon as I arrived back in Atlanta. Throughout my Sunday stroll in Central Park, I noticed countless couples holding hands, completely captivated by each other’s company. It was…

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Scars to Your Beautiful

  “Suck in your stomach and tuck in your bottom,” Ping, my ballet professor, pointed out to me in front of my peers. Previous feelings of grace and beauty suddenly disappeared like a floppy-eared bunny inside a cage of black silk. I pleaded with Ping that my bottom was already tucked in. So often, I stare at my features…

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Last Minute Ideas for a Girls Night in for Valentine’s Day

What’s Galentine’s Day? “Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas. February 14th, Valentine’s Day, is about romance, but February 13th, Galentine’s Day, is about celebrating lady friends.…

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Meg’s Story: Creating Space for Both a Career and a Companion

Completely content in where God has me, I reflect on the people He has put in my life as well as the direction He has given me in my career. But then there’s that bomb. BOOM. The explosion in the sky that comes out of nowhere. I try to trust God, keeping my hands open with my…

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Olivia’s Story: Braving a Breakup in NYC

Ever since I was a little girl, I dreamed of waking up in the city that never sleeps. And for a semester in college, New York City became my “home away from home” after landing a killer internship with Phillip Lim in their Wholesale Department. It was everything I expected and more. However, what I…

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Karly’s Story: Single, yet in a relationship

By Karly Petrella I sit and consider a list of wants (and still want) that the Lord has not given me. There are hundreds, countless tears. My hand aches from writing out angry, bitter prayers to the Lord in the honesty of my heart. I often think I know best. My heart has been broken from a lack of…

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Why Rush Into a Relationship?

Dancing his way through Atlanta last night, Jack Frost twirled with the trees and coated every branch with tiny droplets of ice. The branches drooped lower and lower in attempts to high-five the ground, much like Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tree. It’s the pocket-sized, ice sickle details in life that make the outfit complete. But often times, those details…

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Ever thought about online dating? Me too.

Refusing to take another step further, my footprints sank deeper into the sand. A crowd of college boys each held a cold beer in one hand and a numbered piece of paper in the other. As the girls in front of me strolled right past them, the guys held up their scores, rating them on a scale…

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Why It’s Important to Shake it Off

As soon as I hear those distinct doorbell dings, I know it’s only a matter of seconds before Mariah Carey tells me exactly what she wants for Christmas. And once the chorus chimes in, it’s only a matter of seconds until I start to chasse my way through traffic with a full on jazz routine complete with your basic…

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6 Motivational Marriage Quotes for Singles

Confidence mixed with caution, I held my bouquet like it was my job. Shoulders back, chin lifted and core tight, my Carolina blue dress rhythmically swayed to the dancing breeze of the music. Hidden behind my confident stride was a cautious fear of rolling my ankle. Well aware that wedges and nature do not mix, I shifted…

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Laine’s Story: Loving Someone Who Doesn’t Love Jesus

By: Laine Hoke It’s a steady stinging sensation that I have felt 50 times before, but this time it’s more. It’s more painful. It’s lasting longer, darker; and somehow filled with more hope than the other times. There had been talk of a ring. Like, THE ring. We were going to have this perfect life…

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What does it look like to make the most of your season of singleness?

Arms stretched across the chair, I practiced my James Bond-ish move as an excuse to secretly glance over to the guy on my right. I took another sip of my coffee and looked ever so slightly to my left. Turns out, the only people sitting at the coffee bar besides me were all married men, rocking their wedding bands…

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