What if I Never Get Married? The Feared Call of Singleness

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“If God calls me to singleness, I’m not answering,” my sister said to me.

I remember when a well-meaning woman told me rather callously I needed to stop ‘being boy crazy’ and know that God might never give me a husband. Can we stop telling people they might be called to singleness?

After my post, All the Single Ladies: Where have all the men gone? I received several emails, comments, and messages–but many circling around this question: What if I never meet anyone and stay single? What if singleness is God’s plan for me?

Many will disagree, but if you are married, it’s never a good idea to tell someone single that they might never meet someone. That God might call them to ‘singleness’ as if he also might call them to endure cancer. {Because singleness does feel like cancer to many!}

Is it the truth? Yes. Sometimes God asks women and men to remain single for the purpose of glorifying him in their singleness. For me, it feels callous and lacking compassion to tell someone that their worst case scenario might come true. Yes, marriage might not be in the cards. But it’s important to speak the truth in love, and I believe we are missing the truth we desire to communicate.

Let me explain. A mother learns she’s pregnant for the first time. She and her husband are ecstatic and start telling people when the baby is just 4 weeks old.  You pull her aside in her elation and inform her, “Just so you know…your child may die before reaching kindergarten. That may be God’s plan. So don’t place all your hope in the life inside you.”

Is it true? Absolutely. Some children tragically, especially in early stages of pregnancy.  Might it be God’s plan? Yes. You can find scripture to back it up. (David and Bathsheba’s child didn’t survive despite fervent prayer and fasting). Should the mother not place all her hope in the life inside her stomach? 100%. Anything we place all our hope in besides Christ will let us down. But even if your statement represents truth, communicated in a careless way it can be damaging. Same with this ‘God calling you to singleness’ truth that is creeping up in Christian circles recently. Truth? Possibly. Helpful? No.

I suggest we communicate the truth in a different light. Instead of dwelling on or telling someone that “God may call you to singleness”–which is always the exception not the norm–what if we talked about contentment and trusting God with the future?

I don’t want to give false hope. Not everyone reading this post will find a spouse, just like none of us are guaranteed a job or kids or even a long life. While God promises to give us the desires of our hearts, he is not Santa Claus.

Truths about Singleness:

Singleness is always an exception, not a norm. If you look at Bible as a whole, the main verse people use to discuss this call to singleness is 1 Corinthians 7. But did you know Paul was writing during a time of great distress? There was a famine in Greece and great persecution. Some scholars say Paul was writing of a temporary exception to marriage because of the circumstances.

God promises to give us the desires of our hearts. This doesn’t translate into ‘right now’, but He’ll either give you a husband or change your desire.

For most of my readers, His answer is yes, but not right now. We have to WAIT for His best. Don’t start dating that guy!

Statistically speaking, you are more likely to get divorced than never get married. For the sake of your heart and the future of your children, choose wisely!

God is a good Dad, who is longing to bless us in the midst of trials. His plan often includes long periods of waiting and seasons of confusion and doubt–but it always ends with being face to face with the Savior who died for us.

Marriage does not solve all your problems. A spouse cannot and will not complete you. There will always be idols competing for your heart. False Gods promising to save.

I pray you continue to love mercy and walk with God whether or not a husband is on the horizon. Marriage is the greatest blessing. But you don’t want to do this with the wrong person.

What are your thoughts on the singleness epidemic occurring in Christian circles? Is singleness the norm or the exception? How have you dealt with your singleness? 

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151 Responses to “What if I Never Get Married? The Feared Call of Singleness”
  1. L says:

    Great post, I very much needed to hear this today! I am in the annoying situation of knowing I am not ready for marriage yet, yet being fed up of my singleness and that it may last forever.
    I think singleness is the exception, as God did create us with the desire for a spouse. And yet I know many godly men and women who are in their thirties and are still single (and not by choice). It doesn’t seem to make sense!

    • Ruthie Dean says:

      I agree, L! A lot of the waiting in our lives don’t seem to make a lick of sense. Have you ever caught yourself saying to God…”If I was God, I would do things differently”. It’s so easy for me to put my human expectations of what is best on the God of the Universe–when clearly His ways and thoughts are higher than ours.

      Continue to trust Him during this difficult time. He hears you–He knows how much you want to be married. I am praying for you now!

      Anyone else resonate with what L shared?

      • AK says:

        Yep I definitely can relate. A lot of my friends are married and even though I tell myself I don’t want to be married and act like it doesn’t matter, truthfully it does. Because then when you get discouraged and lonely I have been known to date “that guy” that I know i shouldn’t be hanging out with. Then in turn feel guilty for not trusting God. Then I begin the process again with waiting and praying for God to fill this void. It’s a vicious cycle sometimes.

    • Kathryn says:

      What makes no sense to me is why someone told me that God called me to be single to serve him instead
      Um instead ? Why do u need to be single to serve God

      I’m 38 I’m not answering that call either . It’s not ok for God to provide for some and not others
      This really bothers me – I’m 38
      I’m not single to serve to God
      I’m single as I’ve met no one !!!

    • Kathryn says:

      I’m not single by choice
      I’m single by circumstance !
      Jesus is my savior but most certainly is NOT my spouse !!!

      • Mary P says:

        I agree with you Kathryn. I’m not answering the call for as long as I can breath. Jesus may love us but he is not the spouse who can put his physical arms around us or physically be there when we can share our ups and downs. There is a big difference between drying your own tears of frustration to having your husband dry them for you and say that everything will be okay. Better yet, a “partner in crime” to pray with to God to guide us! Sorry for the rant but I needed to get it out. Bless you all single ladies and I hope you don’t have to wait another year.

      • Tim says:

        God really sucks the way i look at it, and there are many of us men that are still single too. I never asked to be put on this rotten earth in the first place, and to see so many other blessed men and women that have each other with a family really hurts me since i wanted the same thing too. Why are we always the forgotten ones?

        • Giray says:

          Tim!! Tim!! Complain to God he can will answer you. As a man if you really want to you can find a wife the bible says he who finds a wife finds a good thing that means you as a man find a wife. Shake yourself off your pity party and find your wife only believe and remember faith without actions is dead.one of my christian friends found his wife on ok Cupid others on set for marriage sites. GOD GAVE ME A WIFE BEYOND MY DREAMS
          I grew up hearing the Word of God all the time—in church, in my house, and through my mom, who was a church leader. I loved God and even suffered a lot of persecution in school because of my faith.

          When I was in college, I started to pray for a Christian wife, but I could not find anyone to date. It was some years after graduation that I finally found someone I liked, but she broke my heart and I cried for many weeks.

          I started to question God and ask Him why this was happening if I had been so faithful to Him. Even after I moved to the United States years later, I was still crying and begging God for a wife. I kept reminding Him of how good I was, how I kept myself pure because of Him, and how I deserved to have a wife.

          Later, I began dating Christian girls and became serious about one of them. But she broke up with me and that made me resentful because I had treated her well. At the same time, I also felt condemned because I kissed her and I thought I was not “pure” anymore. I kept asking God for forgiveness but it only brought more condemnation.

          From then on, I began looking at girls all the time with lust in my heart. I heard these accusations in my head: “How can God bless you when you have that sin, when you are full of lust? God won’t bless you and He won’t give you a wife!”

          I repented and promised God that I would not lust after girls again. I did my best to spend time with Him by praying and reading the Bible. I also forced myself to look elsewhere when an attractive girl passed by. After a while, I would feel “full” of God’s presence and confident enough to pray for a wife, only to slip back into feeling lustful. And then the cycle of these religious efforts would start again.

          I even increased my time of praying and reading the Word. I also fasted and went to church six times a week! However, after a few days, I would be back to flirting with girls on the Internet with my head full of lust for them. Then, I was back to crying and asking God for forgiveness. All these only brought more condemnation and guilt into my life and I started getting deeper into sin, even developing an addiction to masturbation.

          I thought God was not going to bless me with a wife because of my actions and thoughts, and at the suggestion of a church leader, I made a vow to God. I promised Him many things including stopping masturbation in exchange for a wife. But after a few weeks, I was back to sinning again and I felt even more condemned about breaking the vow. I thought God was going to curse me.

          By then, I was thirty-eight years old and still not married. I was angry because friends my age were already married and blessed with children. I felt that following God’s laws and statutes was a curse.

          The turning point for me came when I saw one of my favorite pastors posting an update on Facebook about a book he had enjoyed reading. It was the book, Destined To Reign, by Joseph Prince. I believe that the Holy Spirit put the desire and curiosity in me to buy the book, and I started to read it after I got it in the mail.

          At first, I did not agree with what Pastor Prince was saying. However, the more I read the book, the more I understood the gospel of grace. I started to go to a park every day first thing in the morning to read the book. I started to meditate on the gospel truths in the book.

          It took me about two months to complete reading the book because it was so rich. At the end of it, I let go of all the disagreements I had because I saw myself as the righteousness of God through Christ. For the first time in my life, I did not have condemnation hunting me down! I still had the problem with masturbation from time to time but instead of crying, I began to confess, “I am the righteousness of God through His Son, Jesus!”

          Knowing I was completely loved, completely blessed, and completely forgiven somehow kept me pure. I was also confident that God was going to bless me with a wife, not because of my good behavior, but because of what Jesus has done for me. I even told God to renew my youth and bless me with someone who was completely “out of my league.”

          Finally, my miracle occurred when I felt led to create a profile on a Christian dating website. Soon after, I found a beautiful girl on the website, and I sent her an email. Unbeknownst to me, she had created her profile just fifteen minutes before I sent her the email, because she wanted to prove to her friend what a bad idea the website was. On that website she received tons of emails from guys wanting to date her. She deleted all those emails but she said that when she read my profile, something impressed on her spirit, and she wanted to get to know me better.

          After communicating via email, we met and got to know each other better. I am much older than her but God confirmed in many ways that we are meant for each other. Her parents, who were against all her earlier relationships, also approved of me and our decision to get married. So now, we are married, and I can say that she over exceeds all the expectations I gave God! I could not be happier!

          Both of us have read the books Destined To Reign and Unmerited Favor together. We are starting a group with neighbors and friends called “God’s Unmerited Favor Study Group.” I have bought all of Joseph Prince’s materials and we enjoy hearing his preaching every week.

          Thank you for making me understand and welcome God’s grace in my life. His grace has changed my life forever! Now, I am passionate about showing people the true gospel of grace.

          The writer has requested to remain anonymous.

          • Tim says:

            How would i be able to meet a Good Woman since many of them are Very Nasty Today? And when many of us which i will speak for others too always seen to meet the women that will walk away from us when we will try to start a Conversation with the one that we would really like to meet. I had a woman threaten to call the cops on me at one time, and my approach was very good which i was very polite too since it wasn’t good enough for her. You have to remember that we’re living in different times today that women are Not as nice as you think they are, and many women i would say were certainly a lot nicer years ago and much easier to meet. So how would God be able to send me a Godly Woman if many of them act this way now? It is the women that are certainly at Fault, not us men since there are many of us out there that have to Suffer for the bad ones. Peace, and thank you for your support.

        • Giray says:

          Please check out website how I got married by prayer things God taught me. All the best as you agree with God’s word may he grant you the desires of your heart in Jesus name.

          No good thing will God withhold from those who walk with him. Only one doing withholding is satan don’t forget Daniel prayed for 21 days meanwhile the devil was fighting the angel who came to bring his answer. Don’t give up arise oh mighty man of valour go get your girl!!!!! If unbelieving men can do it many even managing to marry lovely christian ladies so can you

  2. i am one of those ‘called to singleness’ and there is nothing more disheartening than to have well meaning acquaintances or relatives comment on me being married. i have tried different sayings – i’d rather be single than wish i was (this worked well on my aunt, who has 9 children, only two of them that have not had major marriage troubles) and my husband’s wife hasn’t died yet. Or even…it is my choice i am single (to further explore than, i am sure if i went further from home, there would be someone who would marry a mennonite girl who cooks). So thank you for standing up for me. (i am 54)

    • Ruthie Dean says:

      Hi Marianne! I’m thrilled you’ve found contentment in singleness. Praise God for your faith! Thanks for sharing and for your great comments on my blog. Appreciate you!

      Do you have any single friends your age? I’m curious if it has been a struggle to find peers who aren’t running off to kids soccer games or planning the next PTA meeting. What has it been like to remain single–have your friends and community changed?

      • Kathryn says:

        I find unrest in singleness I don’t have to find contentment
        In being single as I don’t have to . Change does not
        Come from contentment

  3. TDP says:

    Thank you for this refreshing take on singleness. I am a 31 year-old woman who is dealing with the mixed feelings of being single. At times I relish the freedom that comes from not having to “answer to someone”, however at other times I admit that the loneliness seems almost too much to bear. I have several unwed friends but over the years that number has gotten smaller and smaller. Sometimes I wonder, has God forgotten about me? It seems as though marriage and relationships come so easily for others, but for me it has been quite the challenge. As much as I try to be patient and wait on God’s timing, lately it has gotten harder and harder. However, in spite of the sadness that I may face at times, I know that I must remain faithful and continue to praise and thank God! You are right to remind us that God wants us to have the desires of our hearts; for me (in this moment), my desire is for a husband and children. Thank you for sharing such an inspiring and positive message. I definitely needed it today :)

  4. So well written and so thoughtful my dear! I am so thankful for you in my life. I was single until 29 and struggled with it often. Contentment is such a hard think to let God work in you before and after marriage.

    • Ruthie Dean says:

      Ah yes…contentment. So glad God brought us together! Thankful for you every.single.day.

      • Meg says:

        Precious, just precious! Ruthie, I went to SMU and knew Michael through Wesley. I’m so glad we are (were?) Facebook friends so that the day came where I clicked on a link to your blog! I have read so many of your entries and you are truly a gifted writer. This post in particular spoke volumes to my heart. My 28th birthday is next week and I continue to pray for a heart and mindset like Paul’s in Ephesians 4:12. Thank you for the abundant encouragement! I am praying for you all too!

  5. Michele Cedo says:

    I agree, people can be well-meaning but unthinking in their comments to singles. I remember being told that perhaps God may be calling me to singleness by a couple who were anguished in their struggle to become pregnant. I would never have intimated to them that perhaps God’s plan for them did not include children. God chooses our journey and we draw closer to Him in the process and learn to trust that whatever He chooses is good and will transform us more and more into His image. No other person can know what His plan for us includes and should therefore not speculate on our behalf.

    • Ruthie Dean says:

      Amen, Michael! Those comments are never helpful, are they? It’s best to walk beside each other, carry one another’s burdens, and speak the truth in love when necessary. Thanks for sharing!

  6. I still remember once at sunday school, one elder lady was telling a story of a dear sister who has been single for almost 20 years before she finally married, while me being the only single in the room, I said I wouldn’t go to sunday school again… 20 years seems to be so long to me, what if God called me to be single for 20 years??!! I agree that even what we say may be true, how we said it matters way more than we can imagine. Being single is not a curse, though it may not always have sunshine in lives, I’ve experienced a lot blessings to have single sisters and be prepared for marriage during singleness. Thanks for writing this to remind speaking truth in love and with compassion!

    • Ruthie Dean says:

      I remember you telling me this story:) Yeah, who wants to hear about someone who had to wait 20 years for a husband?! Not me! I’m glad you found my post resonated. I’ve seen God radically change you over the past five years–and it started with your dating life. Praise Him for redeeming us!

      • Kathryn says:

        I used to hear these irrelevant stories all the time
        About people who had family members
        Who were single um so freakin what ! And ???
        They aren’t me ! Not sure why they brought that up
        As it added 0 to the conversation !
        It was totally irrelevant . Not sure what they are trying to say
        But it really had 0 relevance

  7. I love this. love love love this. Thank you. Singleness isn’t a bad thing. We can all serve God in our own ways. I think we should be encouraged in our singleness… to hold out for a relationship that will build God and breed growth in that relationship, to serve in our singlesness, and to bring about the Church of God the best way we can WHILE we are single. It sucks. I’m not gonna lie. But it doesn’t always suck and there is good in there. So thank you for standing up for us single ladies :) We appreciate the encouragement more than you will ever know!

    • Ruthie Dean says:

      Your honesty is refreshing, Diana. I still remember those hard seasons of wondering whether or not God had anyone for me. Keep waiting for the right man and praying God will give you strength. Glad you were encouraged. Thanks for sharing your heart.

  8. Ashley says:

    This paragraph was exactly what I needed to hear!! “God promises to give us the desires of our hearts. This doesn’t translate into ‘right now’, but He’ll either give you a husband or change your desire.” Since I was young, the desire of my heart has been to be a wife and a mom. I am working on the desire for a husband to not become an idol in my life. I want God to be number one, first and foremost. I love what you said about God giving a husband or taking away the desire. That will be a great comfort during this tome of waiting! I am in a single ladies bible study and I will definitely be sharing this blog post with them. Thank you for your words of truth! :)

    • Ruthie Dean says:

      Glad the post resonated with you. Thanks for sharing it with your Bible study. It can be so hard to wait, can’t it? Keep leaning on Christ during the times of longing–He will sustain you.

  9. Jessica says:

    Beautifully and perfectly stated! I had a women ask me recently if I was ok with being single? As if it was a choice. Luckily I have humor on my side and just smiled. But the above is so true and no matter how hard I pray for God to take the desire of marriage away it just gets stronger!!! Ashley thanks for recomending I read this!!!

    • Ruthie Dean says:

      Yes, I’m sure the woman was well-intentioned–but it hurts, I know. It’s good to have a sense of humor and give each other grace. I wouldn’t pray for God to take the desire for marriage away–pray for His will! Don’t assume He doesn’t want you to be married just because you’ve waited for longer than you’d like. Continue to pour yourself into serving Him and pray, pray, pray that if He has a husband for you–then He will prepare you and Him to serve together!

  10. Danelle says:

    Ruthie, I believe you have struck a nerve in me that I couldn’t put my finger on. Sadly, I have been that married girl who has told single friends that they may in-fact be called to singleness. Ugh. Even paired with “but God knows the desires of your heart”- this news is depressing. True but depressing. I played the martyr (victim) for so long in my marriage and I think that the negative, “suck-it-up” attitude still persists in me. That God wants us to suffer through life not enjoying things we desire is just not true. When you’re in a dark place, it’s easy to believe that. Thank you for reminding me that joy is found not in circumstances or marital status but in trusting a loving God. :)

    • Ruthie Dean says:

      Hi Danelle! Thanks for sharing. It’s easy to lack compassion, isn’t it? I’ve been hurt by and hurt others by “suck it up”, “get over it”, “stop complaining” messages. The truth is God never promises to make our lives easy (in fact following Christ means taking up your Cross–or your instrument of death)–but He does promise to never leave us & do everything for our future blessing. I spent too long thinking of God as a cruel taskmasker, when he instructs us to call him Abba Father and husband!

  11. Abby says:

    I just want to say THANK YOU Ruthie. I am so grateful for this blog as it blesses my heart every time I read it! I definitely thought I would be married and a mom to a few by now…but God had different plans. I love this quote, “God’s vision is different from our daydreams.” It’s true. God’s vision for our lives may not look like we thought it would…but there is so much to learn; so much life to be lived; so much to experience. I don’t want to miss the joy in THIS SEASON of my life because I’m longing so much for the next season. It’s something I struggle with on a regular basis.

    As a single Christian girl, I hear the most ridiculous statements from well meaning friends, family and church members. My older sister struggled with infertility for many years and experienced much of the same thing. Now, as a mama, she refuses to make those statements to women currently struggling with this. Like, “just stop thinking about it and you will get pregnant!” I feel the same way about being single. If I do get married, there are so many things that I will never say to the single people God places in my life. I love your thoughts on this. Thanks for being an incredible blessing to me!

    • Ruthie Dean says:

      Wow, Abby. I’m honored by your comments. Thank you for encouraging me!

      Glad the blog is blessing you. Praise God for not giving up on me when I told him “no” for 5 years about writing:) He kept insisting and I finally said yes! What a merciful God we serve.

      He knows your pain & struggles—continue to lean on Him during your singleness and ask how you can experience joy even in the midst of wanting marriage.

  12. Kristen says:

    My roommate and I had a conversation on this topic just last week. We realized that both of us had been lying to ourselves, and other people about our desire to marry. We had convinced ourselves, our familes and our community that we were called to be single because it seemed easier than dealing with the potential hurt. I also realized that I believed the lie, that being single was better. I thought that it was the only way I could do Kingdom work. It is interesting, because I do ministry with many married couples and the wife does just as much Kingdom work. I don’t know what the future holds but these past few weeks have included a lot of processing with close friends trying to figure out what the Lord wants for me, not what I think he wants.

    • Ruthie Dean says:

      Love that you were finally able to be honest with yourself and with God. Numbing our hearts is never what God intends–truly! It’s less painful just to ignore our desires, but God wants us to lean on Him in the midst of unmet wants and unmet expectations.

  13. Heather says:

    I grew up in a church by the name of King’s Park International Church, Many years ago, I attended a yearly church conference for college students called Campus Harvest (it’s fantastic, I would go again and recommend it to anyone). This particular year, there was a seminar that I believe had to do with dating, singleness, and marriage. One of the speakers was Jim Lafoon, an amazing pastor, who is prophetic like you wouldn’t believe. I don’t remember a whole lot from it, I mean lets be honest it was 3+ years ago – but there is one thing he said that I’ll NEVER forget. He said if you are AFRAID God has called you to single-hood, then you haven’t been.

    I can’t begin to say how much relief that statement brought me!!! (I’m the girl guys look at, flirt with, but literally next door to never ask out. Never in middle school (class of ’98), high school (class of ’03), nor thus far at my university (class of ’12 or 13 (life started out great in college and then I was railroaded multiple times byt it))). I’ve had 2 boyfriends both of whom I met online (will never go there again), was engaged to the 2nd (he broke it off in a text a couple years ago). Trying to surrender my love life completely to God while I get on with the purpose He has for my life.

  14. Kathleen says:

    This is a tough topic for me as I have never been married and have dated very little. (I am 51) yet I have so many people tell me that ‘God will give me the desires of my heart’ and that I need to learn to be content. Sometimes it just hits you in the face and you start to question ‘what is in my life that is not pleasing to God or what needs to change so that God will bless me in this area’
    Then you look around, I attend a very large church and the number of available men is very slim… where are the ‘real men’ these days. I really stuggle with this as I have never felt that I was called to singleness but feel that I have been left here.
    In one of your earlier post, you asked the question about the circle of friends getting smaller.. it is very small. All my friends are way older than me and retired and the only thing that draws us together is the need of company so you try and find something that you have in common.

    • Ruthie Dean says:

      Kathleen, I cannot imagine the pain of watching friend after friend get married and not having the chance yourself. Know this: God sees you & knows your desires. Remember when the Virgin Mary found out she was pregnant? She said, “I will praise the God WHO SEES ME.” I love that image of God.

      • Kathryn says:

        I can relate !!! I have watched couples Form
        Date get engaged married then have kids – it’s not fun
        At all !! But what really hurts me is my 13 year old niece may have her first boyfriend before me. !
        That’s never suppose to happen !

    • Mary P says:

      Kathleen,
      I’m 35 going on 36. I share your pain and my circle of single friends has dropped down to 4. That’s right! 4! My married friends try to hang on and communicate back and forth with little things like how pets can be sweet and all. I feel that I have been set aside (except by my single friends). I have already to ask myself, what is it I’m doing wrong or what is it I’m doing wrong with my prayers. I have even prayed to God saying, “Lord, if my prayers don’t please you, please hear the ones of my friends” who are praying continuously for me to find a husband. Every time someone mentions marriage, engagement, or shower, it hits a really raw nerve and I begin to sob. All this has led me to become more bitter. I even developed insomnia and anxiety. My anxiety has become so bad I have had to go to the doctor to get medicine! God doesn’t forsake us so why do I feel forsaken? I did my research and discovered that it’s more difficult and expensive for a single to adopt or to do IVF in order to have the gift of motherhood. I make a decent living but it’s still very expensive!

      I too have attended two large churches and there are very few “real and available men”. I used to be shy but now I approach gentlemen and speak with them. The problem is that they are engaged or married and with the values that I was raised with, I stop strictly at the friend zone. It even slams me harder in the face as you put it when I see couples and families. For this reason, I find it too painful to go to church. Therefore, I listen to godly preachers on TV like Charles Stanley and David Jeremiah who don’t focus on family as the others do but on values such as being truthful and having a godly relationship with God.

      I know it’s not much but I send you a cyber hug in comfort. Bless you and may God help you find comfort.

  15. lisa says:

    Hi–thanks for your thoughtful blog. It convicted me a little that maybe I’ve “given up” on getting married–and that’s not a very faith-ful or healthy attitude. On the other hand, I think we do set ourselves up for failure when we make marriage the “chief blessing” of being a Christian–there’s so much more! What about leading someone to Christ? What about the joy of a unified body of all kinds of people? What about being God’s hands and feet of love to orphans? It seems silly when you step back to spend so much agony over one missing experience or relationship.
    Although I know it will get harder for me as I age if I don’t get married. I try to treasure examples like Lilias Trotter and a friend in her 60s who went to the mission field in her 20s, single and with polio! She’s now retired and I asked her if she’d ever consider dating. She told me she had to lay her singleness on the altar to God and try to hold IT with an open hand!!
    I don’t know–I want to be balanced, but what really happens is I go in cycles of contentment vs. discontentment–and throughout I always still have romantic desires. But lately it doesn’t feel like my most desperate need. More desperate is the sense of need for the Spirit’s work in my life and seeing Jesus’ kingdom realized.
    Anyway, a bit of a different perspective, for what it’s worth.

  16. Selena says:

    Thank you so much for your kindness and thoughtfulness in dealing with this subject. I do agree that if you are called to singleness, that will be your desire. If you are desiring marriage keep believing God for your mate but in the mean time, keep your focus on the Lord and what He has for you to do in the present.

  17. Shem Roldan says:

    Thank you Ruthie for posting this little narrative. I’m a 28 yr old man. I really have only met the Lord in my life last November. And life has took on a totally different direction. I currently attend a young man’s (Catholic) Christian Bible Study every Tuesday and I attend an interdenominational Charismatic Gathering on Sundays. I honestly really join it for the worship songs. They are just great!

    I’ve recently gone through two (inconclusive) revelations that I might be called to a life of singleness. My current thoughts right now are “I don’t want to be alone in life. Why would God do this? I know the Lord is always with me, but I have always deeply desired and envisioned that He would eventually lead me to someone. I desire small kisses, long phone calls, children, a family, etc. I desire a partner to be with and to share companionship. This is my DEEPEST desire.” I haven’t been in a relationship in years. I just can’t wrap my head around being single for my entire life.

    Kindly pray for me. I have been opening myself up to God’s specific plan for me up until now, and now all I see is a huge brick wall. I’m just so angry, bitter, and resentful with Him. His plan is totally OPPOSITE from my deepest desire! I know this is mean and un-Christian for me to say, but a part of me just feels like He is so selfish. I thought if anything, He would fill my deepest desires. This is the probably the hardest struggle I have ever gone up against. I don’t want to be angry at God. I guess I just thought that it would be in the works for me to be with someone.

    I’ll pray for the humility and patience to accept that God can change my desire.

    Any prayers or comments would greatly be appreciated.

  18. Sherell says:

    I am so glad I found your site. I was going through one of my “when will it be my turn?” moments and was sitting around googling topics on singleness. Your site came up, and I have already been blessed. I have been blessed with so many earthly accomplishments, but my heart still feels such a void because of my desire to be married. I am almost 40 and never imagined that I would be single at this point in my life. Some days are really good and others are utterly depressing and sad. I want to be happy and content on my singleness; it’s just that somedays it seems more like a curse than a blessing. I have signed up for your updates, so I look forward to more inspiration. God bless you.

    • Ruthie Dean says:

      Hi Sherell,

      I’m thrilled you found my site. Wow. I love hearing stories of what people were searching when they stumbled upon my site. You don’t know how many stories I hear of women searching “singleness”–you are not alone. It’s incredibly painful when our plans don’t line up with God’s and were left wondering when it will be our turn. I write about singleness often so I pray you will continue to be inspired.

      bless you, dear sister!

  19. Cheryl says:

    Then you’ve got the spinster woman who is so bereft over her situation, she’ll tell you, “Don’t be so greedy!! You have already been married”. Well, that was like a ten foot pole over the head.

    • @ Cheryl,
      As a never married 40 something woman who wanted marriage, er, yeah, it’s rather hard to work up loads of sympathy for someone who’s been married before but who got a divorce later.

      No offense to the infertile ladies, but it’s like reading forums where married infertile ladies complain bitterly about not being able to have a baby but who keep mentioning in their posts, things like,”my wonderful husband who holds my hand as I weep over the infertility, and he takes me to doctor appointments…”

      As a never married woman, it’s hard to drum up sympathy for people who are either currently married who or were before, especially the ones who show no gratitude for the spouse they have (if they have one).

  20. Stacey says:

    Loved your post! I started to write a reply, but it got REALLY long… b/c I’m me… and then it became it’s own blog response… http://staceytuttle.wordpress.com/2013/03/10/what-if-i-never-get-married/ . I mentioned the other extreme and equally really unhealthy reply – the “Don’t worry, God’s got someone for you” false promise reply.

    I hope anyone reading my post will do as I suggested and read yours too! I resonate so much with the comments here as well. I know there is a worse loneliness than being single, and I know God is in control…etc. But what I know and what I feel aren’t always in agreement. Unfortunately, so many times it’s tempting to let sadness rule and to wallow in being “unchosen” and “unwanted”, left out and left behind – no matter how ridiculously untrue those things may be. I appreciate everyone’s willingness to start with such honesty…but fierce commitment to end up by choosing to believe what is TRUE, noble, lovely, etc. (because of Jesus) over their feelings. The battle to do so really is a fierce and relentless one. Battle on, my fellow single warriors!

  21. Greg says:

    Wow! Where to start?

    One little verse that I keep coming back to is Jesus’ own words in Matthew 19:12: “Some are born as eunuchs, some have been made eunuchs by others, and some choose not to marry for the sake of the Kingdom of Heaven. Let anyone accept this who can.”

    “…who can” Two little words with a lot of implication about being single!

    Still single at 43, I have _really_ struggled with it, and started a website (waitingforintimacy.com) as a way of collecting my thoughts on this issue, and hopefully serve as an encouragement to other singles–they’re not alone!

    Excellent post (and love this blog too!)

    Greg

  22. violet says:

    I’m 64 and still single. I don’t think I regretted it. Perhaps the right man did not came along yet? Or I must have missed him ? At 23 I became the head of the family as my father died. I did have some boyfriends but none proposed or not really that serious. But I have no regrets. Then my mother retired so I am sole wage earner. In the Philippines, it’s difficult to be the lone wage earner. I feel getting married may pose several problems. Then there’s my brother who needed schooling and so on… Perhaps if it is really the Lord’s will to get married or remained single? But right now, I’m just happy having a personal relationship with Jesus. Whether he wants me to get married or not, I am happy until He return. God Bless you for your encouraging column.

  23. Kathryn says:

    David and Bathsheba isn’t a legit comparison as their child was conceived in adultery and david had bathsheba’s husband killed .

  24. Kathryn says:

    I’m 38 never dated and yes I wanted to but it never happened !
    Being single is like a cancer
    I will never be content with being alone
    I was told Jesus is my husband um no he’s not
    I’m 38 !!i
    I feel embarrassed ashamed and disheartened
    I don’t care If God called me to be single the answer is no !!!
    Didn’t call any friends or family

    I too have been told by people Of this alleged call
    Never occurred to me until some person assumed
    .
    My feelings for God changed and no for the better

    No it’s.not Ok God !!

    Im tired of feeling disregarded by God

    • Nancy says:

      Kathryn,

      It’s OK to hurt, because I don’t believe it’s God’s will for most people to be single, and it’s a God given desire to be married. But unfulfilled desires are part of living in a fallen world. I completely understand the shame you feel – we are reminded of it at work, at the church, and in the media that marriage, which happens so easily for so many, just has not come our way. However, you will have peace when you realize that shame is not yours to carry. The Lord will carry it for us, and promises a blessing for those with the courage to mourn. Take heart, because there is always comfort and blessing and freedom on the other side of grief. Allow yourself the freedom to grieve, without shame, because this is not your fault. And try, if you can, find people who will comfort you and walk with you in your singleness, instead of giving you pat answers that it’s “God’s call”. These types of statements are more about making the people saying them feel better about a situation that they cannot explain, and helps the avoid walking with those who suffer.

      I will pray for you, for Go’d comfort and rest in your situation. Never give up hope, nor be ashamed of it. God has often blessed people even in the twilight of their lives, when all hope seemed lost. And rest assured, your grief will not be in vain in the hands of the Lord.

      Nancy

    • Kathryn says:

      Twilight ? I’m 38 not 58 yikes .

    • Giray says:

      Awesome article. Yes I know the feeling perhaps try and join a on line dating like christian mingle or ok cupid I found Pat Holliday book on spirit of Asmodeus which prevents singles from marrying helped me. I am now seriously dating as I no longer believe in the just wait on God i was doing that and now in late 30’s . Marriage was supposed to be created by GOD how come it seems everyone else is getting married? I have no idea what I ever did to God to make him treat me this way. Even worse is seeing people who slept around getting married and having children, Heck even gay marriages are taking place.

    • Giray says:

      Hope this article from focus on family may encourage you about couples who found love love later in life. :Douglas and Glenda’s Answered Prayer
      http://www.focusonthefamily.com/lifechallenges/love_and_sex/the_challenges_of_dating_later_in_life/story_marrying_later_in_life.aspx

  25. Nancy says:

    I’m in my mid 40s and I have never been married. I am content, but I still would prefer to married to a good man. My singleness is not a choice. I also don’t think contentness equals the absence of desire to marry. I don’t believe my singleness is God’s call to singleness, either. We shouldn’t be surprised that there are many older, never married single women in the church, since there is such an abysmal shortage of Christian men in the church. If anything, our lingering singleness bears witness against the church for her failure to evangelize men in this country. It’s hardly evidence of God’s call to singleness. I think He hurts with us in our ache, and gives us peace in the midst of it.

    • Kathryn says:

      You think he hurts ? Um I hope he remedies the situation !
      I had to stop taking what people think God is doing seriously or as what’s happening
      As its just an opinion . It used to trouble me and anger me
      Until I realized what people think is just that what they think
      No one knows . One can think God hurts well isn’t that giving God the reaction you have ?

    • @ Nancy.
      I could have written your post, though I am a few years younger. I am single by circumstance, not choice.

      One thing that cheeses me off is all the garbage I was taught as a kid and teen about all this.

      I was told by so many Christian lay persons, my Christian mother, preachers, I saw it in so many Christian magazines and books about dating and marriage back then, that if I prayed about the matter, trusted God to send me a spouse, that God would send me a spouse. Here I am, still not married and in my early forties.

      I’ve dumped the old chestnut about ‘be not yoked to an unbeliever” already. Following that teaching to a “T” is a recipe to most definitely staying single indefinitely. I’ve drifted a little bit from the Christian faith in the last two years anyway, where I’m partially agnostic now, so maybe the “yoked” thing is a moot point for me.

      But for many, many years I was a goody goody Christian girl. I didn’t smoke, drink, sleep around, go to bars, I prayed for a spouse but am still single. Most churches I have gone to in person, the females vastly out number the single males.

      I have given up on all the standard Christian advice about how to get married, because it does not work at all.

      • kathryn says:

        me too pundit – i was told to ask God for a spouse as well and well 10 years later im still single and actually have never dated.

      • Mary P says:

        I’m with you Christian. I have literally tried everything. I prayed to God for more than 9 years and here I still am waiting. I’m tired of waiting and being strong. All I do is snap and cry. Something I never did. Until I got caught in this “mishap” of being single.

  26. Kathryn says:

    What’s horrible is that I had a teacher who was pregnant while in her class
    That baby got married last year ! I have too many stories like this and none of them
    Encourage me !!! Why the heck do some thik by hearing about what you’ve asked God to do
    In your life happen In someone elses one is encouraged um encouraged ? I’m not encouraged and wonder why not in my Life !!!!!! I’m 38 and can’t handle watching others get married and have kids
    I can’t have kids either . This isn’t fair at all ! Watching others isn’t a purpose in Iife
    I went to focus on the family Facebook page and saw so many thank God for their marriages
    I’m tired no fed up of Christians making excuses , If God can do that for others
    why isn’t he doing for some of us ? It’s not good for man to be alone ? I’m alone !
    I’m no exception to that . I’m so lonely I talk to myself just to hear a voice .

    I have a huge disadvantage being asexual . That will prevent me from getting married
    So will hep c
    I did nothing to bring on so much crap in my life that will be a permanent obstacle
    This is overkill and ridiculous

    God gave me more than I can handle
    Thing is I don’t handle it !

    • Mary P says:

      Oh Kathryn, I’m so sorry to hear you can’t have children. :-(. I too am sick and tired of hearing stories of marriages, engagements, and babies. Another one that is starting to make me cringe and make me want to scream at the top of my voice is those little lines, “Are you married?”, “Oh I thought you were married”, “You’re so sweet, how many kids do you have?”, “Do you have any children?”, “Don’t worry, you will meet him when you least expect it”, “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart”, and “You need to go out more”. I have really tried. I’m on the verge of giving up and just submitting myself to living with that awful ache and sobbing every time it gets to me.

  27. Paul says:

    being very much alone for many of us is very sad, and i am sure that you will agree with me. i was married at one time before my wife of 15 years cheated on me which i was a very caring and loving husband that was very much committed to her as well. now going out all over again is like history is repeating itself for me, and i hate going out as it is since the women today have certainly changed for the worse. very hard for many of us men that are looking to find love again after a divorce, and many women today are just so very nasty to meet as it is. i feel as if God doesn’t want me to have a love life anymore, and expects me to stay alone which will be very depressing. when i see so many very blessed men and women that have met one another and have a family, it upsets me very much. i always wanted to have a family too, and many men and women that have each other should really be very thankful for what they have since many of us don’t.

    • @ Paul.

      Sorry you are having a rough time, but… It’s not a picnic for single Christian women either. I’m over 40 and have not married yet.

      Most so called Christian guys on dating sites that I ran into when I tried online dating had lewd and vulgar comments on their profiles or asked sexually suggestive questions right up front.

      It’s not a breeze for unmarried Christian women, either.

      • Paul says:

        Hi Christianpundit, as you can see that i made my comment back in August. Loneliness for many of us men is very bad today, and i will certainly admit that many of us men are the much weaker sex when it comes to being alone since many women just like you can handle it much better than us. I am hoping to meet a good woman for me this time around after my divorce, and it is very difficult for both men and women today that are going through the same thing. I never thought it would really be that difficult, but today it really is. My Aunt And Uncle just celebrated their 65th year together, and it was really meant to be for them when they met in Junior High School back then. Back then it was much easier meeting one another with the help of many family and friends, since the times were a lot different too. And many men and women were very blessed to have met in school which made it just as easy. I get rejected by women a lot, and i am not an ugly man at all. And yet women will go out with the creepiest men that i have ever seen, and it really does make me wonder that God is really punishing me for some reason that i don’t know about. I will never understand at all, but i will just go out and hope for the best for me. And now that the Holidays are here, it make it much worse for many of us that are still alone. Well good luck to you too, and Peace.

  28. Shane says:

    I completely agree with what you say about how the truth is sometimes not helpful, but there is another side of the coin to this: those people who tell you that “there’s definitely someone out there for you”, when of course I know and they know that they’re in no position to guarantee that.

    At the end of the day I don’t know if I’m going to be eventually sentenced to my worst nightmare, but sometimes it feels like God is playing games with me by not making it clear, nor giving me any ascertainable reason why he’s kept me single whilst instilling a desire in my heart not to be single.

    One more gripe: Why are all the “single lonely christian” articles I can find on the internet geared towards women? I guess there must be less single christian guys in the world, but personally I’m in a city with not a lot of faithful churches and the only single woman close to my age at my church has already turned me down….we have the exact opposite problem where I am, not enough women!

  29. E says:

    I believe the vast majority of humans are called to marriage, because in the union of male and female, we find God. In fact, I question the “call to singleness,” as it sounds like some kind of balm created by married folk to try to rationalize why some people just don’t get married. As someone who is 30 and unmarried (though currently dating), I have often marveled at how some people jump from marriage to marriage, yet I have not had one relationship last to the point of proposal. The epidemic of singleness is a cancer of society. We humans are doing something terribly wrong; namely, we are not teaching successive generations how to form and MAINTAIN healthy relationships. Marriages and relationships are not disposable.
    I also disdain the concept of “waiting” for God to “send” us somebody. As one saying goes, “God helps those who help themselves.” I tried online dating recently and it has opened up a whole new chapter in my dating life. While it may not work for everybody, for those of us whose dating lives went dry, this is quite a help. If you want something go get it. “Knock and the door shall be opened to you.” Resign to waiting and you may wait your life away!
    I once watched an episode of a program called “Our America” about arranged marriages. It opened my eyes. They showed arranged marriages from the three major religions. It was astounding. These partners came from families with a strong sense of community and religion. Society needs to embrace community and religion again…and perhaps, to start arranging marriages. In modern times the concept of “arranged marriage” often has a negative connotation. But when we realize that we are all children of God, then we accept that we can make a loving relationship work with anyone as long as the spouse is just as committed.
    Just some food for thought. :)

    • kathryn says:

      God helps those who helps themselves was said by benjamin franklin and has never made sense to me

      Don’t those who help themselves well helped themselves why would God need to help if people did it themselves?

  30. Kathryn says:

    What disturbs me are so many pushing alot of to accept ” the fact ”
    That its ” not Gods will ” for some us to marry
    So many holes in that

    1) who told them that
    2) why on earth would they be told at all – not their life
    3) what’s it to them
    4) they are no prophet
    5) what good are they doing
    6) they are elevating themselves into speaking for God
    7) what’s it them what some of us do
    8) it’s their opinion
    9) repeat 1-8
    10) I cor 7 was written by the apostle Paul to the church at Corinth
    During a very Sprcific time . We are not living back then not ever did nor
    are any of us members of church of Corinth

    11) why are so many hellbent in trying to impose
    and convince us we have been called to be single

    I say baloney !

  31. I appreciate where you are coming from with your blog post, and that you are trying to be sympathetic towards adult singles, but I none the less disagree with a point or two.

    You said in your blog post, “Singleness is always an exception, not a norm.”

    The Bible does not teach that view at all, and it’s not been true in American society now for the past decade or longer.

    Currently about 44% of the adult American population is unmarried, and only about 20% are married with children at home.

    Americans are either not marrying at all anymore, or the age of first marriage is delayed now. People are no longer marrying in their early and mid 20s as in previous generations, if they marry at all. Being married is no longer the norm.

    I addressed that perception (that marriage is the norm) at my blog, in a post called “False Christian Teaching: “Only A Few Are Called to Singleness and Celibacy” or (also false): God’s gifting of singleness is rare – More Accurate: God calls only a few to marriage and God gifts only the rare with the gift of Marriage”

    Whether to marry or stay single are presented in the New Testament as being matters left up to individual choice, neither state is granted, gifted, or given to anyone by God. God does not force anyone to be married or to be single.

    You said, “God promises to give us the desires of our hearts. This doesn’t translate into ‘right now’, but He’ll either give you a husband or change your desire.”

    That also is not true. I’m in my early 40s, want marriage, still single, have never married, and my desire for a spouse and for having sex has not diminished – or more accurate to say, has not vanished, over time. You just merely learn to let go and adjust to not having either one. It’s not a matter of the desire going away.

    Also, please see the book “Singled Out” by Christian authors Field and Colon, where they mention there are many other Christian singles in their 50s and older who died still wanting a spouse but never got one. God does not change a person’s desire in this area for many people; God does not remove the desire for a spouse.

    God also does not remove sexual desire from Christians who practice celibacy. That is another commonly misunderstood issue.

    Many Christians mistakenly believe if you are still a virgin past your 30s, such as me, it’s because God has magically lifted any and all sexual urges from you – wrong, wrong, wrong! I was not granted super powers, or a lowered libido. yes, I had chances to have sex before, but I turned them down. It’s simply will power and self control that keeps me abstaining, not any special, super natural powers or abilities.

    God does not “gift” anyone with celibacy or singleness.

    God did not choose in eternity past who would marry or who would be single – he leaves those choices up to us.

    I appreciate the motive behind your post (to cheer up singles), but just wanted to toss in my two cents in an area or two where I had a disagreement. Thank you.

  32. Gregorie says:

    Interesting post. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, but I have to disagree with the underlying message of the post.

    I think the Christian culture has really twisted the whole idea of singleness and marriage and left poor young twenty somethings painfully waiting for Mr. and Mrs. Right. Waiting…and waiting..and waiting and missing Christ right in front of them! The all-satisfying Jesus! I am 24 years old, single (and happy!), but I spent a majority of my early 20’s constantly waiting and looking for some guy to come along. Maybe if I just try to be content enough, THEN he’ll bring someone along. Maybe if I feign satisfaction in Christ, THEN he’ll bring somebody along. Maybe if I pretend not to care, THEN he’ll bring somebody alone. I would get so frustrated “What do I have to do God for you to bring someone into my life?! What do you want me to do??” Then I realized (by God’s grace), God NEVER promised me a husband. NEVER! I can’t find it anywhere in the Bible. And the Scripture “God will give you the desires of your heart” is unfortunately so often misused. It certainly doesn’t mean that every desire we have is from the Lord and that he will fulfill them all because we also know that the heart is deceitful above all things (Jeremiah 17:9). And I’m very young so I don’t have a lot of life experience, but I know there have been many cases in my life where God did not give me the desire of my heart. Maybe because I wasn’t delighting myself in Him, so it wasn’t a desire He actually placed there or maybe it just wasn’t His will to fulfill that desire; I don’t know. But I know it’d be a scary world if God gave us EVERY desire of our heart. So what have I been waiting for for so many years?

    The Christian culture has placed singleness into this “transition” season. Like it’s only temporary as if there was no way God would leave you in this forsaken place of singleness. It’s so horrible, just keep waiting, he’ll be here any moment! This is so engrained into our Christian culture that this is precisely why singleness is seen as such a negative thing and it’s very, very sad. Marriage is not the end all be all of life. You haven’t “arrived” if you finally get married. But I think that’s what our Christian culture has forced many young people (especially girls) to feel like. “I just gotta get through this singleness stage then I will get married and everything will be okay”. Now I am definitely not knocking marriage! I think marriage is great and I would like to be married someday. I am so blessed and encouraged by so many married couples in my life; they are such an example to me and if I get married one day, I have so many great examples to look upon. But it is very dangerous to EXPECT a married life from God as if he owes me that just because I want it. It is also dangerous to live a life of temporariness where singleness is seen as a curse that I have to suffer through just for a season.

    A single life is a blessing from God and is wonderful and hard. A married life is a blessing from God and is wonderful and hard. They are two very different paths. One isn’t better than the other; they are just different and God calls everyone to one or the other (God doesn’t care about statistics, He cares about His glory being made known by His will being accomplished in our lives through the paths He has chosen to take us on, whether that is a single life or a married one). I wish Christian churches today would talk about the single life more in a positive light; maybe then we wouldn’t be so scared to walk down that path.

    • kathryn says:

      “God calls everyone to one or the other” – well i don’t know that. sure man can say all sorts of things about God but doesn;t make them true. I”m concerned that people are putting their faith and trust in the opinions of well intending people but their advice is what’s wrong and very hurtful and misleading. There is nothing wrong with wanting to get married and pursuing it. it’s not a sin to get married or want to get married . if one person feels a certain way thats up to them just can’t force it onto someone else and put and attatch Gods name to it – God sure gets a lot of unecessary blame when people give their opinion but pass it off as Gods – I learned the hard way that people are giving their opinion it really is theirs not God’s .

      It sounds like you mean well but other people don’t have or should not feel guilty over this opinion of yours.
      if that’s how you feel great but no one else should feel obligated to feel it or adopt it

      my friend said it best – we are own person . what may work for you well doesn’t have to work for someone else

      let God do the calling please – its not up to man what God calls people to do

      i know you mean well but it doesn’t really excuse commenting on what God calls people to do, focus on what God has called you to do – not the rest of us – thx

      • Jim says:

        Well God does punish many of us men with Loneliness, and many of us do hope to meet a good woman to settle down with. Why on earth should should we be alone in the first place since it is certainly not fun at all? I have read a topic that God said, a wife is a gift from God. I also read another topic that said, man should not be Alone. Makes very much sense to me, Doesn’t It? The only problem with that is, there are Not so nice women to meet out there anymore today.

        • JAckie says:

          I dont understand why the men won’t invite some ladies for a coffee or seek counsel from a godly man or woman. I believe alot of singleness is man created not God created. Genesis clearly stated man is not meant to be alone.

          • Giray says:

            That is what I have always wondered about Christian men. They are so many beautiful christian ladies but they prefer to appear “spiritual” at times have unhealthy internet habits than just ask a girl out. Men in the world if they see a lady that meets their fancy they ask her out. Something is wrong with some of the men seriously.
            Maybe all singles with support from leaders we should go on a fast for marriages (for God to remove all known and unknown hinderances, breaking soul ties, curses) and if the christian men arent willing God should save some decent men who are not yet saved.

    • Mystery P says:

      *slow clap*

      *claps louder*

      *standing ovation*

      I also question whether or not I want to get in a relationship because I genuinely want to or it’s just because everyone in my church is doing it. Things change when your friends get married and move away–it can be weird. :\

  33. Jennifer says:

    “God promises to give us the desires of our hearts. This doesn’t translate into ‘right now’, but He’ll either give you a husband or change your desire.”

    That is such a dangerous (and hurtful) theological lie. For many, the desires of their hearts involve having children, yet they are neither given, nor is the desire removed. Grace may be given to live with it, but it doesn’t go away. And there are countless other examples beyond the desire for marriage.

    Living with unfulfilled desires is a part of being alive in this world. We are not Buddhists, after all, seeking the death of all desire.

    One day, in a new heaven and earth, I believe there will be wholeness and fullness (though I admit that there are many days that feels all too abstract). But to say that in this life, these desires will either be fulfilled or changed leaves many of us in a place of confusion and abandonment.

    • Ann says:

      Wait until you’re 50 and still all alone. Only ever wanted was to be a wife and mother. Guess I’m a failure

      • Mystery P says:

        You’re not a failure. :O

      • Mary P says:

        No Ann, you are not a failure. I just don’t understand how God could keep such a strong desire for us to be wives and mothers and reach an age as 50 and still have that burning desire. Would that be called to singleness? That doesn’t sound like it to me. :-( Anyhow, sending a cyber hug of comfort to you.

        • Giray says:

          NEVER GIVE UP : http://www.josephprince.org/daily-grace/praise-reports/single/god-gave-me-a-wife-beyond-my-dreams/
          I grew up hearing the Word of God all the time—in church, in my house, and through my mom, who was a church leader. I loved God and even suffered a lot of persecution in school because of my faith.

          When I was in college, I started to pray for a Christian wife, but I could not find anyone to date. It was some years after graduation that I finally found someone I liked, but she broke my heart and I cried for many weeks.

          I started to question God and ask Him why this was happening if I had been so faithful to Him. Even after I moved to the United States years later, I was still crying and begging God for a wife. I kept reminding Him of how good I was, how I kept myself pure because of Him, and how I deserved to have a wife.

          Later, I began dating Christian girls and became serious about one of them. But she broke up with me and that made me resentful because I had treated her well. At the same time, I also felt condemned because I kissed her and I thought I was not “pure” anymore. I kept asking God for forgiveness but it only brought more condemnation.

          From then on, I began looking at girls all the time with lust in my heart. I heard these accusations in my head: “How can God bless you when you have that sin, when you are full of lust? God won’t bless you and He won’t give you a wife!”

          I repented and promised God that I would not lust after girls again. I did my best to spend time with Him by praying and reading the Bible. I also forced myself to look elsewhere when an attractive girl passed by. After a while, I would feel “full” of God’s presence and confident enough to pray for a wife, only to slip back into feeling lustful. And then the cycle of these religious efforts would start again.

          I even increased my time of praying and reading the Word. I also fasted and went to church six times a week! However, after a few days, I would be back to flirting with girls on the Internet with my head full of lust for them. Then, I was back to crying and asking God for forgiveness. All these only brought more condemnation and guilt into my life and I started getting deeper into sin, even developing an addiction to masturbation.

          I thought God was not going to bless me with a wife because of my actions and thoughts, and at the suggestion of a church leader, I made a vow to God. I promised Him many things including stopping masturbation in exchange for a wife. But after a few weeks, I was back to sinning again and I felt even more condemned about breaking the vow. I thought God was going to curse me.

          By then, I was thirty-eight years old and still not married. I was angry because friends my age were already married and blessed with children. I felt that following God’s laws and statutes was a curse.

          The turning point for me came when I saw one of my favorite pastors posting an update on Facebook about a book he had enjoyed reading. It was the book, Destined To Reign, by Joseph Prince. I believe that the Holy Spirit put the desire and curiosity in me to buy the book, and I started to read it after I got it in the mail.

          At first, I did not agree with what Pastor Prince was saying. However, the more I read the book, the more I understood the gospel of grace. I started to go to a park every day first thing in the morning to read the book. I started to meditate on the gospel truths in the book.

          It took me about two months to complete reading the book because it was so rich. At the end of it, I let go of all the disagreements I had because I saw myself as the righteousness of God through Christ. For the first time in my life, I did not have condemnation hunting me down! I still had the problem with masturbation from time to time but instead of crying, I began to confess, “I am the righteousness of God through His Son, Jesus!”

          Knowing I was completely loved, completely blessed, and completely forgiven somehow kept me pure. I was also confident that God was going to bless me with a wife, not because of my good behavior, but because of what Jesus has done for me. I even told God to renew my youth and bless me with someone who was completely “out of my league.”

          Finally, my miracle occurred when I felt led to create a profile on a Christian dating website. Soon after, I found a beautiful girl on the website, and I sent her an email. Unbeknownst to me, she had created her profile just fifteen minutes before I sent her the email, because she wanted to prove to her friend what a bad idea the website was. On that website she received tons of emails from guys wanting to date her. She deleted all those emails but she said that when she read my profile, something impressed on her spirit, and she wanted to get to know me better.

          After communicating via email, we met and got to know each other better. I am much older than her but God confirmed in many ways that we are meant for each other. Her parents, who were against all her earlier relationships, also approved of me and our decision to get married. So now, we are married, and I can say that she over exceeds all the expectations I gave God! I could not be happier!

          Both of us have read the books Destined To Reign and Unmerited Favor together. We are starting a group with neighbors and friends called “God’s Unmerited Favor Study Group.” I have bought all of Joseph Prince’s materials and we enjoy hearing his preaching every week.

          Thank you for making me understand and welcome God’s grace in my life. His grace has changed my life forever! Now, I am passionate about showing people the true gospel of grace.

          The writer has requested to remain anonymous | Tennessee, United States

          July 2014

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    • JAckie says:

      Maybe we need to quote scriptures combined with fasting and prayers. I choose to believe that when God said he would give you the desires of your heart he meant it. I have seen people get the desires of their heart such as marriage when it looked impossible or healing. It takes extra work as in really seeking God day and night quoting same scriptures several times a day and being honest with God if you think he is unfair tell him be honest talk to him as you would a friend. HE said his word can not return void!

  34. Melody says:

    I am on the verge of turning 31 and I have to say that the older I get the harder it is to have faith that I’ll ever get married and have a children. The advice I keep getting is to turn to online dating because there are no other options. I put a profile on Christian Mingle and the men who smiled at my profile all seemed so desperate and I found myself having an anxiety attack every time I signed in. I am very active in the music ministry in my church but I often find myself on the outside looking in because I’m not married and have no children. it’s hard to be the minority in today’s church ( especially in the bible belt) I am a college graduate and hold degrees in Music and Biology and was active at the Wesley house on my campus. I wish I understand where God was leading me because truthfully all I ever wanted to be was a wife and mother. I have also been seeing a christian counseling who has been helping me work on the things I think would hinder me from being in a relationship. Please keep me in your prayers as I try to put my whole trust in God with my future…single or married. I am so glad I stumbled across this blog..It seems to offer me a new hope!

    • Greg says:

      It is very difficult to be single (am 44, so I can empathize). I’ve started a website (waitingforintimacy.com) that I trust can serve as a respite (if nothing else) and encourage other singles as they wait. It seems there are very few resources out there that minister to that end.

      BTW, just a word to the wise regarding Christian Mingle: I had my account terminated after I paid for a three-month subscription with them (go figure), and got no help in restoring it, no plausible explanation as to why it was even cancelled in the first place…just an automated e-mail ‘reply’. Only once I threatened to contact my credit card company did they suddenly get responsive and credit my account. If you do some digging online, you’ll find they’re not very trustworthy…they’re owned by a secular network (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ChristianMingle) of generic dating sites.

      • kathryn says:

        im 38 and being told God called me to be single to serve him instead has never once been a source of anything good , positive or encouraging. its beyond me why there are some people almost trying to convince us – no for me its been people trying to talk me into believing God has called me to be single to serve him instead. I even had a christian radio host send me a pamphlet about God calling singles to be single with well hit and miss verses that never did acutally say a call to be single – i was kind of disturbed that there is even a pamphlet to begin with

        how i feel is that too many are really trying hard to talk some of us into being single and my question is why?
        im 38 and have felt left out my entire life over this

        God said its not good for man to be alone – i dont care what other people say let alone think on this mattter anymore – its my life and i will do whats best for me – complete strangers dont get to decide let alone comment on whats best for me anymore – people that I matter to is who i listen to.

        God has never said that he called anyone to be single . its not in the bible no matter what man has said – my question is why did man say it in the first place? the apostle paul has gotten way too much credit and honestly he made a comment that said he wished people could be like him – he never said anyone had to !!!

        i trust God in this but being single is not whats best for anyone in my opinion. being single is lonely

        as for this Jesus is a husband ok what about single men is he a wife to them? would it be a same sex marriage?
        no because Jesus is no one’s literal husband and its foolish and untrue to say he is
        Jesus died for me he didn’t marry me , period !

  35. John Morga says:

    The “glory of singleness” gets dimmer in a pornographic society that doesn’t even know what it is.

  36. kathryn says:

    what also has hurt me is the idea that God has blessed people with spouses – to me that make me think he favored those he provided for. why did he provide for them? did they do something to warrant such a blessing – more times than not no they did not do anything spectacular at all which is why is kind of sucks – or is it perhaps God has not provided anyone with a spouse – look at the divorce rate? if I was God and i knew the future and knew people would divorce – yeah i would not put those people together – sure man has free will and i get that – but thats not the point – my point is perhaps man has free will in deciding who they marry and God has nothing to do with it – that might explain why so many are single – one should be looking for a spouse instead of waiting for one because the right will come along is not really true – cant say they dont come but if they do well oops lol

    • Bill says:

      Well i would certainly say that God is really punishing many of us when it comes to having a love life that we want so bad, and many of us men are still hoping to find a good woman to share our life with too. It is so unfair to see so many other men and women that have been so very blessed by God, and it really makes me wonder what did we ever do wrong in the first place for this to happen to us. We’re certainly no different than the ones that have it, and so i know how you feel as well. I really wonder if many of the others have the word Special on their forehead, and that would explain it. God what about us innocent men and women out there that are very seriously looking to have a love life too?

      • Kathryn says:

        Try being told Jesus is your husband
        How exactly does this. ” marriage work ” for one the alleged groom is a no show literally smh

  37. Ann says:

    Sorry, I am a church member and am really questioning my faith. God h

    does seem to have favorites. He doesn’t answer prayers on our time but on His time. But I can end my life on my time
    So tired of being lonely and unwanted.

    • Giray says:

      Maybe join a book club,hiking, running don’t just expect to meet someone in church. OR the majority of Christian women would be married by now.

  38. Jlolly says:

    i just don’t know what to believe anymore. As i get older, the thought of not being married is beginning to bother me, much more than it did before. I am optimistic and trying to keep the faith. But in the back of my I wonder what if it never happens, I have to move on, how do i stop the pangs in my stomach when i see couples together, or how do i not resent people who have good spouses and don’t appreciate them, or the ones who changes spouses more often than the wind direction.

    Whatever the outcome, i don’t want to live in self pity, resentment, or spend my life obssessing about it. Just want to learn to be content whatever state I’m in, change what i can and accept what i can’t.

    All of this growing i know will not happen overnight. God has given me grace to handle everthing else, so i’m trusting He’ll continue to so.

    • Steve says:

      Many times myself as a single man looking for a good woman to spend the rest of my life with, makes me really wonder why would God bless so many others and not us? God can be so very mean to many of us innocent ones, and we certainly didn’t do anything wrong for this to happen to us. We’re certainly no different than they’re, and we certainly deserve to have a life as well.

      • Giray says:

        Steve why dont you ask some ladies out like in your church? perhaps part of the reason is men are not asking women out?

        • jacqueline says:

          In most congregation, the women far out number
          The men not enough to go around.

          In our quest to find a mate, should we just only just ask people we are attracted to out, or just date to see if an attraction develops?

          faith without works is dead. So i guess we should take the same practical approach to finding a spouse the same way we find other things. For eg if we are job hunting, praying and sitting at home waiting for the job is not enough, we have to create a resume, search and apply, interview etc. On the other hand i don’t want to seem desperate in my search, or make it an all comsuning quest.

          Where is the balance.?

  39. Kathryn says:

    People who divorce and remarry really bother me
    Why are they getting 2nd opportunites when many of us never had the opportunity at all
    I’m sorry but God is inconsistent if he’s providing for some but not others
    I think I can’t wait on God anymore
    I’m 38 and not a big beliver in the Gods an on time God cliche
    He’s very late !!!
    I will get married either with or without his help but I refuse to be single for much longer
    I am very serious !!

    • Steve says:

      To Kathryn, i certainly do feel that God is to Blame. And i am getting sick and tired of being very much alone all the time, and that is not fair at all. I am 59 years old, and as you can see it hurts me even more. I was married for 15 years before she Cheated on me, and i was a very caring and loving husband that was very much committed to her as well. But it wasn’t good enough for her. Yes, God can certainly be a very rotten person too many of us, and i wish that he would stop hurting us when it comes to having a love life that he gave so many others.

      • kathryn says:

        im tired of feeling slighted by God any time i hear or read when people claim God brought them a spouse
        i really got angry a few weeks ago when i read not one but two people claiming that God “handpicked” them
        one gal insists that God handpicked their spouse just for them except this was not the persons first marriage smh
        another gal decided that God handpicked her to be the mother to her son

        ok where is this handpicked by God analogy coming from? Im not only single I also cant have kids
        yeah i feel very slighted by God

        i also am fed up with this notion that singles must be content with being single, see it as a gift and to embrace it
        its actually up to me what i feel and its not a decision its what i feel !!

        i feel very alone, forgotten, neglected and well slighted by God

        he created marriage yet i am to miss out – why exactly ?
        i have never heard an actual answer only peoples opinions and yes they vary from who i spoke to smh !!!

        • Steve says:

          HI Kathryn, i feel very bad as well. It is always the good people like us that have to suffer when it comes to finding love. God has really forgotten about us, and i will never understand why. So many of us men too just can’t meet a good woman to settle down with. I really hate when they advertize family commercials on TV about trips to Florida, and why in the world would a single person go to Florida by themselves? Certainly not me. They should stop showing these type of commercials on TV which makes it worse for us, which adds insult to injury. It is very bad enough that we don’t have a love life as it is. Hopefully our luck will change for the good, and i wish you the best as well.

    • Giray says:

      ITs not God to blame it his church and many pastors believe me .

  40. K Ackley says:

    I like the article about singleness and that no one should tell someone they are called to be single. I think they should also not tell them “Mr Wright will come at the right time”. That’s not fair either – cuz he might not!!

    I am 50 and never married – I don’t like that phrasiology but many ask: “Have you ever been married?” “Did you ever want to be married?”People just don’t understand why someone would be single. When I tell people I am single they seem to want to know if I ever married or ever wanted to be married. I don’t ask them “Why did you GET married?”

    What you did not address in the article is what married people should NEVER say: “you are not alone, God is with you.” That statement is NOT FAIR!!! I have come to tell married people up front, with tears running down my face as I express my dissatisfaction at being single when surrounded by couples, Please do not tell me I am NOT ALONE. I live alone, come home to an empty house and feel mis-placed when surrounded by couples. What I am telling this “friend” is that I am lonely and could use a friend to do things with but couples with children are busy – I get that. Please, just don’t tell me I am not alone – because even with God in my life, I am physically alone in my home and what I need is companionship, compassion and a friend to ease the lonliness.

    Now, I know it is up to me to make friends and make those invitations – but really, it’s exhausting.

    • Steve says:

      True story. Well my cousin went to a Singles dance years ago which he was Very Blessed to meet the love of his life. Today they ‘re married wit two children, and now is older son is married with a lovely daughter. My cousin like i just mentioned went to the Singles dance with his friend, and saw the girl that he really wanted to meet and told his friend that i am going to marry that girl at the time. And sure enough now starting their 43rd year together, and it is very true that God Blesses many people to have a love life and Punishes many of us Innocent ones that really want it. Makes me wonder why would God be so very Evil to us when all we want is a normal Love Life that he gave to so many others. Not Fair at all.

  41. Katherine D says:

    I am a 29 year old single Christian woman. I spent my teens and early to mid twenties living a horrible life of sin and idolatry. I was born again at age 26. I alot of pre-marital sex and other forbidden activites. I was also a militant feminist before being saved. The Holy Spirit has changed me so much that it is shocking. I know a peace that I never knew before. I am still seeking atonement and forgiveness for all of my youthful mistakes. I think God may want me to be single, and I can accept that. Perhaps I had enough intimacy for a life time? Maybe I don’t deserve marriage? I have changed my life and am just happy that Jesus died for sins to give me Eternal life in Heaven. Isn’t that enough? I think it is.

    • Giray says:

      Trust me you will get married! All of my friends from similar background have all gotten married and have children or pregnant.

    • Romy says:

      Jesus is enough, whether He has marriage planned for you or not, seek His face and get to know Him. We serve a gracious God, so gracious it’s far beyond our human understanding so through His mercy He will enable you to endure singleness if that is part of His plan but enjoy Him, seek His face and trust in Him. Marriage is not the ultimate achievement but is a gift of God and so is singleness. He will prepare you for whatever he has in store for your life, every single human being on earth is fallen and Jesus died for us all so if you’re in Christ, you’re forgiven and you deserve every good gift from Him.

      • Kathryn says:

        It’s people like you and opinions like this that are very much the problem
        Jesus is enough ? For salvation yes but I’m not talking about Salvtion
        God was not enough for Adam so he created eve
        I’m not sorry but jesus is not substitue husband

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  43. PrinnyP says:

    …is being Christian AND single REALLY that bad? I think the issue is that we view it as an epidemic. Honestly, I feel like sometimes my desire to date/be in a relationship is a direct/indirect result of it being impressed that marriage is what we have to DO after graduating college and getting a job (well, during, really). :\

  44. Giray says:

    Wow really glad I found this article. Yes its very discouraging I always was careful to obey God’s commands and this is my reward no marriage no kids at 38. Everyone I know who is married even in the church slept around cohabited had kids got married and now happily back in church. I used to try and encourage them to stick to Christ before marriage but know I realise they were the wise one and i was the silly one. Nothing more hurtful than people asking if you want children or your very pretty why are you not married i have prayed,fasted broke every curse I can think off. Now i realise I will probably end up undergoing IVF or similar by 42 at least if i cant have a happy marriage i can have a child.

    • a says:

      Dont be discouraged trust God its possible to have a baby later in lifw it just depends what will make u happiest and be best for you

      • Giray says:

        Thank you I am starting to have hope now.

        I went to a church where the pastor understands the plight of singles he’s praying encouraging and standing with the singles to find their partner Him and his wife are amazing I have already seen my prayers answered and broken known and unknown barriers on what could be hindering me from finding partner

  45. Romy says:

    My goodness, i loved this post! God in His perfect kindness doesnt force us to accept a cirucmstance we’re struggling with, He prepares us. We have to look at His Word and His beautiful promises. Thank you!

  46. Phillip K. says:

    Singleness and a relationship with God will eventually lead to sin. The flesh is weak, yes the spirit is willing.. but wake up to reality!!!! we are human beings created by God to be attracted to the opposite sex. I don’t know about you women, but when I look at a beautiful woman (not lustfully) something inside me comes to life.. my heart jumps, chemistry starts.. that’s how God made me…He has made me to need to be with a woman .. God cannot be here in Physical format. I have Physical needs, (no not sex) – I’m talking about being with someone, sitting having coffee or dinner.. sharing a story, going on a walk, heck, rolling over in the morning and hugging your spouse and say “good morning dear” – God cannot do these things. He is spirit – a ghost we cannot process with our senses – only our spirits. I know a mate in my life is a missing piece of the puzzle.. God Said “I know the thoughts I think towards you thoughts of good and not of evil – to give you a future” – if God thinks that I am to be single and I have this desire to want to be a woman, then he needs to reboot me with different software. I sure as hell am not going to be single all my life, doing his work, helping others be “blessed” and possibly meeting theirs mates… call me selfish, hard heart-ed, bitter, etc… I call it being honest, real, and not lying with myself..

    just wait til you young christians get to me almost 40 and god never answered your prayer… but yet you see your friends and everyone around you grow up, get married have children ..

    get real with yourself

    • Giray says:

      You speak the truth!

    • Giray says:

      But why aren’t you asking ladies out? IT say HE who findeth a wife obtaineth favour from the lord. Get out there and find your woman bro!!

    • Mary P says:

      Phillip,

      BAM! You hit the bullseye 100%. That is exactly the difference between having a relationship with Jesus and an earthly spouse here on Earth!!

      “He has made me to need to be with a woman .. God cannot be here in Physical format. I have Physical needs, (no not sex) – I’m talking about being with someone, sitting having coffee or dinner.. sharing a story, going on a walk, heck, rolling over in the morning and hugging your spouse and say “good morning dear” – God cannot do these things. He is spirit – a ghost we cannot process with our senses – only our spirits. I know a mate in my life is a missing piece of the puzzle. ”

      You took the words right out of my mouth!

  47. Jazmine says:

    It worries me reading all of this… I just turned 18… seems like all the girls I know met someone by my age. I may have crushes, but more often then not they are celebrities or complete strangers who I don’t have contact with. Others… well… to be honest there’s one who I don’t think I have much of a chance with. I don’t even know if he knows I exist.
    I just have spaz attacks sometimes thinking about how girls I know met their husbands or fiances by my age… I even have a step-aunt who hasn’t met anyone yet. I love her, and I think she’ll end up with someone someday, but my personality is so much like her that I just might end up like her.

  48. amy says:

    This was quite refreshing and encouraging.thank you. My only addendum might by to change the sentence in final paragraph to read, “Marriage is one of the greatest blessings.” It is not THE greatest blessing. Otherwise as a 46 year old single woman passionate for Christ and living life to the fullest, this was VERY encouraging!

  49. will kirk says:

    First o singleness is not a gift it is punishment. I have been single my whole life and it does not seem like a gift. It has made me bitter and hard hearted. l know what I did to deserve this punishment but it does not make it any easier.

    • gigi says:

      Will I wish you were here in London for a amazing singleness conference where our pastor was breaking the spirit of singleness of people as well as spirit of delay! It is God’s will you get married. But there is alot of wrong teaching going on in the churches God said it is not good for man to be alone he also said 2 are better than one. Please the same thing you commented on here tell God everything man can not help you only God get your bible and speak to God pour out your complaints before him. I will copy and paste on decent article on singleness thanks also to Ruthie Dean for penning this blog and allowing people to be honest I will get married on August 28 after much suffering

    • Mary P says:

      That is how I have become, “bitter and hard-hearted”. Even my own mom asked me whatever happened to the happy girl I knew once? The only thing I don’t know is why I deserve to be like this. :-(

  50. Meredith says:

    You write, “God promises to give us the desires of our hearts. This doesn’t translate into ‘right now’, but He’ll either give you a husband or change your desire.”

    Really? I disagree with you wholeheartedly. That line of thinking is naive and overly simplistic.

    I am single and in my early 40s, yet I have five or six good friends who are in their late 70s and even 80s. None of these women has ever married either, though each has longed to. They are strong Christians, hard workers and faithful servants in their churches. Yet God has not given them husbands.

    They are socially appropriate, intelligent and attractive, and they have not been overly selective in dating. There is no earthly reason they should be single in our culture.

    And here’s why I disagree with your Ps. 37:4 reasoning: They tell me that the desire to marry never goes away. The passions get easier to deal with, but the sadness that one has not been chosen to be loved is lingering. In fact, one 80-year-old friend confessed this to me, with teary eyes.

    The discrepancy between God giving us the desires of our hearts and our unfulfilled desires (to marry, to have children, to whatever) is not a contradiction, however. It is an antinomy, or paradox. We cannot understand it this side of heaven. But one thing we can understand is that Ps. 37:4 isn’t referring to what you mention.

    • Greg says:

      Meredith, some very good points made!

    • Giray says:

      Maybe you should join a club like a book club or running club. something you enjoy. And also life and death are in the power of the tongue if u keep confessing negatively its not helpful and just because your friends did not get married doesn not mean you will not get married. Are you in right church?city? country? God created marriage for his children not this unhealthy culture of singleness that seems to be an epidemic in the church. LEts go on a fast ask God to remove anything that will keep his children single and to to show us strategies. And if too many single christian men who are too spiritual or effeminate God can save a unsaved moral man. Speak to the mountain of singleness and get honest with GOD. Reject Asmodeus

  51. Mary P says:

    Sorry for the Long post but this is what has come of me after turning 35 and going on 36. This is how I have come to feel after trying to pray and delighting myself in the Lord for more than 9 years.

    I’m a little younger 35 going on 36 this year. More than 10 years ago, I met a wonderful man. He was a believer and with time and patience, I felt that God would help to prepare us for marriage. We were already talking about an engagement and what our wedding might be like. We were so happy together and we never fought. Of course, like any couple, we had disagreements but we talked them out like civilized people. Then one day after three wonderful years, he ended the relationship. My dreams of being married to a godly husband and having a family some day were shattered in a matter of moments. I got into a deep depression for about 2 years. I tried going out with other men to forget him within those two years but to no avail. A year later, I finally was over my ache over losing him and I started to go out again. I started to pray to the Lord since I met that wonderful godly man that I was ready to settle down. It has not been a little over 9 years and I’m still waiting. Every time I went out with a man, I had hopes that he would be “the one”. I would look at wedding magazines to keep my faith as to what I would like my wedding to look like when the right man comes into my life. Now, I have so much pain, ache, frustration, and disappointment that I have just about used up my last mustard seed of faith. As a cause of this, I have developed anxiety and insomnia some times at night and have to take anti-anxiety medication at times. Now, I have grown so bitter because of my pain that I hate looking or hearing at anything relating to weddings, engagements, showers or babies. The other day I even told mom to try her best to be discreet to not talk about those things around me. Whenever I’m at work or someone mentions if I have found someone, they hit a really raw nerve and I have to try to smile and just shrug. Sometimes, when nobody sees me and I hear about stuff like that, I get so upset that my wrists ball up into a fist so hard that I could feel my nails against the palm of my hand. God says in his word that he doesn’t forsake us, then why do I feel that He has forsaken me? My prayers lately have turned to ask forgiveness for being jealous and envious of others. I love God with all my heart and then again, why do I feel like I was betrayed by the One that I had my trusted my life to? I’m afraid of him having other plans because I don’t want to be alone. I would like to have a godly husband and try to have children before it’s too late. I know that Jesus loves me but, I want to hear my husbands humanly voice tell me that he loves me. I want to feel his arms around me. When I go to bed at night, I don’t want to go alone. In fact, sometimes this makes me cry. It’s sad to say that as a cause of my loneliness I have cried more than ever. Married people out there think we have the ideal life be we don’t because we have to face loneliness everyday. What I would do in a heartbeat to have a husband and family at my side. I’m sure all you know how frustrating it is to not be able to share your success with your husband or to have him there to say some kind words. Let alone, he might be going through successes of his own and I want to be there to share in his joy. If he has a bad day, I want to be able to be his crying shoulder (Yes, I believe that men have a right to cry too) and try to comfort him too instead of having to go it alone somewhere. Jesus is there but in Spirit, not physically as posted earlier on here. Sorry if this post is very long, but I wanted to put out there how I feel as a frustrated single and I’m sure many of you out there feel just the way I do. I suppose all we can do is pray for each other. I know I can’t do it physically but I send a cyber hug to all the women out there who need a supporting hug. May the Lord bless you real soon with your future husband and that He not let another year pass. I don’t know if it will interest you but here is an article that I read that may relate to many of as it does to me.

    http://www.rageagainsttheminivan.com/2011/04/what-i-want-you-to-know-being-33-and.html

    Just to let you know, the beautiful woman in the picture is Sarah, single and frustrated as you and I as she waits for her godly husband.
    Blessings to all of you,
    Frustrated lonely single woman in waiting.

    • Giray says:

      How about us all going on a fast refusing to accept this situation and asking God to break whatever keeps us from getting married. asmodeus the feared spirit of singleness can not win or we pray against delay. Marriage is a beautiful institution and the enemy wants to stop christians getting married or to cause divorce.

  52. Giray says:

    Also remember that words have power keep confessing scriptures and positive speak to your mountain! Resist spirit of delay and Asmodeus this tips I use when i can
    I repent for not guarding the gate of my mouth, and the door of my lips.
    I renounce and reject the lie that God doesn’t have a plan for my life.
    I renounce and reject the lie that God doesn’t have someone for me.
    I renounce and reject the lie that I will never find someone.
    I renounce and reject the lie that I will never find my counterpart.
    I renounce and reject the lie that I will forever be alone.
    I renounce and reject the lie that there is no one out there for me.
    I renounce and reject the lie that I am not loveable, nor am I worthy of love.
    I renounce and reject the lie that no one could ever love me for who I am.
    I renounce and reject the lie that I will wander forever never settling down.
    I renounce and reject the lies and falsehoods of the enemy, and I now declare proclaim and declare the truth of God over myself.
    I declare, that God does have a plan for my life, to give me a future and to give me hope. Get honest with God its great to vent but human beings can not help us We need the Almighty GOD to answer us . The thief comes to steal,kill and destroy but Christ comes to give us life abundantly. No more delay,we need to ask God the roots of singlessness is it generational? Is it self inflicted? are we in right church? country sometimes people get married just by moving to different city. Lets not lose hope but lets go on the offensive in prayer in jesus name amen

  53. Anonymous says:

    I’m a married christian male and I can tell you without hesitation, if you’re single YOU DONT KNOW HOW GOOD YOU HAVE IT. The rise of feminism, even among christian women, has made marriage into a joke. Men, you are MUCH better off where you are…..even Paul said so as long as you can learn to control yourselves. DO NOT MARRY UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE MEN, YOU WILL LOSE EVERYTHING.

  54. alaina says:

    Im 32 years old and I have basically been single my whole life nothing ever works I’m saying this because im really having a hard time dealing with this and its getting worse I love God and I want to live a life that is pleasing to him but its getting worse and I really feel no one really truly understands. Im so tired of hearing all the cliches you all mentioned of peiple saying to you as well and um to the point now that its all I think about. How do you deal woith this.it seems so much like not a big deal to others but its really like a fairytail to me to ever have a sumple boyfriend … I dont want to be that lonely bitter woman but I find myself getting to thar …oh and if one more person tells me im single to closer to God or til I.give him 100% um gonna scream…but how do u deal with it …I never had anyone in my life can anyone relate? If so how do you deal with it I really need help

  55. The Honest Answer says:

    Well with so many Not so nice women anymore to meet, that certainly would do it as well. Certainly not like the old days when most of the women i would say were Raised very well by their parents to find a nice man to settle down with, and today most of them are Everything but Nice.

    • Giray says:

      Maybe it is the type of women you choose to date I know many lovely christian girls who were raised very well by their parent. Stand on the word of God about what type of wife you want including her personality. I found many similar testimonies on line such as one I pasted below.
      There are so many beautiful humble christian women some of whom have ended marrying non Christians because they knew/know christian men are not interested in getting married.
      Well I was in my 30s no kids no wife and seemed like I was a worse position than ever to get married. I was kind of desperate. So I went to God, I did a study on prayer. I didn’t want to learn prayer from anyone else but God. I prayed that God would help me learn. Well I found out that if I prayed and did not doubt I would have what ever I asked for in prayer. So I prayed that God would give me a wife, 10 years younger than me, blue eyes, blond hair, with a good family, liked where I lived, super nice, about yea high.

      I said I wanted to meet her not in two years, not in two months but in two weeks.

      Ya that’s what I said, sounds crazy but it said to ask for what I willed. Now I got to go with the “no doubting program.”

      Well then I had all kinds of thoughts on how stupid that was, how it wouldn’t work etc. I came against those thoughts with this, “No, now I did my part I asked, Gods going to do his part and I got to believe like I all ready received it”. As long as I kept it in my heart like it was mine God promised it would happen and it was going to happen. Either this stuff was all true or it wasn’t. Well that week a wonderful girl came over and by the end of one week she said she would marry me. She’s 10 years younger than me blond hair, blue eyes, good family and one of the nicest people you will ever meet. everything exactly like I asked. I gave God two weeks he did it in one. That’s the kind of God we are dealing with here. Suuuuuuuuper faithful, Super nice, super Good. If you ever decide to cut through all the religious stuff and find him you’ll find out too.

      New American Standard Bible (©1995)
      Seek from the book of the LORD, and read: Not one of these will be missing; None will lack its mate. For His mouth has commanded, And His Spirit has gathered them. Isaiah 34:16

      All the promises of God are yea and amen in him 2 Corinthians 1:20 (all God’s promises are for you)

      By his doing you are in him. 1 Corinthians 1:30 (it’s by his work that you are in him, not your own efforts)

      So the promise of “none will lack his mate” is for YOU now based on the word of God and only the devil or your flesh is trying to talk you out of it being true for you.

      He that finds a wife (or husband) finds a GOOD thing. Proverbs 18:22

      God has plans for you for GOOD and not for evil for a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11

  56. The Real Answer says:

    Well many of us are certainly not single by choice, that is for sure. And meeting that special person for us has become the hardest thing right now, especially for many of us men that really hate being alone and having no one.

    • Giray says:

      M
      perhaps men need to ask a lady for coffee or something??? Pray and ask God to lead you. There are more women than men in the church. I have had some unbelieving friends who have asked me a many times why christian men quote don’t like women, God said in his word it is not good for man to be alone. god is the one who created marriage it is confusing that many outside the faith are getting married and many in Christianity are not. It may be I the minds God also said he who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favour from The Lord why not stand on these scriptures and remember faith without actions is dead if you really hate being alone then do something about it. god has given you the desire to be married there are so many good christian ladies

    • Giray says:

      I grew up hearing the Word of God all the time—in church, in my house, and through my mom, who was a church leader. I loved God and even suffered a lot of persecution in school because of my faith.

      This a marriage testimony

      When I was in college, I started to pray for a Christian wife, but I could not find anyone to date. It was some years after graduation that I finally found someone I liked, but she broke my heart and I cried for many weeks.

      I started to question God and ask Him why this was happening if I had been so faithful to Him. Even after I moved to the United States years later, I was still crying and begging God for a wife. I kept reminding Him of how good I was, how I kept myself pure because of Him, and how I deserved to have a wife.

      Later, I began dating Christian girls and became serious about one of them. But she broke up with me and that made me resentful because I had treated her well. At the same time, I also felt condemned because I kissed her and I thought I was not “pure” anymore. I kept asking God for forgiveness but it only brought more condemnation.

      From then on, I began looking at girls all the time with lust in my heart. I heard these accusations in my head: “How can God bless you when you have that sin, when you are full of lust? God won’t bless you and He won’t give you a wife!”

      I repented and promised God that I would not lust after girls again. I did my best to spend time with Him by praying and reading the Bible. I also forced myself to look elsewhere when an attractive girl passed by. After a while, I would feel “full” of God’s presence and confident enough to pray for a wife, only to slip back into feeling lustful. And then the cycle of these religious efforts would start again.

      I even increased my time of praying and reading the Word. I also fasted and went to church six times a week! However, after a few days, I would be back to flirting with girls on the Internet with my head full of lust for them. Then, I was back to crying and asking God for forgiveness. All these only brought more condemnation and guilt into my life and I started getting deeper into sin, even developing an addiction to masturbation.

      I thought God was not going to bless me with a wife because of my actions and thoughts, and at the suggestion of a church leader, I made a vow to God. I promised Him many things including stopping masturbation in exchange for a wife. But after a few weeks, I was back to sinning again and I felt even more condemned about breaking the vow. I thought God was going to curse me.

      By then, I was thirty-eight years old and still not married. I was angry because friends my age were already married and blessed with children. I felt that following God’s laws and statutes was a curse.

      The turning point for me came when I saw one of my favorite pastors posting an update on Facebook about a book he had enjoyed reading. It was the book, Destined To Reign, by Joseph Prince. I believe that the Holy Spirit put the desire and curiosity in me to buy the book, and I started to read it after I got it in the mail.

      At first, I did not agree with what Pastor Prince was saying. However, the more I read the book, the more I understood the gospel of grace. I started to go to a park every day first thing in the morning to read the book. I started to meditate on the gospel truths in the book.

      It took me about two months to complete reading the book because it was so rich. At the end of it, I let go of all the disagreements I had because I saw myself as the righteousness of God through Christ. For the first time in my life, I did not have condemnation hunting me down! I still had the problem with masturbation from time to time but instead of crying, I began to confess, “I am the righteousness of God through His Son, Jesus!”

      Knowing I was completely loved, completely blessed, and completely forgiven somehow kept me pure. I was also confident that God was going to bless me with a wife, not because of my good behavior, but because of what Jesus has done for me. I even told God to renew my youth and bless me with someone who was completely “out of my league.”

      Finally, my miracle occurred when I felt led to create a profile on a Christian dating website. Soon after, I found a beautiful girl on the website, and I sent her an email. Unbeknownst to me, she had created her profile just fifteen minutes before I sent her the email, because she wanted to prove to her friend what a bad idea the website was. On that website she received tons of emails from guys wanting to date her. She deleted all those emails but she said that when she read my profile, something impressed on her spirit, and she wanted to get to know me better.

      After communicating via email, we met and got to know each other better. I am much older than her but God confirmed in many ways that we are meant for each other. Her parents, who were against all her earlier relationships, also approved of me and our decision to get married. So now, we are married, and I can say that she over exceeds all the expectations I gave God! I could not be happier!

      Both of us have read the books Destined To Reign and Unmerited Favor together. We are starting a group with neighbors and friends called “God’s Unmerited Favor Study Group.” I have bought all of Joseph Prince’s materials and we enjoy hearing his preaching every week.

      Thank you for making me understand and welcome God’s grace in my life. His grace has changed my life forever! Now, I am passionate about showing people the true gospel of grace.

      The writer has requested to remain anonymous | Tennessee, United States

      • The Real Answer says:

        To Giray, well the women today are certainly a lot different than the women years ago since they have become very Rude when many of us men will try to start a conversation with the one that we would really like to meet, and then they will tells us to get lost and don’t bother me. Very sad women that are out there nowadays which does make it a lot difficult for many of us men looking to really meet a Good Woman to settle down with. And i would say that many of the women today have been very Abused by the men that they were with at one time to act this way. So as you can see for many of us how hard it is, and many of us Innocent Good Men are having trouble since the bad ones have also caused the problem.

        • Giray says:

          Let this encourage you : my wife was given to me as a gift from God literally.
          I was single, and not really looking for a wife or even a friend. I really didn’t have time to look, and wasn’t even in a church—just a home bible study. I was caught up in Evangelism with a passion.

          Somehow knew within that I needed a mate—you know a help meet. I had plenty of love to spare to give away.
          Well one day while sharing Jesus in my neighborhood, A fellow around my age got out of his car with two girls. They were going into the store, but I stopped them to share Jesus. They all were born again believers and were out inviting people to come to their church for a hay ride.

          1. they were 20 or more miles from their church
          2. Others were inviting a young lady in that church area to go on the hay ride also.

          We didn’t meet on the hay ride but we did go to the youth meetings and then met. A anointing came over me one night letting me know that gal would be special in my life. We were so perfect for a match, even were raised by a alcoholic father.
          That’s beautiful. My wife was given to me by God, as well. I was walking in rebellion, and dating woman after woman outside of marriage. Each one was crazier than the last. Finally, after unhinging from the last one, I cried out to God to bring me the perfect wife. I basically recognized I had no idea what I was doing when looking for a mate.

          Within 24 hours my future wife contacted me randomly through the internet. It was when AOL was really big. She searched through profiles regionally, looking for hobbies and traits she wanted in a mate and found me. It’s been 13 years since then, and I thank the LORD so much.
          New American Standard Bible (©1995)
          Seek from the book of the LORD, and read: Not one of these will be missing; None will lack its mate. For His mouth has commanded, And His Spirit has gathered them. Isaiah 34:16

          All the promises of God are yea and amen in him 2 Corinthians 1:20 (all God’s promises are for you)

          By his doing you are in him. 1 Corinthians 1:30 (it’s by his work that you are in him, not your own efforts)

          So the promise of “none will lack his mate” is for YOU now based on the word of God and only the devil or your flesh is trying to talk you out of it being true for you.

          He that finds a wife (or husband) finds a GOOD thing. Proverbs 18:22

          God has plans for you for GOOD and not for evil for a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11

          So this means a mate is included in the good things. You can believe for a mate and know your believing a GOOD thing, and it is in the will of God for you to have GOOD. You can also believe that the devil will come to talk you out of it so be ready. (the devil comes immediately to take out the word)

          http://eyobberhane56.wordpress.com/2011/03/12/what-the-devil-wants-from-you-part-one/
          Keep on keeping on.
          Jesus says “when you pray believe that you HAVE all ready received it. If you have all ready received it there is no room for despair or worry because you have it. You believe Jesus words, trust him and you have it in your heart and consider it a done deal. You have received it by faith. You give Gods word and his work through Christ glory or weight by doing this. That Glory you have given God is the substance of your future answer. It is the seed. Confidence in God’s word is something God will support. However the thief and the “birds of the air” are coming to steal it, and they are coming for it right away.
          If you have anxiety worry or despair it’s because you do not yet have it because you did not believe you received when you asked, or you doubted, or the devil gave you a good reason to believe that you didn’t have it and might not get it. Once the faith is gone there is no substance since “faith is the substance of things hoped for” No seed, no blade, no stalk, no corn. Your prayer answer was eaten by the birds when it was a seed

          I often have taken things by faith and had the devil try to talk me out of it, I say well if I all ready have it its a done deal, the questioning part is over. My name is Tim, waters wet, fire is hot, and i all ready (past tense) received it. Too late Mr devil, done deal, done deal.

          • The Real Answer says:

            To Giray, many people like you have been Very Blessed to find your perfect mate. And many of us were certainly not which i will never understand why. God certainly Punishes many of us with Loneliness, and it certainly doesn’t make any sense at all the way i see it. why should many of us have to be Alone since we never asked to be born to begin with? I certainly don’t want to be Alone the rest of my life that i have left, it would certainly be Very Depressing, and the way i look at it Cancer kills you quicker, where as Loneliness is a very slow and painful death.

          • Giray says:

            Real answer have you really read my comment??? You too can get married have faith believe and act. As a man think with his heart so shall it be. God does not respond to pity but faith please read what these men and women did to find their spouse. It is up to you not God God has done all he is going to do we have his words and promises. I beg you do not let the enemy of your soul win. We are living in a spiritual world come against spirit of delay. Depression put on the armour of God. God bless praying for you

  57. Giray says:

    Real answer you are not being punished it is the devils world

  58. Giray says:

    Well keep praying and putting faith to action. They are so many lovely traditional girls nothing is impossible. Maybe join an international christian dating agency many christian ladies in europe and all over the world do not lose hope remember the power of life and death are in the tongue. Ask God to lead you. No good thing will he withhold from the righteous. The only one doing the withholding is the enemy of our soul through the spirit of delay and / or unrealistic expectations or our own negative thoughts formed through negative experiences. GOD bless you will pray for all of us.

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