Sacred Singleness

Valentine’s Day is approaching and I know that “love” is in the air. Candy hearts, dates, red nail polish, first kisses, red roses, pink lace garments, and extravagant shopping sprees at Victoria’s Secret. “Love” is really in the air. Now, what is love. Is love a mere attraction? Is love a tingly feeling? What does it really mean to love another? “Charity(love) suffereth long, and it is kind, charity (”  “)envieth not, charity(”  “) vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth not in truth. Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things, Charity(love) never faileth…. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. (KJV) Love is patient, kind, does not envy, is humble, selfless, forgiving, slow to anger, despises evil, but delights in goodness, protective, trusting, hopeful, and persevering. and everlasting. Love does not remain a feeling, but eventually becomes a choice. Love is to be nurtured. Love goes beyond physical attraction and enamourment with the other’s charming qualities. Do I believe love exists? Yes, but it is designed to be a godly reality not a gratifying fantasy. I understand that many of you who are single are longing to be loved, And you are. By God. Many singles are discontent with singlehood and choose to find their value in being married. Singleness is a true gift from God. “I say to the unmarried and widows, that it is good for them to abide even as I.”  1 Corinthians 7: 8(KJV) God has a purpiose for the wed and the unwed, Singleness is sacred. “There is a difference also between a wife and a virgin. the unmarried careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband. And this I speak for your own profit; not that I may cast a share upon you, but for that which is comely, and that ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction.” 1 Corinthains 7: 34-35. The joy of singleness is found in your undistracted devotion to God. Providing you with all the comfort, security, and satsifaction that you need. You are complete as a single. You are united and bonded with Christ. That is not to say ladies that there will be days when you will long for a man to hold your hand, bring you flowers, and whisper sweet words in your ear. But, your confidence will rest in the knoweledge of having won God’s heart.

Recommended reading:

1. Sassy, Single, and Satisfied- Michelle McKinney Hammond Previously read

2. Sacred Singleness- Leslie Ludy Future read

Would anyone be interested in having me review either of these books?

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Project Bookshelf

I have made my presence as an avid reader and an enthusiastic book reviewer. I have even wholeheartedly shared my own dream to be a successful author. While I look for an editor to aid me in the process of revision, I have decided to start a new novella. Two stories written in one book. Inspired by original fairy tales, rather than the sparkling adaptations. Of course, I must admit that I enjoy reading them. Naturally, I will endow each story with romance and some form of idealism, although I will be portraying many painful and brutal realities of the world.

Once I have completed my chapter outline, I will be more than happy to share the plot summary.

Inside The Curriculum of An Autodidact

I have thankfully decided to implement The Great Courses in my self studies. For the very reason that I am able to maintain structure, discipline, and create end goals with ease. In other words, I would like to make a viable accomplishment as oppposed to just go through the motions.

My subject is English Literature, and I have been assigned the great works of Mark Twain.

I am currently reading and studying The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Commentary on Huckleberry Finn and any additional work of Mark Twain’s will be provided in the future. There is nothing more intellectually challenging than a good conversation about good quality literature. A great opportunity to expand your mind and to challenge your own worldly beliefs and thinking.

 

 

My Reading Time Becomes My Quiet Time With God

Now that Christmas has been over, the season of Advent has already reached its conclusion, and I have finally finished my study Because of Bethlehem, I have recently started a new personal Bible study.

Secrets of An Irrestible Woman by Michelle McKinney Hammond.

I respect Hammond as a singles counselor, an author with a great source of inspiration, and above all a daughter of Jesus Christ. Along with many other believers, this woman challenges me spiritually, opens my eyes to the truth of God’s Word, and help me mold into the woman God has called me to be. I am going to invite all of you ladies to preview this Bible study. Come see all that I am learning from Christ appointed singles counselor Michelle McKinney Hammond.

 

 

Book Review: Secret Obsession

Title: Secret Obsession

Author: Kimberla Lawson Roby

Length: 179 pages

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing Hatchette Book Group

Publication date: September 2011

Source: Library loan

Publisher’s summary: Two sisters. One man. A passion that could destroy them all.

Paige Donahue has always livef in the shadow of her sister, Camille. When they were girls, it was mainly Camille who had high grades, lots of friends, and mostly their parents’ love. Paige, on the other hand, was left with nothing more than hand-me-downs and criticism, and no matter how hard she tried she could never measure up to her sister’s standard.

Now as adults, Camille enjoys a coveted life with two children and her loving husband, Pierce- a man who provides her with the best of everything: a big beautiful home, designer clothes, and expensive cars while Paige suffers alone in a small condo with mounting bills she can’t afford to pay.

But no more. It is time for Paige to take what she is owed-starting with Pierce. By planting seeds of doubt in both Camille’s and Pierce’s minds, her plan to steal her brother-in-law seems to work perfectly. Until a twist of fate takes things wildly off course…

As one sister’s jealousy pushes a family to the edge and exposes life-changing secrets, another’s faith will highlight the beauty and power of forgiveness. In this gripping new novel, New York Times bestselling author Kimberla Lawson Roby shows once again why she is a master of searing dramatic storytelling.

My thoughts: My hats off to Roby for writing a dramatic and addicting piece of fiction. A fun leisure read. Much more exciting than watching a soap opera or a television drama. The book was exceedingly difficult to put down with the intense drama and the crafty lies.

Paige Donahue was one of Roby’s more unique characters. Gifted liar and perhaps a powerful manipulator, we see Paige as a troubled soul rather than evil. Roby’s significant understanding of the complexity of human nature creates the most rare instance of irony. Yet, it also draws more attention to the world she depicts in almost all of her novels. Things are never as they appear to be. The innocent and the most trustworthy turn out to be liars. Infedility is inevitable even with the strongest and most stable marriage, and almost every one has a deep and very dark secret they like to hide behind closed doors.

Lies, deception, family drama, marital affairs, favorite daughters, and……

A  secret obsession.

Weekend Reads

Good afternoon, I hope everyone has had a refreshing weekend, and I hope everyone acknoweledges the importance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. A man whose dream became a reality. I must reread his writings and his speeches sometime this week, and post a commentary. Many apologies for the late timing.

Anyway, I would like to recommend two books that I have read this weekend.

1. Secret Obsession by Kimberla Lawson Roby

2. Her Secret Life by Tiffany L. Warren

Book reviews will be posted later this evening or later on this week. Thank you for your patience.

Book Review: The Five Love Languages: Singles Edition

Title: The Five Love Languages: Singles Edition

Author: Dr. Gary Chapman

Length: 221(241 including study guide)

Publisher: Northfield Publishing

Publication date: 2014

Source: Library loan

Publisher’s summary: With more than eight million copies sold, The Five Love Languages continues to strengthen relationships worldwide Although originally crafted with married couples in mind, the love languages have proven themselves to be universal. Whether it’s dating relationships, parents, coworkers, or friends,- understanding your unique love language and that of others can significantly improve your relationship. The premise is simple: Different people with different personalities express love in different ways. Therefore, if you want to give and receive love most effectively, you’ve got to learn to speak the right love language.

The 5 Love Languages Singles Edition will help you:

1. discover the missing ingredient in past relationships

2. learn how to communicate love in a way that can transform any relationship.

3. grow closer to the people you care about most.

4. understand why you may not feel loved by those who care about you.

5. gain the courage to deeply express your emotions and affections to others.

Includes a study guide that’s perfect for groups of any size.

My thoughts: Another book in the bestselling Five Love Languages series. I remember reading the very first book in his series: The Five Love Languages; now this book was targeted towards married couples with their marriages having their best interests at heart. Or perhaps some have read the book just to have their eyes opened to the shortcomings their marriage may possess. Either way, a great reference for all marriages and future marriages, and I will gladly reserve that book for future review.

The Five Love Languages Singles Edition is the blueprint for successful relationships in terms of the lifestyle of a single individual. Lifechanging and insightful, Chapman reveals the secrets to everlasting and true love.