Let Hope In
As single woman, I feel like one of the biggest challenges we face is hopelessness. All the daily warnings we get hit with (You’re going to be an old maid! All the good ones are gone! Your childbearing years are over!), the looks of pity we receive from family members and friends, and the unhealthy images of single life portrayed in the media and in pop culture can leave a girl feeling a little more than discouraged. BUT…one of the points that often gets lost in the shuffle is this: Yes, single life can be challenging and uncertain and a little lonely; but it can also be intensely beautiful and hopeful and FREE. It’s a completely blank canvass to paint our lives as boldly and colorfully as we want. It’s the delightful unknown of POSSIBILITY and POTENTIAL. It’s embracing the “unfinished” nature of our lives instead of being afraid of it and waking up every day to something entirely unique and NEW.
My friend, Pastor Pete Wilson’s, new book Let Hope In comes out today, and in celebration of that, I’ll be joining him at his book launch tonight to discuss HOPE as it relates to singleness. This will be a livestreamed event and you will be able to tune in WORLDWIDE, which I’m so excited about! More details coming about that in a second. But first, in preparation for this event, I turned to you guys and asked YOU to share with me what you feel most hopeful about as single women. Your answers were so beautiful, I wanted to share a few of them here…so when you’re having a rough day or a lonely moment or coming off an exponentially bad blind date, you can come here to remember all the things you love about your single life.
“I feel most hopeful about getting to try out different things and grow in different areas of life.” ~Jazmine
“The most hopeful thing about single life for me is serving where God wants me and can use me.” ~Shamron
“Knowing that this is God’s timing and not mine. So it will be 120% better than I ever expected!” ~Mony
“I get to live life on my own terms and can eat ice cream for dinner if I want.” ~G
“I feel most hopeful that my future is wide open for anything to happen: from travel, job opportunities, meeting new people, and yes…even love.” ~Ashley
I would like to challenge you to add your own reasons for feeling hopeful to this list, or even leave them in the comments below, and return to that list every time you’re having one of those days where you’re silently cursing your singleness and questioning whether or not you will be alone forever. Because the truth is…whether you’re flying solo or with a co-pilot, the power to fly as high and hopefully and free as you can is yours. It always has been. It always will be.
And if you need a little more HOPE for the journey, I encourage you to grab your copy of Pete’s new book Let Hope In. I’m almost finished with it and it has blessed me SO much. So many of the issues he touches on, from feeling unwanted to letting go of regret to struggling with shame, speak DIRECTLY into the heart of singleness. I think it will encourage you as much as it has encouraged me.
And please join us tonight, wherever you are in the world, for a celebration of HOPE! Let Hope In: Live kicks off at 6:30pm CT and you can tune in from anywhere in the world by clicking here. Whatever you are struggling with or feeling discouraged by, leave it at the door and join us for a night that will inspire you, motivate you, and maybe even give you a little more hope. Why? Because:
“Inside all of us is a pull toward regret. Inside all of us is a tug toward fear. Inside all of us is a desire for hope. Deep within you, nothing is hopeless. You are a child of God, and he has planted hope in you. Let go of the regret and fear, and instead focus on the hope. Focus on the desire, and let hope in.” ~Pete Wilson, Let Hope In