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Is Being Single Boring You?

Many single Christian women continue to think their lives are doomed to boredom until they get married and have children, since apparently  that’s when all the fun starts. Really? Have you never heard married mothers complain about their lives? The lesson here is: the grass is not always greener on the other side, so learn to make the best of your circumstances, whatever the stage of life you find yourself in.

Now I remember being a part of a conversation with other single Christian women colleagues some time ago, and we got to talking about the Bible’s restrictions on pre-marital sex. One of my colleagues proceeded to intimate that the Bible did not want us to have fun. I wasn’t aware that sex was the only way to have fun.

Just in case you didn’t get the memo, there are plenty ways to enjoy life without violating God’s commandments. These are a few of my favourites:

  • Travel. Travelling is a truly enriching experience. You are exposed to new cultures, new places and new people and in many ways you return home changed by the experience. I love exploring the unknown, and there is nothing like travelling outside of your country that allows you to do just that.

  • Music. There are so many great genres of clean music out there to enjoy. Apart from gospel or other Christian genres, reggae, classical, alternative rock, jazz, salsa and country are generally clean and fun genres to listen to. So turn up the volume, forget everything and just dance. 

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Reading takes you across time and space.

  • Deep conversations with girlfriends. I love these: quiet afternoons with a few close girlfriends talking about everything under the sun, including our deepest fears and desires. It’s a most beautiful experience.

  • Reading. The great thing about reading is it can take you across geographical and temporal boundaries. Reading situates in another world, even without a plane ticket. Living vicariously through the characters that you meet, seeing and smelling what they see and smell is an unadulterated pleasure that is virtually unrivalled by any other kind of activity. If you have not read just for fun since you were a child, you are really missing out.

  • Exploring: The thing with exploring is that you don’t always even need to leave your community to do it. Historical treasures are lurking all around, depending on where you live: old colonial churches, old slave plantations or sugar works, old forts, and the list goes on. If you love history, do not pass up the opportunity to explore the history at your doorsteps. You could be surprised at what you discover.

  • Gourmet cooking. Generally, I don’t even like to cook, but if I am doing something different and exotic then cooking becomes very exciting. Not everyone has the money to make frequent visits to fancy restaurants to indulge her inner foodie. That should not be an obstacle. Most gourmet meals are deceptively simple to make, and sites like EatingWell really make preparing them a breeze. Explore your creativity this year with gourmet cooking.

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                                                              Travelling enriches you (Grecia, Costa Rica).

 

At the end of the day, finding fun activities depends on being in tune with who you are and what resonates with you as a person. These are my favourite things. What are yours?

Love,

Daughter of a King

What I Love about Peru

 

Dear Sister in Christ,

Making the best of your life as a single Christian woman involves finding and living your God-given purpose. But it also involves indulging your passions, doing the things you love, all in keeping with God’s will, of course.

It’s no secret to those who know me that I love to travel! I love exploring new places, cultures and languages. I also love to travel around my own island and connect with its breathtaking beauty, its friendly and hospitable people and just get away from it all sometimes.

Today I want to share one of my overseas trips with you, to Peru in South America. I haven’t travelled a whole lot, like the people who write all those travel blogs out there, but from what I’ve seen to date, Peru remains among my absolute favourite countries. It resonates with me in a deeply spiritual way because it is a destination that encompasses so many of the things I love to see and explore. Here’s why I love Peru (photos are mine unless otherwise stated): Continue reading

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The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.    – St. Augustine

Dear Sister in Christ,

I LOVE TO TRAVEL! Anyone who knows me well knows this. A friend of mine reminded me the other day that I had been talking about seeing the world while at university, and I remember as a child reading stories about India and China, and vowing that one day I would explore those exotic and faraway lands.

I have realised, however, much to my dismay and utter confusion that not everyone loves to travel! I have also realised that some people are happy going to New York and Miami for the one hundredth time, because that’s where their families or friends are, and they don’t have to worry about hotel costs. Fair enough. This blog post, though, is for those who agree that the world is a fascinating place, and would love to venture beyond the comfort zone of our island Jamaica to see places many people have never even heard of and some of us can’t spell, and have experiences that will change your lives forever. Continue reading