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“That Really Stinks. I’m Sorry.”

baseballSometimes, life knocks us down. Throws us a curveball or a punch…whatever metaphor you want to choose.

Maybe it’s a breakup you didn’t see coming. Or a dream that’s been crushed. Devastating news you’re weren’t expecting.

When those things happen, it’s important to grieve and feel the fullness of it. When I’m sad and angry, I’m not looking for someone to tell me God has a plan and that “all things work together for good for those who love God.”

I know those things. Deep in my heart, I do. I even wrote many of those things in my book for single women. Honestly, I love Romans 8:28 and know it to be true, and there is a time for sharing it. But in the midst of my anger and sadness, I want to hear something else…

“That really stinks. I’m sorry.” Period.

I’m not looking for someone to fix it. I’m looking for a friend who is okay with not having the answers, one who just stands beside me in the messiness of the situation.

I recall being single and camping out emotionally in some really dark places. Not understanding God’s plan and maybe not really caring at that moment. Just hurting.

If you know someone who is in a bad place, or someone who just received news that turned the world upside down, be that friend who simply says,

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And then listen. Maybe tell them you’ll be praying. Unless that friend looks at you and says, “What do you think?”, then just listen.

If you’re hurting today, if you’re the one who got knocked to the ground with some bad news, I’m so sorry. Sometimes, life really stinks. (See what I did there?).

How can I pray for you? Please leave me a comment or email me (allison [at] allisonflexer [dot] com) and let me know. It would be an honor to lift up your name in prayer.

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Wrapping up the #SingleTruth Blog Tour with a fun “Bachelorette to Bride” Post

SingleTruthBannerToday is the final day of the three-week Single Truth Blog Tour. My goodness, it’s been a busy and fun few weeks! If you missed any of the posts along the way, check out the recap on the Single Truth Blog Tour Page.

 

This new post is a great one to finish up our blog tour. Brett Wilson from The Prodigal Sister wanted to ask me some questions about the transition from being single to being in a relationship. The resulting “Bachelorette to Bride” post is different than any of the interviews I have done thus far and definitely worth reading . . . she asked tough questions that really made me think!

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 {Click here to read the post: FROM SINGLE-ING TO MINGLING: HOW TO TAKE THE LEAP}

Brett has also agreed to guest post here at Anointed With Grace next month, and I can’t wait for you to hear what she has to say!

THANK YOU!

Also, I wanted to thank all of the participants in the #SingleTruth blog tour. You all made this so much fun with amazing content, giveaways, and reader interaction. I’m so grateful!

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And a special thanks to Rachel McPherson from Beacon Hill Press who kept me from pulling my hair out and did a beautiful job organizing the blog tour!

I’m so appreciative of all the blog readers who followed along on the blog tour and got a flurry of emails as I posted each day! Be sure to check the Events page for upcoming author events and check back next week for some brand new blog content.

Happy Friday!

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3 Truths for Single Women in College: Guest Post

Hop over to Joy Pedrow Ministries to read my #SingleTruth guest post about being single and following Jesus in college:

Regardless of the type of university, your college years are a time when it’s easy to become distracted by impressing others. When you go away to college, it’s usually a new environment away from the people you’ve known for years. You can recreate yourself if you so desire. When you meet new people, maybe even guys you want to date, how do you present yourself?

Click the photo to read the full guest post!
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Joy has a great ministry for young women and has a passion for helping women grow in their spiritual journeys. She is also giving away a signed copy of Truth, Lies, and the Single Womanso definitely check out her blog and enter!

What truths did you struggle with in college?

Until tomorrow,

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Friday: Stand in Awe of God’s Perfect Plan

Each day this week, I’m sharing a “Stand in Awe” devotion at Zookeepers Ministries. Don’t miss a Daily Dose of Encouragement…sign up here to receive Daily Doses straight to your inbox.

“You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.” Proverbs 19:21, NLT

A well-known and beloved book by Dr. Seuss is entitled, “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” As I read today’s verse from Proverbs, I think, “Oh, the plans we make!” We love making plans…

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Click the image above to continue reading at ZookeepersMinistries.com!

Be blessed!

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