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"What's wrong with me?" That's the question I often asked myself when passed over by a handsome young man who, though friends with me, chose to date one of my female friends instead. From the looks of my inbox, I'm not the only Christian woman to experience that painful rejection. Today on Boundless I reply to a woman who wrote, I've never had a boyfriend. To love a man with the love God has given me for others is one thing I desire above all else. But I've yet remained "invisible." Is something wrong with me? Every person I know... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2012 at Women Praying Boldly
February and March has been full of writing and speaking, including a breakout session at the Give Me an Answer: Radical conference hosted by Southern Seminary. While there, Steve and I spoke about what makes Christian marriage radical and why you have to date differently from the world if you want to end up in a radically different sort of marriage. The audio is now available here. Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2012 at Women Praying Boldly
It's been a busy spring of speaking and writing. Now, an update. Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2011 at Women Praying Boldly
She said goodbye to an unbelieving boyfriend. Now she's wondering if she made a mistake. Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2010 at Women Praying Boldly
This week, Boundless editor Ted Slater had a creative idea. Rather than the typical Q&A with John Thomas (for the guys), he thought it would be creative to have John and I both weigh in on the same question. I had an immediate and strong reaction to the question when I first read it, and agreed that it would interesting to see how we might approach it differently. Here's what our reader asked, I've been in a serious relationship for about a year and a half, I'm really wanting to get married, but I haven't completed much college and I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2010 at Women Praying Boldly
Today I joined radio host Debbie Chavez to talk about being single, hoping for marriage, living like you're planning to marry and more in an interview about Get Married. The interview was live but she's posted a link to the archive here. Also today, Ted ran my article How to Pray for a Husband on Boundless. If you've read "Pray Boldly," this will read like a part 2. If you haven't, it's a primer on the way we approach God in our desire for marriage. Here's an excerpt: Things may not turn out how you want. In C.S. Lewis' The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2010 at Women Praying Boldly
Does that describe you? If so, I've written a post with you in mind, and on my heart. Here's an excerpt. I've been overweight and I've been the ideal weight, and I know the frustration and discouragement and agony that attends the former. But do not despair. There is hope. The overweight believer has just as much reason to hope for marriage as does the physically ideal one. Why? Because God is able. And marriage is a gift from him; not a reward for those who manage to fit the current ideal of beauty. When you're overweight, it's easy to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2010 at Women Praying Boldly
When you're overweight, it's easy to think everyone's always looking down on you. But there is more to the story. Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2010 at Boundless Line
I've always believed in the call to stewardship, but Russell Moore's on-the-ground perspective of what's happening in the Gulf has pushed me to take that call seriously. Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2010 at Boundless Line
Candice Watters is now following Steve Watters
May 6, 2010
Most women want to marry well. It's not just an American thing. That's why I'm super excited by this. Can you tell what it is? Here's another hint. Got it? No? OK, how about this? The cover's the real giveaway! Now you know. Get Married has been published in Chinese! Thanks to Campus Crusade for Christ, Taiwan, the message of being intentional about marrying well for God's glory is now available in another language, across the sea! Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2010 at Women Praying Boldly
And now for Harrison's picks. He's a boy with an eye for patterns. And after getting hold of my Lightroom, he displayed his penchant for bumped-up colors, too. I'm a fan of his shots in black and white. Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2010 at Women Praying Boldly
When I'm not answering questions for Boundless, running sorties to the library, washing clothes or wiping noses, I love taking photographs. This semester, I had the added pleasure of teaching two students some photo basics for our homeschool co-op. Today, we're pulling together some of our favorite shots for an end-of-year presentation. Following are Becca's faves from our colors and patterns lesson. Now for her best black and whites. Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2010 at Women Praying Boldly
Last week's Q&A on Boundless was a challenge to answer. The man writing the question had dated his wonderful, beautiful, godly girlfriend for a year. The only trouble is that he couldn't get past the fact that she was overweight. He wondered if I'd write more candidly about how my appearance affected my relationship with Steve. And how we talked, or didn't, about it during our romance. I thought it was a great opportunity to address an issue that I suspect is heavy on the minds of many single women. And my answer has generated a lot of responses. MJ,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2010 at Women Praying Boldly
That's what it looks like over on Boundless. Yesterday I answered a question from a Mom writing on behalf of her daughter who's 20. She's seriously dating a man 22 and they want to get married. Soon. Foolish, right? It's depends on who you ask. I wrote, Despite a long history of young people getting married and having children during their prime season of fertility, conventional wisdom at this minute seems bent on the notion that the longer you wait to get married, the more prepared, self-aware, and divorce-proof you'll be. Is such wisdom true? A number of insightful articles... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2010 at Women Praying Boldly
(If you missed part 1 and part 2, it's not you. It's me. I posted them over on the Start Your Family blog so you'll have to click away momentarily if you're interested in those pics.) In addition to saying goodbye to Dr. and Mrs. Dobson, attending the Focus on Marriage Simulcast and hosting blogger Jennifer McKinney and her husband for dinner and a MckGathering at Focus, I had the privilege of watching "MckMama" during a daylong photoshoot. Well watching and helping a little with lens caps, a lunch run and tweezers. It was an honor and rare treat to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2010 at Women Praying Boldly
Today's Q&A on Boundless is from the archives. Thanks to Ted for running an old column when I missed my deadline for the second time. Though I had a good reason! (Isn't that always the case?) This time it really was. We were slammed with fun and challenging activities last week gearing up for and then participating in the Focus on Marriage Simulcast, Dr. Dobson's farewell chapel, and MckMama's visit and daylong photoshoot. It's tough to get my writing done in "normal" weeks when nothing extra is planned. But last week was off the charts! Interestingly, the column is possibly... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2010 at Women Praying Boldly
Last week on our way to visiting family in Ohio, Steve and I dropped our kids off with my sister's family and headed south to Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. We were there at the invitation of Russell Moore to man the Boundless booth and speak to college students about marriage at the Give Me an Answer Conference. Though the weather in Kentucky felt more north than south, the hospitality was southern at it's finest. We kicked our time off by interviewing Dr. Albert Mohler for an upcoming episode of the Boundless Show (you may recognize his name... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2010 at Women Praying Boldly
I used to dream about what my wedding would be like; down to the yellow roses in my bouquet and dark grey morning coat of the groom's tuxedo. I was 12. It was fun to think about what might be. Anything and everything is possible when it's in your imagination, with only a stack of bride magazine to fuel the dream. Nothing as pesky as a budget to get in the way of that designer silk shantung gown. It's a lot harder to make your dreams come true when faced with the limits of how much money you actually have... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2010 at Women Praying Boldly
One of the most encouraging inclusions in Get Married was the story about my friend Sharon's decision to ask 29 of her close friends to join her in dedicated prayer for husbands. The group of 30 agreed to begin in January of 2006. When they started, all of the women were single. Since then, I've periodically checked in with Sharon for an update on how the women are doing. And as of her latest report, sent Sunday, the list of marrieds is growing. As for the list from what I know from people there are 15 married, 1 engaged and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2010 at Women Praying Boldly
The Marry Well community is up and running — and growing! Last night when I asked Steve for an update, he said the membership has topped 600 already. And the male-to-female ratio is moving in the right direction: it was 10-to-1 at the start of the beta period and now, just one week later, it's 4-to-1. The gap is closing now that word is getting out beyond this Women Praying Boldly website! Thanks to all of you you who've emailed your suggestions for improvement using the "Report Bug" button, sent notes of encouragement, and offered to help us spread the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2010 at Women Praying Boldly
I love January! I know it's reputedly the time of year when depression is up and cheer is down, but I get giddy thinking about a clean slate and all the new things we're going to try, books we're going to read, experiences we're going to have, relationships we're going to improve, and closets we're going to clean! Not to mention my new pack of Sharpies! How about you? Do you like planning for the year ahead with long to-do lists, resolutions, or some other system? Or are you a more happy-go-lucky, live-life-as-it-comes-at-you-sort-of-person? You can weigh in here or join... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2010 at Women Praying Boldly
I used to sing The Twelve Days of Christmas like any kid, always getting mixed up about the maids-a-milking and lords-a-leaping, after the five-go-old-rings. But I never knew that the first day of Christmas is actually December 26. Till now. I've been reading (and loving) Walter Wangerin's Preparing for Jesus this Advent and Christmas season. The book has a chapter for each day of December and on into January, up until the Twelfth Day of Christmas. Today's reading was about Simeon. If you've never had something to guide you through Advent, this is a wonderful book to consider! Thanks to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2009 at Women Praying Boldly
Today's Boundless Answers is for everyone who's dated an adult convert with a bit of an, ahem, past. The questioner writes, ...he's only been saved and living for the Lord for the past several years. He was never completely crazy before that, but he did have a reputation as somewhat of a partier and for always being with a different girl. He's completely changed since then, and as I've only known him for about a year, almost all that I know about him back then is through him. I trust him implicitly and know he's been completely honest about everything.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2009 at Women Praying Boldly
Bake cookies for Friday's Boundless staff party, start browsing websites for gifts, make paper crafts, there's so much I love doing to get ready for Christmas that sometimes it's hard to choose! Since today is the deadline for Shutterfly's sale offerings, I think I'll focus on finishing up some photo gifts I started. Here's a screen capture of the September page of the calendar I'm making for Steve's Grandma. In addition to making Christmas cards, calendars and photo books, I sometimes make homemade hot fudge and bake bread as gifts. What are you busy with in these early December days?... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2009 at Women Praying Boldly