Instead, variants of the serpent's question to Eve—“Did God really say?
Then there was the pressure of every person I knew asking about my relationship status every time I saw them.
Growing up in the church, I thought I had a solid understanding of how my story would play out.
No matter how you choose to word it, being single was never in my plans.
Or mentioning their far-off distant relative who they thought might still be single (which they never were), and who they could maybe one day set me up with (which they never did).
It became hard to find peace between the God that I loved and this aching, unmet desire to find a companion. It felt like God wasn’t listening, and I was discouraged that my life seemed stuck in a pit of hopelessness with no sign of movement anytime soon.