When it comes to dating and being single, it can be difficult not to compare yourself to others. But at a time when Al Fox Carraway was single and felt like she didn't quite compare to other girls, she found the perfect way to find peace in her life.
It was a long and incredibly lonely time before I would be considered for a date. And that was really hard, just barely moving to Utah against my will (but following God’s), being in a new place, not knowing what I was supposed to do there and feeling absolutely and completely alone. (No, not just because of the lack of boys, but in general and in every way you could probably think of). Guys my age were looking for temple worthy girls, however, I didn’t exactly look temple worthy, [because of] that I was completely overlooked.
After my move across the country, it was the first time that it ever occurred to me that, appearance aside, my life before the church could stop guys from wanting to not alone date, but be friends. I would notice the kind of girls that were getting asked out and I began to be afraid that because I didn’t look “perfect,” grow up in a strong gospel-centered family, or know how to cook or make my own skirts, I was forever going to be overlooked or unwanted.
A lesson I learned shortly after baptism—when I felt the weight of the world of problems come flooding into my life—I learned that if I continued to put God first, everything else would fall into place.
I decided to stay focused on what really mattered to me, hoping that if I did things would eventually work out how they ought to. If I stayed close to God, God will bless me. So I worried about me and the relationship I did have—with God. Things started to unravel in ways I never would have imagined.
Lead image from In the Head of Al
LDS convert and popular blogger Al Carraway brings favorite quotes and inspiration from the heart and mind to your home. Choose from wood blocks and plaques, wall tapestries, decorative pillows, and art prints — or collect them all! With sayings like “With God life is oh so good” and “Live the gospel and eat lots of pizza,” these unique and beautiful designs will create a fun and inspiring atmosphere in your home.