Celebrate returning to faith, hope, culture and life with community.


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"This is it, in the best possible way. That thing I’m waiting for, that adventure, that move-score-worthy experience unfolding gracefully. This is it. Normal, daily life ticking by on our streets and sidewalks, in our houses and apartments, in our beds and at our dinner tables, in our dreams and prayers and fights and secrets – this pedestrian life is the most precious thing any of use will ever experience.”

-Shauna Niequist, Cold Tangerines
This corner of the internet began in 2008, shortly after a breakup with a sweetheart from high school.
That classic first-love turned to dust and reports from loyal girlfriends who'd run into him on the street. Or at the grocery store. That's when all the blogging started. Then, Prodigal Sister was known as A Man Worth Writing For.

The idea was to create a series of letters to my future husband. As a testament of faith that there were still guys out there worth dating in a world -- and a series of church communities -- that seemed skewed toward the married folks.

So I started writing. Or, perhaps a better word is complaining.

Complaining about the lack of community in our lives. Complaining about the fact that God had called me to be single in a couple's world. Complaining that none of us were connecting. Or that anyone ever legitimized the loneliness that followed college graduation if you weren't paired with your Happily Ever After.

That only a few of the Chosen Perfect Pinterest People were on a mission to marriage. And I wanted to be second-mate on that mission. This desperation led to a lot of mistakes, a lot of being swayed by the crowd, a lot of seeking affirmation from men. Rather than being content with myself. Rather than being an obedient child of God.

The blog became the Prodigal Sister. And where in the past it had been a beacon for all of the wrong in the Church, it slowly evolved into a story of returning. Of realizing that life doesn't have to be lived alone, no matter your marital status. 

Through the writing, I met so many wonderful people. We engaged in conversation about life. About singlehood and marriage, yes, but about the Church. About how we can be a better support to people who are struggling in any aspect of life.

This blog is dedicated to the women who are learning to dance at weddings, learning to truly get absorbed by celebration, learning to have the vulnerability to let others in. In discovering love outside of romantic comedies.

It's a love letter to the journey. And a toast to the fact that we can return. We don't have to do any of it alone.


Jillian Courcy said...

Amen. It's amazing how God works. I came across your blog at a time I need encouragement.

Brett said...

It is, for sure! Thanks for stopping by, Jillian! Welcome to the sistah-hood! :)

joyfulnoise88 said...

I love your blog so far, definitely giving me the encouragement I needed to stay the course. Thank you so much!

Brett Elizabeth said...

Thanks, Miss Joyfulnoise (love that!). I love it when people stop by to comment :) I hope you'll keep coming back and share with your friends!

DeeVious said...

I really love your blog. I came across it after reading a few articles you were featured on ibelieve.com. At the point i am at in my life right now i could totally relate. Not sure if you ever read "When God Writes Your Love Story" it made me think of that book when i read this post. Either way i think you are a great writer :)

Brett Elizabeth said...

Wow, DeeVious (how cool are you---is your name Dee?) thank you for the sweet words! I'm so glad you stopped by. I've never read "When God Writes Your Love Story," but perhaps I'll check it out. Sounds right up my alley for sure :)

I hope you'll share with others :)

DeeVious said...

Hi Brett,

I apologize for the late reply. My name is Diana but all my friends call me Dee, Dee Princess because of the way i spell my name and of course that is how i got the nickname DeeVious lol.

Carla Williams said...

Hi Brett

Thank you for your inspiring words and for capturing so much of what we long to say to others who don't understand in your article "What not to say to singles". God is using you in a wonderful way and I would just like to encourage you to continue - you are a blessing to many!!

Brett Elizabeth said...

Thank you, Carla! It doesn't escape me that encouragement like this comes at the precise moment when I'm struggling to write just "one more article." Thank you for pushing me to continue :) You're the best!

Janeice Griffin said...

Just found your blog. Great inspiration to stay the course for Jesus. I hope to continue reading and learning and possibly encouraging others as well. Thanks

Emily Thomas said...

Looks like it's time to update this "about" post a little bit :) Congrats by the way!

Brett Elizabeth Wilson said...

Hahah I'm such a bad blogger! I forgot about this post. Yes. Time to update! :) <3 Thanks friend! I hope you're doing well in your new season of life.

Angel Windley said...

You summed up my single existance in one well written, thoughtful paragraph. Thank you fro being real and transparent.

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