Purity ring

Summer 2013

One of my favorite things to do is look back though past events and times in my life. I thought it would be fun to do a recap of all of the wonderful (and not so wonderful) things that went on for me this summer.

May

I shared some articles that I wrote for the school newspaper, my brother moved back to Pittsburgh, and I made Jimmy an Oreo cake for his birthday. Yum.

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I answered 12 questions about purity rings and got super muddy at MuckFest MS Pittsburgh.

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June

My family went on vacation to the Outer Banks and we rode horses on the beach. That was definitely one of the most amazing experiences of my life.

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I also wrote a super random poem about swimming.

July

I took two weeks off of blogging and social media. It felt pretty amazing. I also competed in a triathlon and began working for my parent’s real estate brokerage during that two week period.

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Hannah did some modeling for my blog and I struggled through a dry socket after having my wisdom teeth removed. Worst time of my life. I also baked 763 cookies for my brother’s wedding during the week that I had a dry socket.

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My brother married the love of his life, Racquel. They’re such a beautiful couple!

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Hannah got the cutest puppy for her birthday and I made a lot of pickles! The pickle recipes can be found here and here. I promise they’re super simple.

Jimmy proposed to me. That was hands down one of the best moments of my life! What a blessing.

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Last but not least, I started a crazy busy semester at good ol’ Penn State.

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So that’s my summer in an nutshell. I had my ups (getting engaged, watching my brother get married, and baking a ton of cookies) and my downs (wisdom teeth removal+ dry socket).

All in all, I’d have to say that it was a wonderfully perfect summer.

I’m sad to see my summer break end, but I’m also extremely excited to see what God has in store for the future!

How was your summer?

Purity Ring Q&A

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1. What is a purity ring?
A purity ring is a ring worn by a guy or girl as a sign of commitment to sexual purity until marriage.

2. Which finger do you wear your purity ring on?
I wear my purity ring on my left ring finger, which is the finger that is typically designated for a wedding ring.

3. What does your purity ring have engraved on it?
It has the words “true love waits” engraved on it.

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4. Why did you choose a ring that says “true love waits”?
Because I believe it. If someone truly loves you, they will be willing to wait until they’re married to you to have a sexual relationship with you.

5. Did you sign a contract when you got your purity ring? What does it say?
Yes, I did. It says “Believing that true love waits, I make a commitment to God, myself, my family, my friends, my future mate, and my future children to a lifetime of purity including sexual abstinence from this day forward until the day I enter a biblical marriage relationship.”

6. Where did you get your purity ring?
I bought it from the Family Christian bookstore.

7. Why do you wear a purity ring?
See this post.

7. Does your boyfriend wear a purity ring? What does his say?
Yes, his purity ring has “1 Thes 4:3” engraved on the outside and “purity” engraved on the inside. 1 Thessalonians 4:3 is a scripture from the Bible that says “For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality.” His ring is also from the Family Christian bookstore.

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8. What are you allowed to do sexually while wearing a purity ring?
I believe this is between the ring wearer and God. Personally, my boyfriend and I have decided to only kiss on the lips (a quick peck only), hold hands, and hug until we are married. So that means no making out, nothing in between making out and sex, and obviously no sex.

9. Do you and your boyfriend ever feel tempted?
Yes. We’re both young adults in our 20s. We’re not superhumans who have no emotions or hormones. It was actually harder to stay committed to purity when we first began dating than it is now, over four years later. I’d say this is because we’re farther into our relationship and accustomed to our commitment. We make sure to avoid temptation by not spending time alone in places that could cause us to stumble.

10. Did your parents force you to wear a purity ring?
No. I actually asked them to buy me one as a gift. They talked and prayed with me before I signed the contract because they wanted me to be 100% sure about my commitment and what it really means.

11. What are the benefits of purity rings?
Knowing that I’m obeying God, saving my purity for my future husband, not contracting sexually transmitted diseases, and not experiencing an unplanned pregnancy.

12. What does the Bible say about purity?
Check out these scriptures: 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8, Psalm 51:10, Leviticus 11:44-45, 1 Corinthians 6:18-20, Romans 12:1-2, Numbers 32:23, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Titus 2:11-12, Matthew 15:19-20, Ephesians 5:3-4, Proverbs 4:14-15, Jeremiah 17:10.

Feel free to leave a comment if you have any other questions!