Annie F. Downs
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Annie F. Downs is a bestselling author and nationally known speaker based in Nashville, Tennessee. Her most recent books include 100 Days to Brave, Looking for Lovely and Let’s All Be Brave. Read more at and follow her at @anniefdowns.

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  1. That was so lovely, Annie! I really want to walk this out and will be praying for the Lord to give me fresh eyes for this very reason. It was good for me to hear this. Thank you for being vulnerable and sharing honestly…it’s so much easier to encourage others and act like we have it all together than to get real! Thanks for being real here! 🙂

  2. Annie, I love this post! What a gift your friends gave you!
    As always, thank you for the wonderful encouragement and the reminder that God is faithful to set the lonely in families!

  3. Thank you so much for this post. Being a single girl myself, I completely get how having a perfect night with a couple you love can actually lift your spirits. (It even puts a renewed hope for my future husband back into my heart.)
    Thank you for sharing!

  4. What a wonderfully clear description of a beautiful event! You make me feel it.
    There is never enough friendship in the world – thanks for the encouragement to make some…

  5. Annieeeee…
    I love it. I love that Fred called & that you said yes & that you shared this slice of your life. So often, we presume and assume wrongly: “NO single person would wanna hang out with my married-with-family family.”
    You’ve set the record straight; and seeded a new way of thinking.
    Good job.

  6. Annie- This was a fabulous perspective. It definitely got me thinking outside of myself, and I love that. Thank you!

  7. this was fantastic! as a single again person it is so great to be included in other’s lives and plans. thanks for the reminder to be looking for the singles that are all around me. loved the verse!

  8. This reached down deep. Looking at love from both sides. All angles.
    This is the body when it isn’t crippled and handicapped. If there was a post that I wish would go ‘viral’, this one is it. 🙂 RT it twitterers!

  9. Annie ~
    this post is super amazing and beautifully shows the huge chunk of Jesus in their hearts. i’m so happy for you that you experienced such a great evening with them :]

  10. Amen!!
    As a single person, it does get lonely and it is nice to be invited to things with your married friends. We don’t want to be a burden or be included alllll the time, we don’t want to feel like third wheel. But an occational invite is great! And if I ever am blessed to find someone to share my life with, I already have told my single and married friends that I want them to continue to be a part of my life.

  11. Thank you so much for sharing this because it really opens my eyes. I don’t know why (as a married person) it’s not been a priority of mine to draw single people into our family but from now on I’m going to keep my eyes open for opportunities.

  12. We have an Annie and she is such a blessing to us, so it goes both ways. It was such an encouragement to read this post. Thank you. You have me on the hunt for more!

  13. Annie, I loved this. And I agree w/ Sherri. I’m widowed and really miss my couples friends. It is so nice when we do find time to hang out. I lost my husband and don’t want to loose friends too.
    Thank you.

  14. Annie,
    I HAVE that – in abundance. The majority of them are MY CELL GROUP (including your folks). A small story – we had visitors to cell group one night (we have a LARGE cell group). Jane was introducing everyone to the new couple;p “this is Pam, she belongs to Tom”, etc. when she came to me (as the only single 29+++++ lady) she said; “this is Beth”, and Joyce immediately said “and she belongs to ALL OF US”. Talk about being BLESSED! I couldn’t speak!! God’s Love…………..