Please encourage someone single today. Maybe someone comes to mind and you could invite that person over for dinner. Or, pass this article on to someone who needs the extra boost. My single years taught me the more I reach out to those around me, the more those people become “family” to me!

I am encouraged by Reinhold Niebuhr’s prayer: Serenity accepts the things we cannot change. Courage changes the things we can.

Sandy Coughlin is a wife and mother of 3. She loves her family and loves blessing other people's lives by entertaining in her home. Sandy’s husband, Paul, (who used to be the reluctant entertainer) has come on board, and they often offer hospitality together. Sandy and Paul co-authored a book called Married but Not Engaged (Bethany House, Aug. 2006). It's written to women who are married to "checked out" or emotionally absent men and who want to create a more satisfying, intimate relationship. This article was adapted from Sandy’s regularly updated blog “4 Reluctant Entertainers,” which you can visit at  Get more information on Married but Not Engaged by clicking here.

**This article first published on January 18, 2008.