First, there is Michelle McKinney Hammond the singer. She has performed commercial voice-overs for such products as Coca Cola, McDonald's, Crest Toothpaste and Wrigley's Extra Gum, and has sung background for gospel artists such as Jesse Dixon and Sandra Crouch. Soon she will be putting the finishing touches on her own release for Inner Light Records titled "It's Amazing."

Then there’s Michelle McKinney Hammond the television personality. Her ability to share her convictions and insights in a non-confrontational manner landed her a co-hosting job on the cable television women's talk show, “Aspiring Women,” appearing in more than 100 markets across the country.

And, of course, there’s Michelle McKinney Hammond the speaker/teacher.  Frequently requested by churches, universities and women's groups, McKinney Hammond is known for blending refreshing femininity with hard-hitting reality checks. She shares contemporary messages interlaced with humor, relevant life experiences and practical biblical principles, making God come alive for her audiences and helping people approach their relationship with Him on a more personal level.

But it is her knack for genuine, heartfelt writing that has earned Michelle McKinney Hammond a special place in the hearts of countless singles. Since 1996, McKinney Hammond has penned more than 12 books. Sales for her first two titles, What to Do Until Love Finds You and Secrets of an Irresistible Woman (Harvest House Publishers), have reached nearly 100,000 copies a piece. She has also written 101 Ways to Get and Keep His Attention, Sassy, Single, & Satisfied, Get a Love Life, and The Power of Being a Woman.

 

This past summer, I had the opportunity to sit with McKinney Hammond for a few minutes at a convention in Orlando, Fla., and pick her brain about a few topics of concern to many singles, myself included.

 

Chismar: So often, I get conflicting advice ... “Just be content and wait on God” vs. “You need to get out and be where the men are.” Should singles wait on God or be proactive in looking for a mate?

 

McKinney Hammond: I remember that a friend of mine once told me that waiting on the Lord is not sitting in His lap but looking over His shoulder to see if what you want is coming. Resting in the Lord is simply getting in daddy’s lap and enjoying being there and living in the moment of it. The best way to live in the moment is to take life one day at a time. Because you know, as they say, it’s not over till the fat lady sings. It’s so funny how we just write ourselves off at the age of 30. I’ll be 46 in a few weeks. I don’t feel older than twenty-something. I can’t say, “Oh, life is over.” I’m still a woman with all the same longings. Everything still works, I guess. I don’t know. I haven’t tried it out!

 

I had an aunt who got married for the first time at 67 and had the most fabulous wedding on the planet and was able to pay for it. She and her husband are both retired. They take three cruises a year. They flit off to the islands. They are enjoying life. They go out dancing twice a week. When I look at the glow on her face when she looks at me and says, “It was worth the wait,” I say, “OK. God knows the time for this, then.”