Celibacy: A Lifestyle Change for the Better

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Celibacy: A Lifestyle Change for the Better

Posted by Nzingha Smith in Advice for Women, Real Stories | 35 comments
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woman with arms out embracing celibacy lifestyle

I compare my decision of practicing celibacy with cleaning my house in anticipation for a long-term house guest. When someone comes to visit, you do your best cleaning, you prepare their space, you consider their dietary needs and you make sure things are in order for the time they are visiting.

I made an active decision to embrace celibacy, and change my life in preparation for someone whom I have yet to meet (my husband). Whom I consider important enough to not only dust and mop out my place, but get my “ish” pressure washed in anticipation for his lifelong stay. I’ve been celibate for going on two years now and it’s been the most amazing experience. My celibacy decision was prompted by my wanting to rededicate my life to God in preparation for my husband. I needed to clear my space inside and out. I’ve been able to heal from old wounds and just get in a better place on every level. Embracing celibacy has allowed me to gain clarity on myself. It helped me reflect and make space for the type of bond and intimacy I look forward to with my life partner. I’m healthier, happier, more in tune with what makes me tick, my relationship with God has strengthened and that is the whole point. I’ve learned how to properly love myself and God. In turn, I can properly love others and add value to their lives in love. I still actively date and actually have been surprised at how supportive the men I’ve gone out with have been with it. I’m flirtatious, but also upfront. I let them know, so as not to lead them in on in case they’re intentions are something other than what I am willing to consent with. I don’t believe in wasting people’s time.

I will be honest; celibacy takes an incredible amount of self-discipline, prayer, and patience. I allow myself to feel naturally about being turned on and desiring to be sexually intimate sometimes. I don’t beat myself up for being attracted to someone I’m dating and wishing we could progress to another level physically and intimately. It’s natural. What I do is check it and remind myself of my commitment to God. God is my accountability coach. I’m accountable to him and his word. I’m honest with Him when I am tempted and I pray and ask for help to not act on the temptation. He helps me and I have learned to channel the energy into creative projects. It inspires me and as a creative, I can take the energy I would expend on sex and allow my imagination to act it out in craft, mostly writing. My most beautiful work has come out of my having to release the energy, but not wanting to slip up by giving into the temporary desire to have sex.

Celibacy is a lifestyle. I don’t do home dates anymore. While before I might be more apt to entertain at home and have men over for dinner, I realize the flesh is weak. If you can limit putting yourself in situations where the temptation is higher, you should. If for some reason we are in the same space overnight, I will sleep on the couch or ask for the spare room. It’s awkward, but let’s be real, if two adults who are attracted to each other…yup the rest is going to be history. Not dating during your time of celibacy I feel is a disservice to the experience. How can you grow in faith and dependence on God, if you don’t have opportunities to seek him when you are weak? It’s easy to be celibate when there is no temptation is present. Talk to me when you are able to grow and mature in your decision by resisting the temptation. It can be done. It’s being done and it is an extremely beneficial experience if you stay the course and know why you are doing it. Sometimes I get annoyed at the fact that I have to suppress an emotion which is as natural as breathing, but I also know the importance of what it means to me on a personal and spiritual level. I have no plans on being physically intimate again until my wedding night. By God’s grace I will be able to stay with celibacy. One day at a time. I celebrate all small victories! I’m excited about his arrival, whenever it may be and I know he will appreciate feeling welcomed in my space that’s already been cleaned and prepared especially for him.

Tips to Hold On to Your Celibacy:

– Stay connected to God and ask Him for help when you are tempted.
– Be serious when you make the decision and don’t try, decide and hold yourself accountable.
– Don’t put yourself in situations which make it harder for you to resist the temptation.
– If you fall off, get back on track. Ask for forgiveness and don’t beat yourself up if you fall off.
– Be truthful with yourself and God about your feelings and desires.
– Know why you’re embracing celibacy. It will be a more meaningful experience if you are deliberate about your decision.

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About Nzingha Smith
Love Ambassador, Author & Poet C. Nzingha Smith is a passionate advocate for spreading love. She lives a lifestyle of love and spreads the message of love in her everyday life, actions, writing and books. Re-teaching people how to openly and willingly share the gift that resides at the center of us all, love. A self dubbed "certified lover", she strives to represent and embody unconditional love. Also, expert love communications professional, her articles have been published in online and print media outlets in the areas of; business, lifestyle, culture and relationships.

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  • Cleopatra Huff

    EXCELLENT! I, too, have decided to live a celibate lifestyle & I don’t regret it or feel as if I’m missing out ONE BIT!!! Praying our strength in the Lord!

    • C. Nzingha Smith

      Hi Cleopatra,

      I’m doing the happy dance for you! Congratulations and welcome!! :)

      ~C. Nzingha

      • Cleopatra Huff

        YAY!!!

  • Karamia33

    Honestly I can’t even believe that this article was posted today. I have been celibate for 2 years, and everything that was written in this article is so true. I have, lately, been tempted by my what my flesh desires. Men have been coming out of the blue trying to get with me, and I have just stayed strong and stayed focused. Today, ironically, I was feeling very weak and wanted to give in, but I didn’t do it. This was a great article.

    • C. Nzingha Smith

      Hi Karamia,

      Congratulations on staying committed for two years! That is something to be celebrated!! I’m so happy that this post was timely for you because had you given in to the temporary desire, I’m almost certain it wouldn’t have been worth the stray from your current lifestyle commitment. Stay encouraged and on your path. It is worth preserving.

      ~C. Nzingha

    • Antoinette Pack

      I know exactly what you mean. .this was perfect timing

  • Akos

    I love it! I wish more men would commit to and be more open to abstinence.

    • C. Nzingha Smith

      There are more and more men making the decision to practice celibacy. Quite a few of my male friends have adopted the lifestyle and seeing the positive results translate in every area of their live. Slowly but surely! :)

      ~C. Nzingha

  • Pamela Cornes

    I really enjoyed reading this article.

  • Karma

    Great article. I’ll be approaching my 1 year mark next month! It’s been one of the most rewarding and liberating decisions that I’ve ever made.

  • Alwina Oyewoleturner

    Awesome article! Thank you! I recently made the decision about 2 months ago but it’s been almost 5 months. I will wait until my wedding night as well. I like the analogy of preparing for a long-term guest. I will use that going forward. And by the way I have a friend by the same name Nzingtha Smith. Stay blessed!

  • Stacey

    Great article. Ive been celibate for 4.5yrs. It is certainly difficult but I believe it is worth it.

  • T.B.

    Very positive & uplifting I’ve just surpassed my 3 year mark & everything you’ve spoke on is what I’m going by Thank you & to all of you who have made the same decision God bless u & WE CAN DO IT !!!

  • Melissa Alleva

    Awesome article! Its been almost a year for me, best decision ever :) Stay strong all :)

  • KCar

    This is such as a refreshing article. I too have made that commitment to spiritually cleansed, purify, and uplift myself. I will step up to the challenge of actually dating in light of my celibate lifestyle. That is truly another test in itself.

  • Jmeekz

    I did it for over two years and messed up. I’m back now. I know who I want and I’ll wait for him. It’s better feel that way.

  • Rebbekah

    The only thing I don’t like about this article is when she says “you are not celibate if you have no temptation.” What is that? Who is she to say that putting yourself in a place to get tempted is the true test of celibacy? How does she know that everyone is tested in the same way with having to sleep with someone? Some people are tested by the thought of sex or images, etc. Just because a celibate person isn’t dating doesn’t mean they aren’t experiencing true celibacy and can’t “talk to you” because they have no real test. She sounds high siddity.

  • shy

    I have been celibate for 2 yrs. I recently had a dream about giving it up. Thank you for posting s . It definitely inspired me. This was a sign from God

  • Antoinette Pack

    Wow this article came right on time.

  • Tiaja Fletcher

    Thank you for sharing your experience and faith. I have embraced celibacy too and I can identify with much of what you have shared. I realize now more than ever that the decision to embrace celibacy cannot be done without spiritual motivation and a healthy perspective of my value as a woman. Thank you again for letting God use you to encourage others.

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