Candice Watters

Candice Watters is a wife, mom, writer and speaker. She and her husband, Steve, created Boundless for Focus on the Family in 1998. In addition to her bi-weekly advice column, she is the assistant editor of the Family channel for She is the author of Get Married: What Women Can Do to Help It Happen and co-author with Steve of Start Your Family: Inspiration for Having Babies.

How to Love God With Your Mind

How to Love God With Your Mind

Aug 25, 2014|Candice Watters

A review of Jen Wilkin's 'Women of the Word'

Not According to Plan

Not According to Plan

Jun 30, 2014|Candice Watters

What will you do when your life pivots in ways you didn't anticipate?

Wisdom for Friendship, Part 2

Wisdom for Friendship, Part 2

Nov 11, 2013|Candice Watters

Learn why counter-intuitive, counter-cultural friendships are possible and why they're so glorious.

Wisdom for Friendship

Wisdom for Friendship, Part 1

Nov 04, 2013|Candice Watters

Friendship is a huge part of life when you're single. Let's see what Scripture has to say about it.

Be Fruitful

Be Fruitful

Marketers want you to consume. Christ asks you to produce.

Why Have Babies

Why Have Babies?

May 20, 2013|Candice Watters

You may think your reasons for having babies are biblical, but if you're like me, you've absorbed a lot more culture and a lot less Bible than you realize.

The Power to Love and Forgive

The Power to Love and Forgive

Apr 01, 2013|Candice Watters

When we recognize God's love for us, and our hopeless situation apart from His love, we can begin to truly love another.

Helping Your Parents Help You

Helping Your Parents Help You

Feb 15, 2013|Candice Watters

If getting married is something you hope to do, your parents (or other parental surrogates) are likely among your best advocates.

Mentor Series: Crossing the Line

Mentor Series: Crossing the Line

Men aren't able to commit? "Marriage research rock star" Scott Stanley challenges that assertion.

Learning From Ruth, Part 2

Dec 17, 2012|Candice Watters

The book of Ruth has much to say about getting to marriage in difficult circumstances, under the watchful, purposeful sovereignty of God.

Learning From Ruth, Part 1

Dec 17, 2012|Candice Watters

The book of Ruth has much to say about getting to marriage in difficult circumstances, under the watchful, purposeful sovereignty of God.

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Eating for God's Glory

Eating for God's Glory

Jul 24, 2012|Candice Watters

In our culture it's praiseworthy to obsess over food, but I believe this is at odds with the way God designed us to relate to food. Here's why.

What Are Women to Make of Beauty?

May 23, 2012|Candice Watters

Beauty is good and comes from the Lord. But apart from God, it turns ugly. Get a balanced perspective of what is beautiful and let His beauty shine through you.

The Trouble With Men Is the Same Trouble With Women

Mar 14, 2012|Candice Watters

What do women do that make good, timely marriages less likely?

How to Get Clarity in Your Relationship

How to Get Clarity in Your Relationship

Jan 12, 2012|Candice Watters

Does he have marriage in mind, or is he just a buddy? There are some practical things you can do to clear up ambiguity in your relationship.

Hyper-Achieving Woman, Underachieving Man

Nov 23, 2011|Candice Watters

Women have moved from naturally complementary, to competitive, to conquering the men in their lives. What does it all mean for future marriages?

Kids Don't Retrofit

Oct 14, 2011|Candice Watters

I used to think I could fit kids into my life. Now I'm not so sure.

Not an Option

Oct 12, 2011|Candice Watters

When something everyone thinks is normal is not an option for you, you live differently.

Green Means Go

Green Means Go

Sep 28, 2011|Candice Watters

If red flags are signs that a relationship should end, what are the signs that it should steam ahead?

Crash and Burn

Sep 16, 2011|Candice Watters

A totaled car drives a long-distance couple to think soberly about their sputtering relationship.

The Stockdale Paradox

Jun 22, 2011|Candice Watters

Keeping an unwavering faith in the midst of a difficult reality

All These Years Later: Understanding My Faith

Mar 30, 2011|Candice Watters

A review of Don't Call It a Comeback, Kevin DeYoung, editor  

A Fruitful Fit

Mar 02, 2011|Candice Watters

"Would we be good together?"

The Secret to a Great Valentine's Day

The Secret to a Great Valentine's Day

Feb 11, 2011|Candice Watters

Even if you don't have a significant other, there's still time to make this Valentine's Day the best yet.

Adding Meaning to the Holidays

Adding Meaning to the Holidays

Dec 24, 2010|Candice Watters

Celebrating the season is about more than just adding activities to an already packed schedule.  

Generation Ex-Christian

Dec 01, 2010|Candice Watters

Boundless author's book is about understanding and rescuing those who once were found but now are lost.  

How to Pray for a Husband

Jul 20, 2010|Candice Watters

We're called to pray about everything. So what should prayer for a husband look like?

It's Good to Wait

It's Good to Wait

Oct 16, 2009|Candice Watters

In my campaign against intentional delay have I diminished godly waiting?

Mentoring Myths

Aug 26, 2009|Candice Watters

There are some misunderstandings out there about mentoring. Let's clear them up.

Is It Possible to Think About Marriage Too Much?

Is It Possible to Think About Marriage Too Much?

Jul 08, 2009|Candice Watters

Does actively looking for someone to marry keep us from focusing on God?

Browsing for a Mate

Browsing for a Mate

Jun 12, 2009|Candice Watters

What do you need to know if you're planning to use (or already a member of) a web-based matchmaking service?

What He Must Be ... If He Wants to Marry My Daughter: A Review

Mar 31, 2009|Candice Watters

Though women aren't the target audience for this book, we can listen in and hopefully, while eavesdropping, glean some valuable help for marrying well.

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Caution and Courage

Caution and Courage

Nov 12, 2008|Candice Watters

Don't let fear of divorce make you put off marriage.

Mind the 'Single-Minded' Church

Mind the 'Single-Minded' Church

Sep 30, 2008|Candice Watters

If you feel called to marry, your best bet is likely a marriage-friendly church.

When to Settle

When to Settle

Mar 11, 2008|Candice Watters

Knowing when to go with what's in front of you makes all the difference. Here's what to look for in a future spouse.

Marriage: An Idol?

Jan 22, 2008|Candice Watters

Where we most often sin in our desire for marriage is not in worshiping marriage itself, but in doubting God's ability to bring it about.

Real Men Initiate

Dec 10, 2007|Candice Watters

How can both a man and a woman be equally invested in a relationship if one is taking all the risk?

Dream Big (But Be Faithful in Little)

Dream Big (But Be Faithful in Little)

Aug 30, 2007|Candice Watters

Faithfulness today with whatever you currently have to work with is the path God calls you to take.

The Thrill of Hope for Now and Not Yet

Aug 16, 2007|Candice Watters

Three books are mined for truth about singleness and marriage.

Misguided Compassion

Apr 26, 2007|Candice Watters

Though they might seem compassionate, some singles ministries are actually more of a hindrance.

A Review of Unprotected by Anonymous, M.D.

Mar 22, 2007|Candice Watters

You may be shocked at what goes on behind the doors of campus health care centers.

Plenty of Men to Go Around, Part 3

Jan 11, 2007|Candice Watters

A ministry to help young women marry well? For these two mentors, the answer is yes.

Plenty of Men to Go Around, Part 2

Oct 19, 2006|Candice Watters

It's not enough to know the numbers are in your favor. The real question is, where are the marriageable men and how do you find them?  

Plenty of Men to Go Around, Part 1

Aug 10, 2006|Candice Watters

Are there really 11 million more single young women than single young men? In a word, no.

Single Female Seeking Home Ownership, Part 2

Jun 01, 2006|Candice Watters

Maybe it's not the mortgage that's the problem, but the attitude that sometimes goes with it.

Getting to Marriage: What You Can Do

Getting to Marriage: What You Can Do

Apr 20, 2006|Candice Watters

There is absolutely nothing wrong with your desire to pursue marriage.  

Single Female Seeking Home Ownership, Part 1

Mar 23, 2006|Candice Watters

Of course, for many women, it is a wise financial move to buy rather than rent. But if marriage is your goal, it isn't your only investment option.

Finding a Husband

Finding a Husband

Feb 23, 2006|Candice Watters

Feel like you're doing things that are leading you away from the altar? The solution to finding a husband may come down to one word: intentionality.

Time to Meet the Parents?

Time to Meet the Parents?

Nov 03, 2005|Candice Watters

The two of you are going to your (or his) family's home for the upcoming holiday. How can you make the most of your time with the family?

Dinner and a Movie

Sep 29, 2005|Candice Watters

It's so much more than entertainment. A night at the theater may be the key to making progress in your relationship.

Defending 'The Cost of Delaying Marriage'

Sep 22, 2005|Candice Watters

So much of the email we received in response to Danielle Crittenden's book excerpt was negative that we decided to answer it here.

What Not to Say About Marriage

What Not to Say About Marriage

Apr 14, 2005|Candice Watters

I found out first hand that not all dating advice is created equal.

Pray Boldly

Pray Boldly

Feb 24, 2005|Candice Watters

Asking God to help you find a mate is a good thing. Here are a few tips for how to pray boldly for marriage.

Winning at Losing

Sep 16, 2004|Candice Watters

How a change in perspective helped me finally lose weight.

Anxiety of the Uninitiated

Anxiety of the Uninitiated

May 15, 2003|Candice Watters

She never doubted that abstinence was right. But she still wondered if something was wrong with her. She doesn't any more.

Life Lessons: What My Mentors Taught Me

Mar 13, 2003|Candice Watters

College is a great time to learn lessons that aren't on the syllabus.