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In the RELATIONSHIPS category you will find articles that speak to the way you interact with the people in your life. The three topics include: DATING AND ENGAGEMENT, COMMUNITY AND FRIENDSHIP, and SEX AND PURITY. All relationships require an understanding of how to relate to the other person in a way that is healthy. Single Matters will provide clear Biblical teaching for those that are navigating the challenges of these topics including appropriate boundaries, guarding your mind, and avoiding temptation. But, relationships are much more than just dating do’s and don’ts – so we also offer resources for preparing for marriage, tips for healthy dating, success stories of engaged couples, how you can be more involved in your community and find support through friendships.

Healthy Habits for Singles Part 7: Sexual Health

“Sexual health for singles? What are you talking about?” you may be asking. “Aren’t we Christian singles supposed to be staying out of bed?” Well, yes, God does tell us to stay away from unmarried sex, and for good reasons. He is concerned for our sexual safety, even though we are single. He doesn’t just tell us how to think …

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God, If He’s Not For Me, Don’t Let Him Contact Me

God, if this is not what You have for me, then don’t even let him contact me. I stared at the words I’d just written in my prayer journal, and wondered if I really meant them. I knew my tendency to pray what I should pray, even if my sincerity was questionable.  A friend had approached me about setting me up with a …

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How To Prepare For Marriage By Learning To Honor Today

I remember it clear as day. After spending some time with my sister, the Lord brought to my attention something that flew under the radar for a while. I didn’t praise my sister enough. Immediately God put everything in perspective in terms of relationships and marriage. I had a bad habit of not showing appreciation for my sister by honoring her. Father God …

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4 Tips On How To Function Around Emotionally Unstable People

How do you function around emotionally unstable people? You know who I’m talking about. That one person who dominates the conversation talking about their problems, yet cuts you off when you mention something about your own life. Or that coworker who relies on you to be emotionally supportive while they go through their divorce, yet offers no support when you’re …

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The Best Time To Win A Friend Back

Recently, I said something I thought was innocuous to a good friend. I didn’t know how bothered she was about it until two days later, when she texted, then called me to talk about it. She was upset, but remained appropriate as she shared her side. I listened intently to hear her heart, then asked her to forgive me. Later …

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5 Tips For Married People With Single Friends

During my years of prolonged singleness, I definitely experienced discouragement. In addition to providing my amazing single friends, God also ministered encouragement through certain married friends who communicated sensitivity, love, and respect with their words and actions. In light of my own experience, I recently compiled a mental list of ways married couples can bless their single friends. I’m not …

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Risks of Living Together Before Marriage

If you live together with someone before getting married, your chances of divorce increase significantly. Also, almost every problem people think they are avoiding by living together actually increases—abuse, infidelity, breakup, etc. Even though cohabiting with someone might seem like a good idea, it is a practical disaster. The worst thing about cohabitation is the mindset that drives it. To …

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Dear Singles: Don’t Miss Your Moment

Dear Singles, I know. Another letter telling you all the things you should focus on while you’re single. How you should make this your time to serve, and how you should enjoy those years of doing what you want before life gets crazy, and blah blah blah. This isn’t about that. Because the truth about being single is that most …

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3 Tips For Dating An Introvert

I am introvert. I don’t like small talk or talking to a lot of people at a party. I’d rather have a deep conversation with a few people. When I need to recharge, I hide from everyone. Ah … alone time. But I also am very relational. I love people. I like helping people, having folks over for dinner, going …

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Are You OK Having An Interracial Relationship?

If you are a white person, have you ever thought about braiding a black child’s hair? How about the initial surprise when people realize that this brown boy’s mom is white? Are you OK as a black female bringing a white man to the house? Are you OK with the way people will look and stare or comment? I’m a …

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