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Holly Hrywnak

Holly is a 30ish-year-old writer who strives to share honestly and transparently in hopes that it will encourage others to be open about their own struggles and lessons learned. She's been accused of being sassy, which she finds to be an admirable attribute. Her favorite things include: making people laugh, chocolate, sweatshirt weather and authentic conversations over coffee. One day she hopes to find herself a bearded lumberjack to call her own.

The Hope Of Christmas

In 2011, a tsunami devastated the Japanese town, Rikuzentakata. Over 1,700 people died that day. There was not one man, woman or child unaffected by the tragedy. Buildings were destroyed. Businesses lost. A landscape once lush with the vegetation of 70,000 trees almost completely desolate. Almost. The whipping wind and gigantic waves beat on one tree over and over, like …

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Interview: Lina Abujamra How To Thrive In Singleness

Lina Abujamra is the author of “Thrive: The Single Life As God Intended,” which is a book that encourages singles to not be held back by their singleness, but to thrive where God has them. In her chapter “Holy Rollers and the Church Ladies: Embracing Holiness as a Lifestyle,” Lina asks a question that everyone (single or not) should ask themselves: …

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Communion: A Table Before Your Enemies

A few weeks ago, we had communion at church. Actually, that morning I had the opportunity to lead the communion portion of the service, which had caused me to amp up my prayer life that weekend. Communion is a very special reminder of the sacrifice Jesus made for us. I wanted to share something encouraging with the church body. Not …

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Facebook Relationship Status: Single

I’ve been on Facebook since 2007. In those eight years, not once have I ever been “Facebook official.” My relationship status has remained unchanged and that has been a difficult reality to walk through. On an almost daily basis I see others celebrating a new relationship or engagement or marriage. The hundreds of “likes” reaffirm how happy everyone is for the …

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What To Do When Your Church Doesn’t Have A Singles Group

I attend a fairly small church. Most non-holiday-rush Sundays, I’d guesstimate we have about 125 people in attendance. Everyone knows everyone, which can be both a blessing and a curse. The church consists of a large number of families with children and then a pretty consistent older crowd that has been there from the beginning and helped build the church. …

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Interview: Jill Monaco, Founder Of Single Matters

There are people who will live by faith until it costs them something. Then, there are others who live by faith knowing the cost and yet choose to go the distance anyway. That’s how I’d sum up the founder of Single Matters, Jill Monaco, in a few short words. Jill is “all in.” She’s chosen to give all of her life (her time, …

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The Virgin Whore

If you read my article “Confessions of a 30(ish)-Year-Old Virgin” then you are well aware that I am still a virgin. If you haven’t read it, you can find it here. I admit that even though my chastity belt has been securely fastened (and in its upright position) that I have whored my heart out to numerous lovers. As Christians, …

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When You’re Caught In A Storm

Life is full of storms. Sometimes it can feel like you’ve made it through one storm — and you walk right into the next. When will things let up? you wonder. The wind continues to blow. The waves continue to beat you. You get tired and discouraged and sometimes you even get angry. It’s often in these moments where I whisper …

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Why I Won’t Slow Down For A Relationship

People like to give well-meaning advice to single people. They think their nugget of wisdom is going to be THE nugget of wisdom that gets you a mate. There’s this idea that if you try this thing or that thing, that all of a sudden (like a heavenly magical trick) the man or woman of your dreams is going to …

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Confessions Of A 30(ish)-Year-Old Virgin

  If you’re like me and 30-plus years old, you may remember the 1999 Drew Barrymore movie “Never Been Kissed.” For those who have never seen it, here’s a synopsis. Josie Geller (Drew) aka “Josie Grossie” by her former high-school classmates, is a newspaper copyeditor who’s desperate to move up to reporter. She finally gets the opportunity to show her skills when her boss assigns …

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