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Spiritual Formation

You’ll find articles that encourage you to create an atmosphere for God to enter in and dwell within your single lifestyle. We hope to help you focus on being intentional about personal growth, the study of God’s Word and activate the gifts of the Spirit.

Where Did My Promise Go?

It was a normal road beneath a glorious sky. I was driving one leg of a 15-hour trip, hoping to skirt the severe storm just to the west. Perilous black clouds gathered and seemed to creep up on me. Yet on my right, the sun shone and the clouds were puffy white, enticing me to hope. On these long trips, …

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3 Pictures Of TRUE Contentment In My Life

A little while ago, a good friend of mine asked me, “When have you ever felt ‘this is it’”?  It was just another way of asking, “When in life have you been completely content?” The more I thought about this question, three images or pictures kept coming to mind. All three pictures are representative of larger themes of contentment in …

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Security Meditation

Security. At one time, security may have seemed like a dirty word to the adventurous side in me, but now my inner gypsy is tired and looking for a home without wheels. Words like “predictable” and “reliable” have a lovely ring; they no longer seem like synonyms for boring. This past year, I have been tearing out my hair in …

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When Joy Meets You In An Unexpected Place

When was the last time someone patted you on the back and said, “Don’t give up hope!”? Memes, movies, testimonials, self-help books, friends and Bible verses all tell us to expect a rendezvous with joy. We are told that we shouldn’t lose hope when life seems enveloped in darkness, disappointment, loss or uncertainty; but after enough gut-wrenching disappointments, it appears …

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3 Things I Learned From Disappointment

Ahh … July! Summer is in full swing, and the heat is high. I’m enjoying the beautiful, hot days, though, because the winter snowstorms that hit the northeast made winter seem like it was never going to end. As much as I love winter and snow (I’m a Florida native and always wanted to live in the snow), I was …

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Despising The Days Of Small Beginnings

As I was walking up the gigantic hill towards my NYC apartment, I noticed a silver 10-cent coin glistening in the sun. I heard the Lord’s still, small voice whisper, “Pick it up.” My quick and unfiltered response was: “That’s silly, I don’t need 10 cents, plus the guy sitting on the stoop will think I’m pathetic, or poor, or …

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Transforming A Troubled Mind

What troubles your mind today? What distressing thoughts or concerns are stealing your peace and joy? Poor self-image? Negative self-defeatism? A wayward child? A prodigal past? Unanswered prayers? God’s silence in the midst of your storms? Job stress or possible loss? Home foreclosure or other financial needs? Confusion about God’s will for your life? What you can and cannot control? …

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Finding Resolve Before Marriage

Back in my college days, I sensed God beginning to speak to me that marriage was part of His plan for me. I remember hoping that it would be, but I often wondered if I was hearing right. I’m now entering the latter part of my 30s (the very latter part) and like many girls, I have a desire to …

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Is It Possible To Evangelize Without Sharing The Gospel?

This weekend I had the pleasure of listening to Greg Koukl speak. Koukl is the founder and president of Stand to Reason, a radio talk show host, and the author of Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions (1st Edition by Koukl, Gregory, published by Zondervan, 2009. Paperback). Knowing absolutely nothing about Greg Koukl beforehand, I signed up for “Training …

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Eve Moments

What a splendid life Eve enjoyed before getting snared by the snake! As I imagine the picturesque life she relished in the garden, I wonder how Eve was so easily tempted. In my mind, it was a bliss-filled paradise, and I can’t fathom her longing for more. Everything at her fingertips was lush and delicious. Clearly, she wasn’t walking around …

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