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Relationships

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.

Do You Want To Be Married?

In recent years, I haven’t thought of myself as being open to getting married. I had made peace with the thought that I would never have children and would grow old alone. I accepted that my lot was to remain single and learned to enjoy my independence. I became quite comfortable with the idea of being single. I’m not alone; …

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[Podcast] Keys To Love Well

  You may have noticed at the end of each episode, I end with, love well, you were made for it. So I thought I’d close out this four part series with some of my tips for loving well. Because this is my favorite subject …. LOVE! Learning to love well is one of the greatest personal rewards in life. …

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Dating Someone With An Illness

“Run. Bolt before he dies and leaves you heartbroken,” a friend said as I told her about the cancer-surviving man I met in an elevator. Just days before, he and I had become Facebook friends. While scrolling through his profile pictures, I hesitated as I saw the white sash draped over his shoulder.  Not just any white sash, but one …

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Racism Within Christian Dating Circles

“He’s cute,” I thought to myself. “I wonder why he’s still single?” After a few minutes of pondering, I decided to do something completely out of my shy character. I asked, “So, why is a handsome man like you still single (*wink wink*)?” I was expecting him to reply, “Oh, I just haven’t met the right woman yet; I’m still …

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[Podcast] Keys To Reconcile Well

I love freedom coaching because I get to help people process their own responses to outside stressors and learn to be the person God created them to be. I find this topic … learning to reconcile well, is key to having healthy relationships. We aren’t taught how to do this in school and we often learn bad habits from our …

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Purity Is Greater Than Virginity

Virginity doesn’t mean what it used to mean. Before the easy access of pornography, virginity often meant that someone was pure in their life. Not so much now. Pornography has so oversexualized our culture that you don’t even have to watch it to know what it looks like. You just have to watch the latest Nicki Minaj music video, which leaves very little to the imagination. In the past, men would flip …

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3 Advantages You Should Be Using While Online Dating

I recently posted on a thread about online dating, and it started a firestorm. Not against me, because what I said was pretty tame. But the melee of comments about the horrors of online dating went on for days afterward. It was quite telling. As someone who dipped her toes into dating for a second season and was terrified of …

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The Cost Of Being In Love

Everyone wants to be in love. At least we say we do, and usually mean it. But often it’s about what we want love to do for us: make us happy, fulfill us, provide stability. We don’t always realize that love and all its benefits aren’t free; they come with a cost. They require us to change, grow, work and …

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Eleven Things I Learned From My First Love

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, I had a first love, a first boyfriend. (Man, was that a long time ago!) Do you remember your first love? Wasn’t it magical? I was 19. He’d started liking me late that summer, but wisely and patiently kept his intentions hidden. I had no clue he was testing me by …

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Are You Prepared For The Love Of Your Life?

We pray. We hope. We dream. We may spend years waiting. Years longing. Years in frustration over not yet finding what we believe God has for us. Maybe that’s the problem. Most of us don’t make a decision to purposefully find the love of our lives. Most of us have an innate longing that started before we can remember. And …

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