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Singleness

In the SINGLENESS category you will find articles that speak to your life as an unmarried person – for those that want to remain single or desire to be married. The topics include: BEING SINGLE, SINGLE AGAIN and SINGLE PARENTING. Never married? You may feel your life is on hold in some areas but there are plenty of areas of your life and character that can be developed. Or you may be learning how to be single again after many years because of divorce or loss of a spouse. Single Matters brings expert advice to your life as a single parent, dealing with grief or questions regarding your “still single” status. See this season through God’s eyes and your hope, joy and strength will be restored.

Your Wisdom About Love Is Not Limited By Singleness

Last summer was full of weddings. Dear friends from college who served on various mission fields and found their matches after years of waiting. New friends who found each other in a much shorter time. Beloved teammates from my years in China marrying on American soil. And then there were the weddings of more distant college acquaintances, celebrations that I …

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What To Do When Your Family Is Pressuring You

Do you remember Bill Cosby’s show “Kids Say the Darndest Things”? Well, my niece Kylie might be one of the cutest little examples of the fun and crazy things children say. During her recent visit to Texas over Fourth of July weekend, we had a very interesting conversation. Kylie: “Auntie Bran Bran, how come you’re the only one without a …

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Why Work Is Not a Dirty Word

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters” (Colossians 3:23 NIV). Single parents often carry more than their portion of guilt. Guilt over the failed marriage. Guilt over not ever marrying the other parent. Guilt over not being financially able to provide fun things for the children. That guilt …

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When You Are Happy Being Single And Desire Marriage Too

I remember scrolling through my Facebook feed once and seeing a status post that said, “Lord, can I PLEASE get married before the Rapture?” I thought it was funny until I realized how many of us have actually asked God this question. Maybe not in the same exact words, but we have. Not everyone can understand the anxiety that a …

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What Stage of Life Are You In?

Few churches have true “singles” groups anymore. Maybe, singles ministries (rightly or wrongly) got a bad rap. Sometimes, they were Bible studies that doubled as meat markets. Other times they were merely a calendar of events meant to tie the few remaining unmarried congregants together in wedded bliss. For better or worse, there are now so many single adults in …

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The Fear Of Being Single Forever

I am married now, but there was a time of several years when I was single. As each year clicked by, I would celebrate another year only to realize yet again, I was still single. Now, some people reflect back on their singleness with great nostalgia about all of the freedom they had in life. While single, you get to …

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Are You Afraid To Be Vulnerable?

Vulnerability When we were children, we used to think that when we were grown-up we would no longer be vulnerable. But to grow up is to accept vulnerability… To be alive is to be vulnerable.    –Madeleine L’Engle As a single mom, I wanted to appear that I had it all under control, which was seldom the truth. But the …

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ABCs For Single Parenting: Part 5

The ABCs (Absolute Basic Criteria) for Raising Spiritually Sensitive Children – Part 5 The Bible provides sufficient principles for child rearing, but it does not give us a detailed blueprint for every action. Let’s keep in mind that God’s Word speaks clearly of the righteous goal for parenting: “Be ye holy for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:16). It is …

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Is Singleness Making You Miserable?

Summer is officially over in the northern hemisphere, but I’m still sitting at the beach enjoying the sun, trying to avoid becoming a strawberry (freckles combined with sunburn). I am so grateful for the rest and relaxation—the time to catch up on sleep, laugh with my family and re-read favorite books. But I’ll admit that my neck is a little …

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3 Things Every Single Should Consider

The combination of Whirleyball, Italian food and deep conversation made for a very entertaining Saturday night with friends. As I filled my stomach with Patrizio’s and conversed with a male friend about gender roles, my mind began to wander. My friend referenced Genesis 3:16, and as I heard him say the words, “Your desire shall be for your husband,” my …

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