Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Home » Singleness (page 18)

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.

Why It Takes Courage To Be Single

To admit that you are in pain is to be vulnerable. It’s taking off the mask and revealing something about your true self—something that you can’t seem to control, because it’s beating you. There’s a lot of talk about honesty, but when it comes to owning up to certain kinds of pain, vulnerability seems to invite judgment and shaming. We …

Read More »

Why Am I Single?

“I know why I am single. I’m selfish,” said one of the folks at my last speaking event. It was a Friday night in Salisbury, North Carolina. I was speaking at a church on Jesus, Single Like Me material. Before I speak, I love to sit with folks during the meal time to get to know them better. As usual the questions …

Read More »

How Single Parents Raise A Secure Child

When I was raising three kids as a single mother, I was often too exhausted to think straight. I needed direction or a director. Now I’m a tough old bird with a soft spot for single moms, and I learned a few things along the way. Single parents must make an effort to bond with their children. This is important …

Read More »

Why Singles Need More Than Jesus

It was a night like many others. I was leaning against the kitchen counter, filling my mom in on recent events. I may be 30 now, but some things never change. She’d been out of town for a few weeks helping my grandmother who was recovering from a recent surgery. I told her about my long “to-do” lists and the …

Read More »

Why You Shouldn’t Guard Your Heart

Singles often hear “guard your heart.” How realistic is protecting your heart? It is practical? Is it do-able? I was a new believer. And as someone who is over 30, I made my mistakes but I didn’t consider myself innocent. I knew the world could lie, hurt and deceive. But once I got on staff of a church, I thought …

Read More »

Longing For God’s Warm Embrace

I’m sure by now, most of you reading this have heard of Dr. Gary Chapman’s book The 5 Love Languages. It was all the rave 10 years ago and is still very popular today. Dr. Chapman’s book captivates the attention of readers because we seek to know the best way to love our partner, our children and our friends. We …

Read More »

Time To Kill The Side Hug

I’ve got something to confess. I am a skanky, extra-marital hugger. Always have been and probably always will be. I come from a long line of huggers on both sides. My mom hugs everyone, whether they feel like a hug or not. My grandparents, cousins, uncles and aunts on both sides are all into the full, double-armed embrace. And shocker—we’d …

Read More »

Is Love Possible A Second Time?

Jada’s story Jada’s husband died suddenly and unexpectedly from a heart attack while crossing the finish line of a marathon. He had fulfilled a dream to complete a marathon, but it had cost him his life. In that instant, Jada’s life as she knew it crumbled, and now she had the long, hard journey of raising her three children alone. …

Read More »

Surrender Your Heart

That poem kept coming to mind. It spoke as if God knew how much I wanted someone to love me and stay with me. It spoke of that someone being prepared for me. It also spoke so much more—words that messed with me. My sister had it framed in her room. God was framing it in my heart. I wanted …

Read More »

ABCs For Single Parenting: Part 4

The ABCs (Absolute Basic Criteria) for Raising Spiritually Sensitive Children – Part 4 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 …

Read More »