The Real Blackout

Then the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten bridesmaids who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. The five who were foolish didn’t take enough olive oil for their lamps, but the other five were wise enough to take along extra oil. Matthew…

Guest Blog Post: How to Handle Rejection

When it comes to rejection, doors being slammed in your face, backs being turned on you, and being denied the things you were hoping for in a relationship, I felt like the queen of rejection. There were days I felt like I had been rejected all my life. My rejection started when I was old…

Spiritual Smilestones

Sometimes when you’re whining before the Lord and He shows up unexpectedly, you just get grateful. I had started off on the wrong attitude. During my quiet time this morning, I started thinking about how I had failed to follow through on an earlier mission in life from the Lord to get my MSW early,…

It’s Still True About Love:

This week saw the heart-wrenching but soon giddy final episode of The Bachelorette. Rachel Lindsay wrestled through her priorities and desires and decided she was in love with Bryan Abasolo. She did not want to continue her relationship with Peter Kraus, whom many had thought she would choose. Though it was painful to watch her…

How to Prepare for the Great Transition

I did it. I moved myself and all my stuff this week from the west coast to the east coast. I sensed a calling from the Lord about seven weeks ago that I was to move to a specific city in a specific state. I was bummed because not only was I leaving the beautiful,…

Guest Blog Post: My Own 8 Keys to Successful Single Living (Venita Reynold’s article)

I have been a single parent, married, widowed, and married again, this time, forever to Ced. We know the hiccups, happiness, and heartaches of singleness. Our heartbeat is to offer practical, real-world advice to single Christians. 1. Pause. Slow down and breathe deeply. I remember after my previous husband died and I was widowed in my fifties,…

Guest Blog Post: 4 Major Keys to Unlock Your Life While You’re Single

Being single ain’t no joke. I was single, married, and single again, so I know what all that is like. My initial stage of singleness was a blur and I really wish I’d had somebody to help me understand the world of singleness. Today, I’m happily married for the second time to my lovely wife,…

Living with a Crazy Maker (Part 1 of 2)

I should not have been abused. You are a manipulative, shallow, impulsive, jealous, deceitful, angry, heartless, violent narcissist. I trusted you, and you abused my trust.  I didn’t realize I was stepping down into a dark and cruel nightmare, driven by your deception, contempt, and power addiction. If I would have known, I wouldn’t have…

Once You Get a Taste of Freedom

July 4th weekend is here, this year an extended time for celebrating our nation’s independence in the United States. There will be parades and carnivals and ball games and hot dogs and barbecues and fireworks everywhere (“except in my love life,” sighed someone out there. I heard that. Me too!). As a nation, we got…

Change is Inevitable; Acceptance is Optional but Strongly Encouraged

Lately, there has been a lot of change in not only my life, but the lives of some of my friends. A few of my friends have already moved out of state. Friends are dating and getting married and starting their own businesses. One of my now-former coworkers will be retiring early next year to…

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