No Greater Joy Than This

Love and fullness

“I have no greater joy than this: to hear that my children are walking in the truth,” [1] was penned by the Apostle John who, far as we know, wasn’t married and had no biological children. He was writing this particular letter to Gaius, one of his spiritual children, commending him for his faithfulness to the truth. […]

A Life Alone, Yet Full of Joy and Satisfaction

spiritual joys

“[God’s] grace has brought me a life of abounding joy and satisfaction. When I lie down at night, there is a singing in my heart; and at times during the day when I have time to reflect, there are such surgings of joy that I can only praise Him. True, I didn’t have a husband […]

The Strength in Togetherness

togetherness

Last week we looked at the strength in aloneness – that state where we find God so completely our Source that the presence or absence of others does not affect our joy, meaning, and purpose in life. This week we want to look at the strength in togetherness – that state where we enjoy a […]

The Strength in Aloneness

Aloneness

“A servant of God must stand so much alone that he never knows he is alone.”  –Oswald Chambers “Everyone deserted me…. But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me.” –Apostle Paul, 2 Timothy 4:16b-17a HCSB We need people. I’ll get that declaration out of the way at the beginning! God never meant for us […]

Better Than Sons And Daughters

Called to reproduce spiritually

  I’ll never forget the tears that came to the eyes of a 90-year-old single woman as she mentioned the absence of grandchildren in her life. She had never married but had spent years on the mission field and as a mentor to many all her life, including me. She was highly respected in our church and by […]

Marriage Good, Singleness Bad?

“Why is such a nice person like you still single?”  “Once you learn to be content, God will bring you a spouse.” “She’s so pretty, I wonder why she’s not dating?” “There’s no question why he’s not married!” Have you heard some of these comments before, or perhaps even made them yourself? A subtle but […]

Making Decisions Alone

Life by Faith

A number of years ago three different single women I know bought their own homes – one had been widowed twice, another once, and the third never married. Once the transactions were complete, each one struggled with doubts whether they had made the right decision. I observed the struggles, heard the doubts, and prayed for […]

The Single’s Psalm

In God's presence is joy

Quite a few years ago a good friend of mine referred to Psalm 16 as The Single’s Psalm. I’ve claimed it as such ever since, turning to it again and again. As I type that, though, I have to chuckle at my annoyance in the past when others have made claim to a passage of […]

The Ultimate Relationship

Easter - Crosses - Abundant Life

When the scene opens in Genesis, God creates the heavens and the earth, all living creatures, and man and woman. He then pronounces it all good. It was perfect. The very best part of all that perfection was the in person, face-to-face, close relationship God had with Adam and Eve. He had no lists of […]

The Life-Changing Truth About Our Identity

We are beloved children of God

“Who am I?” It’s a question we all ask ourselves. More than once. Some of us spend years seeking its answer. We look to our relationships, to our education, to our occupation, to our accomplishments – or to the lack of these. We listen to others, to our feelings, to our faulty interpretation of God’s […]