God Sees Me and Cares

God sees me, God loves me, He has a plan and purpose for me

Abraham’s wife, Sarah, had what she thought was a brilliant idea to fulfill God’s promise to her and Abraham that they would have a son. Rather than waiting for God’s timetable, she convinced Abraham to conceive a child with her servant, Hagar, so Hagar could bear a child for them. But once Hagar became pregnant […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Single Man’s Journey to Identity, Belonging, and Purpose

Be God's

Two little words scrawled in bold letters before his name served as Christian singer Rich Mullins’ autograph, and now grace his tombstone: “Be God’s.” That simple statement served as both a powerful testament to his own identity and a compelling invitation to the recipient. For years Rich had struggled with his identity and with who […]

More Than Enough

“You are more than enough You are here You are love You are hope You are grace You’re all I have You’re everything.” * I’d heard them so many times before, but these words practically reached out of my phone and grabbed me as I drove down the road. I sang along, and as the […]

A Single Woman’s Extravagant Love

The word “extravagant” means “unrestrained” or “recklessly wasteful.” I think those terms adequately describe the love of a woman in the Bible who, out of deep gratefulness, broke an expensive bottle of fragrance and poured it over Jesus’ head in a dramatic display of her love and devotion to Him.[1] Those who were present started […]