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God meant for each season of life to be an adventure! We are here to give some words of encouragement, a monthly article, great book reviews, listing of events and resources you'll enjoy, and testimonies from other singles to bless you!
LIFE IS A SERIES OF . . . . . . . .
The problems you face will either defeat you or develop you - depending on how you respond to them.
Unfortunately most people fail to see how God wants to use problems for good in their lives. They react foolishly and resent their problems rather than pausing to consider what benefit they might bring.
Here are five ways God wants to use the problems in your life.
1. God uses problems to DIRECT you.
Sometimes God must light a fire under you to get you moving. Problems often point us in a new direction and motivate us to change.
Is God trying to get your attention?
"Sometimes it takes a painful situation to make us change our ways." Proverbs 20:30 (GN)
People are like tea bags. . . if you want to know what's inside them, just drop them into hot water!
Has God ever tested your faith with a problem? What do problems reveal about you?"When you have many kinds of troubles, you should be full of joy, because you know that these troubles test your faith, and this will give you patience." James 1:2-3 (NCV)
Some lessons we learn only through pain and failure. It's likely that as a child your parents told you not to touch a hot stove. But you probably learned by being burned.
Sometimes we only learn the value of something ...health, money, a relationship. . . by losing it.
"It was the best thing that could have happened to me, for it taught me to pay attention to your laws." Psalm 119:71-72 (LB)
A problem can be a blessing in disguise if it prevents you from being harmed by something more serious.
Last year a friend was fired for refusing to do something unethical that his boss had asked him to do.
His unemployment was a problem - but it saved him from being convicted and sent to prison a year later when management's actions were eventually discovered.
"You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good. . ." Genesis 50:20 (NIV)
Problems, when responded to correctly, are character builders.
character than your comfort
Your relationship to God and your character are the only two things you're going to take with you into eternity.
"We can rejoice when we run into problems. . . they help us learn to be patient. And patience develops strength of character in us and helps us trust God more each time we use it until finally, our hope and faith are strong and steady." Romans 5:3-4 (LB)
God is at work in your life - even when you do not recognize it,
or understand it.
But it's much easier and more profitable
2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.
3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. " An idle mind is the devil's workshop." And the devil's name is Alzheimer's.
4. Enjoy! the simple things.
5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.
6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.
7. Surround yourself with what you love. Whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.
8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.
9. Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.
10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.
AND ALWAYS REMEMBER:
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,
but by the moments that take our breath away.
THE ROAD OF
At first, I saw God as my observer, my judge, keeping track of the things I did wrong, so as to know whether I merited heaven or hell when I die.
He was out there sort of like a president. . . .I recognized His picture when I saw it, but I really didn't know Him. But later on when I met Christ, it seemed as though life were rather like a bike ride, but it was a tandem bike, and I noticed that Christ was in the back helping me pedal.
suggested we change places, but life has
not been the same since.
When I had control, I knew the way. It was rather boring, but predictable it was the shortest distance between two points.
But when He took the lead, He knew delightful long cuts, up mountains, and through rocky places at breakneck speeds. It was all I could do to hang on!
Even though it looked like madness, He said, "Pedal!" I worried and was anxious and asked, "Where are you taking me?" He laughed and didn't answer, and I started to learn to trust.
I forgot my boring life and entered into the adventure, and when I'd say, "I'm scared,"
He'd lean back and touch my
I gained love, peace, acceptance and joy; gifts to take on my journey, My Lord's and mine. And we were off again.
He said, "Give the gifts away. They're extra baggage, too much weight." So I did, to the people we met, and I found that in giving I received, and still our burden was light.
I did not trust Him, at first, in control of my life. I thought He'd wreck it; but he knows bike secrets, knows how to make it bend to take sharp corners, knows how to jump to clear high rocks, knows how to fly to shorten, scary passages.
I am learning to shut up and pedal in the strangest places, and I'm beginning to enjoy the view, and the cool breeze on my face with my delightful constant companion, Jesus Christ.
And when I'm sure I just can't do it anymore,
You deserve a break!
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God won't ask what kind of car you drove, but He'll ask how many people you drove who didn't have transportation.
God won't ask the square footage of your house, but He'll ask how many people you welcomed into your home.
God won't ask about the clothes you had in your closet, but He'll ask how many others you clothed.
God won't ask about your social class, but He'll ask what kind of class you displayed.
God won't ask how many material possessions you had, but He'll ask if they dictated your life.
God won't ask what your highest salary was, but He'll ask if you compromised your principles to obtain it.
God won't ask how much money you spent on yourself, but He'll ask how much you gave back to Him.
God won't ask how much overtime you worked, but He'll ask if your overtime was for yourself or for your family.
God won't ask how many promotions you received, but He'll ask how you promoted others.
God won't ask what your job title was, but He'll ask if you performed your job to the best of your ability.
God won't ask what you did to help yourself, but He'll ask what you did to help others.
God won't ask how many friends you had, but He'll ask how many people to whom you were a friend.
God won't ask what you did to protect your rights, but He'll ask what you did to protect the rights of others.
God won't ask in what neighbourhood you lived, but He'll ask how you treated your neighbours.
God won't ask about the colour of your skin, but He'll ask about the content of your character.
God won't ask how many times your deeds matched your words, but He'll ask how many times they didn't.
God won't ask if His Son loved you, but He'll ask if you loved His Son.
As a New Bride . . .
As a new bride, Aunt Edna moved into the small home on her husband's ranch near Snowflake. She put a shoe box on a shelf in her closet and asked her husband never to touch it.
For 50 years Uncle Jack left the box alone, until Aunt Edna was old and dying.
One day when he was putting their affairs in order, he found the box again and thought it might hold something important.
Opening it, he found two doilies and $82,500 in cash. He took the box to her and asked about the contents.
frustrations every time I got mad at you."
Uncle Jack was very touched that in 50 years she'd only been mad at him twice.
"What's the $82,500 for?" he asked.
"Oh, well that's the money I've made selling the Doilies."
How Many Church People Does it take
to Change a Light Bulb?
CHARISMATICS - Only one. Hands already in the air.
ROMAN CATHOLICS - None. They use candles.
PENTECOSTALS - Ten. One to change the bulb, and nine to pray against the spirit of darkness.
PRESBYTERIANS - None. God has predestined when the lights will be on and off.
EPISCOPALIANS - Eight. One to call the electrician, and seven to say how much they liked the old one better.
MORMONS - Five. One man to change the bulb, and four wives to tell Him how to do it.
UNITARIANS: We choose not to make a statement either in favor of or against. However, if in your own journey you have found that light bulbs work for you, that is fine. You are invited to write a poem or compose a modern dance about your personal relationship with your light bulb, and present it next month at our annual light bulb Sunday service, in which we will explore a number of light bulb traditions, including incandescent, fluorescent, three-way, long-life and tinted, all of which are equally valid paths to luminescence.
BAPTISTS or METHODISTS At least fifteen. One to change the bulb, and two or three committees to approve the change. Oh, and also a casserole.
LUTHERANS - None. Lutherans don't believe in change.
Hey Singles! See if you can figure out this one!
Find the Hidden Books of the Bible
Read the paragraph below and see if you can find the names of sixteen books of the Bible contained in the text. Print this out and enjoy!!
Can you find 16 Books of the Bible?
I once made a remark about the hidden books of the Bible. It was a lulu, kept people looking so hard for facts and for others it was a revelation. Some were in a jam especially since the name of the books were not capitalized, but the truth finally struck home to numbers of readers. To others, it was a real job.
We want it to be a most fascinating few moments for you. Yes, there will be some really easy ones to spot. Others may require judges to help them. I will quickly admit it usually takes a minister to find one of them, and there will be loud lamentations when it is found.
A little lady says she brews a cup of tea, so she can concentrate better. See how well you can compete. Relax now for there are really sixteen names of books of the Bible in this story.
(One preacher found 15 books in 20 minutes - but it took him three weeks to find the sixteenth one.)
When you get the answers (or get tired of trying) You can click here Hidden Books to get the correct answers. Don't give up too soon! It took me several weeks to find them all! :-)