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Monday, November 2, 2015

Today's Scripture

"But I wish everyone were single, just as I am. Yet each person has a special gift from God, of one kind or another." (1 Corinthians 7:7 NLT)

Thoughts for Today

Some singles see themselves as second-rate. Instead of valuing each day as a gift, they are "passing time" until they marry. However, we can see in today's scripture that the apostle Paul viewed singleness as a positive. Whether you are single just for now or single for a lifetime, try to discover the positives in singleness.

Paul says your singleness is a gift from God whether it is temporary or permanent and is to be used in service to him. Despite what the world suggests and the church often echoes, God has not chosen the married lifestyle as the only normal way to live. He does not consider single life as second best.

Consider this …

Do you ever struggle with feelings of worthlessness or shame because of your singleness? Or perhaps you see yourself simply as a person who has been rejected. If so, you likely think God doesn't need you and cannot use you. God created each of us for a purpose and promises to fulfill that purpose if we move past our feelings of insignificance and allow him to work in and through us.
 

Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan. (Ephesians 1:11 NLT)


This week we will look at some of the positives of singleness and how we can begin focusing on becoming all God has designed us to be.

Prayer

Father, help me not to put my life on hold while I am single. Help me make the most of each day. In Jesus' name . . .
 


These thoughts were drawn from …

The Single Christian: Living as One in a World of Twos by Dr. Elizabeth Holland. In a world where everyone seems to have a mate, it is difficult to live life as a single person. Whether you have never been married, are divorced or are widowed, this study is for you. In The Single Christian, Dr. Holland examines many of the different facets of singleness, from rejection; bitterness and unforgiveness; loneliness; to dating; single parenting and the positives of being single. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups, and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals.


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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Today's Scripture

"This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it." (Psalm 118:24 NLT)

Thoughts for Today

One positive about singleness is that, except for single parents, most singles have more disposable time than their married friends. When you compare the single with the married lifestyle, you'll be reminded married people experience extra cares and concerns that singles do not. Only a person who has once enjoyed these freedoms as a single and has given them up can appreciate the advantages and put them in proper perspective. Most singles are not even aware that many of their married friends look upon them and their freedom with a bit of envy.

Consider this …

Here are some freedoms singles can enjoy. Some are humorous . . . some a bit more serious. They are all positives of singleness.

As a single . . .

You do not have to worry about having meals ready on time. You can get up early if you want and even make noise without worrying about disturbing your spouse. Conversely, you can stay up late, working or cleaning or reading, with upsetting your spouse's schedule. You can spend time studying and meditating on Scripture. You can work your own TV remote control. You can leave the toilet seat up (or down). You can set the heating or air-conditioning thermostat for your own comfort level. You can make decisions and carry them out. You can change jobs without upsetting a family. You can spend your money on things you choose. When you spend time with yourself, you don't have to deal with guilt about neglecting your spouse.

What other freedoms do you enjoy because you are single? Rejoice and be glad in each day!

Prayer

Father, thank you for helping me see the freedoms I have as a single. Help me focus on my blessings. In Jesus' name . . .
 


These thoughts were drawn from …

The Single Christian: Living as One in a World of Twos by Dr. Elizabeth Holland. In a world where everyone seems to have a mate, it is difficult to live life as a single person. Whether you have never been married, are divorced or are widowed, this study is for you. In The Single Christian, Dr. Holland examines many of the different facets of singleness, from rejection; bitterness and unforgiveness; loneliness; to dating; single parenting and the positives of being single. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups, and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals.


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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Today's Scripture

"Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ." (Colossians 3:23-24 NLT)

Thoughts for Today

All of us, single or married, should look at the future as a wonderful challenge we can face and meet with the attitude we will be all God has designed us to be.

God has a special plan for your life. He has gifted you to accomplish all he is calling you to do. Be bold. Prayerfully step out and accept the challenges and opportunities he gives you. Embrace every positive aspect of your singleness!

Consider this …

Here are some suggestions you may want to consider . . .

  • Go places you have never been.
     
  • Meet people and develop new friendships.
     
  • Develop your own inner strength. If you are always content to lean on someone else rather than standing alone, you may never discover the capabilities you have.
     
  • Discover the joy of proving that his strength in you can help you accomplish every task.
     
  • Join a Bible study group or consider organizing one.
     
  • Volunteer for ministries in your church.
     
  • Be a friend to someone who needs one and take the time to listen (really listen) to someone who is hurting.
     
  • Take a missions trip with your church or other organization.
     
  • Take time for yourself, to simply be alone.
     
  • Look after your emotional health by joining with people who enjoy the same hobbies you like or by taking adult education classes to learn a new skill or improve an old one.

  • Spend time praying and studying and memorizing scripture.
     
  • Look after your spiritual health by spending time in the presence of Jesus, who loves you with an infinite love and wants to shower your life with good things.

Prayer

Father, give me the courage to explore new opportunities and challenges and help me become all you have designed me to be. Guide my every step and help me embrace each opportunity and challenge you give me. In Jesus' name . . .


These thoughts were drawn from …

The Single Christian: Living as One in a World of Twos by Dr. Elizabeth Holland. In a world where everyone seems to have a mate, it is difficult to live life as a single person. Whether you have never been married, are divorced or are widowed, this study is for you. In The Single Christian, Dr. Holland examines many of the different facets of singleness, from rejection; bitterness and unforgiveness; loneliness; to dating; single parenting and the positives of being single. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups, and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals.


We hope these devotions are a blessing to you and to others in your life. We are happy to provide them for you at no cost, but thought you might want to consider a donation to help our ministry with the expense involved. You can safely donate through our website . Thank you!


 

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Today's Scripture

"Come close to God, and God will come close to you." (James 4:8 NLT)

Thoughts for Today

Many singles, without the responsibilities and distractions of marriage, have the time to develop a deeper and more intimate personal relationship with God. He wants us to know him—personally and intimately.

Developing that kind of relationship takes time. Of course, married people can develop a deep relationship with the Lord, but it is usually easier for single people to set aside time with him.

Consider this …

Paul said this . . .


I want you to be free from the concerns of this life. An unmarried man can spend his time doing the Lord’s work and thinking how to please him. But a married man has to think about his earthly responsibilities and how to please his wife. His interests are divided. In the same way, a woman who is no longer married or has never been married can be devoted to the Lord and holy in body and in spirit. But a married woman has to think about her earthly responsibilities and how to please her husband. I am saying this for your benefit, not to place restrictions on you. I want you to do whatever will help you serve the Lord best, with as few distractions as possible. (1 Corinthians 7:32-35 NLT)


Marriage is a gift from God . . . and so is singleness. Embrace each day! Draw close to God . . . and he will come close to you.

Prayer

Father, thank you for the freedom to come into your presence. Help me put my relationship with you above all else. In Jesus' name . . .


These thoughts were drawn from …

The Single Christian: Living as One in a World of Twos by Dr. Elizabeth Holland. In a world where everyone seems to have a mate, it is difficult to live life as a single person. Whether you have never been married, are divorced or are widowed, this study is for you. In The Single Christian, Dr. Holland examines many of the different facets of singleness, from rejection; bitterness and unforgiveness; loneliness; to dating; single parenting and the positives of being single. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups, and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals.


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Friday, November 6, 2015

Today's Scripture

"Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth." (1 Timothy 6:6 NLT)

Thoughts for Today

God tells us he is deeply involved in each of our lives. He blesses us in ways that have nothing to do with our marital state. In the end, God's presence and blessings are the most important positives we will ever discover.

Instead of waiting until we are married . . . or until we get the ideal job . . . or until we can follow a particular dream, we need to be content—today.

"Godliness with contentment is itself great wealth."

Consider this …

Paul found contentment in every circumstance.
 

Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:11-13 NLT)


Don't miss the blessings and opportunities of today by focusing on the hopes and fears of tomorrow. Follow Paul's example by being content and making the most of every circumstance.
 

"Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today." (Matthew 6:33-34 NLT)

Prayer

Father, I thank you for today. Although I know you want us to plan and set goals, help me focus on what you want me to do today, trusting that you will bring together your plans for me in your way and in your time. In Jesus' name . . .


These thoughts were drawn from …

The Single Christian: Living as One in a World of Twos by Dr. Elizabeth Holland. In a world where everyone seems to have a mate, it is difficult to live life as a single person. Whether you have never been married, are divorced or are widowed, this study is for you. In The Single Christian, Dr. Holland examines many of the different facets of singleness, from rejection; bitterness and unforgiveness; loneliness; to dating; single parenting and the positives of being single. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups, and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals.


We hope these devotions are a blessing to you and to others in your life. We are happy to provide them for you at no cost, but thought you might want to consider a donation to help our ministry with the expense involved. You can safely donate through our website . Thank you!


 

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