Six Symptoms of Spiritual Heart Failure

Six Symptoms of Spiritual Heart Failure

I was on the tennis court, ready to receive serve, when I felt dizzy. The next thing I hear are the radio voices of emergency personnel as I am being wheeled to the waiting ambulance. That set me on an unplanned crash course on heart disease that included knowing symptoms of heart failure.

Contrary to my thinking, heart failure does not necessarily mean heart stoppage and instant death. It just means the heart is failing to do its job. Evidently, it can show up in different people in different ways. For me, the telltale sign was shortness of breath.

Spiritual heart failure is a serious matter as well, one which plagues us all. The heart doesn’t do it its job of loving God or neighbor. It tends to be lethargic and increasingly disinterested in the things of God.

In Pursuit of Healthy Singleness

In Pursuit of Healthy Singleness

There are a few voices that dominate and lead the conversations on sexual dispositions of the culture. Living a healthy celibate life as a single is not one of them.

The Socrates of our culture silently whispers, “A chaste life isn’t worth living,” and goads us to believe that lie. It is easy to internalize such sentiments along with good desires for oneness in flesh that are, for whatever reason, not fulfilled. 

After wrestling with subject over the past decade, I have come to the conclusion that it is possible to be healthy and thrive in singleness. At least to me, the answers  to the question of how to deal with unwanted singleness did not come readily. Here are some ways that God has provided for me that I have found to be indispensable in this life stage. If you are in the same boat, or if you are married and willing to walk with someone in their journey, I hope this might  be a starting point. 

There's a Seat at the Table [Guest Blogger: Stephanie Newcomb]

There's a Seat at the Table [Guest Blogger: Stephanie Newcomb]

But I have seen the friendship and fellowship flourish during that hour-and-a-half of eating together. The time has been carved out and set aside for just being together.

In our fast-paced world, it is clear that we NEED time like this. I feel a sense of renewal as we open our home, feast together and share deeply from our hearts, asking the Lord to grow us deeper and wider in Him.