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4 Truths to Light Up Your Darkest Moments

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I began graduate school for counseling excited for a wonderful new life season. I’m glad I didn’t know what was actually coming. That winter, I became very sick with an illness that doctors couldn’t diagnose. While battling flu-like symptoms and intense dizziness, I ached for my old friends and family who were states away.

Editor’s Picks: Best of Reflections on Singleness

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“Are you sure you're not being too choosy?” “Why are you still single, what’s wrong with you?” “You’re not getting any younger!” Fending off comments from well-meaning friends and relatives on your single status can be a tiring affair.

Losing Jarrid Wilson: Where Do We Go From Here?

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It was a few years ago that Jarrid Wilson and I were invited to the same event and we ended up staying connected afterwards. We chatted and encouraged each other, as we were both young adult pastors and had a lot in common. Every single interaction I ever had with him was life-giving.

What It's Like to Spend Christmas Alone

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My earliest memories of Christmas were a mixture of joy and sadness. I grew up  in Melbourne, Australia, where celebrating Christmas meant wearing bathing suits, eating barbeque shrimp and steak, spending the day around the backyard pool, and of course, the excitement of opening presents!

My Loneliness Drew Me Closer to Christ

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My entire life has been about being mediocre. Coming from a family of high achievers, my achievements have always paled in comparison. And as an introverted middle child in a rather huge family, I have always struggled to voice out my feelings or opinions. Being invisible is what best describes me.

4 Tips For Struggling Through Homesickness

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At the beginning of my third year of University, I took two bags and all the courage I could muster, and got on a plane to spend the next four months across the world.

How Do We Love Others If We’re Lonely?

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I got into a great conversation with a girl at a party recently. She’s been a friend for a long time, but it went so well I started to wish she was more than a friend. But I could tell she didn’t want the same.

Christmas Can Be a Time of Loneliness

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The Christmas season sometimes feels like an incredibly lonely one for me, and listening in on other people's exciting holiday plans makes things worse. “Am I the only one doomed to be spending Christmas holed up in Auckland with my family?” I think.

ODJ: All Alone

The familiar darkness of clinical depression rolled over Leigh as she sat on the edge of the bed holding a revolver—tormenting voices urging her to pull the trigger. As a Christian wife and mom, she knew this picture was all wrong, but the consuming illness had clouded her mind. Apart from her husband and doctor, no one knew of the daily struggle she faced. Leigh slowly put the gun