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7 Things To Consider Before Throwing Your Relationship Away

When things don't go the way you hoped, breaking it off with someone seems to be the most viable option. Here are 7 things to consider before throwing your relationship away. I'm writing this towards one of the most reflective times of the year - Christmas. Like birthdays and New Year's Eve, it's one of those repeated items of the calendar that make you think about this time last year. It's one of those times you reconsider everything in your life - your work life, how close you are to achieving your dreams, the decisions you've made this year, and - ...

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Why Hasn't God Healed Me Yet?

Heartache, sickness, that longstanding condition that just won't leave you alone, or the unanswered prayer that constantly breaks your heart. Why hasn't God healed me yet? People go through all sorts of afflictions and setbacks in life. Some are minor, like learning your favourite barista has moved shops and you have to put up with the new one's definition of cappuccino, missing the 10% off sale, or not being able to find where all your left socks are going. There are others in the moderate range, like being turned down for a date after you've met someone you seem to click ...

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Have You Missed The One? In Search Of The Soulmate

Have you already missed the best person for your life? Have you missed 'the one"? Or is your soulmate still out there? If you know me, you know I always take note when someone mentions a greater struggle taking place in their lives. I seem to have some sort of a fascination with the bigger reasons behind why people do things, and some people have learned not to mention certain things around me because I'm likely to ask a lot about it. I'm also interested in why people don't do things. I really find it hard at times to shake certain ...

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Our Wedding & The Miracle of 12 Close Friends at 30

It can be really hard to believe that it's possible to have 12 close friends at the age of 30. And yet our wedding day proved to be a great celebration of friendship and what it takes to build and celebrate connections that last a lifetime. Long time no post, huh? I know what you're thinking. Matt's married now so that means it's time for him to disappear off the face of the planet and to never be heard from again. In truth, we did do that for a while on our honeymoon in The Land of The Long White Cloud ...

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Why Christians Who Don't Go To Church Are Missing The Point

"I love God, but I don't go to church". Is it really possible for these two viewpoints to co-exist in someone who professes to be a Christian? Have you ever sat down with someone you went to high school, university, or some social gathering with, and had that little conversation of "Where Are They Now?". Oh yeah, Billy, I remember that dude, he married that girl who looked like a model. Ah yeah, Jen, she was the school dux, now she's a software engineer at Google. I was doing that over the last few weeks with a few different people (they brought ...

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My Problem With I Can't Help It

What do you do when people refuse to change? Here is my problem with the statement, "I can't help it". We recently completed our pre-marriage counselling, and it was an experience I would definitely recommend any serious couple to undertake. We did the Prepare/Enrich course with some longtime mentors and friends of mine. I wasn't sure what it would be like at the start but after the 200+ questions, I knew we'd have some things to talk about. And we did. I remember one of my habits came up during conversation that had been brought up before - one I've been ...

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6 Books I'm Glad I Read Before I Got Engaged (And One During!)

It's a time of preparing for a lifetime of eternal bliss, sexual fulfillment and everything always being perfect and wonderful... right? Here are 6 books I'm super glad I read before I got engaged. And one I'm even more glad I read while engaged. Last night I wrote a post about the questions I get asked the most about writing online. In it I wrote a small snippet about the importance of being honest, in which I wrote two different paragraphs about the engagement season to illustrate the difference when you're being open about yourself. Thinking about it today, I was thinking ...

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10 Questions I Always Get Asked About Writing Online

Whether you're a fellow writer, a regular reader, or looking to get started yourself, I get asked about the world of blogging on a regular basis. Here are 10 questions I always get asked about writing online. Walking The Shoreline started way back in 2014 after I had told a group of men my age that I wanted to write online in a more public capacity one day. I had been writing online on Facebook, MySpace, Bebo, and other little places here and there and had a lot of people quite interested in what I would have to write. I went ...

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Doing It Alone? 7 Reasons We Won't Ask For Help

Are you doing it alone when you don't have to be, or dealing with someone who is? Here are 7 reasons we won't ask for help. Wedding planning is a crazy time. It's exciting, it's confronting, it's encouraging, it's challenging, it's happy, and it's up and down. Or at least those have definitely been my experiences with it. The death of individualistic living and the birth of something completely new. My poor utilitarian mancave of a house will never be the same. PS. That's actually a really good thing, I can only imagine the thoughts people have kept to themselves over the ...

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Why Timon and Pumbaa Are The True Villains Of The Lion King

Hakuna Matata and eating bugs accompanied by utter devastation. Here's why Timon and Pumbaa are the true villains of The Lion King... and of the lives of many of us. I had the awesome privilege of getting to witness the Aladdin musical featuring The Genie from Broadway last week. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. You get the point. It was stupendous. The sets, the songs, the costumes (!!!) were all top notch. Yes, I did cry... but it was from laughing so hard during the song High Adventure. People missed Abu but his replacements are quite hilarious. And the set they used ...

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