Dreaming by Sheila Jacobs
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by Ella
1M ago
Dreaming By Sheila Jacobs Publishers note: Sheila often guest writes and we’d love to share her recent article ‘Dreaming’ as it’s too good not to share!  Did you ever have ‘heroes’ when you were growing up? You know: ‘I’d really like to be like her/him/them when I’m older!’ Perhaps you admired a look, or an ability. Or perhaps it was more than that – you wanted the lifestyle, the opportunities, the material ‘stuff’, the relationship… When I was a kid, I loved horses. I once ‘lived the dream’ and took care of a pony for two weeks, but in reality, my childhood horsey encounters were gene ..read more
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A Parable for Christian Dating
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by Ella
1M ago
A parable for Christian dating You’ll probably be very familiar with this story (parable)– but read it in the context of Christian dating and finding your soulmate and you may be surprised at what it teaches you.    A storm descends on a small town, and the downpour soon turns into a flood. As the waters rise, the local preacher kneels in prayer on the church porch, surrounded by water. By and by, one of the townsfolk comes up the street in a canoe. “Better get in, Preacher. The waters are rising fast.” “No,” says the preacher. “I have faith in the Lord. He will save me.” Still t ..read more
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How to turn negativity into positivity and why it matters
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by Ella
2M ago
How to turn negativity into positivity and why it matters  For many people dating is a difficult activity. It starts off positively with great hopes and expectations (rightly so), but it only takes one or two knocks – or things not going quite as you’d hoped they might – for feelings of negativity to creep into your life and take away the positivity. In the Bible book Song of Songs Verse 2:15 we read “Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom.” Now this verse relates to getting rid of the small things – those things that can build ..read more
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Couples Story
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by Ella
2M ago
Couple News  We were thrilled to receive some couples news from Pat and Ann in Ireland. It’s so uplifting to see such great feedback and to hear that it’s not until you actually speak to someone you find out thatt hey may actually have the same likes and interests!   Pat “I joined Friends First in September 2020.  Previous to joining Friends First, I had joined another dating site but was not happy with the way the agency worked. I happened to see an advertisement for Friends First and decided to contact them and after they explained how they operated I joined.  I f ..read more
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Hang on in there
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by Ella
2M ago
Hang on in there “Without hope and vision the people perish” The Bible has so many wise things to instruct us about life (if you aren’t reading it purely to discover and know ever more deeply God’s great love for you given through Jesus Christ). This verse is resonating with me quite a lot at the moment – and on many levels as is often the way when the Lord speaks to us. I’ve had two big areas of my life in which circumstances changed such that I had seriously began to lose my vision – or as I interpret it –  hope. It’s not a nice place to be. It’s a dark place. It’s a difficult place ..read more
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Lessons for Life
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by Ella
4M ago
I recently received my old school magazine and in it the address given by a former pupil (Dr Claire Ives) for Speech Day was included. It’s a brilliant speech which left a big impression on the pupils, parents and staff. The principles are just as relevant whatever age you are, and I thought particularly relevant for the dating sphere. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. (Reproduced with permission)           Lessons for Life   ‘Some people see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not.’ &nbs ..read more
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Good friends and the art of taking things slowly
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by Ella
4M ago
Good Friends and the Art of Taking Things Slowly By Sheila Jacobs My mother died in October 2021. She’d had dementia and other health issues for a long time, and had lived in a care home for thirteen and a half years. Someone had warned me that although you ‘lose’ someone with dementia early on in the illness, when they actually pass away, it’s still a shock. For me, dementia has been a bit like watching the lights in a family home turn off one by one, till all you are left with is one small lamp in the downstairs cloakroom. I’m single. I don’t have a partner. I live on my own. I have no br ..read more
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Dating Pictures
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by Katharine
5M ago
Why having great dating pictures is critically important in Christian dating. By Katharine Gray In all walks of life, whether we are reading a magazine or dating profile, our human eyes are drawn first and foremost to pictures. This has been proven by extensive research. So given this fact, having a great picture on your dating profile is really important because it’s the first thing someone will see and it’s the first thing they will base their judgement of you on. Like it or not (and most of us don’t like it!) it’s a fact. You could be Prince or Princess charm itself, and wonderfully ..read more
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Dating-profile
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by Katharine
5M ago
Why having a great dating profile is so important By Katharine Gray When you join any sort of dating website, agency or app, the first thing people see of your is your profile. (Well they’ll probably first see your dating pictures) but your profile is closely connected with your pictures. People will get a first impression from what they read about you – and this first impression is really really important. Now you know yourself really well and when you read your profile, you’ll be reading between the lines, filling in all the gaps in your head so that your profile will  probably sound ..read more
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A Little Book of Rest
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by Ella
6M ago
A Little Book of Rest By Sheila Jacobs  Sometimes we don’t really know why we’re fearful. It might be that we are generally anxious people. We tend to worry about everything. Of course, some fear can be quite legitimate. But if we find we’re overanxious and it’s affecting our lives – that can become a problem. Author Sheila Jacobs became ill in her early thirties with Ménière’s disease, and it virtually destroyed her life, mainly due to anxiety. She became uncomfortable outside the confines of her own home, even when her physical health had radically improved. She simply couldn’t ..read more
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