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“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” Psalm 91:1 A secret is concealed and classified information. When someone tells you a secret it is because they trust you with their dreams, their struggles, and their shame. And, when you share a treasured piece of your heart with someone, it reveals that you feel safe with that individual. Trust is a foundational necessity for every healthy relationship. If you do not exhibit trust then that relationship will be shallow and will not grow closer than a chummy acquaintance. God…

I’m single. I’m not writing that in desperation or ingratitude for the season I’m in, although that certainly hasn’t always been the case. And I realize others reading this may not be in the same stage of life. But the lessons I’ve learned in this waiting period are probably applicable to anybody, regardless of their relationship status. For years, I’ve been praying for God to bring “the one” into my life. Sometimes it’s been easy to wait, sometimes it’s been heartbreaking. I’ve been through the mind games of thinking I haven’t done enough to earn it, that I need to…

Some friendships can shake our world because we realize their motives were not pure. Even King David encountered false friendships like this in the Old Testament. He writes, “It is not an enemy who taunts me, I could bear that… Instead, it is you—my equal, my companion and close friend. What good fellowship we once enjoyed as we walked together to the house of God… His words are as smooth as butter, but war was in his heart.” Psalm 55:12-14, 21, NLT. I have experienced the unfortunate displeasure of having a friend pulverize my confidence. In the beginning of this particular friendship…