With the tiny nation of Israel so much in the news these months, I’ve been rereading Bodie Thoene’s series of novels, The Zion Chronicles, about the birth of Israel. In the 90’s I was privileged to hear her speak at the Mt. Hermon Writer’s Conference and was amazed at the years of research she and…
Every seven seconds in America, someone is turning fifty and facing the second half of life. Statistics show that at least half of those in this demographic will experience this phase of life as a single.
After my husband died, I found myself in exactly that situation. I was well over 50, single again, but not yet ready to be called a “Senior Citizen.” In fact, there’s a phrase that I prefer to call people– “Savvy Singles” – those who are mature, living without a partner, but still very much young at heart.
One of the goals that I have as an “over 50 person” is to present you with practical insights that will give you the nudge needed to live a successfully fulfilling second-half of life. I do this through my speaking, books, magazine articles and radio ministry.
For 27 years I have hosted a Christian luncheon in the Palm Springs area of California, called Christian Celebrity Luncheons, to bring the message of Jesus to people in that area who may be vacationing there or live there year round. I invite Christian Celebrities like Gavin MacLeod, the Love Boat TV Captain, to share their story of how God has helped them in their careers. Others like Cal Thomas, columnist and Fox News analyst, talk about the pressures of living in D.C. and still maintaining their relationship with God. Insights we all struggle with, wherever we live.
And for singles in the second half of life, my most recent book is titled, “Savvy Singles Relationship Secrets.” In it, my goal was to present an honest, no-nonsense guide for victorious living as an older single, with ways to equip you to become “savvy singles” – intelligent, unmarried people in their mid-life and beyond, who experience life in all of its fullness.
The “Ask Samantha” column is based on a column I write for the national, “Significant Living” magazine. There you will find my column as well as a “Money IQ” column written by my husband, Randy Swanson. This magazine can be found online also.
You will also find a page called, “Psalms of Hope.” That page is dedicated to my international radio program. Through the medium of radio, it is my desire to encourage and strengthen our walk with God writing what I call, “modern-day psalms” and playing God-honoring music. On this page you can click on one of the programs and it will continue playing through all of the programs, giving you hours of encouragement and wonderful music.
In addition to my weekly blog, I hope you will enjoy this web site of my spiritual travelogue of sojourns over hills and dales filled with faith and great expectations.
Any amount will help.