As the first date approaches, discuss specific guidelines your family will honor. Do: Establish a general curfew for weekends and school nights. Don't: Insist that every date take place in your living room with you and your spouse. Dating is a completely new phase of life that must be learned. Trust God to protect your child and your influence in her life.
Do: Pray with your teen before the date arrives, if possible. Years of guiding your teen spiritually, emotionally, and relationally will pay off in the dating season.
I’m that girl who reads almost every relationship book on the Christian market. I’m that girl who loves Jesus, and fervently desires to get married, have children, and continue to serve in ministry for the rest of my days.
But these good, God-honoring desires have been, by and large, unfulfilled. At times, I’ve felt overlooked and like I was missing out on all the fun of dating.
” An additional source of encouragement to me, personally, was that this book wasn’t written by twenty-two year olds, and it wasn’t written by authors who married at twenty two either. Dating is simply different in post-college adulthood, and, overall, the topics addressed in are geared toward adults, not the high school and college demographic. Cloud and Townsend married their wives well into their thirties and, therefore, had to navigate dating throughout their twenties and early thirties themselves.
Their personal experience of being “older” Christian singles brings a perspective sorely needed to the Dating & Marriage section of our local Christian bookstores.
The boy came in and met your parents; he paid for dinner; and you were home by p.m.
), or if it’s better to wait until a man—my man— pursues me with the intention of marriage. I’ve realized by personal experience and by observing the dating (or non-dating) lives of the Christian adults around me that many of us are relationally stunted. We don’t know how to date, because we’ve never done it or we’ve never done it right. From the very first chapter, the authors set up the premise that they are, in some ways, addressing the “kiss dating good-bye” approach promoted just a couple years before was released in the year 2000.
While traveling the country, speaking to singles about dating, the authors, psychologists Drs.
The authors remind the readers that we ought to “bring dating before God and ask for his guidance.
After all, the One who designed emotional connections knows best how they are best conducted, in a way that is satisfying for us and glorifying to him.” They also pose the all-important question young adults need to honestly ask themselves: “Does [the dating relationship] bring you closer to God, or push you further away?