Showing posts from December, 2012

Facing Plenty and Hunger

Over they years, I've written extensively about singleness. Growing up in a conservative family and church culture, I was raised to appreciate and desire marriage as a natural part of life. Then I grew up, and I realized that the world doesn't always work the way I thought it did. Instead of being married with a couple of kids, I’m single — a status that has stuck with me consistently whether I kissed dating goodbye or plunged into Biblical dating with gusto.

Of all the circumstances I’ve lived with in life, my singleness has perhaps done the most to teach me about God’s sovereignty. I have choices, and I am called to walk in obedience — but even if I’m honoring marriage and having pure relationships, I’m ultimately dependent on God when it comes to being found a ”good thing” by a godly man (Proverbs 18:22).

Though I've prayed boldly, I've remained unmarried...

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The Cost of Dating

Dating costs.

Dating costs financially. You have to pay if you want to catch a movie or go to dinner. If you date long distance, travel costs like tanks of gas and airline tickets add up. Even a romantic gesture like a bouquet of flowers can be quite expensive.

Dating costs temporally. When you give of your time, you are giving something you can never replace. You may be able to conserve financially, but time is necessary if you want to get to know someone.

And dating costs emotionally. Dating requires being vulnerable and risking rejecting. It takes overcoming fear and trusting daily for God’s direction.

Dating can be very costly...

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