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Dating and Engagement

Articles in Dating and Engagement provide clear Biblical teaching for navigating the challenges of building a strong foundation for dating, engagement and marriage. Discussions will include the roles of men and women, how to avoid temptation, intimacy before marriage, clarifying the needs of the other person and improving communication. We hope these personal stories and teaching will lead to a healthy, God-honoring relationship. We also want to help you get answers to questions like how to choose a spouse and how to be intentional about exploring expectations within marriage such as children, finances, families and sexual intimacy.

Narcissism Part 2: Life With A Narcissist

For years she has disappeared in the relationship. This is what has to be done to keep the peace. There are so many ways he knows to punish her into this reality. She feels invisible. Stuck. Voiceless. She has lost herself and wonders if she can ever “be” again. She reaches the point of no more and begins to speak. …

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Narcissism Part 1: Communicating Needs In A Relationship

In a marriage it’s good to have some effective tools and strategies for resolving conflict when it arises. There’s a particular brand of conflict I have seen over and over again that’s better to avoid altogether. Rather than resolving it, just don’t have it to begin with. There are two components essential to all communication: 1) the message sent, and …

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The Gift Of Acknowledgement

A few months ago, I went through my first break-up. The song was right when it said, “Breaking up is hard to do.” I produced an impressive amount of salt-water, and within the first week had exited both a bridal shower and a wedding reception with tears spilling down my cheeks. Even though I believed the Lord was leading us to end …

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Why I Won’t Chase Him (Anymore)

Dating in today’s world is almost too convenient. At any moment of the day or night, you can log onto your choice of dating sites and connect with literally hundreds of men. When I started this second season of dating in my life, I was fascinated by the opportunity to send someone a quick note and start pursuing getting to …

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5 Signs You Should Walk Away

You want more than anything for your relationship to work. You are willing to overlook quirks and even a little bit of weirdness because most of your Significant Other’s life is pretty much put together … most of the time. But there are those pesky red flags that keep popping up as you progress to deeper levels. When is it …

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If Heterosexual Marriage Were Illegal

It’s apparently wedding season. I’ve seen so many engagements and weddings on social media lately that it seems like someone is always getting hitched. As a single person it’s really what I should expect. I’m single, a lot of my friends are single, and I go to events where single people are present. So since most of my friends are …

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When Love Came Down

Lately, I’ve been basking in the fact that I am eternally connected to Jesus. I’ve been remembering the history we have together, and this reassures me about the future. Soon, I will become David’s wife. That thought excites me, and it’s a sobering thought as well. I’ve never done this life event before. And then I remember that I have …

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A Letter From Cinderella To Peter Pan

Letter From Cinderella to Peter Pan Dear Peter, We have now been on three dates. I loved our time flying to Never Never Land. (I especially liked it the second time, when Wendy didn’t tag along.) Flying with you was so romantic. My heart has been fluttery for days. I must admit that I got my hopes up. I have given …

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Man Up And Ask Her Out

Growing up in Christian circles, here are two statements I really bought into that you might be familiar with:    “You don’t really need to look for a girlfriend because when God is ready, He’ll lead her to your doorstep.” “If you just focus on your relationship with God [and not on meeting someone], He’ll bring your wife to you …

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Asking God To Bless Or Block The Potential Relationship

Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. — (Psalm 37:4, NKJV) “Dear God, please bless it or block it.” That has been my prayer lately on quite a few life issues. A good friend recently shared that simple prayer with me as we talked about her relationship challenges and struggles. As many …

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