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  • Writer's pictureAndrea Jones

The Dating Journey

Updated: Mar 19, 2022

Today marks 2 months since this man asked me to be his girlfriend. It’s rather funny, because as many of you know me, I usually have TONS of words to speak and share about what I’m thinking and feeling, but today, I am almost speechless, but I will try.

I am realizing today as I reflect and CELEBRATE there is a hesitation. Why, I ask? And why Lord, are you asking me to write this out for all to read and see? To the best of my understanding, this is another piece of my past that God is redeeming through this relationship, to post on social media the good news of what is going on in my life and trust that it will be a blessing and an encouragement to even ONE of you reading. No fear! “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” - 2 Timothy 1:7

What is so freeing is that no matter what happens, I truly believe that because we are both walking with the Lord, God will use this relationship for HIS glory. SO, boldly and courageously, I want to share how special this day is to me.

Some of you may know that I have been wounded in past relationships and as this one progresses, I am continuously reminded of God’s healing, faithfulness and redemption. God has used this man, a God-fearing man, to show me more of himself and the love he has for me, his daughter. It is hard to put into words the VAST work that God has done in my heart, life and story. But I will try…

"Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 3:13-14

Even after only 2 months of dating, I can confidently speak about the goodness that I have experienced. Dating takes prayer, seeking God’s truth, dedication, accountability, perseverance, patience and discipline. It is not for the faint hearted. It takes courage. It takes surrendering. Dying to oneself. Taking one faithful step at a time. I say all of this because if you are thinking of dating, dating or are desiring to date, first step is to be in line with God’s will. Get into his word and talk to someone you trust for accountability and then ask yourself, “do I fully trust God?” Trusting the person you are dating will fall in line if you trust God and his plan. “The heart of a man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.” -Proverbs 16:9 It doesn’t work to do it in reverse. Believe me, I have tried a couple of times. BUT God knew I would and He has and continues to use everything to draw me closer to him.

Celebrating is so important! It’s important to sing praises for the big and small things in life. Today, I am grateful for two months of getting to know this man. We have had a lot of fun together, laughed tons, had dance parties, went on road-trips, spent time in deep conversations, shared meals, shared our hearts, cried together, prayed, worshiped, learned new things together and taught each other new skills, double-dated and met family and friends special to each other.

Mucho agradecido por ti hermano en Cristo!

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