If you start dating prematurely, you could be hurting — rather than honoring — those you date.
When Becky was invited to lunch by a man she met at a bookstore, she was excited.
When Becky asked him how long he'd been divorced, he admitted that it wasn't final yet, that he was living in the basement of the home that he and his wife shared, and that they'd only been separated for three weeks.
Becky gently told her date that he needed to first pursue emotional and spiritual healing. But dating so soon will almost inevitably lead to heartache, since he's neither emotionally nor legally available.
You can also establish an accountability group made up of those who know and love you.
That way, when you feel tempted, you can call on them for prayer and support.
One way to avoid the temptation of settling is to know what's acceptable and what's not, to both you and God, before you start looking for love.
She thought her lunch date had done the same, but she quickly discovered otherwise. During their lunch, his eyes filled with tears and anguish.
Whenever Sharon meets someone new, she hopes that "this is the one," and Branden does, too.