Matters of life and dating 2016

And you can finally see your past as one long, blessed road leading you home. A post shared by Glennon Doyle (@glennondoyle) on Christian author Glennon Doyle Melton — known as the “ultimate confessional writer” for her honest portrayals of her struggling marriage, addiction and eating disorder — has opened up with another big revelation.

A few Christian writers who champion LGBT rights in the church congratulated Melton on Twitter on Sunday night. Gilbert announced in September she was in a romantic relationship with her female best friend, just two months after divorcing over the summer.

If our heart is not there — if our soul is not already safe through faith, if our mind is distracted and focused on other, lesser things, if our best strength is being spent on the things of this world — jobs, sports, shopping, entertainment, relationships, and on God — we simply will not date well. Listen to Jesus, and “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” Seek him first (Matthew ), and dating will be added according to his perfect plan and timing. It’s not the first rule, but I have found that it is a “golden rule” that most often makes the difference between healthy and unhealthy Christian dating relationships.

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For example, let’s say there is a total of 11 potential mates who you could seriously date and settle down with in your lifetime.

Committing to a partner is scary for all kinds of reasons.

But one is that you never really know how the object of your current affections would compare to all the other people you might meet in the future.

Settle down early, and you might forgo the chance of a more perfect match later on.

Wait too long to commit, and all the good ones might be gone.