Hiatus from dating
If there is a bar that you’ve picked up guys in, stop going and find a new haunt that doesn’t tempt you.
Right after that, my brother told me it was time for me to focus on myself for a while.Other priorities included building up my relationship with God again, investing in and being encouraged by all the other meaningful relationships in my life (family, friends, mentors, etc.), and finding enjoyment in my interests again.It was seven months until I considered dating again, and was more than a year after my break-up that I chose to enter another serious dating relationship. I don't usually date much, since I enjoy being single—the independence, the fun I have being spontaneous or getting lost in activities I find interesting, the time I can pour into those things and into non-romantic relationships, the peace I feel knowing God is always with me and that nobody is there to distract my attention from him.Painful as it was, I've had a comforting peace ever since.At the time, I figured I hadn't heard from God correctly concerning the woman I'd been dating.
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If I'd been in a dating relationship in those first few years after my divorce, I know I never would have taken the time to discover these things. I can honestly say that because of my intentional singleness, I'm well on my way to being healthy and whole again. Marianne After my Christian fiancé ended our engagement in a very painful way, I was so heartbroken I actually dated a non-Christian for a brief time.