“I’ve never felt like this for anyone before.”

When we’re in love the feelings are so… pleasurable.  We just love when our stomach gets butterflies, our heart races and blood leaves our cheeks flushed.  It’s all so satisfying.

Until it dies.

     “Whatever a  [woman] sows she will also reap, because the one who sows to her flesh will reap corruption from the flesh…”

I was watching the  television show “The Bachelorette” specifically for this blog.  Ashley is a young woman on the search for love.  In order to do this, she’s flown away to exotic places in China where she serial dates her way to The One.  She’s expected to date 25 men at the same time in hopes that she will find her future husband.

In a sneak peek at what’s coming next in the series, clips of the final episode find her breaking down in tears saying, “Maybe I wasn’t cut out for this. This isn’t fair.  I hate this.  I feel like I’m so alone in this journey and my heart is totally broken.”

What she did was allow herself to date multiple men, in extremely romantic places, building up all those emotions and feelings for them in a short period of time.  This is what many of us do.  Maybe not with multiple men at the same time, but over a period of time, we date and break up, date and break up, date and break up some more.  We open the doors of our hearts and let these men walk right in.  We give our heart away just to have the guy handle it like a hot potato.  We end up bruised and broken all because we let our feelings get the best of us.

Understandably so, tons of women have fallen for the lie depicted in too many romantic comedies: “Date a guy, get real romantic, make sure you test him out by giving your body to him, building up all those emotions, and eventually you two will be romantically satisfied and your void for love will be filled.”

When really, we do this and come out completely dissatisfied and  in serious pain, feeling hopeless that we’ll ever “find” that man who will cherish us.

So, here’s some advice that is completely counter-societal:

1.)  Don’t even look for a guy.  You don’t have to.  If the guy is out there (which, if you have a desire to be married someday, he is), he’ll come into your path, without you having to go on a search and rescue mission to find him.

2.)  Don’t “date” in the romantic sense where you’re completely alone with a guy and tempted to have him touch you up.

DO however, hang out in groups (not another couple so it becomes a double date).  Start off as friends.  As you get to know this person, don’t pour out secrets within the first couple of times you hang out.  Sharing deep issues and the past builds up emotions quick.  TAKE YOUR TIME before you begin to discuss your hopes and dreams, past and present.

3.)  Don’t, I repeat, DON’T have sex with the guy.  At all.  Meaning no oral either.  This is where hanging out in groups comes in handy.  Sex is the ultimate experience of physical pleasure and will lead to an emotional bondage to the person almost instantly. (“When women are skin-to-skin with a man, their brain secretes oxytocin that causes them to bond emotionally to that man.” Dr. Joe McIlhaney, Medical Institute for Sexual Health in Austin.  “Oxytocin is so overwhelming in a woman’s brain that just a 20-second hug can cause a female to become bonded to a male.” It also decreases the more partners you have so by the time you actually settle down and get married the ability to bond is damaged. Also, young women that are sexually active are 3 times more likely to commit suicide than their virgin girl friends.)

4.)  Don’t be alone with him in his place or at your’s.  That’s just asking for it.

5.)  If there are any warning signs i.e. he is quick-tempered, calls you ANY profane or demeaning name, tries to persuade you to have sex with him, is caught lying, has a bad reputation, says he hates anyone i.e. “I hate my dad,” shows lack of responsibility or has a drug or alcohol addiction DROP ‘EM!  (411:  You CANNOT make someone change.  Been there, done that and I’ve failed enough times to tell you, it doesn’t work.  Unless they truly want to change and make their own efforts to do so  for themselves it’s best to walk away before he leaves you with more baggage to bring in to the right relationship.)

6.)  Don’t seek to get to know someone unless you believe this is the right person to marry.  Why else get involved?  If you date just to feel loved or have fun you’re dating to break up.  And the more break ups, like I said previously, the more baggage you bring into the relationship you were ordained to be in.

Ladies, I’ve experienced enough heart-break to know dating in the societal sense doesn’t always give desired results.  Call me old school, but back in the 50s and in earlier decades marriage was sky rocketing, where as now, the number of marriages is steadily declining and is actually at its lowest point in recorded history.

GUARD YOU HEART!!!  

A man should have to wait to get into your heart.  He needs to prove this is what he’s after.  My husband,  before we got married, told me he didn’t want to even kiss me anymore because he wanted to unselfishly get to know my heart.  In other words, he wanted no hidden ulterior motives.  He wanted to prove that he loved me for me and not for the way I made him feel.  Sure we messed up a few times after he made that commitment, but it was usually because my weak self enticed him.  (It was extremely hard to stay away from those luscious lips of his.)  And let me tell you, on the wedding night, making out was so much more amazing since we hadn’t been.

The most important thing is for your heart to be protected.  When the man you were made for actually comes into your path, you don’t want to hand him a tattered heart.  I thank GOD that He healed my heart prior to meeting my prince, Jonathan.  I was a hot mess before he stepped into the picture.  In less than seven days, my broken heart was mended.  I was smiling and happier than ever and I was single.

“It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man.”

The best advice I can give you ladies is to give your heart to God before you give it to a man.  It starts with  telling God you want Him to come into your heart.  I simply cried out, “God speak to me, I need you,” and when He did, I decided to put Him first.  I pursued Him with more zeal than I did any man before Him and He revealed His love to me in undeniable and beautiful ways.  I pray you come to know that love and then, when you meet the man God shaped for you, your love won’t be corrupted.

5 thoughts on ““I’ve never felt like this for anyone before.”

  1. angelina says:

    I have a question for you, do you think online dating sites are a good or bad idea? Does it count as ‘looking for a guy’ if you just wait for them to message you first? Or is it best to just not be on there at all and wait for him to cross your path?

    • betterthanedward says:

      I personally think it best not to use those sites for a couple reasons. Main one being in Scripture we never see anyone seeking the spouse, what we do see is God setting people in each others paths at the right time (Isaac and Rebekah, Ruth and Boaz, Esther and King Arte-whatever lol). I think going on those sites is possibly a sign of a lack of trust, and I think it would be best to meet someone in person to see how they serve, how they are around others etc. I’m against the whole concept of dating period because it was created by unbelievers led by their flesh not God’s Holy Spirit, and the Word tells us not to conform to the patterns of the world. Christians are called to a totally different standard. Paul lays it down for Timothy in 1 Tim 5:2 to “treat younger women with all purity as you would your own sisters.” Unless you’re perverted, brothers don’t kiss their sisters or touch them inappropriately, but in dating there’s lots of “cup-caking” which is gratifying your physical desires and can confuse whether or not you love this person for who they are in Christ or for the way they make you feel. This is one of the reasons why in Spirit-led relationships, the courting and engagement isn’t very long. Number one: you know after seeking The Lord and getting to know this persons heart, that He wants you to marry so you don’t prolong His will and you’re mindful of yes, self-control is a fruit of the Holy Spirit, but you don’t wanna push yourself unnecessarily. If the mans ready financially to support at least 60% 😉 and you’re not spiritually clueless but have sought counsel on how to have a godly marriage, you go for it. Ultimately, pray. Really give your heart and will and desires to the Lord. When you obey Jesus: “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” He promises in the same verse “everything else will be added to you.” You wanna first grow to the place of whole-hearted love for God before you get into a relationship.

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