Christian dating being intentional

Thankfully, God has helped me to see that singleness isn’t an “in-between” season that I should endure, but an important and valuable season of life. Spend time with young families or couples who have been married for several decades.

I want to encourage you, as a single, to embrace this season of life. Don’t waste these valuable years waiting for marriage to come your way. Get outside of your normal friend groups, and start investing in and benefiting from those in different seasons. Choose gratitude during this season Nowhere in Scripture do we see singles given a special “pass” to live in discontentment and ingratitude.

“It’s not realistic to expect that in order to find an amazing relationship, we need to be perfect,” says Chlipala.

“Intentional dating is about taking it slow, and getting to know a person,” explains Chlipala.

The need to pause and consider our basic actions has grown from a countercultural movement, permeated pop culture (it's even been slapped onto t-shirts), and, naturally, it has also impacted our dating lives.

The idea behind intentional dating is a breath of fresh air, compared to our stagnated hookup culture.

God commands us to give thanks in all things, despite our circumstances. It’s something that you have to choose to do, despite how you feel. When we choose the pathway of worship and giving thanks, especially in the midst of difficult circumstances, there is a fragrance, a radiance, that issues forth out of our lives to bless the Lord and others. Use these single years for God’s glory Single people have so much potential to make an impact for the kingdom of God.

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thess. I love how Nancy De Moss Wolgemuth puts it in her book, , I have learned that in every circumstance that comes my way, I can choose to respond in one of two ways: I can whine or I can worship! We typically have energy, youthfulness, flexibility and the time to be used in ways that married people can’t.