Dating is a funny concept. The 13 year-old girls I used to teach always told stories about the boys they were “dating”. Dating? Really? I’m pretty sure your mother would shut down your phone if she found out you texted anything – remotely – suggestive. Ba-bye.
And then you experience the college dating scene.
As you date in college, though, you’re most likely both poor and eating Ramen, and most of the time you’re still figuring out what you want “to do with your life”. Or you’re so focused on your career path, you don’t want to be distracted by dating. ‘Cuz who’s got time for that?
Move on to your 20s, post-college time and for many women, especially Christian women, you hope to marry in the next decade. Surely the good Lord can provide you a husband by then. It’s not really asking a lot. You graduated. You have a somewhat steady job.
And then some women move into their 30s, and the pool of men gets smaller. It’s like you moved from the neighborhood pool to the neighborhood baby pool. Except now you share the baby pool with your friends who married and are actually having babies.
What is happening, God? Do you know that I long for a husband and family? Are you aware that you made a time limit on when I can have babies?!
I know each of these stages because I lived each one of them.
I met my husband at 36 and married when I was 37. I know the lonely nights. I know the awkward times at weddings without a date. I know the set ups. I know the internet dating sites. I know what it’s like to complete the employee form or health insurance form and check the single box. To list my old roommate as my local emergency contact. And then start crying as soon as I get in the car.
Are any of these stages ones you can relate to? Were any of those feelings ones that left your heart aching? Except maybe worse?
You know you can find someone to pass the time with. You can find someone to kiss at midnight on New Year’s Eve and someone to text when you’re lonely on a Saturday night. You can find a date to keep you busy and distract you from the loneliness.
But is that enough for you? Is that what you really want? Is that what you are worthy of? Or do you want to find your forever love? Your forever man.
I don’t know you, but I am positive you want a forever love. You want to marry the love of your life and then pursue life passionately together. I know, then, that passing the time is not enough.
You are worthy of more. You want a man who knows your worth and is willing to go to great lengths to have your love.
I hope that you also want to find God’s best for you because ultimately God’s best person for you is God’s plan for you. He always wants you to find His best.
Since I had the challenge and gift of being single until I was 37, many people ask me how I met my husband – especially because he is so incredibly handsome, successful, and Godly. Truly, I got a 10. And as I look back to when I met him, I know it was after I learned these things and began the process in my own life.
Now, before I list them, please know there is no formula to finding a husband. It is not after I do this, God will provide this. But I do know that these 7 Steps helped set me up to find my husband – because I was ready for marriage. And they have helped my own clients be happy single and ready or their 10.
7 Steps to Marriage
- Love Your Self – Like Yourself, Believe in Your Worth & Value, Know Yourself, & Be Yourself
- Trust Yourself, Trust God/Journey, Trust Guys
- Create a vision for your life
- Become the person that the person you’re looking for is looking for
- Filter for Spiritual & Emotional Values, Date for Fun (Don’t make it a checklist or a chore)
- Take Massive Action (not passive “waiting” action)
- Transform the limiting beliefs & patterns holding you back
Some of you are thinking – is that it? Those are the smart things? I know. I’m a type A kinda gal who would much rather have this list.
- Wear bright colors each day
- Workout three times a week
- Text back only after initially texted to
- Don’t drink more than one glass of wine on the date
- Find out his favorite meal and cook it
- Smile non-stop the first three dates
- Affirm him non-stop about the incredibly sweet (but tacky) gift he just gave you
That’s better, right? You have much more control of these, and these are, by far, way easier to do. These are all, in fact, good suggestions for you since most of them are wise for dating. Most men want a healthy, happy good cook who is confident and not a drunk.
But the second list of things are the outcomes of the first list.
I’m here to testify that each one of these 7 steps are worth your time because they translate not just to a forever man, but to an amazing forever woman.
Admittedly, I heard some of these in my 20s and early 30s and ignored them because I thought I had them. Some of these seemed ambiguous or hard to grasp exactly how to do. I’ll write about the actionable steps you can do for each one to help you evaluate and reflect for your own dating life. But for another day.
For right now, though, let me reassure you – once I started focusing on these 7 steps, I became an even better woman.
And that’s when I found my forever man. Praise sweet baby Jesus.
The first six steps hinge on the last one. Transform the limiting beliefs, thoughts, lies, & patterns that are holding you back from doing each one of those. That is why you need a coach. To show you what is holding you back and how to accomplish the seven. If you’re ready to do this, let’s do it. Head to “Work With Me” and let’s work together.
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