Happy and blessed to be in a relationship with THIS GUY. He's a We Before Me kinda guy, a fill your tank, brush the snow off your car, "are we going to church this morning?" kinda guy. When asked where to find single christians, my pastor said "just keep running your race and watch who's running along beside you."
Dating is HARD. And dating as a Christian in today's world can be even more difficult. Social media, movies, and popular culture have painted an idea of what relationships SHOULD be. The world teaches that relationships either don't last or have fairytale Cinderella endings. But what happens after the fairytale? What happens after the I do's.
What I have learned are relationships are WORK. But with the right partner beside you, you won't have to do it alone. We weren't designed to be alone.
After some failed relationships and poor choices I wondered if I would ever find someone. I knew I wanted a partner. A friend. Someone to share my life with, who loves me just the way I am. I'm independent, chatty (if you know me I talk A LOT LOL) and sometimes I can be a pain in the butt (but hey, can't we all?) But I also know that I would do anything for my family or my friends, and that I love the ones closest to my with all my heart.
I began to believe it was God's plan for me to spend my life alone but I wasn't afraid or worried. I knew I didn't NEED someone to make me happy. So I kept running my race. There was a certain peace in knowing my future relationship wasn't my responsibility. So I kept running. But I wasn't alone. God was there. My family was there. And he had put some amazing Christian women into my life.
Pat and I had met at a work Christmas party and continued to meet socially at happy hour with coworkers. We both work in education but in different aspects. Eventually we became friends, then the friendship grew into something else. All along I had been running my race and God put him in my path.
I'm still independent, and chatty, and a pain in the butt... but he loves me just the way I am.
If this is you, if you're still searching, don't give up. Just keep running. Do you. God will take care of the rest.
For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11