He never introduces his date as his girlfriend, but a friend.This spares his children from the complicated emotions that will inevitably come with adjusting to a new stepparent prematurely.Some people hold off until engagement before introducing their significant other to their kids.(Granted, this can create other complications because you want to know how your children will respond to a potential mate prior to engagement.) Bryan, a single father of three, always meets his dates on neutral ground with his children, such as at a church picnic or at movie theatre with friends.She was ready to date and had taken time to seek God and heal after her divorce three years earlier.She thought her lunch date had done the same, but she quickly discovered otherwise. During their lunch, his eyes filled with tears and anguish.She suggested that he develop relationships with other Christian men for support, rather than seek out women for emotional comfort. And, until he heals, he won't be able to relax and commit his entire heart to his new partner the way God intends.
Don't wait to put some practical boundaries in place, such as not staying at your date's home overnight.You can also establish an accountability group made up of those who know and love you.That way, when you feel tempted, you can call on them for prayer and support.After experiencing the comforts of marriage, it can be tempting to settle for less than God's best.You may believe the lie that you'll never find a godly man or woman, that you'll have to accept whoever comes along.This may mean seeking out your pastor for support, joining a Divorce Recovery group or visiting a Christian counselor.