Pre-dating preparation usually begins with single parents having to recover from something: a death, a divorce (or relationship breakup), or some other significant loss.
But you are deceived if you think that once you've "recovered," you've moved past that pain forever. Sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse, but do not be mistaken, it changes us forever.
Non-Christians have a different perspective on dating.
You see the magazines, TV shows, and movies that tell you how you’re young, and you should date a lot of people before you get married.
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And many of these folks are single Christian parents.
Single Christian parents have overwhelming spiritual, emotional and physical needs.
Many others, however, feel excluded or stigmatized by the church, and so stay at home. Churches and single parent ministries have a great opportunity to show the love of Jesus in this area.
You see certain “role models” jumping from one dating relationship to another.
Yet God has more in store for you than just jumping from one relationship to another.
One of the biggest mistakes I have seen countless singles make is assuming that because they or their dating partner graduated from a support ministry, there no longer exists a residue of pain in their heart.
Because the intensity of pain has lifted does not mean that you have learned everything you needed to learn or have moved past your pain.