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.
After experiencing the comforts of marriage, it can be tempting to settle for less than God's best.
Scripture warns believers to "guard your heart" (Proverbs ).
For the single parent, this means that you will have to do some "guarding" for your children by not involving them with your suitors too soon in a relationship.
Whenever Sharon meets someone new, she hopes that "this is the one," and Branden does, too.
Sadly, when Sharon's relationships don't work out, not only is her heart broken, but so is her son's.
However, Scripture is clear that it doesn't matter if someone has been married or not, sex with someone other than your spouse is still fornication (I Thessalonians 4:3, I Corinthians 6:9).
Don't wait to put some practical boundaries in place, such as not staying at your date's home overnight.Not only does going slow give you time to heal, but it also helps you better assess those you date.If you have taken the time to understand yourself and the dynamics that contributed to your divorce, you are more likely to make a godly choice in choosing the second time.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.