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Dating and waiting for marriage

Also, I'm a third-year medical student, and every time I see a patient with an unintended pregnancy or an STD, I feel so grateful that I will not have to deal with those problems at this stage in my life.

I am a Christian, and God intended sex to be something special between a man and his wife.

There are lots of ways that I fall short as a Christian, but waiting until marriage to have sex has always been a steadfast promise I made to myself.

A few weeks ago, he asked me to marry him, and now that I'm engaged, I feel so blessed to have kept my promise to myself.

SMITTEN READER #4: I'm surprised by how many readers are waiting! Here are the reasons why I'm waiting: First, I'm a Christian, and my faith is very important to me.

But perhaps like Ruth, God wants you to take some action. In fact, it may require greater faith in God for you to take a risk, be vulnerable and perhaps learn some new skills that will help you better relate to those around you.

Perhaps instead of telling women to simply wait and pray, we need to be teaching women how to be open, friendly, and available, so that men are more encouraged to step out and ask girls out?Looking to scripture, I saw, there are women who we admire, who take active roles particularly in the way they relate to men. She perfumes herself, dresses up and then presents herself at Boaz’s feet after he climbs into bed.That seems a lot bolder than telling a guy that you like him!Then you know your relationship is based on love and compatibility, not lust.There are other benefits to waiting: I never have to worry about pregnancy scares (whee!Also, I want to be able to give my husband something unique; it sounds romantic.While being inexperienced will probably be awkward in some ways, it will help me survive the first year of marriage.And scripture applauds her, it does not condemn her.There are times when God calls us to patiently wait on his timing.However, for me, as the years passed, I wondered if this was true. It seemed that in every other area of life God requires my active participation.Finding a job, making friends, doing ministry, and going to seminary all required me to take some action. If I did something beyond praying and waiting, did that mean I was taking over for men and sinfully thwarting God’s design for marriage?

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