that make up the bottom half of the Duggar family (although maybe it should, this family practically starts courting in infancy). But hey, maybe you're interested in marrying into this horrifyingly misogynistic family!But it seems as though more and more Duggar marriages happen every day, leaving only a few aimless adults without spouses. If only there was a dating website that could help with that...I wondered what my husband was thinking and what God was doing.I knew my husband had abandoned me; I thought God had abandoned me too!Since the rise of online dating over the past decade, many dating websites have come and gone.
I’ve been a guest on Relevant Radio’s Morning Air and the TD Jakes Show, and I write for Catholic and Shalom Tidings as well.And the purpose of this article is not to make the argument for courting versus dating or vice versa, but rather to give some advice on making healthy dating decisions, if you find yourself venturing into the dating world. My goodness, I can’t tell you the number of single mothers that I have counseled that moved far too quickly from a divorce or break-up into a new relationship. Overwhelmed and exhausted with the weight of the world on your shoulders, why not find a man to fix the loneliness? List them out long before you decide to date again. The devastation of a divorce or failed relationship can take years to heal. The worst thing that could happen to yourself or your precious kiddos is to have to go through it again. When she arrived back to her dorm room that evening, he had sent her a dozen roses with a card that said, “Thanks for the amazing first date.” As time passed, she went out with him a few more times and God slowly changed her heart, as she sought the will of her Heavenly Father. Thank God, she didn’t let her emotions ruin God’s good thing for her life. The Holy Spirit gives us a “gut check” when things aren’t quite right. It is the leading and guiding of the Spirit that gives you clear discernment. Jennifer Maggio is the happily married mother of three who has a passion for the single parent family.Your pursuit of a new relationship won’t erase the existing hurt of an old one. Unfortunately, too many second marriages or new relationships pay the price for a broken-hearted mom who didn’t take the time to mend. Don’t wait to be head-over-heels for a guy before deciding what your boundaries will be. The man that she once had no interest in suddenly became the man of her dreams. The founder of The Life of a Single Mom Ministries and Overwhelmed: The Single Moms Magazine, Maggio spends many of her days praying for and counseling with single mothers nationwide. She says I'm silly because God invented time and doesn't even need a watch. I tell her I think God's watch must be broken because he's running a bit late. Walking down the aisle, smiling big, she winked as she passed me. Back then we talked about men, marriage, romance, and sex. I'll never forget how her mouth flew open when I approached our pastor's wife with a fairly provocative question about sex. She was stepping into a new season of life—a husband, a new home, new responsibilities … Technology and competition for this lucrative market has made a mockery of it.To the average person, thanks to bad press and other contributing factors, online dating has become somewhat of an un-trusted source for meeting people.Abandonment was still new to me, when the first woman, a stranger, literally showed up on my doorstep sobbing because her husband was having an affair and she’d heard I was someone who might understand. In my own life, I took steps and devised tools to get me through the agony of abandonment and into the joy of living and loving better! I had fun with my boys and sought friends who supported me and was okay letting others drift away. I enrolled in life coaching classes through the Professional Christian Coaching Institute, racked up coaching experience by reaching out to other women undergoing everything from abandonment and divorce to those interested in building businesses, navigating dating relationships, strengthening struggling Marriages, attempting positive parenting, and those simply wanting to have fun again!Many women deeply desire discovering who they were created to be and how to have fun being that person it. One of my favorite things about coaching is getting to know the women I work with and, over time, helping them explore their own ideas, remember what “fun” means to them, and help them find the courage to make new friendships, try new things, and make room for laughter!