My family was introduced to the idea of courtship quite a few years ago through the stories and testimonies of other Christian couples. During that time we all agreed it was definitely the route to go and through the years found several good resources concerning the topic. Some of my favorite books include I Kissed Dating Goodbye by Joshua Harris along with his other book Boy Meets Girl (Say Hello to Courtship) and Before You Meet Prince Charming by Sarah Mally. On my 13th birthday I made the committment to remain physically, emotionally, and spiritually pure not only for my future husband, but for my parents and most importantly for my Lord Jesus Christ. As a teenager I always knew I would never have a "boyfriend". Rather, I would wait until the season of life when I was ready to be married before any kind of relationship would ever begin. On my 16th birthday I decided to have dinner with my parents in order to spend that time further discussing what all we believed exactly in regards to courtship. It was at that time that I made the committment to steadfastly pray for my future husband, with the realization that God intends for a prospective wife of noble character to bring her husband good, not harm, all the days of her life. (Proverbs 31:12) Since then I have remained content in fulfilling the callings God has placed on my life by serving my family at home. I've always known and trusted that if it was the Lord's will for me to someday marry, then He alone would be responsible for writing my love story. This was something I determined to leave in His hands in order to avoid involving my own self at all. I even prayed for Him to make me completely "oblivious" and "unaware" of the young man who would someday become my husband until just the appropriate time. I didn't want to deal with the struggles of fantasizing over 'every Godly guy' that came my way prior to that, and it was important to me that my love not be awakened until it so desired. (Song of Solomon 2:7, 3:5, 8:4) In other words, it's been my prayer that the Lord would keep my heart guarded and that He would prevent me from ever prematurely romanticizing in any kind of way. ...And that prayer still stands today! ;-)
"Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you:
do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires."