Naturally, two people getting to know each other in a dating relationship have a strong desire to spend time together.
Being together seems like the natural route of relationship building, and so many couples try to maximize the amount of time they invest in one another, not realizing that there is great benefit in physical distance.
Though I don’t claim to have all the answers, God really challenged my heart on this subject during my season of dating.
Reflecting on my dating history and on my clients’ experiences, I have found that couples who develop emotionally healthy relationships usually keep the following boundaries in mind.
The idea behind this method of healing is that how you think has a direct impact on how you feel.
All through the Bible, God reminds us of the power of the mind and the repercussions of our thinking. 12:2) and to keep our minds focused on what is good (Phil. For many people, even more significant than their external behavior are their internal musings.
Building trust in a slow and steady way involves establishing emotional boundaries — a set of dos and don’ts that guides you through the exchange of emotions without going too deep too fast.
Emotional boundaries can be difficult to establish.
It’s important to hold on tight to the things that matter to you until you know that you can trust someone.
Not only is it okay to wait, but it’s important to do so until the timing is right, until you have clarified your commitment, established trust, and experienced give-and-take in your dating relationship.
Don’t go too deep too fast, because emotional intimacy can pull you far deeper into your relationship than you ever meant to go and, in the end, leave you with the double damage of a broken heart and a broken spirit.
If you were caught hugging longer than three seconds, your peers would call you out for having entered the realm of the inappropriate.
Sometimes pesky onlookers even counted out loud for you so you wouldn’t lose track of time.