Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. – Romans 12:2 ESV
Scars of the Heart was written solely for the purpose of sparing you from the kind of blindsided heartbreak that I experienced. At times, it was excruciating to re-live everything I went through in my first engagement. But then it became reinvigorating to reminisce on how God changed my perspective on love and relationships. The great news is that you can avoid that type of pain by applying a few practical steps that I learned along the way to your dating life. This is my testimony and it is meant to be shared (Titus 2:3-5). It is a display of how God moves mountains in our lives so that you can be reminded of His wondrous ways and how tenderly He cares for each beat of your heart. Relying on God’s Word, I have neatly packaged a valuable handbook for you to quickly read through so that you can prepare for a worthwhile and Christ-centered relationship that will stand the test of time. Trust me. You owe it to your future-self to take some time to plan for a successful marriage and enjoy dating to the fullest.
This book is about Dating. That daunting D-word. We all go through it, but how do you navigate around the jungle of emotions and build something that will last ‘til death do us part’? How do you choose someone worthy enough to enter into the uncharted waters of your heart? What happens if it doesn’t work out like you thought it would and what do you do when you are left broken hearted? What are some basic things to set in motion while dating, so that you can have an amazing marriage that Satan can’t destroy? These are some of the areas that I’d like to explore with you as I hope to help you discover discernment in dating.
You may be wondering: what exactly is discernment? I chose this word in particular because it carries more weight than just being smart on your own. Combining definitions from Webster and Google, I can present to you this: “Discernment is gaining spiritual wisdom and understanding in order to comprehend what is obscure.” Do we need spiritual direction when it comes to dating? Without a doubt! Dating is as obscure as it gets! So to my dear reader who is searching for your own “Prince Charming,” I hope learning from some of my mistakes can minimize the chances of you doing the same. It is time to learn how to be discerning in your dating life with some direction from Scripture, some common sense and a lot of prayer!
I have referenced numerous verses throughout each chapter which you can find written out in the index. You also may choose to use your personal Bible and highlight key verses in it as you go. Understanding the content around any verse is crucial to grasping God’s purpose for choosing the exact words that He does in the Bible. Feel free to use this as an opportunity to dive deeper into understanding Scripture and its relevance to your own life.
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