I specifically remember asking about his siblings, which I would never have imagined would be my future brothers and sister-in-laws!
So, a friendship began at camp and then we went off our separate ways back home.
That really was such a fun season of life as I fell head-over-heels in love with this boy. Then fast forward over a year and a half, and we’re here!
I had prayed for so long for a man who loved the Lord, and when John Luke came into the picture, I felt such a God-given peace over the situation. Marian: I love that yours and John Luke’s story begins with friendship.
We too, intentionally focused our time on building our friendship by going to painting classes, mountain biking, training for a half marathon and planning events with friends.
Marian: In I wrote, “Purity is a desire of the heart, before it’s an act in the bedroom.” Sexual purity begins in the heart. But when I began a relationship with Christ, something changed.
I knew the Lord was revealing an important truth, so I stopped to ponder these words.
We both love being outdoors, so we would do all kinds of fun things together like ride bikes and play tennis.When it comes to sin, sometimes we slip up and say “I can’t believe I just did that,” and other times we willingly walk into situations that set us up for failure.I feel like this frequently happens with believers when it comes to sexual sin. When my husband and I were dating, we had a motto: We intentionally planned activities so that we would not just sit around each other’s houses fighting the temptation to make out.I learned a powerful truth early on in my walk with Jesus—when we love God, we obey God. Before, I was the girl hooking-up with guys and didn’t think much about it. I knew sex outside of marriage was not God’s will for me and I wanted to obey.Not because it was a rule, but because it was right.
MK, you and John Luke have both shared that purity in dating was a first priority, and that dating was the best time to learn to develop communication while focusing on building your friendship – an important foundation that would last a lifetime!