The stories are as varied as the people they represent. Different life experiences, different mistakes, different families, different callings. It’s marvelous to hear all the many ways that the Lord works. He is the author of love and our love stories are unique expressions of His heart. Part of the beauty of reading love stories is experiencing the many differences in them. Some may seem similar from a distance, but when you look up close, every story is unique. Which means, if you have a love story, it will be unlike any that you’ve ever read before—because it will be yours. Don’t read stories looking for the one you want, because you’ll never find the one you will get. Just enjoy them for their variety, for their beauty.
(Natasha Metzler in “How to Read Love Stories“)
Be careful that your efforts to “be prepared” for whenever God brings you into a courtship don’t leave you with a narrow view of how He will work. Be careful not to construct a formula in your head as to how a courtship should look. And above all, be careful to submit every aspect of future romantic relationships to our Father…including how you think they’ll look and play out. Because as many courtship books remind us, God really does write the best love stories.
-Jessica Telian in “Real life isn’t always like the courtship books“
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Kindred Grace believes that relationships should be pursued to the glory of God. We do not endorse any particular method of courtship or dating, nor pretend that any formulaic methods will prevent heartache or sin. We at Kindred Grace embrace the freedom of God’s grace as He redeems our broken stories for His glory. (Click here to read more of our perspective on love stories.)