Dating after thirty
[Genesis , NIV] “I read Genesis with new eyes, and the Holy Spirit enlightened a scripture I had read and heard a thousand times,” she says.In January of 2004, Audrey took her “rhema word” and began praying for a husband.
“I went through all the necessary checks and balances. People who I trusted and who knew the Lord gave the OK.” By June they were engaged and by November 2004, Audrey and Fred became Mr. “I had prayed that I would someday marry my best friend, and this guy was an answer to prayer,” she says. “When it's done outside of the covenant of marriage, you give away pieces of yourself.Before you know it, very little of who you truly are is left.She recalls, “Before you knew it, I had slept with one too many guys, and I was now the girl on campus with a ‘reputation’ -- the girl who slept around and who no one respected.” How could it have happened?She was raised in church – the daughter of deacons.Turned out, dating as a divorced 35-year-old was a great way to pass the time until I felt ready for a relationship again.
Behold the 16 stages of my journey, illustrated with GIFs featuring sassy women.
“I'd grown up in church and decided at 18 that I needed to find myself apart from my parents and any church.” She wrestled with her faith as most young adults do, and she found herself conflicted between how she was on Sunday and how she acted the rest of the week. I had my church friends and my world friends, and I thought I'd die if the two ever met.” Audrey says she was tired of “trying” to be a Christian and thought she should focus on being herself… “I knew I wasn't supposed to fornicate but I was rejecting what I had been taught to believe.
“I felt like I'd been some hypocrite, thinking one way and acting another,” she confesses. So I did.” It didn’t take long for Audrey to develop a damaging identity.
God wanted more.” She knew she needed to sow good things to reap a good man but she wasn’t quite sure how to do it...
until one day when she read a common Bible verse in a whole new light.
But, I figured, if Robin Wright can snag a hot younger boyfriend after 15 years of marriage and a very public divorce, I could at least give dating a shot.