Lonely Little Petunia in an Onion Patch

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

I Corinthians 13:7 ESV

Mothers are known to offer stern admonitions to daughters of dating and courtship age. “Don’t drink. Don’t chew. And don’t go with boys who do.” And wise words they are. But young men are clever with their words as well. Most young ladies would not be able to resist dating a charmer who drops a packet of sugar on the floor, picks it up, and says, “You dropped your nametag.” A girl can look around all she wants for the right guy, a man of good character who is considerate, reliable, consistent, and committed, and still not find Mr. Right. It’s easy to become discouraged or even depressed, giving in to the notion that there are no more good guys left in the world. But even if you feel like the last pea on the plate, rest assured, there are still some good guys around.


In the Old Testament, young women trusted their parents to choose a proper spouse for them. But parents and children often have different criteria in mind. The best course is simple: pray and trust God to supply all your needs according to His riches in glory (Philippians 4:19) and go about your life until the right one comes along in God’s time.


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