So maybe I should say our first-born daughter is in an RWP. A relationship with purpose. (grin)
And we are so thrilled and so grateful to see this mysterious work of the Lord!
From the time she was a baby I knew one thing: I did not want her to suffer the battle scars of recreational dating that I did. Falling in and out of intimate relationships well before the desire to pursue marriage is one of the worst ideas ever born. We prayed that somehow our children wouldn’t desire to follow that route.
We were also criticized for such a thought. “Not date? What are you going to do arrange their marriages? How will they ever find someone?”
His plan is marvelous. We don’t have to wrestle these things on our own, or follow a formula–especially a really bad one the culture made up.
Bria and Kyle met at a dance and instantly found that they really enjoyed talking and felt comfortable with each other. Just a few days after they met, Kyle’s family’s home was hit by a tornado. (We seem to have a thing for storms that end in blessing.) Their friends loaned them a temporary rental house which just happened to be in our neighborhood! (In a “country-mile” sort of way.)
After talking for a few weeks, Kyle expressed that he wanted to pursue a relationship with Bria, getting to know her to see if they would be interested in eventually moving toward marriage.
Because Kyle has a heart that seeks the Lord, and is a man of upright character, is both gentle and strong–a trait (among many) we’ve always known Bria needs, and because Bria is ready to think toward marriage, we heartily agreed that they should spend more time getting to know each other and our families.
We are proud of the woman Bria has become and the devotion she has to her Savior. Because of that, we trust her discernment and knew that Kyle was a worthy man if she deems him to be. Seeing the two of them walk in obedience and love, seeking to know God’s will and desiring to grow in wisdom is a blessing beyond words.
This journey is sweet to watch and we are so much in awe of the goodness of the Lord. The future isn’t certain, but the One who leads us is.