On Marrying a Younger Man

Sharon Dating, Marriage 9 Comments

A few weeks ago I came across a blog post titled 10 Women Christian Men Should Not Marry. Some of the advice was sound. It advised against marrying women who are not followers of Christ, as well as women who love to gossip or slander. Those are wise warnings. As for the rest of the list, I cannot agree with …

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How Not to Help Someone After a Breakup

Sharon Dating 4 Comments

Every now and then, God nudges my heart with a topic that I think someone out there needs to hear. Most recently, the topic is one I know quite a lot about: breakups. Although it’s been awhile since I was single, I had my fair share of breakups, and I remember them well. They were extremely hard, but I also …

Dating Advice: It is Ok If I….?

Sharon Dating, Relationships 6 Comments

In 2008 I wrote a two-part blog post about the Christian dating practice of sleeping over but not having sex. The first was called “Sleeping Over: The Latest Trend in Christian Sketchiness” and you can access Part 2 here. The posts were so popular that I re-posted them again a year later, and those posts have since become two of …

The Language of Love

Sharon Dating, Love, Marriage 4 Comments

Soon after Ike and I got engaged my dad presented us with two books: His Needs Her Needs, by Willard F. Harley, and The Five Love Languages, by Gary Chapman. I had already read parts of The Five Love Languages, so we decided to start with His Needs Her Needs (which we really enjoyed and I highly recommend!). Only last …

Why I Married a Younger Man

Sharon Dating, Marriage 19 Comments

This week I will be celebrating my husband’s birthday. On Wednesday he will turn 26. I, on the other hand, am 29. And I turn 30 in March. To be perfectly honest, I was very insecure about our age difference for a long time. In fact, I avoided the topic for the first several months that we dated. I felt …

The Courage to Date Well

Sharon Dating, Relationships, Singleness 5 Comments

Last night Ike and I got to have dinner with one of our single guy friends, and over the course of the meal the conversation drifted to the topic of dating. I’ve only been married a year so I remember the ups and downs of the dating world well.Β Over the years I’ve had my share of break-ups, and I’ve also …

Big Sister Dating Advice

Sharon Dating, Purity, Relationships 3 Comments

One of my greatest joys in life is to hear from former students or young women that I have led in the past. After our paths diverge, I sometimes wonder if anything I said or the way I lived my life had any impact at all, so it’s a tremendous affirmation when these women seek my advice or friendship after …

Purity Balls

Sharon Dating, Family, Purity 2 Comments

When a friend of mine e-mailed me a link to an article in Marie Claire about “Purity Balls,” I was a little nervous about clicking on it. Purity Balls? Sounds kind of weird to say the least. What I found was not so much weird as thought-provoking. The article is a case study of one family who belongs to the …