Last week Justin and I took Brendan (who is almost 15) to a Courtship and Dating Seminar sponsored by HEAV (Home Educators Association of Virginia).
Anne Miller (who is the President of HEAV) shared her family’s experiences of courtship with her 8 children (the oldest 6 are now happily married).
If you had mentioned the word “courting” to me a few years ago, I would have immediately thought of Little House on the Prairie…plus, I would have thought you were crazy 🙂 !
Well, just like God changed my mind about homeschooling, He is now helping us to consider the concept of courting verses dating.
So what exactly does it mean to court?
* Here’s how Merriam-Webster defines the term:
: to act in a way that shows that you want or intend to get married
: to do an activity with someone you have might have a romantic relationship with : to go on a date or several dates with (someone)
Interesting definitions aren’t they????
The two forms of getting to know a person have completely different end goals!
Courtship doesn’t come with a guarantee either:
Some of the resources that Anne suggested:
It’s a lot to think about and we certainly don’t have it all figured out yet! I hope that if nothing else, this post will get your family talking about your goals and expectations for your teen’s future relationships. Pray about it. Read God’s word. And buckle up :), because it will be here before you know it!!!
I found this amazing website (part of Focus on the Family) while I was doing some research. The relationship section has lots of helpful information!
Click on the picture below to check it out: