Submitted by Lisa
My husband of 19 years left almost 5 years ago. Since that time I’ve focused on raising our 4 children, who are all teens now. I’ve done it alone, as their dad moved to another state with his new family and hasn’t seen the kids in 3 1/2 years. I haven’t thought much about dating except to share my personal desires with the Lord and give them up to him to give back or take away.
Today at the grocery store a man struck up a conversation with me and after a few minutes asked for my number. Instead of giving him mine, I got his. I was surprised. I never imagined I’d have that experience. I’d like to call him and maybe meet for coffee, but I want to be wise about this. Dating is so much more confusing and even possibly dangerous these days. Honestly, I hate the word dating. Is there any sort of casual friendship between men and women before dating? During the getting-to-know-you stage? Are there any red flags I should watch out for? Any other words of wisdom for me?