Few things in life bring out stronger emotions – or present as many challenges – as dating and nurturing romantic relationships. Our society floods us with expectations of how to date, who to date, and when to have sex.

You may find someone you really click with, only to have the feelings fizzle a few weeks later. Or worse, you could start dating someone who seems like the perfect match, but who then turns out to be manipulative, putting you in danger of a toxic or abusive relationship.

Dating seems like a minefield sometimes. But you don’t have to be afraid to date and explore relationships. You can learn about relationships, and how to better navigate them. The right amount of caution, and staying clear on your values and priorities, goes a long way to making dating more fun and fulfilling.

Starting Off Strong

Before you start a dating relationship, it’s good to be honest with yourself about where you can be flexible and about areas where you can’t compromise.

  • Are you happy with yourself, and by yourself? Dating can be great, and it’s great when we can enjoy it. But your worth shouldn’t come from who you date (or whether you’re dating or not). Make sure you know your value as someone made in God’s image (Genesis 1:26) and that this value doesn’t change with your relationship status.
  • Where have your past relationships gone wrong? Recognizing past relationship mistakes can help you to avoid developing unhealthy patterns and keep you from connecting with people who can’t (or won’t) support you.
  • What are things you and your boyfriend or girlfriend must have in common? No two people are exactly alike (and that’s a good thing!), but certain common ground (common faith, worldview, political beliefs, or views about sex) may help you minimize unnecessary tension and conflict.
  • What will you do if a conflict arises? Even if you have common ground and similar priorities, you can’t avoid all conflict and disagreement. In fact, it may bring you closer. It’s good to have a plan for how you’ll listen and talk things through with your partner when you hit a bump in a road.
  • How will faith shape your relationship? Wherever you are in your faith journey, it’s important to remember that you and your boyfriend or girlfriend can always pray for one another, talk about your faith together, and encourage one another.

Unfortunately, not every relationship will last. But you get help, hope, and support when your relationship ends.

When Things Go Wrong

What if you break up? What if you get dumped? What if you’ve just left a boyfriend or girlfriend who became toxic or abusive? It can be devastating, but there’s always something you can do.

  • Find a Safe Place: If you’re living with a partner who makes you feel unsafe, find a safe, nurturing environment as soon as you can.
  • Care for Yourself: Remembering that nourishing your body, mind, and spirit is essential after a difficult or toxic relationship ends.
  • Reach out for Help: We have helped many people heal their broken hearts and rediscover their purpose after leaving a bad relationship. We are eager to support you, too.

You’ve come to the right place for hope and help with your dating life and romantic relationships. And that growth and renewal can start right now.

Dating Relationships can be complicated. But we’ve created podcasts, blogs, and e-books to help make things easier. Search our library with your questions:

  • How do I know if I’m with the right person?
  • Should I break up with my boyfriend or girlfriend?
  • Does my ex deserve another chance?

Most Recent Blogs on Dating

A Condom For The Heart

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I remember many years ago, reading an article about condoms. There was a big debate at the time as to whether condoms would slow down the sexual revolution and really make sex safer. There was a quote from a Catholic priest which I’ll never forget. He said, “I’ll believe in condoms..Read more

It Felt So Right

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Have you ever wondered, “Is my boyfriend right for me?” Have you stayed in a relationship too long with the wrong person? Are you trying to force a relationship to work when you know it is a lost cause? Then you will relate to this story originally posted on Issues..Read more

7 Reasons to be Just Friends

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Just Friends vs. Dating Being  “Just Friends” with someone from the opposite sex that you can just hang out with, while avoiding all the boyfriend/girlfriend drama, can be a real blessing. I wish every teenager and young adult could experience a friendship with someone from the opposite sex with no..Read more

What All Relationships Need to Survive

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Trust and Security After 25 years of taking countless phone calls on my radio show, I’ve heard thousands of stories about heartbreak due to relationship failures. What is so often lacking in all these relationships is a foundation of trust.  And without trust people have no sense of security and..Read more

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Cheating Boyfriend

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Tayla Had A Gut Feeling He Was A Cheating Boyfriend What would you do if you had a cheating boyfriend? “I found out that there was a high chance my boyfriend was cheating on me but unfortunately didn’t know for sure. So I was stressing out about how to go..Read more

Relationship

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My best friend, who is a girl, and myself were having difficulties in our relationship. Our parents told us to stop talking because we were getting too close. When we finally were able to talk again, this girl told me we needed to kill the relationship. I didn’t know what..Read more

Starting Over From Nothing

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Starting Over After The Fire It was two weeks ago today I was at work and working in the same building I lived in when a fire started right where I was. I used two extinguishers to attempt to put it out, but it had raced up the walls and..Read more

Relationship Issues

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I was around 18 years old when I called in for some guidance. I was in a sexual relationship with my girlfriend for almost a year when we broke up. Because of a sexual relationship outside of marriage I had confused the feelings I had for true love. When we..Read more

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Free eBook: Understanding a Relationship with God

A guide to understanding the basics of Christianity and a meaningful relationship with God.  Do You Feel Like Life is Meaningless? Are you wondering what your purpose is? Do you have questions about what Christians believe or what it means to be a Christian? At TheHopeLine we believe real and lasting HOPE can only come […]

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