Courtship. It’s the stage in a man and woman’s life where they get to know each other better. The HONORABLE MAN lays down his intentions to the woman whom he has been praying for (take a hint, ladies: he has a relationship with God), and if the woman agrees (take a hint, gentlemen: it has to be mutual, she has to like you too), they go out on dates by themselves. And no, it is not the same as boyfriend-girlfriend relationships, nor “mutual understanding” between two people.

Courtship has a GOAL. The man and the woman SEEK THE LORD and learn more about each other, with MARRIAGE IN MIND. (Take a huge hint here and everywhere, gentlemen!) The honorable man doesn’t court a girl for the heck of it. He does so with much apprehension and fear of possible rejection, and at the same time with much boldness and conviction, sure that he wants to pursue the woman (another hint, ladies: the man pursues you) and possibly marry her.

The honorable man is emotionally ready and is spiritually mature. He does NOT let his emotions rule him. He seeks God first and he guards his heart AND actions. The honorable man has a PLAN! He clearly lays down his intentions to the woman. He does not mislead her by hanging around her often and not saying a word about what he’s doing. He courts her IN THE OPEN, not hiding behind “friendship.” And he lays down his intentions because he is READY TO BACK IT UP with a marriage proposal — ready for a lifetime commitment, ready to provide, ready to lay down his life for his wife just as Christ did for the church. (Take a huge hint here, ladies: If a man is spending way too much time with you, getting to know you without even stating his intentions, HE IS NOT HONORING YOU. Don’t allow any man to dishonor you, no matter how much you actually like him.)

Whether or not the two end up together, courtship will still be a success. It will accomplish its goal. The only time it is not successful is when the man and the woman cross the line, when they stop honoring each other. They cannot go back to friendship or even civility if they do not remain pure and holy before the Lord. They cannot go back to friendship if they do not maintain mutual respect for each other. They will have a difficult time healing from unnecessary heartache caused by broken promises. (Hint, ladies and gentlemen: courtship is not a license for you to let your guard down emotionally, physically and spiritually. Guard your words, guard your actions, guard your heart.)

I am inspired to write this because I am seeing this before my very eyes. Honor and nobility are not dead among our men! ๐Ÿ™‚

But the noble make noble plans,

and by noble deeds they stand. Isaiah 32:8

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About Phoebe Torres-Lucero

I am Phoebe Torres-Lucero, wife of a loving husband & dedicated pastor, King, and mother to three wonderful, smart, active little girls, Danae, Noelle and Gianna. Phoebe means bright and radiant. Torres means towers. Lucero means light. Put together, my name speaks of a tower of bright, radiant light. And that is what I hope to be as I write and share with you some of my experiences, especially on being a mom.

15 responses »

  1. Thine says:

    “Right smack in the middle” blog! Hehehe!!! I love it!!!

    You will also learn things (in detail) like this by talking to people who went ahead of you – married people ( like Phoebe and Pk)
    Men and women, seek counseling and acountability as you enter courtship or diff season of relationships (i.e engagement, marriage). God brings us people who can stand and pray with us in our diff seasons in life!!!

  2. woohoo to this Ms. Phoebe “I am inspired to write this because I am seeing this before my very eyes. Honor and nobility are not dead among our men!” =)

  3. thank you ms. phoebe.. you and ptr. king are an inspiration to us singles ๐Ÿ™‚

    may God further bless you and your family…

  4. […] I wrote about the honorable man and the courageous man, I think it is only fair to write about the HONORABLE WOMAN. If I was bold […]

  5. Thomas Maia says:

    I love it ate. Congratulations!!! Keep it up.
    I’m confident that God is really happy with you. Come on!!!
    God bless. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Reblogged this on Como amar and commented:
    It is important to remember to always GUARD YOUR HEART AND GUARD YOUR ACTIONS

  7. iamjenicejoy says:

    Hi ms phoebe! Just want to thank you for writing this blog, i reblog at my journey his glory http://www.jenicejoy.wordpress.com hope its ok ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. iamjenicejoy says:

    Reblogged this on My Journey, His glory… and commented:
    Thank you Ms. Phoebe Lucero for writing this blogโ€ฆ Im personally blessed and learned a lot from this post, so iโ€™m pleased to share this post to my readers. For more of Phoebe Luceroโ€™s sari saring stories visit http://www.phoebelucero.com

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