Reentering the dating scene after divorce

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Do you understand what went wrong in your last relationship? Can you identify what a healthy relationship needs to look like for you?

Give yourself the freedom of a little time and make sure your past is firmly in the past, along with the infamous “bitterness baggage,” before giving love a second chance. No, you don’t have to make every date a group date; just make sure you have good friends in your corner. Let the people nearest and dearest to you encourage and support you as you dive back into the dating game. Take a new class, get a new haircut, and eat healthier than ever.

I then became an involuntary eavesdropper to one side of a very heated conversation. After he hung up, he apologized, saying that even 10 years after his divorce, his ex-wife still made him crazy.

I would have excused myself to give him some privacy, but I was trapped in the passenger seat.

He went from amiable and agreeable to angry and agitated.

We both tried to shrug it off, but the date flatlined.

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The questions below are written with the assumption you are already dating someone but they are worth pondering whether you’re already dating or just thinking about re-entering the dating scene.

Still, it can be intimidating to re-enter the world of dating.

Need a little encouragement before you take that plunge? It sounds like trite advice, but it’s worth following: Don’t date until you’re ready to date. If you’re serious about finding love again, make sure you understand where you are in the healing process.

Now is the time for a heart-to-heart talk with yourself.

Pray for insight before answering the reality check questions below. Ponder this reading and share your thoughts with God.

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