"[B]ut we aren't worried, since we know God has a plan for their lives." I think it would be nice if society downplayed the dating pressures kids often feel by middle school, and encouraged postponing marriage until both parties are mature, have finished schooling and are income-earning.But if this doesn't describe the Ultimate Paternal Control Freak, what would qualify?
"Before a young man and woman actually begin courting, the girl's father and the interested fellow spend time getting to know one another.National Day Of Prayer "Update" Speaking of "kingmaker" Dobson, did you know he is behind the annual "national day of prayer" fuss?Under Reagan, of course, Congress took action to declare the first Thursday in May as a "National Day of Prayer," fixing what had been a roving date since the scheme was inaugurated in the 1950's.Yes, indeed, the Ryuns write: "In our home, a young man interested in Heather or Catharine is apt to find himself playing basketball with Ned and Drew [their brothers], or helping out in the kitchen after dinner."But wait, there's even more fun in store for the young man "interested" in Ryun's children."Courtship activities may include a family missions trip, prison ministry, or similar service-oriented endeavors.Find top Christian single books for men and women interested in being in relationship, Christian marriage advice books and general dating advice for Christians on love, romance, dating tips & more.January/February 1996 Editor's Corner By Annie Laurie Gaylor In these sometimes grim days under the sway of the Religious Right, you take your humor where you can find it.(The article adds magnanimously and parenthetically, "Of course, the mother can take this role in families where the father is not available.") This is actually a little misleading, since permission is never granted to "take the daughter out." Courtship, the Ryuns explain, "means that the young man must be spiritually and financially prepared to marry her if they fall in love.Otherwise, don't even bother starting a relationship." Redundantly, the Ryuns add that "this effectively means no courtship or dating during the high school years, and perhaps not until after college graduation." Here is a blow-by-blow description of a heavy date, Ryun-style: "If a young man is interested in a young woman, he starts by praying about the relationship.In so many ways, the enemy tried mightily to derail the most celebrated and observed day in NDP history.My heart breaks over your stories--how much you went through on the front lines!