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With that said, he never judged me for my experiences.
He understood and listened with thoughtful curiosity.
A few weeks ago I came across a blog post titled 10 Women Christian Men Should Not Marry. It advised against marrying women who are not followers of Christ, as well as women who love to gossip or slander. As for the rest of the list, I cannot agree with much of it–mostly because his “types” are only bad stereotypes, which isn’t very helpful.
However, I was surprised and then a little bit tickled when I discovered this type of women at #3: “The Older Woman.” Under this category, the author explained that marrying an older woman is not a sin, but it’s also not “God’s ideal.” He goes on to reason that it “requires an extra measure of grace to lead a woman who’s older than you.”As his scriptural justification he cited Adam and Eve: “God intentionally (with good reason! Scripture informs us that God created man first chronologically for the sake of authority!
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Which gets to the problem with this blogger’s advice: it cannot be generalized. My heart is especially tender for this latter category of singles, since I have a number of single friends in their 30’s and 40’s who long to be married but have fewer and fewer options available to them.Some of his maturity comes from his particular life experience, but a lot of it comes from anchoring his identity in Christ.He isn’t the guy who has to “prove” how strong or smart or manly he is.He is not the same man that he was when we met, and neither am I. That’s why I both sympathize with yet reject the advice not to marry an older woman.On the one hand, the difference between a 20 year-old man and a 25 year-old woman can be significant.
Too often they reflect more about the list-maker’s personal preferences than solid biblical counsel.