• Let a trusted friend or family member know exactly whereyou're going and when you'll be back. Give them all the information you have on the person you're going to meet.
• Park your car a few blocks away and walk to the meeting place.
Or better yet, take a cab or bus. Remember, your secret identity is still precious. License plate numbers can be easily traced.
• Either bring a friend with you or have a friend remain close "on the sly". If things get too weird, you can always duck out together.
Someone would be less prone to pursuing you if you're not alone.
• Don't make your date an all-day affair. An hour or two is sufficient. In fact, you'll probably know in the first few minutes if you want to see them again or not.
• Look for any strange behaviors. Someone who's disrespectful, inappropriate, or angers at the drop of a hat is not the type of person who exemplifies Christ, or is pleasant to be around.
Also, watch for any discrepancies in what they've already told you. Is there a question they keep dancing around? A story that keeps changing?
These are huge warning signs. Lastly, if you suspect that something's not on the up-and-up, try this: look at the ring finger of the left hand.
If there's a tan line orindentation where a wedding band usually lies, get out ofthere--FAST.
Remember, if at any time during the online dating process you feel uncomfortable, you can turn around and walk away.
Don't worry about hurting feelings or embarrassing someone. Your safety is much more important than that. Believe me, they'll get over it.
Tip #6: Listen to Your Heart
My nieces sing an adorable song that says, “Listen to your heart, pitter pitter pat.
Your heart will tell you this and your heart will tell you that.” No truer words have ever been said. And that brings us to our last tip.
It's one that I'm repeating because it's so important to Christian singles: Listen to the still, small voice of the Holy Spirit throughout. If something's wrong, He'll tell you.
And if He does tell you something, don't ignore it. Christian singles can get so caught up in the whirlwind emotions of a budding romance that other things get drowned out.
Again, God knows what's best for you and yes, He wants you to have it.
Trust in Him, and he will guide your path.
About the Author:
Jason Whitney is an author and copywriter whose new book “The Christian Singles Guide to Online Dating and Matchmaking” offers an easy-to-follow roadmap to help you find God’s perfect partner. To learn more, go to www.ChristianDatingMadeEasy.com