Names: Jamal & Natasha Miller
How they met: We met through Facebook. Natasha befriended Jamal in 2009 then began corresponding with one another in Fall of 2012.
How long they dated before getting engaged: We dated 5 months prior to getting engaged.
How they knew they were "the one" for one another:
We were long distance during our whole dating relationship. Jamal lived in Illinois and Natasha lived in California. Jamal and Natasha both agree that during their courtship they felt the undeniable “PEACE” of God. Through every conversation and decision, we felt an overwhelming sense of Gods peace and support. Prior to meeting each other, we both asked the Lord to provide his peace as a confirmation of being in His will regarding our mates.
Celibate during courtship? Yes.
Status: Married 4 years in July
Challenges faced dating God's way:
Being long distance, we saw each other every month for about 2 to 3 days max. So, you can only imagine how excited we were to see each other each visit, we had to set out strong boundaries from the get go. There were moments where we did get a little too close, but every time that happened we set up a new set of boundaries and reached out to our communities for accountability. We also, had to remain confident in our ability to hear from God in the midst of our dating and engagement season. Their were moments when some people did not understand why we decided to get married so quickly and had questions, we had to remain confident, safe and secure in our decision to build with one another. We had peace from God and approval and support from our family, pastors and friends so we chose to stay focused and allow God to write our love story!
Advice they would give others trying to date God's way as well: We encourage those who desire to date Gods way to never take Him out of the equation especially when it comes to your future marriage. When you have removed Him from your relationship and are no longer depending on Him, you enter into dangerous territory. You (continued in comments 👇🏽) @marriedandyoung @natashaannmiller #howtodategodsway