We had met in college and built a solid friendship through the years, but I had not considered him in a romantic way (although he repeatedly let me know that he was somewhat interested in me).

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” It turns out we were not in sync on these issues, and I decided to end the relationship. But I began to notice subtle patterns that bothered me.

His job often seemed more important to him than our relationship, and he would repeatedly put friends or family before me.

“No, this is not the one for you.” After that I made the difficult decision to break up with the guy. But I’m convinced it is much less hurtful than spending your life being miserable in a marriage.

After that relationship, I had come to the end of my dating rope.

But in each relationship there were things that didn’t feel quite right.

In some relationships, I found myself compromising some of my values to be more in line with that guy’s.

For someone whose “love language” is spending quality time together, that was a major issue.

When friends began to point out other red flags about our relationship, I took some time to seriously seek God’s will on the matter.

I began to see in Matt several of those “husband material traits” that I had been searching for with other guys.

I ran down the partial list in my head and realized they were all there. As I began to observe his life and how he interacted with others, as well as how wonderfully he always treated me, I decided that there could really be something here.

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