Then more time went by and the site finally connected me with a man that is now my husband. Nevertheless, even with that came more lessons in patience. It took another three months before we began having regular telephone conversations. He wasn’t sure about dating someone six hundred miles away. However, we did start communicating and really got along well. We met in person and even passed that test — our first date ended up lasting for nine hours. Neither of us wanted the date to end. You would think that would be the end of my patience trial. However, it wasn't. Our long distance courtship lasted almost three and a half years. He was in the middle of working on a college degree and wasn't in a place to move on.

Eventually things did escalate quite a bit. He proposed and four months later, we got married. Then one more month later, I moved six hundred miles to where I am now — happily married and finally in the same state. God knew what He was doing when He did not let my e-dating experience be instantaneous, like I had wanted. Patience is a good quality to learn about before entering into a marriage.

May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. ~ Romans 15:5-6 NIV

Jennifer Heeren has always loved to write. In the last decade, she has enjoyed writing encouraging blog messages. She loves to write things that bring people hope and encouragement. Her cup is always at least half-full. She lives near Atlanta, Georgia with her husband. Visit her at www.jenniferheeren.com.

Publication date: February 7, 2013