I still remember my very first relationship and breakup, I was 19 and my boyfriend of 9 months broke up with me. I was heartbroken and really thought that I would die. The pain was insupportable and every morning felt like somebody had just rammed a new dagger into my heart.
Since that very first time, I’ve gone through that feeling of premature death a lot. And every time I ask myself how did I get here? Why did I not see it coming? Why am I hurting so much?
I believe that a breakup is not necessarily a bad thing. Oftentimes we can be happy when God shows us that he isn’t the one before it takes a turn for the worse or gets more complicated. After all, nobody wants to get a divorce, break-up with kids involved or move out of a shared apartment. But what if I tell you that if we listen to God from the start we are able to foresee a breakup and be able to handle it better.
But what if I tell you that if we listen to God from the start we are able to foresee a breakup and be able to handle it better. As our father and protector, He gives us hints and signs that the man we have been seeing isn’t for us and it’s time to move on.
So if you’ve been dating or courting someone and noticed these changes, then God might be telling you it’s time to call it quits:
His words don’t match his actions
One of my favorite quotes is by Maya Angelou and I bet you know it:
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‘When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time’
Simple but pivotal. If the guy you are dating keeps telling you how much he misses you but never makes time to meet, something is off. Same for the man that repeatedly keeps showing interest in other women, while simultaneously assuring you that you’re the only one he wants. Boy bye!
As women, we are blessed with ‘intuition’, which I believe is the holy spirit working in us and giving us highly developed discernment. Trust your intuition (the holy spirit in you) and pray for revelation to make sure that you are not misled. By doing so you will be able to tell whether his actions align with his words and if you should remain in the relationship.
He doesn’t know what he wants
The good old ‘what are we’ conversation. In our head, it takes place at least once a week, but in reality, it takes weeks until it actually happens. We try to introduce the topic spontaneously and act super laid back doing so. That’s when he hits us with the ‘Let’s just see where this goes and take it slow’ attitude.
Usually, that’s when I run to the bathroom, ask the holy spirit to take over and remove all sharp objects around #keepingitreal. But on a more practical note that should be the moment when you take a mental note – Issa Red Flag!
We all know that the bible says ‘He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord’ (Proverbs 18:22 NIV). So if he found you, but doesn’t even know what he was looking for, how does he know if you are really a good thing for him?
It’s like wandering through a department store and buying a pair of expensive heels because they look good on the shelf. After 3 weeks in the closet, you realize that you should never have gotten them because they don’t fit any of the clothes (lifestyle) you have. Because deep down you are a Nike and Sandals kinda girl.
A man who doesn’t clearly communicates what he wants from the beginning is stringing you along to see if it will change over time. Luckily scripture is clear on the fact that a man should be able to lead you, meaning he needs to have a vision of where the relationship will go.
His attention drops
Ohh I hate when that happens. The first 3 months he treats you like a princess. He takes you out to your favorite restaurants, calls you at 8am just to say good morning and listens to your favorite celebrity stories. Pure bliss!
Out of the blue everything changes. He doesn’t care about taking you out anymore and prefers getting McDonald’s drive-thru for every date. He only calls you when you ask him to and every time you mention a celebrity name he rolls his eyes. Deep down you know that something is wrong, but you brush it off and tell yourself that it is normal.
While I do think that a relationship eventually leaves the honeymoon stage and becomes a constant part of your life, I want you to understand that certain things shouldn’t just happen to charm you the first 3 months. And it is your job to determine what type of relationship you want.
God will allow a man to show you his real self so that the two of you can connect on an authentic level. If the real him is nothing like the person you first met, however, then this is your hint that you don’t match. Just because you have been getting to know each other for a while and you would like to be in a relationship you shouldn’t force it.
Instead, let’s thank God for ending things early so that you only cry for two weeks instead of two months. We have to understand that God knows us better than we do and will match us with the man that is best for us. That man won’t lose interested and treat us well forever.
You prayed for God to show you if he is the one
Now, ladies, this is a big one, so listen clearly! If you are praying to God and asking Him to show you whether the guy you are seeing is the right one for you and suddenly this same person starts acting up. He stops calling and texting or goes off the radio for days. That is your sign!
I know it hurts, especially if things were fine just a week ago. However, God is a God of action and protection. Which means he will end things if the man you’re pursuing isn’t your husband. This also means that it is not an invitation to blow up his phone and convince him to change.
We should always strive to retain a balance between our actions and our faith in God. Because at the end of the day God will do what is right in his sight. And we need to believe that whatever that is, is good for us.
God showed you..What now?
If one or more of these scenarios apply to you and deep down in your heart you’ve known that God has been telling you to end the relationship I want you to pray for discernment, wisdom, and courage.
For discernment so that you are able to tell the difference in behavior early on. For wisdom to know what to do and what to say. And lastly for the courage to execute what God has put on your heart even if it hurts.
If you are struggling to hear God’s voice on that topic, consider going on a fast. This will help you to draw closer to God and focus all your attention on Him.