1) Don’t take advice from those too young to give it out.
I agree. It's best to ask advice of those who have a bit of experience, and are not stuck in the "puppy love" phase.
2) Don’t take advice from someone who immediately asks sexual or sensual questions. That isn't what it's all about.
VERY true. Don't repeat a date with someone who does this, as well.
3) Date only those you feel are potential mates, no one else. That is sort of the point of dating, yes?
I've agreed to this in a previous post. It's a waste of time and pointless to be "dating" if you aren't potentially going to marry the individual. If you are, it's not dating, but, hanging out with your friends. Or, you aren't looking for marriage, only a good time. You have to define your personal reasons for dating.
4) Pray about it. God may have neither of them planned for you. For instance, are they Orthodox?
This is great advice. Don't be heartbroken if your dream date turns out to be a nightmare. It is true that God has a plan for each one of us. Don't hurry up and accept the person who is not the one God has chosen for you.
5) Don’t rush into anything.
There's no need to rush. You are young, and if you wish to have children, you've got time. This is a lifelong decision. Take your time. Think about it. Pray about it.
6) Follow your heart as God provides.
I agree. Give thanks to God at all times and in all situations. If the current "date" doesn't work, it only means there's a better one waiting for you.
Mostly, before you invest your heart, be sure this man fits your criteria. Granted nobody is perfect, neither he, nor she...however, everyone has something they are "looking" for. I would think first on the list would his Faith. He must be Orthodox. Then whatever you find pleasing - sense of humor, romantic, laughs with you, not at you....doesn't put you down. Doesn't put down your family, your heritage, etc. Doesn't put down anything you find valuable. Doesn't belittle others.
Do you miss him, when you aren't with him? That alone, says a lot.
Finally, my mom gave me a piece of advice when I came "of age". When I finally am thinking about getting serious, I need to sit down to a card game with the fella. LOL! I laughed when she said that. She was serious. She said that in playing the "game" of cards, he will show his true self. Will he be overly competitive, combative, throw a hissy fit when he loses, try to cheat, etc. Or will he be mild mannered in the game, even be willing to lose, so, you could win. It works like a charm.
Wishing you the best of luck in finding the spouse, not only of your dreams, but, the one God has chosen to be the best fit for you.