I am interested in dating a girl that I have become friends with over the past year. She is talented and beautiful, a slender brunette. I like how her voice becomes so happy when talking to me, and her eyes become of joy. She is shy, and very cautious; especially about dating. There is another girl that likes me, but I do not have interest in her. She has a degree of talent, but is average in appearance. A good friend for a good time, but she has misinterpreted my outgoing demeanor. Still, I think it is healthy to have a friend one is not "interested" in. I'm praying about it, believe me. Many of my posts identify me as a Christian, a ministry student no less. I feel that the Lord has placed the first girl on my heart. Of course, my heart is wicked like all hearts, but I have truly developed an affection for the beautiful girl. We have been friends for over a year. I was offset by her shyness at first, but have grown to adore that about her. It may take some work to pursue her. She does not exactly hang out much, and past dating has left her feeling awkward. I look at her, and see so much beauty despite what others may call a mess. I talked to my pastor about some of it. He brought up how he never had difficulty getting to know anyone. The truth is, I'm usually good at getting to know people, too. The issue is, I don't want to go with the girl that I know likes me. I want the one that requires more work and inspires me more. Frankly, I don't want some random attractive girl, either. I really like the one that I have gotten to know this past year. Again, I'm praying about it. Advice or thoughts, anyone?