“Date your spouse.”
The above-mentioned phrase is becoming more widespread among married couples, and I love it because the more I hear this phrase, the more I notice other couples excitedly making time to date their spouse. Love is such a beautiful thing!
My husband and I are huge proponents of date nights. Although, admittedly, as a mama of two kids under five, breaking away from the kids’ activities and schedules is a bit of a challenge. Nevertheless, we do what it takes to enjoy time together to talk, laugh, and have fun together. My husband and I may have known each other for quite some time, yet date nights allow us to learn more about each other, especially as we continue to grow as individuals, parents, and partners and even more so when we include God on our dates.
The following are ways to include God on dates with your partner!
Connect through faith
Whether you’re enjoying a coffee date or a romantic dinner, make it a point to share a story with your spouse about how God has worked in your life. In discussing God during your date, the conversation will deepen, you will learn more about one another, and you and your partner will certainly enjoy talking about your journeys with each other.
Pursue God together
This may be a more obvious suggestion, but take some time on your date, whether before your movie begins, during a nature walk, before eating, or as you watch the sunset, to worship God together. Join hands, bow your heads, and thank God for allowing you to enjoy this time together. Give Him praise for your marriage and thank Him for all He has done in your lives.
Tap into your childhood
Do you remember the days when you would lay on the grass, look up at the clouds, and point out which shapes or animals the clouds resemble? Well, take your partner by the hand, enjoy a picnic outside, and look at the clouds together. Often, the simple gestures mean the most. “His way is in the whirlwind and the storm, and clouds are the dust of his feet” (Nahum 1:3). As you lay with your spouse, reflect on your lives together and how God is moving you closer to Him.
Enjoy weekday or weekend services followed by brunch! Honor God through a worship session and extend the celebration with a yummy meal. During your date, remember to mention the sermon from earlier, and enjoy your afternoon of love, food, and faith.
My husband and I may have known each other for quite some time, yet date nights allow us to learn more about each other, especially as we continue to grow as individuals, parents, and partners and even more so when we include God on our dates
A wonderful way to serve God, enjoy your spouse, and give back is to volunteer. Before heading to dinner or the movies, take an hour out of your day, together, and volunteer at a local nonprofit, charity, or shelter. Choose an act of service you both enjoy and help your community. “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God” (1 Peter 4:10).
Nurture your foundation with date nights, the foundation of your family and your foundation of faith. Think of your relationship as a vegetable garden – you wouldn’t go days or even weeks without watering your garden, picking the weeds, and ridding your garden of bugs, right? Well, marriages require meeting needs, too, and there’s no better way to keep a marriage together and alive than through intentional, faith-fueled actions.