Marriage from A to Z

Principles for a Successful Marriage

When Was the Last Time You Had a Date With Your Spouse?

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     Since last Friday was Valentine’s Day, many of you probably celebrated with a date.  The word date is often used at the beginning of a relationship.  It is the time that a couple goes out to different social events while assessing the other’s suitability as a partner in an intimate relationship or as a spouse.  Unfortunately, after one decides that the person is suitable for being a spouse, dating often becomes a thing of the past. 

     This week I want to encourage you to date your spouse as often as you can.  My goal is to make it happen at least once a week.  Although this is my goal, we don’t quite meet this goal every week.  However, I do have friends who have made this commitment with their spouse and it works out nicely. Dating your spouse on a regular is one of the best things that you can do to take your marriage to another level.

     Dating is so beneficial to a marriage relationship.  It helps to bring a couple closer together, it keeps your relationship feeling fresh, fun and strong!  There are so many different ways to have a date until it never has to get boring.  Every week you could plan to do something different, go some place different or invite another couple to join you.  There are so many places to go and things to see. You can date with money or without.  The key to a successful date is learning how to spend time totally focusing on each other.

     I know you are thinking of all of the reasons why you can’t do this.  You are going to have to change your thinking and become intentional about planning regular dates with your spouse.  You have to make it happen.  If you have young children, connect with another couple and exchange.  You can keep their kids while they get a date and then, allow them to do the same for you.  If you are single, see if you can help a couple to have a date night by keeping their children.  If money is tight, be creative and look for free events.  Dates do not have to be expensive, it’s all about spending quality time together.  Tomorrow is not promised, you have to make time to date your spouse.  Let your spouse know that he/she is a priority to you. We often make time for everything else, but don’t make enough time for the person who God is holding us responsible for, our spouse. Don’t put it off any longer.  Make some plans for this weekend.  

 

Until next week  . . .

 

Carolyn

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