Start your date by reading Song of Solomon 7:6. Make part of your date a conversation sharing with each other how your spouse is “pleasant” and the things about them that delight you.
How beautiful you are and how pleasant, my love, with such delights!
— Song of Solomon 7:6
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Any act of kindness is also an act of love. However, too often we give kindness only to those we love and ignore some of the people that need it most. In Proverbs, we’re taught that when we extend kindness to the poor it is a loan to the Lord. Jesus taught in Luke 14 that when we give a feast we should invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. Others that could use kindness are the widowed, elderly, single moms, a struggling college student. These people are around us every day. Prior to your date, purchase a grocery store gift card for an amount you can afford. While out on your date, give the gift card away to a stranger. If they will allow it, pray with them. If they won’t, pray for them after you leave.
Note: If you have not created a date jar, use twelve craft sticks or pieces of paper and write a date night idea that you would like to do, but haven’t on each one. Place them in a jar and each month pull one out and go do it.
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Surprises can generate excitement. There is something about not knowing what the other person is planning that creates a sense of expectation. God tells us that His thoughts are not our thoughts and His ways are not our ways (Isaiah 55:8-9). Just as we know we can trust our heavenly Father with His thoughts and ways because we know He is for us with only plans to prosper us, we should also be able to trust our spouse to make only good plans and have only good thoughts toward us. Only one of you pull out a date and don’t reveal it your spouse. The one that pulled out the date, will make all the plans, invite your spouse out for a surprise date and take your spouse out for the date that was selected from the jar.
Husbands, pick up a corsage for your wife and ladies, get a boutonniere for him. Wear them out on your date. Even if the date you pull out of the jar is a sporting event and you wear jeans and t-shirts, wear your corsage and boutonniere.
Weaknesses are opportunities for growth. We all have them, but recognizing them and finding ways to improve them make for a healthy relationship. Rate yourself on a scale of 1-10 in the following areas: spiritual maturity, willingness to forgive, unity, selflessness, decision making, communication, avoidance, conflict resolution, ability to admit to wrongs, anger management, respect, intimacy, romance, willingness to serve, taking time to have fun. Scores at the lower end of the scale indicate weakness and opportunities for growth.