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October 17, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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Love True Love
One of my favorite movies is The Princess Bride. I love everything about it— from the heroine’s name being Buttercup to when the servant boy said, “As you wish,” but truly meant “I love you,” or that classic one liner, “Wuv tru wuv.”
But the true reason why I love the movie so much is because it brings back memories of the first years of my marriage. Those early years were tough but so precious to me. They were filled with so much promise and young love. Those memories really have helped when I have forgotten my true love for my beloved.
Let’s be honest, marriage is challenging, and we need every tool we can utilize to help us get through those challenging times. Since February is the “month of love,” the Married Couples Ministry would like to challenge you to remember your true love for your beloved. So, enjoy reminiscing about memories that have helped you through those challenging times.
“I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine . . .”— Song of Solomon 6:3 (NASB)
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Date Night Ideas for February
Challenge 1: Movie Night
Plan a movie night watching your favorite movie or movies when you were first married. This can be a challenge for some of you, especially if you have been married for a long, long time. You may not remember or your spouse may have a totally different movie in mind—that’s what makes it fun. This will open the doors of communication to discuss the early years and why you fell in love. Enjoy! And don’t forget the popcorn and large soda!
Challenge 2: Play Hooky
Remember when you were first dating and couldn’t wait to see each other? You may have even played hooky from work or school and spent the day enjoying the time together. Why not play hooky again? Plan a day to play hooky and go to your favorite places together and enjoy being carefree and in love. At the end of the day, plan a romantic evening for two at your favorite restaurant. And if you want to make it really fun, don’t tell anyone how you spent your day. Instead, make it your own little secret. How scandalous would that be? Oh, la la!
Challenge 3: Love Letter Challenge
Did you save all the love letters and cards your beloved had written to you when you were dating? Are they wrapped in a beautiful satin ribbon? Maybe you put them in a memory book for safe keeping and every now and again you take them out to read. Just reading the words that express their true love for you can make your heart go a hundred miles per minute. Here’s a challenge for you: Write seven love letters to each other. They don’t have to be mushy—they could be things you admire about your spouse that you may not have ever expressed to them before. Be sure to give a letter every day to each other for seven days. Watch and see the effects a simple letter written from the heart can do. It will make the toughest days seem effortless.
Did you take advantage of one of these ideas? We want to hear from you! Share your dates on social media by using the hashtag #SoFloDateNight and tagging @CCFLCouples. You can also e-mail MarriedCouples@CalvaryFTL.org about your date night story!
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