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July 24, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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Welcome Calvary Couples!
We’re so glad you’ve decided to participate in our September Date Night Challenge. We know that dating is part of a healthy rhythm for thriving marriages, and we’re excited to partner with you on this journey. If you’re new to Date Night Challenge, we want to let you know that this will not only inspire you, but give you tips on how to have creative and successful date nights.
This month, we’ll focus on the deep connection that happens when married couples find unity in their differences. Romans 12:10 (NIV) says, “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” An easy way to accomplish this with your spouse is to make intentional investments into the things you’re both passionate about.
Whether you’re newlyweds or you’ve been married for decades, you’ve likely discovered that not all of your passions and hobbies are shared—and that’s okay! It’s not uncommon for husbands and wives to like different things. Let’s take movies for example, one of you may like war movies, while the other may like romantic love stories. One of you may like the ballet, while the other likes the buffet!
It’s important to embrace your differences. Yes, marriage requires sacrifice, but that doesn’t mean you should abandon your passions when they don’t match with your spouse’s. One way you can treat your differences is to be intentional about stepping into each other’s worlds. Differences allow you to cultivate intimacy when you make what’s important to your spouse important to you. Jesus modeled this for us when He was choosing His disciples. For instance, although Jesus was a carpenter by trade, when He entered Peter’s world He joined Peter in his boat to go fishing (Luke 5:1-11).
This month the Married Couples Ministry wants to help you continue to “build a better us.”
September Date Night Challenge
Create space to spend time with each over dinner, on a blanket at the beach, or during a candle lit night in your own backyard. Discuss your passions. Talk about the things that get you excited, the things that keep you up at night, the interests you have, and the hobbies you love. Here are some questions to help:
Remember, consistent investments will keep your marriage alive and thriving! We pray that you’ll create value in each other as you honor one another above yourself. God bless you!
We want to hear from you! E-mail MarriedCouples@CalvaryFTL.org about your date night story! Share your dates on social media by tagging your photos with #SoFloDateNight to encourage other couples with what the Lord is doing in your marriage!