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October 17, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“Fall”-ing in Love
“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”—Isaiah 43:19 (NIV)
Here in Florida, we’re finally starting to feel a bit of a season change. Typically, the weather goes from humid to slightly less humid and then hopefully a cooler crisp air in the mornings and evenings. With the change of season comes a good reminder for us that seasons change in our marriages, too. November is a perfect time to stop, slow down, and be grateful for what’s to come.
Last month, we challenged you and your spouse to remember the old things that have passed. This month, we invite you to celebrate and focus on the good things in store. God is always doing a new thing. Even when autumn comes and trees shed their leaves, it’s always in preparation for what will bloom in spring. As we continually grow as one, we must cling to God, His Word, and each another as we prepare for the future.
Throughout November, be encouraged to enjoy the season you’re in, both physically and in your relationship. Set aside time to take inventory of and be thankful for your marriage—recall answered prayers, accomplishments, and goals that have been met this year.
This month’s date night ideas are designed to help you be intentional in your marriage prior to entering what is usually a busy holiday season. May they help you look at your spouse with thanksgiving and give you a chance to serve others together.
Date Night Ideas for November
Challenge 1: All the Fall Things
Though the leaves don’t change color in Florida, it’s a perfect time to enjoy outdoor activities that help us appreciate the weather and get cozy together. Plan a bonfire and roast some marshmallows in the fire pit. Or perhaps make a drive to a local farm that has a corn maze or sunflower field. Do something that helps you appreciate the physical change of the season while you rekindle your romance in the brisk fall weather.
Challenge 2: Serve the Fallen
While November is known for Thanksgiving holiday, it’s also the month we celebrate our veterans who served our country. With this in mind, make serving others a date. Take a list from a local church or food pantry and go shopping for items together. Local homeless shelters are always in need of volunteers to pass out groceries, prepare gift bags, or serve food. Think outside of the box, and make a date out of serving others in need. Giving is a way we show our thankfulness for what God has entrusted us with.
Challenge 3: Fall Away
If you’re planning to go out of town to visit family for Thanksgiving weekend, take advantage of your new surroundings and get away for a moment to be alone together. If you don’t have any travel plans, it may be the perfect time to plan a quick getaway nearby. There’s nothing more refreshing for your relationship than getting away from work and friends to be together, undistracted. In South Florida, some hotels even have resort passes where you can book a cabana for a few hours or a spa day without having to spend the night. Whatever your budget and time allows, make sure it’s a time where phones are put away and you’re focusing on each other and your marriage.
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!