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October 24, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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Peace and Love
“He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?”—Micah 6:8 (NKJV)
It’s a new year, and with it comes a new world of possibilities. As you get your calendar out and make lists of resolutions, vacation plans, and more, we challenge you to be protective of your time together as husband and wife. Though you may feel pressured to “make up” for all the things you weren’t able to do in 2020, remember God has a reason for everything. As difficult and unexpected as this past year was, we can all admit that God used it to slow us down as a society and to remind us that He’s in control and He’s who we need the most when times get tough. Allow that mindset to carry you and your spouse into 2021! Slow down, simplify your schedules, and walk hand in hand with God and each other. Below are just a few ways in which you can do just that!
Date Night Ideas for January
Challenge 1: Most Important Meal of the Day
Pick a morning to have breakfast together at your favorite spot. This can be out on your balcony, outside of a local coffee shop, or even in your bed! Start your day out together praying and dreaming about what 2021 can look like for your family. Ask each other how you can best support each other’s goals and protect one another’s time.
Challenge 2: Relive Your First Dance
Do you remember what song you danced to at your wedding? Or, if you didn’t have a big reception, what’s that song that reminds you of your relationship? Play it through a speaker at home and have your “first dance” all over again in your living room. Sometimes, music has a way of saying more than words ever could, and a few minutes of swaying, spinning, and even stepping on each other’s feet can bring you closer than ever!
Challenge 3: The Home Edit
January is a great month to be “out with the old and in with the new.” Grab your spouse and decide which small area of your home you want to tidy up together. This may not sound like a dream date, but the conversations that come as you clean out the fridge or go through your child’s closet can be incredibly meaningful! Going through these items may bring back memories you hadn’t thought about in a long time and remind you what a great team you both make.
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!