September Date Night Challenge

What comes to mind when you think about a date night with your sweetheart? Does it include flowers and whispering sweet nothings to each other? Candlelight dinners? Going to the movies and sharing a box of popcorn and a super-sized soda? It all sounds so sweet and loving. But what about a date night that involves labor—something that can possibly make you sweat? Well, here is the challenge for this month: to have a date night that involves work. Remember that saying, “Anything worth having is worth working for”? Our marriages are worth working for! Instead of doing your normal date night, how about changing it up and doing an activity that involves the both of you laboring together this month?

Date Night Ideas:

Challenge 1: Two Is Better Than One

Rent a tandem bike or a kayak for two! This can be a challenging experience because it will take the both of you to peddle the bike or row the boat. It will challenge the both of you to communicate and listen to each other in order to reach your goal—to not fall over or tip over! You’ll be surprised how much fun you’ll have and how accomplished you’ll feel at the end.

Challenge 2: What’s Cookin’, Good Lookin’?

If physical activities aren’t your thing, how about taking a cooking course or preparing a meal together at home? Making a homemade meal—from scratch!— will challenge you two to follow instructions and work together as a team. And the finished product is a delicious dinner for two!

Challenge 3: The Key to My Heart

Do you like playing games or solving puzzles? Try going to an Escape Room for your date night! If you’re not familiar with this, the premise of the game is that you and your partner are locked in a room and you have to figure out the clues together in order to “escape.” But here’s the kicker: there’s a time limit. So, this challenge involves a lot of teamwork, communication, and patience to solve the clues together so you can escape. Let the games begin!

Reflection Questions

  1. The Bible says to “not lose heart in doing good,” (Galatians 6:9, TLV). Was there a time when you were losing heart while doing good?
  2. Can you identify when or why it happened?
  3. Take a moment and discuss this with your spouse. This will allow you to be open and vulnerable with each other without judgment. Finish off this time of reflection with a kiss and a prayer.

We want to hear from you! E-mail about your date night story! Share your dates on social media by tagging your photos with #DateNightStories to encourage other couples with what the Lord is doing in your marriage!