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September 12, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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As the end of the year comes to a close, it can bring back a flood of memories from the year. For some it can be a memorable event such as a new baby, purchase of a house, or graduating from college. Let’s take some time to reflect back on what God has done in our marriages.
Was this a year that brought growth or separation between you and your spouse? If you could do over what would you do over? Or what are some things that you would want to do again? This month, the Married Couples Ministry would like to challenge you to take a moment and reflect on this year and ponder the good, the bad, and ugly. To come together as a couple and talk about how this year has been and the changes you would like to see in the new year. And then, make a plan on how to implement those changes.
“Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?”—Amos 3:3 (NKJV)
May this year be filled with all of God's grace, love, and mercy to you and your loved ones. Merry Christmas and a very blessed New Year!
Date Night Ideas:
Challenge 1: Knowledge is Power
This month, read a book on marriage that is geared to what you may want to improve on in your marriage. Maybe its romance that you desire more of—look for a book on growing your intimacy. How about a book that helps with improving your communication with each other? Then, plan a date night and discuss your thoughts and insights on what you read. You’ll be amazed on how easy change can happen when you are given the right tools to operate with.
Challenge 2: A Slumber Party for Two
Do you remember how much fun you had when you went to a slumber party—the all-nighters, pillow fights, eating junk food until you were about to puke? So, why not plan a slumber party for you and your spouse? Bring out the blankets and pillows and enjoy each other’s company for the night. You can make it as fun or romantic as you like. Stay up all night watching movies, eating junk food, and maybe even have a pillow fight. Take some time to talk and reflect about the year. Share about what God had shown you in regards to your marriage and what things you appreciate in one another or would love to grow in. Party on!
Challenge 3: How Do I love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways.
There is nothing better than hearing words of affirmation from your spouse. It brings up feelings of love and gratitude for each other. This month, take time to write down 12 things your spouse did this year that made you love them more. Plan a date night to sit and read what you wrote to each other. Pick a place where there are no distractions so you can share without the worry of being interrupted. It could be at the beach, park, your favorite coffee spot, or even your backyard. This is a time to share with your spouse how much you have been paying attention to them and appreciating everything they have done throughout the year.
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 #DateNightStories to encourage other couples with what the Lord is doing in your marriage!