Why do you need to “date” your spouse? After all, you’ve already “got” them as your mate!
“One mistake that many married couples make is believing that dating is strictly for those who are in search of a committed partner. Another huge mistake that married couples make is to place a tremendous amount of attention on their children, their families and their careers while neglecting their own relationship. Regularly schedule date nights can help to put the focus back on the marriage and help them to maintain a healthy and exciting relationship.” (By “Kissmegoodnight”)
Lets face it:
“A marriage requires a commitment of time, energy, and resources just to survive, let alone thrive and grow. No one would expect a garden to grow without a gardener giving it the proper care. But many people expect their marriage to grow and thrive without putting in time, energy, and money. Don’t be foolish. Every single day you need to do some things that will strengthen your marital relationship.” (Gil Stieglitz)
Are you investing in your marriage relationship to keep it alive and growing so you are not only married lovers, but continue to be friends?
“How do you turn a spouse into a friend? Proverbs 18:24 tells us that “a man who has friends must be friendly.” You have to BE a good friend to HAVE a good friend. You have to purpose to have fun together. Without friendship and fun, marriage is just work. In fact, if you take sex and friendship out if it, marriage is little more than a business relationship. BE FUN, CREATE FUN in your marriage! (Jimmy Evans, from book, “Our Secret Paradise” page 121)
Be INTENTIONAL in building your friendship with and love for one another:
“Keep meaningful rituals in your relationship. Whether it’s having a dinner conversation after work every night or taking a long walk, have something in place that allows you to stay in touch with each other’s lives -M. Brandenburg. And don’t forget to schedule regular date times with each other. You dated your spouse before marriage—that’s what contributed to your falling in love with each other in the 1st place.” (Mark Brandenburg, author of “Fix Your Wife in 30 Days or Less”)
So, with that said, do you need some dating tips? Well, here are some ideas that Nancy C Anderson gives, posted on the Growthtrac.com web site:
From TheRomanticVineyard.com, the following are a few ideas for dates with a new twist (and for more, you’ll see additional ideas listed on the sidebar):
From the Smallnotebook.org web site:
From the Triciagoyer.com web site:
And from the LoveWise.com and Happywivesclub.com web sites, here are a few more suggestions —especially if you’re on a tight budget: