DATING YOUR SPOUSE DOESN’T HAVE TO BE HARD...AND MUCH MORE!!!

With the Married Life Newsletter, each month you receive ideas and insights with go-and-do's you can actually go and do. So pick one, two, three of the things below and see how little things can turn into something big! You got this...because you are better at marriage than you think!

DATING YOUR SPOUSE DOESN'T HAVE TO BE HARD

by Les and Leslie Parrott

Many married couples–ourselves included–recommend regular date nights as a way to keep your marriage healthy and strong. Taking intentional time to connect with one another away from kids and other distractions is essential, but we often over-complicate it. Time is often the commodity that we have the most difficulty finding. Once that time is set aside, it’s important to plan how you will spend it.

If you already sense yourself buckling under the pressure of creating the perfect date, remember this: dating your spouse doesn’t have to be hard! Here are 7 tips to take the pressure off of your date nights and give you the freedom to just enjoy one another.

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HE SAID/SHE SAID

Each month, we highlight a couple we think has something great to say. We give them one question to ask each other. This month’s couple is Kara and Ben Swilley. The Swilleys have been married for four years and currently have no human children, but they spoil their dog, Balou. We asked Kara and Ben, "WHAT IS YOUR UNIQUE WAY OF HAVING FUN AS A COUPLE?"

Kara: We have done a plethora of things over the years that have brought us great fun. When we first started dating it was video games. We then attempted to learn Mandarin Chinese. Now it's woodworking, projects around the house or something as simple as picking weeds. We have the most fun together as we grow, learn and work together as a team.

Ben: Our most fun times seem to often happen in the unplanned moments; even if the unplanned moment is within or at a planned event. I personally have the most fun every time we conquer something as a team. Sometimes that's in the most mundane things like working in the yard, playing a video game or hosting a party. 

Talk About It -  WHAT IS YOUR UNIQUE WAY OF HAVING FUN AS A COUPLE?

POST IT

Grab a sticky note, fill in the blank below, and put it in a place your spouse will find it (e.g., washing machine, steering wheel, bathroom mirror, etc.). Take a picture of the note and upload it to the social media outlet of your choice, and include #MarriedLifeSoutheast.

You're my favorite __________ in the world.

TOP THOUGHTS

Each month we want to share a good post with simple things that can dramatically impact marriages. Check out this post...

5 Ways to Better Enjoy a Vacation by Carey Nieuwhof

THE SPICE

Each month, we will bring you one tip that will hopefully bring you closer in the bedroom...or keep you from drifting a part. This month, we want you to hear from Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott.

There’s more to sex than mere skin on skin. Sex is as much spiritual mystery as physical fact. The loss of passionate romance is a common complaint in marriage. It seems that once the confetti and rice are swept away and the last of the wedding cake is put in the freezer, so is the couple’s passion.

But marriage in no way requires passion to be put on ice. Love grows less exciting with time for the same reasons that the second run on a fast toboggan slide is less exciting than the first. But as any long-term, happily married couple can tell you, the excitement may decrease, but the real pleasure can still increase. 

So what do couples who enjoy passion do that’s different than others? How do they rekindle the flickering flame of passion? Here are two proven practices.

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2-MINUTE VACATION

During one meal this week, ask each other this question:

You have 24 hours to spend $100,000, and it can only be on something fun. What would you spend it on? 

CHECK IT OUT

The best gift you can give your spouse is a healthy you—healthy spiritually, physically, mentally and emotionally. Consider exploring a new resource to invest in a better you.

Good Website - Focus on the Family on Marriage provides great articles to enrich and challenge your marriage.

HELP OTHERS

Every marriage can use great resources - Be sure to forward this to another couple!!! And be sure to tell others about Married Life.

Jason McBride

Southeast Christian Church, 9650 Jordan Road, Parker, CO, 80134, United States