Ephesians 5:33Let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. (ESV)
Ephesians 5:28 In the same way, husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. (ESV)
When was the last time that you and your spouse had a specific day set aside just for the two of you or what we have come to know as “date night”? Parents are so busy with their work, raising children, and participating in extracurricular activities that often, they do not consider their relationship as something to cherish and nurture. The Bible admonishes a husband to love his wife as his own body, and for a wife to respect and love her husband. How can a husband and wife do that if they do not spend quality time alone together.
Many spouses believe that setting aside time for each other is too difficult. Quite the contrary - especially if you set your mind to it. Begin by making sure that both parties agree on the day and time ahead of time. Don’t wait until the last minute and then suggest a “date night” because it will be doomed to failure. Importantly, “date night” does not need to actually take place at night. For example, it can take place one week on a weekday for dinner at 7 p.m. During the next week, it can be a picnic lunch, and a stroll in the park another week, and visiting an art show another week. Plan a variety of things to do, rather than just the same thing on each date, so that there is not monotony and boredom. You both should plan to make this time special for each other.
There can be date nights at home too. Be creative. Plan on putting the children to bed early and have a special night with your spouse. The critical issue is that the “date night” is planned and set aside. Guard and protect this time from any outside interference, such as texts or phone calls from your children. Time together with your spouse is vital for the well-being of the entire family.
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