Ep. 120 || When Mom & Dad Can’t Make Date Night Happen

 

Regular date nights are a joy. We love getting out of the house and away from the kids!  But does a flourishing God-honoring marriage require this regular habit? If you and your husband are in an overwhelming season and you’re not “succeeding” at date night, this one’s for you. In this episode, Emily and Laura dig into a different perspective on the “modern date night.” Instead of putting our hope in a single night out with our husbands, God teaches us to cherish and serve one another daily. Date nights aren’t a guarantee, but God’s covenant-keeping grace is, and he can sustain our marriage, even when we don’t get a date night.


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While cherishing your spouse may be done through a full-blown date night, it’s most certainly done in the faithful care of normal life, like pregnancy bed rest, dirty diapers, school projects, and knowing glances across the dinner table. So, let’s talk date nights and the gospel:

  1. Everyone loves a good date night, right? What importance do you put on date night right now? Is your reasoning based on biblical encouragement for marriage or a worldly expectation? (Heart hint: it can be both.)

  2. God gives us a clear picture for earthly marriage that plays out differently in our individual marriages. The heartbeat of a gospel-centered marriage is to love God and love our neighbor-husband. What are some ways the Bible teaches us to love our neighbor?

  3. We’ll all face circumstances and seasons that keep us from a regular, modern date night. How does the gospel meet us in these moments? How does God remain faithful in growing our intimacy and oneness in marriage without date nights?

  4. Usually, when we say, I need a date night, we’re envisioning a night in which we feel cherished and loved. Ultimately, knowing that desire can only be fulfilled by Christ takes pressure off of having a perfect date night and expecting our husbands to meet our every need. It also helps us consider how to love our husbands. How can you make your husband feel cherished and loved today?

  5. Your marriage is a gift from God, even with all its difficulties and complexities. Don’t compare yourself to other couples but take note of your gift. Have you thanked God lately and prayed for your husband to grow in God’s grace? Consider spending this “month of love” bringing your praise and requests for your husband to the one who loves you both best.


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