Marital Dating


Dating helps keep romance alive. What can you and your spouse go out and do to rekindle the romance in your relationship?

I am lovesick . . . and his right hand embraces me.
Song of Solomon 2:5-6

Do you remember what it felt like to be lovesick? You know, that feeling of desperately missing the loving touch and embrace of your spouse?

Maybe you felt that way because yours was a long-distance relation­ship—at least for a time. Perhaps you became familiar with that ache when you and the one who would be your spouse broke up for a time, only to find that you didn't want to be apart after all. Or maybe there were times of separation brought on by work, health, or family crisis.

Think back on these times and how much you missed your loved one. When you miss the one you love, time seems to stand still. Those few days before you were reunited with him or her seemed to drag on and on.

On the other hand, think back to the thrill of the reunion after a time away from the one you love. Remember that first embrace? Remember the closeness and deepened sense of romance you felt with that person?

I (David) believe those feelings can be rekindled in marriage. How? By bringing some romance into your relationship through dating.

Dating helps keep romance alive. I'm not talking about family time with your kids or a social time with other couples. I'm talking about two people going out alone and doing something together just for the fun of it. For example, Teresa and I enjoy Saturday brunch and a matinee movie, or an afternoon eating ice cream and watching people at the local park, or just talking over a quiet dinner.

There are countless numbers of things to do. Take turns picking what you want to do, put a smile on your face, and go!

What can you and your spouse go out and do today or tonight to rekindle the romance in your relationship?

Lord, thank You for the opportunity to strengthen my romantic bond with my spouse by making time just for us.

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