The Art of Marriage

10.01.15 | Date Night

    Marriage Date Night

    The Art of Marriage

    Best Use  
    As a date night discussion guide

    Nutritional Value  
    Helps husbands and wives discuss the purpose and challenges of marriage

    Advance Preparation

    • Schedule a dinner or coffee date
    • Each spouse should listen to the 30 minute “The Art of Marriage” podcast at http://bit.ly/1G3ZZSI
    • Each spouse should spend a few minutes writing down answers to the following questions.  


    During The Date

    •  Spend 15 minutes discussing your answers.
    •  Each of you pray this brief prayer aloud…

    Father, give me the grace to treat (spouse’s name) as a gift from you and to become the gift you want me to be.

    Affirming Your Spouse As God’s Gift

    What are some of the qualities that first attracted you to your spouse, or that you now appreciate?  (Note all that apply.)

    Pays attention to detail  

    Remains calm in tense situations

    Likes to have fun 

    Is well organized 

    Stays very focused on task

    Loves spending time with people

    Good at launching projects

    Wants to work through disagreements

    Expresses feelings well

    Likes to talk

    Looks good in jeans

    Looks good out of jeans
    Loves to be spontaneous
    Can really throw a party
    Gives generously
    Seemed he/she would be a great parent
    Gives wise counsel
    Is easy to please
    Works hard

     

     

     

     

    How Your Marriage Tells The Truth

    Every marriage is intended to reflect the living reality of the gospel.  Check the ways you think your relationship tells the truth about God.  Circle items where your marriage may be vulnerable to the enemy of marriage.

    Sacrificing for one another 

    Two made one in physical intimacy

    Each trying to meet the other's needs

    Forgiving one another

    Open to the blessing of children

    Giving love to children

    Pleasing one another sexually

     

    Faithful to marital vows

    Intimate rather than isolated

    Loving/cherishing one another

    Honoring/respecting one another

    Partners rather than competitors

    Sharing laughter and fun

     




     

    Each share one small step you can take to make your marriage a better picture of the gospel in the next 30 days: