If we told you that there is a fun and easy way for couples to increase their love and relational satisfaction, would you do it? If we assured you that it really is fun, and it really is easy, would you put your best foot forward and try it?
Because there is! It’s called… learning something new together. Research shows that engaging in novel, challenging and fun activities as a couple can be a great way to strengthen your emotional bond, enrich your marriage and build a stronger foundation for the future.
After watching the video, take turns asking and answering the following questions together. Listen actively to each other — with gentleness and humility — so you each feel heard and free to share.
- What are some skills or hobbies that you would like to learn? Make a list (between five and ten) and then decide on new activities to try together.
- What is one place that you would like to visit locally? Provincially? Nationally? Internationally? Ask yourselves whether you could plan on going to one of these places in the next 12 months.
- What is your idea of a perfect day with your partner, doing something together that you have never done before?
Here is a list of possible date ideas to enjoy throughout the month.
- Go online. Watch an educational webinar or documentary together, on a topic or person that interests both of you.
- Go out. Visit a museum, art gallery or library. What can you learn together? Or go to a new restaurant and order two to four dishes that both of you have never tried before.
- Go big. Take a class together, such as wood-working, gardening, dancing or cooking. Or join a book club or sports league together.
More Learning with God
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV)
Reading the Bible is a great way to learn about God (his character, promises and love) and about ourselves. Though we might be tempted to read 2 Timothy 3:16-17 and wonder how God might want us to teach, rebuke, correct, and train others, it is more helpful to ask how God wants to teach, rebuke, correct and train us.
As you read God’s word this week, consider:
- What does this passage teach me about God?
- What does this passage teach me about myself?
- How will I apply this to my life today?