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When did you start dating your wife

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The whole time we were away, I just kept thinking about how fortunate I am.

After over 19 years of marriage, Sharon is still my best friend. Something nearly every married couple — and especially those with kids or busy careers — needs more of. I already know that. I know you already know this. Or not enough, anyway. Many of my friends, and often my wife and I, get even less. But if you have children, getting out of the house may be the only way for that to happen. Even if your kids are angels, the threat of being interrupted is enough to make connecting When did you start dating your wife harder.

Early on in our relationships, when we were dating our spouses, it was fun. To hear how their day went. How did this relationship that used to thrill us become so commonplace, so uninspiring? Sure, resources are limited. And it can take a lot of work to find a good sitter. You could argue, of course, that I have to work hard at my job. Ultimately, I work hard at my job because I want to.

My ministry is a way I can make a profound difference in the lives of real people who will, in turn, impact others. I put the effort into my work because God has made it valuable and called me to it.

So why do we give up so easily when it comes to our marriages?

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To spending that quality, uninterrupted time with our spouses? In fact, God says that our marriages are supposed to be a living, breathing picture of the gospel. Of his marriage to us. Of course, our marriages often slowly drift into a place of distance over time, without us even realizing it.

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This is why we need to check in on them more intentionally every now and then. And regular date nights are one good way to begin.

On a scale of 1 to 5 besthow are you doing with getting the time you need alone with your spouse? Does your life practically show that your spouse is second only to the Lord in importance? How in the world did that happen?

And how can it happen for you? Quality, uninterrupted time together. The kind that happens on date nights. When we live without margin, one of the first things to go is planning. Instead of living in light of our priorities, we allow life to come at us, which means practically that others prioritize our lives for us. And the unseen, critical parts of life — like time with our spouses — start to quietly fade away.

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Finding something worth doing on the date can feel like a chore. The date itself can be really expensive, but hiring a decent sitter can double the cost. Over time, bad patterns can develop in any marriage. That can make it difficult to desire an evening alone. When you add it all up, it just feels like too much work. And so we stop dating our spouses.

Help me help others by sharing! Remember those butterflies on the first date? That first brush against your hand?

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First kiss? First everything? Yeah, those are pretty sweet. Why You Should Never Stop Dating Your Partner, No Matter How Long long after they're considered boyfriend-and-girlfriend, or even husband-and-wife. where you start to wonder if the little things are worth celebrating. How soon after meeting did you and your spouse get married?

I watched all of my friends getting married in their mids and starting their families. It's just.

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