My husband and I will be celebrating our third wedding anniversary this coming July and recently celebrated seven years together as a couple. These years have flown by but we have spent them enjoying all that God has placed before us. Some days we’ve cried together, laughed together, felt angry together and rejoiced together. One thing we both realize as we near the conclusion of our third year as husband and wife is that the newly wed stage for the most part has come and gone… and we realize that at times our lives can be a bit chaotic. We are both so caught up in our own individual daily tasks that we sometimes forget that we are indeed husband and wife…not roommates! We both have acknowledged that we need to stop and make intentional time for one another and not just occasionally…weekly! The routine can become a bit dangerous for relationships at times. We are creatures of habit and if we aren’t intentional about making time to nurture our relationships we fall in to what I like to call, “relationship robotics”…we just go through the motions. For my husband and I it goes something like this…come home from work, make dinner, eat dinner, watch the news, prepare lunch for work, get in to bed and read, sleep…and do it all over again…and we don’t even have children! At the end of it all we’ve realized that it is discovering intentional ways to make sure we are creating time for one another. Time that counts. Time that is meaningful.
I was recently introduced to the book, Creating True Agape 20 At Home Dates by Cassie Celestain. The goal of the book is to help you and your partner cultivate communication, intimacy and growth using fun and self guided steps.
No matter what stage of your relationship you are in it is so important to remember that making time to consistently nurture it is crucial. It doesn’t matter if you have been together 5, 10, or even 50 years…God will always reveal a deeper layer of love that you never knew existed if you seek it out with Him as part of the process. But the first steps are making time for it. Creating True Agape is the perfect way to do that! What I love about it is that it is not just a book you take turns reading…. but instead, puts things in to action! It provides the couple with thoughtful discussion topics. My husband and I particularly enjoyed the section of the book that asked us to discuss, “Facing Our Fears”. This was an interesting way to understand more about the support we had to provide one another in order to see ourselves overcome those fears and what action steps we could take to help one another get there. If you are looking to find an intentional way to bring some communication and intimacy in to your relationship you should check out Creating True Agape 20 At Home Dates.
The launch special is set from April 30 – May 2 and you can get it during that time for just $9.95! (originally $19.95)
I could see this book being a great wedding gift or even a “just because” gift for our significant other!