Turn Your Date Night In Into A Faith Night In
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Having a date night in is sometimes your only option as a parent, especially if you have very young children. You want your time together to be meaningful, so why not turn your date night in into a faith night in?
In the first year of Selah’s life, Caleb and I went on 4 dates, I think. We live in the middle of nowhere and it was just too hard to get everything ready and coordinate schedules with Caleb’s mom and leave enough bottles and…you know the drill. To add to it, Selah would only nurse to sleep, which meant we had a small window of time to fit in our date, and it couldn’t overlap with bedtime.
So like I said, we didn’t go on many dates. But after a few months, and once Selah figured out how to go to sleep at bedtime, we discovered the joys of a date night in. It was great because we could spend time together, playing games or watching movies or just talking, and we didn’t have to worry about bottles or schedules or packing a diaper bag.
But when you only get a couple of hours every evening, you want your time together to be meaningful. Caleb and I found that if we just watched TV or movies, or even played games together, we were missing a little something: time together with the Lord.
Then, we discovered something amazing, a way to merge our date night in with our faith. It’s called Faith Night In.
It’s a brilliant concept, really. Once a month, you receive a date night in a box. We’ve all heard of subscription boxes, right? Nothing new there. But this one is different. Not only does it give you everything that you need for a perfect date night in (yes, even SNACKS), but it’s all pointed towards Christ.
It doesn’t get much better than that.
So here’s how the faith night in works.
Set the mood
First, set the mood with music and a meal. Each date night comes with a custom Spotify playlist, as well as a menu created specifically for that date. Of course, cooking that specific meal is optional, and since we try to stay on a strict budget for our groceries, we’ve never actual made it, but it always sound delicious!
After you’ve eaten, get comfy on the couch for the next part of your date.
Time to talk
Each date night comes with a discussion guide, and this is where the focus really points to Christ. For our February faith night in, our box was called “The Story Of Us.” It focused on the story of our relationship: how we started, how we’ve grown, and how we want to draw closer to each other.
The discussion guide, to go along with that theme, focused on the story of Adam and Eve: how they began, how they fell, and how God redeemed them. Throughout the guide, there were questions to get us thinking more about marriage and how we can learn from this story.
The discussion guide is always one of my favorite parts of these boxes because it gives us a guided path to draw our marriage closer to God. Of course as Christians we want to have a God-honoring marriage, but in the hustle and bustle of parenthood, sometimes we can’t figure out how to grow towards God. These guides give us questions and stories to get us talking and thinking, and it really adds meaning to our date night.
Have a little fun
Next up is a little fun activity! This month, it was a photo scavenger hunt to tell the story of us.
I loved this activity! The box came with a disposable camera, and we had so much fun coming up with photo poses and ideas! We danced and laughed and relived lots of awesome memories. And since it was a disposable camera, we had to wait to see the pictures until we got them developed, which was actually a fun little twist for these digital-era photographers! 😉
Time to enjoy a snack! Chocolate oreo pops were on the menu this month, and the box came with everything we needed: Oreos, lollipop sticks, decorating mat, and candy melts. This was something out-of-the-ordinary that we wouldn’t think to make on our own, but they were delicious and fun to make!
The main event
This is where you really get to connect with your spouse and make something meaningful. One month, it was writing love letters. This month, it was creating a Story Of Us book.
The point of the book was, obviously, to create a story of us. We filled in details about where we met, our favorite things about each other, pictures from our relationship (and our disposable camera), and goals/dreams for the future!
Caleb and I had a lot of fun with this because it was a great way to look back on our relationship, see where we are now, and dream about where we’re going in the future. We laughed and smiled about memories, we talked about where our dream vacation would be, and we had some time to talk about what we want to achieve as a couple/family, as well.
Why you need a Faith Night In
As I said earlier, date nights are so hard as parents, but now that you’re parents, it’s even more important to spend quality time together. A date night in is the perfect compromise, but it’s far too easy to get stuck in the rut of zoning out in front of the TV or just scrolling Facebook while sitting next to each other on the cough (guilty).
Faith Night In boxes help to focus your date night in on both your relationship with each other and with God. It gives you fun activities to do together, and also an opportunity to get serious about your faith and your marriage. For Christian couples, I think this is the perfect date night resource!
And the good news is, it’s pretty affordable! You can order one date at a time, or you can prepay for 3 months, 6 months, or 12 months and receive up to a 10% discount per date. Whatever you choose, I know you’ll enjoy spending time with your spouse and your Savior!
Have you ever ordered a Faith Night In box? If you have, did you enjoy it? If you haven’t, do you think this is something you would enjoy? Tell me in the comments!
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