Bible Verse: “May you rejoice in the wife of your youth.” (Proverbs 5:18)

Scripture Reading: Song of Songs 8:6-7

Jacqueline and I have five kids. It is an understatement to say when we were first married it was easier to spend time together. In “Life Before Kids” we could go out for supper, to friends’ houses, to the movies or even just out for a walk whenever we wanted. We could even jump in the car and go camping for a weekend just on a sudden whim; without lots of planning and packing luggage into the minivan like it was some sort of three dimensional game of Tetris. Life seemed carefree. At least that is how I remember it, if I think harder I might be off a little bit. Maybe.

One Christmas, when the kids were young, we were given gift certificates for a restaurant. It took almost two years before we got around to using them. It is hard to find baby sitters for five kids.

Now that the kids are older we have started to go out more often. It’s great!

I tell you this to let you know I understand it is hard to find time to spend together. When the kids were younger we spent most of our alone time together after they had fallen asleep and before we collapsed into bed. In different stages of life it will be hard to find the time. But it is worth it. Spending time with Jacqueline reminds me of why I fell in love with her and helps that love to continue to grow.

Proverbs tells us to rejoice in our wife. It is hard to rejoice in someone from a distance. You need to spend time together to create those opportunities. You need to take what moments you can.

Take some time to plan your next date.

— Jeff Stearns, Content Director, Promise Keepers Canada


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