In today’s society people tend to over extend themselves at work, with their kids’ busy schedules, and any number of other activities that fill up life. Sometimes it can get to the point where other important relationships begin to suffer, specifically, the intimate, romantic connections. Relationships become less about being a team and more about two individuals living separate lives. It is important for the growth of the relationship to continuously make marriage a priority.
Building Intimate Marriages Inc. is a great ministry and therapy group located in Georgia working hard to help marriages succeed. They have created a number of at home exercises that can help you connect intimately in the midst of the busyness a marriage can contain. Here are a few ideas found on Building Intimate Marriages website.
“Because I love you” Card
The “Because I love you” card can be downloaded from the website, or even more fun – you can make your own. When you do something (a sacrificial act) that shows your husband or wife that you were listening to their wants and desires, you present your card at that time. Not only is the card saying “I love you,” it says “I thought of you and went out of my way for you, because I love you.”
This type of date requires both spouses take time out together to work specifically on their marriage. During that time you can discuss what needs and wants aren’t getting met? What did you appreciate about the other spouse that week? What do you wish could be different? This is a great time to sort through the questions that contribute to growing more intimate with your partner.
Set aside time to have fun together! Be sure to plan ahead for babysitting, making reservations at the restaurant, or purchasing tickets. Think of new adventures to explore. Think outside the box! This is not the time to bring up a conflict in your relationship. Wait until the next day or during the “working date.”
Details about all these ideas and much more can be found at Building Intimate Marriages website. There are instructions and ideas for each activity. Explore all the different resources this ministry has to offer.