Last week I picked up a book at the NRB Convention called 52 Uncommon Dates by Randy Southern. Find out more here from Moody Books.

The book is an encouragement to spice up the dating life of married couples.  Let’s face it, our dating life can get in a rut or be just common.  The book offers some unique ideas to bring adventure, meaning and the Bible back into your dates.

The dates we shared today were:

The CEMETERY date – yes, it sounds weird, but you set the tone of this date by reading Hebrews 12:1 before you go…reminding us of the ‘saints’ that have gone before us. Visiting burial sites together can remind us of those family members and friends who have run the course before us and lived victorious lives. You want to choose a burial site that has a personal connection to one of you.

The MUSIC date – this one’s easy for most of us.  Read Psalm 95:1, then pick a playlist of 5-6 songs and play those songs to each other, explaining why they have had such an impact in your lives. Then you take a road trip to a music/record store and pick a couple of romantic new or old records to share.

The GET LOST date or the “random destination” date means you pick a place you’ve never traveled to before. There are several different ways to do this, but the bottom line is that this date should be an adventure. Once you get to your destination, explore, visit the local sites and people and get to know as much as you can about it.  Then share what you’ve learned with each other. The lead-in verse is Psalm 139:7.

The FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING date – this is simply trying a new routine. New restaurant, new event (ever been to a Roller Derby? A hockey game? A symphonic orchestra concert? A high school musical?). Then spend some time talking about the date and what you enjoyed most and surprised you the most. The lead-in verse is 2 Timothy 1:7

Thanks for listening!
– Joe