Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - Rainy day
Thursday, July 17, 2014 - Mom volunteered at a children’s worship arts day camp at church that our niece attended. Their shirts match!
Friday, July 18, 2014 - My run took me within a few yards of this tough guy. He had a gruesome fight scar.
Saturday, July 19, 2014 - I visited Ashley at work, and she made me a latte.
Sunday, July 20, 2014 - Ashley’s first 14er! (Mt. Bierstadt, 14,065 ft.)
Monday, July 21, 2014 - I’ve finally started organizing my scripture sketches in protective binders.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - In a rare turn of events, I made dinner for Ashley tonight! Usually she’s the one who cooks and I do dishes, but she said it was too hot to stand by an oven. (This is serving your bride, boys. Take notes.)
This is a great question. It shows your heart for submitting your relationship to God, which is awesome.
One recommendation I immediately think of is H. Norman Wright’s 101 Questions to Ask Before You Get Engaged.
My wife, Ashley, and I went through this one when we were dating, and it really helped us to get to know each other better. There were some questions we never would have thought to ask, and there were others that helped us to clarify what we thought we already knew. Either way, it’s a really helpful book to go through.
Unfortunately, I can’t think of any others I’ve read specifically for dating couples. But, because a lot of the same relational principles apply, you might branch into books written for married couples. (Just make sure you skip any chapters on sex until you’re actually married or at least engaged; you won’t do yourselves any favors by discussing sex too soon.)
A marriage book Ashley and I read while dating was Emerson Eggerich’s Love & Respect.
It does a good job of outlining how men and women differ – generally – when it comes to what they want from their significant others, so it should spark some interesting conversations.
Bible studies are much easier. Just choose a topic you’re both interested in and go through a book on it together. You might choose something as complex a DVD series, but it can also be as simple as a commentary by an author you both like. Ashley and I went through N.T. Wright’s Matthew for Everyone together during our engagement.
Reading and studying the Bible together is a great habit to get into, and it will serve your relationship well if you maintain it after the wedding. At the moment, Ashley and I are reading sections of the New Testament each evening.
Anyway, those are the three books we have done together. I hope that gives you some guidance.
Thanks for the question!
Peace, love and Jesus,
Great Sand Dunes National Park
May 30-June 1, 2014
Is the charm of a hand-written note undone when you’ve grown so accustomed to typing that your handwriting is all but illegible?
I’m trying to write some now, and I’m realizing it’s been ages since I’ve done any substantial handwriting. …It’s a pretty sorry state of affairs.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - Running at sunset
Thursday, July 10, 2014 - Small group picnic in our apartment courtyard
Friday, July 11, 2014 - Weird rain clouds
Saturday, July 12, 2014 - Met a buddy for coffee at Panera Bread
Sunday, July 13, 2014 - Ashley and I walked through Manitou Springs and got ice cream.
Monday, July 14, 2014 - Grocery shopping!
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - Stayed up late reading Lord of the Rings - No regrets