A few weeks ago while doing our family yearly goals one of my daughters discussed the idea that not only should my husband and I have a date night no less than once a month but that we should make it a goal to have a date with another person in the family at least once a month. (My daughters have a common practice of going on sister dates often.)
This got me to thinking later in my personal time that if I am going to be intentional about my relationship with my Savior and build consistency into my life what better way to do this than to have dates with him! So, In my personal goals for the year I set a goal of having a date with Jesus at least once a week.
I believe that part of what God has called me to is to share my personal walk with others so that through my experiences they can learn to have a more intimate walk with Him. With that thought in mind, I want to share some of the experiences of my dates with the Savior with you over the upcoming weeks in hopes that you will be encouraged to set aside some time to meet with the Savior on your own. I hope you will also share your thoughts and ideas with me so others can hear how dating the Savior has impacted your life.
How does one date the Savior? My answer to that question is answered in Isaiah 54:5 which says, “For your Maker is your husband – the Lord Almighty is his name – the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth.” You date the Savior the same way you would date your spouse.
A few tips for ways to plan dates with the Lord:
- Look for ways to spend at least an hour of undisturbed quality time with the Lord
- Find experiences where you can share life with the Lord
- Set aside time to have conversations with the Lord via journaling, letter writing, or devotional time
- Choose different locations to meet with the Lord such as a local restaurant, a park, the back yard, a mall, or a local coffee shop where you can read your Bible and listen to the what the Lord is saying to you through His Word
- Plan an activity with the Lord in order to pray and be active with Him such as taking a walk around the neighborhood and talking about your day, doing a prayer walk and praying for people in the community, taking a bike ride and talking to the Lord about recent frustrations at work, or taking a nature walk in order to praise God for everything you notice as you walk through the woods.
- Plan SOAP Devotions – Choose a Scripture(S), write down the Observations God shows you about the scripture (O), write down the Applications God shows you that this scripture has to your own life(A), write down a Prayer to the Lord about the scripture (P).
- Go “dancing” with the Lord — Plan a time of praise and worship with the Lord – turn on some music and spend an hour praising and dancing before the Lord and praying intimate worship music. If you can play an instrument, plan a date where you play and sing to the Lord songs of worship from your heart or write a song of worship to the Lord.
- Plan a time to soak in the tub with candles and worship music and read a devotional, inspirational book, or bible, or even spend time praying or worshipping the Lord.
- Plan a time of thanksgiving where you walk through your house touch items and thank the Lord for them and remember their purpose – ask the Lord if He has a greater purpose than the one you currently see for them. End the time by standing in front of a mirror and thanking the Lord for every portion of your body (eyes, ears, fingers, knees, toes, etc) and for the specific purpose each part serves. Ask Him if He has a purpose for any part of you that you have not already seen. If you have a spouse, thank the Lord for every part of their body and for the specific purpose each part serves. Ask Him if there is some way you should be serving your spouse that you are not currently serving them that would please the Lord.
- Spend time reading through old prayer journals, study notes, or the notes you have written in the margins of your Bible. Thank the Lord for the things He has done in your life and ask Him to show you things you have forgotten that you have prayed for that He later answered.
Ultimately, dating the Lord is about falling in Love with Jesus and doing whatever it takes to feel loved and stay in love with Him. Some people might think the concept of dating the Savior is a bit odd and I agree that on the surface it sounds very odd. I’m not sure how to respond other than to say that I’m desperate for God and I’m just as desperate to keep my relationship with Him alive and healthy as I am to keep my marital relationship with my spouse alive and healthy.
I have been married to my husband for over 21 years and remain deeply in love with him because I have been intentional in our relationship. I have been walking with my Savior for over 22 years and remain deeply in love with Him also – I believe that this too is because I have been intentional in our relationship.