Meaningful Ways to Revitalize your Relationship

Single Parent Dating

Want to keep the excitement alive? Here are some tips to guarantee many more years on the journey of love.

Crack open the Songs of Solomon!

Song of Solomon 1:2
“Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth— for your love is more delightful than wine.”

There is no better example of the power of love than this often over-looked book of the bible. Rich in romantic scripture and sincere sentiment, the Songs of Solomon is a written expression of how much Christ loves us, the church. Reading the scriptures out loud while snuggling with your loved one, or including a favorite passage in a handwritten letter can remind even the most unmindful to appreciate the unequaled gift of true love.

Find a quiet place to reconnect.

We all remember a special space, at one time or another, where we enjoyed a sense of peace and protection. Whether it was a secluded spot in the woods, or underneath the covers with a flashlight and favorite novel, many of these times still prove to be some of the most memorable. Maybe you can think back to a place that was meaningful to you, or better yet- to both of you. Suggest taking a walk with your loved one, or venturing on a day trip to a location you both remember from earlier days. It might sound sickeningly cliche, but the benefits of enjoying time away from everyday distractions should never be underestimated.

Never stay satisfied with mediocrity.

Nehemiah 2:2
“Why does your face look so sad when you are not ill? This can be nothing but sadness of heart?”

Just as God pushed Nehemiah to repair the walls of Jerusalem, he too stirs our heart to stay strong and begin the process of rebuilding. All of us experience great sadness and face challenges at some point in our lifetime. It is easy to fall into the trap of self-pity during tough times. However, the duty to fight for your marriage or relationship should always be of prime importance. Allow hurt emotions to heal, forgive and then forgive again. Through self-exploration strive to compare your shortcomings with those of your loved one. If you desire to revitalize your relationship, you will do so. This encouragement and insight will not go unnoticed by your partner.

The Power of a Compliment.

Mark Twain
“I can live for two months on a good compliment.”

The desire for sincere compliments surfaces many times throughout one’s personal life – especially when coming  from those who matter most. In the stressful world of work, kids, and commitments, giving a compliment can be the last thing on one’s mind. However, the power of a compliment has been attributed to longer marriages, better self esteem, and even longer life expectancy. Just as children strive to make their parents proud, adults too look for the approval of their partner. So take a second to make someone else feel good. You never know the positive repercussions that might surface as a result.

Who said working on a relationship required money or long periods of time? It could just take a moment to remember what’s important in life. Intimacy, Passion, and Commitment. Sounds like a lasting recipe to me.

Frank Anderson is a family and frugality writer.  He also works with virtual web hosting technologies.

Wanna Go On a Date? 8 Cheap College Date Ideas

Single Parent Dating

College is a great time to get to know people. It is also a time when there may be a lot of courting going on. And when I mean courting, I mean going on dates. Sometimes, college students don’t want to date because they think it is too expensive. This may because they don’t want to take the effort to go out and see what there is. There are actually a lot of things to do for free―and they can be dates too. If you don’t want to spend anymore lonely Friday nights claiming that you are studying when you are really watching Japanese anime, here are 8 cheap college dates. Get your courage up and ask that special girl, or boy out for a fun Friday night!

1) Cook Together

This can be one of the best dates for college students. Often, many students don’t have time, or energy to make a proper meal. Most are dashing in and out of apartments with snacks in their hands. Planning a meal where you go shopping together can be fun―and cheap. Good meals to make can be pizzas and Italian food.

2) Picnic in the Park

You can pack up a lunch and go to a park. There are usually a lot of elementary schools around a college town. Just pick one! This can be fun because you can really get to know each other. Just don’t forget to bring a blanket, you don’t want to be sitting on wet grass!

3) Visit Local Museums

There are many local museums that offer discounted or are free for college students. This is a great way to get to know your date―and be more cultured!

4) Go on a Hike

Depending on where your college is, there are usually plenty of places to go on a hike. You could hike at night and see the town from above. Or you could make it an all day date. Just don’t forget to bring your trail mix―you’ll probably want something to snack on.

5) Culture Dates

This is where you find out what is going on in the town around you. Many college towns offer lots of activities that are free to the public. There are lots of Farmer’s markets, festivals and other activities. Just keep your eyes out for something that you find interesting.

6) Camera Shoot

You can take your little point and shoot camera, or even your phone and go around campus (or the town) taking pictures. Some people make this a group date and have a scavenger photo hunt.

7) Tandem Bikes

Tandem bikes are usually pretty inexpensive to rent. This is a fun date when the weather is nice out. You will learn team work with your partner―and you will probably enjoy some great laughs at each others expense.

8 ) Second Hand Clothing Stores

You can find clothes for each other to wear at second hand clothing stores! You can also dress each other up in funny clothes and take pictures. This is a good date for some laughs.

These cheap date ideas will ensure that you have fun with a special someone. Your wallet will also be just as happy. When it comes to cheap dates, you just have to take a little more time and creativity to come up with something to do. It allows you to be more creative, cheaper dates will allow you to get to better know your date. Stop moping around on the weekends and get yourself a date!

About the Author

Neltje Maynez is a freelance author for MyCollegesandCareers.com. My Colleges and Careers can help people to find the best online colleges to fit their needs.

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