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Welcome to your April date

Welcome
to your April date

restoration

restoration

This month believers around the world have focused on the cross and Christ’s sacrifice, which became our opportunity for new life as Christ reconciled the world to God. But how can the act of reconciliation impact your day-to-day life and your relationship with your significant other? Glad you asked! As we reflect on the humility, sacrifice and saving grace of Jesus, it’s hard not to notice elements of restoration in our own lives even today. Let’s spend this date learning how to restore each other in that same spirit of gentleness (Galatians 6:1-2) … and have some fun along the way!

LET’S HAVE SOME FUN!

Set the Mood, Set the Music

With wedding season right around the corner, we decided to spotlight some songs from the wedding playlists of the people who write these date nights! Step back a decade with us as we re-live the most romantic day of OUR lives and share it with you! Listen to our curated Spotify playlist “Date Nights – March Bliss.”

Set the Mood, Set the Music

What’s this warmer weather without a little open-windowed driving and some classic rock romance ballads?! Listen to our curated Spotify playlist “Date Nights – April Rocks” for a teaser of summer road tripping with your love!

Part 1: We go together like M&Ms

Unrelated fun activities are proven to boost your attention and romantic interest in your partner by as much as 75 percent … says no study ever. But we DO think they help mentally disconnect you from a busy work life and reconnect you with your significant other! Do this fun game at home before your date.

– One standard-sized bag of plain M&M candies (like the kind from the checkout line)
– One set of chopsticks
– A blindfold

The world record for most M&M’s eaten in 1 minute using chopsticks while blindfolded is 20. You are going to try to beat this.

– Place more than 20 M&Ms on a plate in front of you, position the chopsticks in your hand, then secure the blindfold to block out all your vision.
– Have your partner set the timer for 1 minute and tell you when to start.
– You can use your other hand to feel where the plate is, but you can’t guide the M&Ms to your chopsticks.
– Pick up the M&Ms and do not scoop them.
– An M&M only counts if you swallow it.

Part 2: Cook Something Together

Sheet Pan Chicken Satay
Total prep and cook time: about 45 minutes

  • Half sheet pan
  • Mixing bowl and whisk
  • Avocado oil, or other light vegetable oil
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken tenders
  • 3 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. vinegar (rice, white wine or apple cider)
  • 2 tsp. grated fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • ¼ tsp. red pepper flakes
  • Fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 lime
  • 2 green onions, sliced on a diagonal
  • Chopped peanuts
  1. Start by heating your oven to 400 degrees F. Coat your sheet pan in a thin layer of oil—just enough to prevent sticking.

  2. In your mixing bowl, combine the peanut butter, water, soy sauce, vinegar, ginger, garlic, red pepper and black pepper using a whisk

  3. Toss your chicken tenderloins (raw) and broccoli into the bowl to coat. Dump the mixture onto your sheet pan and spread it out evenly.

  4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until chicken is tender and no longer pink in the center. Broccoli should be crisp-tender.

  5. Before serving, give everything a gentle stir and squeeze the lime over top.

  6. Garnish with the green onions and peanuts.

Part 3: It’s time for some intentional conversation.​

1. The ultimate intentional conversation is about Jesus and what He’s done in your life. This is important: Take time to share your story — the full story about how you were once going in one direction and then Jesus changed your trajectory, and you are now walking toward God.

– If that’s not part of your story, don’t feel the pressure to make your story fit that mold. Just share about your past and present.
– Get into an area that you haven’t really focused on with your significant other yet. You’ll be surprised what comes to mind!
– Even if you feel like you’ve already done this, do it again! It’s always good to celebrate growth and remember God’s promises in your life.

If you’d like to talk to a pastor at Christ Chapel about the Jesus part of your story, we’d love to be there for you! Get connected with someone you know or go to the “Let us know” button at the bottom of this page.

2. After you’ve shared your stories, take this opportunity to talk more about restoration in your relationship. Try asking each other the following questions:

– Think about a restoration project you’ve completed sometime in your life. It could be an old car, a sofa that needed re-upholstering or a musical instrument (for example). Based on that process, how would you generally define “restoration” or the process of being restored?
– How would you like to be approached when I sense something is “off” in our relationship?
– What is something that needs restoration in our relationship? (Show how well you listened to #2 above!)

Understanding how restoration works isn’t really possible without the truth of the gospel, so if that’s something you want to know more about, reach out to us! Our programs and staff exist to help you and your understanding.

Love “is not irritable or resentful … but rejoices with the truth.”
- 1 Corinthians 13:5b-6

Post-Dinner

Intentional

Prayer

Instead of focusing on things you can’t change that cause irritation or resentment, what are some truths you can rejoice over? Let’s take it to the Lord together. Use the following prompts if you need to:

– Praise God out loud for His truths that you can rejoice over. Name as many truths as you can.
– Talk to God about the hurts that you’ve faced in your past.
– Thank God for the things (even the bad ones) in the past of your significant other, because those things were allowed by God to make them who you fell in love with.
– Ask God to continue to redeem your own past, and direct you today and in the future.
– What are some things you’re currently wrestling with? Talk about them right now to God.

Take some time to follow up with each other on the things that were just prayed for. Sometimes new things come out when we talk to God openly with direction like the above. Remember to approach each other with grace, and in the way that was discussed in the dinner conversation section (question #2).

Is there anything you’d like to share?

We’d love to hear from you and be there for you as you continue to grow your marriage. Here’s a link to an anonymous survey so we can understand what needs you might have, what challenges you’re facing and how we can help.

GOT EMOTIONS?

We all welcome some emotions — joy, excitement, relief. But others? Not so much. The key is understanding these emotions and what God has to say about them. Then we can begin to process and engage with even the most toxic emotions in a healthy way.

Need some help?

If you want to work through anything this date has brought up, we’re here for you!