Thursday, February 28, 2013

Love Dare Continued...

I must admit, posting these love dares is getting a lot bit old.  But trying to do these dares--or even thinking about the dares--has been very helpful to me so far.  Plus, I said I would do it to the end, so it's now a matter of my word.

So here are the next few:

Day 27:  Love Encourages

Eliminate the poison of unrealistic expectations in your home.  Think of one area where your spouse has told you you're expecting too much , and tell him you're sorry for being so hard on him about it.  Promise him you'll seek to understand, and assure him of your unconditional love.

Day 28:  Love Makes Sacrifices

What is one of the greatest needs in your spouse's life right now?  Is there a need you could lift from his/her shoulders today by a daring act of sacrifice on your part?  Whether the need is big or small, purpose to do what you can to meet the need.

Day 29 (March 1):  Love's Motivation

Before you see your spouse again today, pray for them by name and for their needs.  Wheter it comes easy for you or not, say "I love you," then express love to them in some tangible way.  God to God in prayer again, thanking him for giving you the privilege of loving this one special person--unconditionally, the way hi loves both of you.

Day 30 (March 2):  Love Brings Unity

Isolate one area of division in your marriage, and look on today as a fresh opportunity to pray about it.  Ask the Lord to reveal anything in your own heart that is threatening oneness with your spouse.  Pray that He would do the same for him/her.  And if appropriate, discuss this matter openly, seeking God for unity.

Day 31 (March 3): Love and Marriage

Is there a "leaving" issue you haven't been brave enough to conquer yet?  Confess it to your spouse today, and resolve to make it right.  The oneness of your marriage is dependent upon it.  Follow this with a commitment to your spouse and to God to make your marriage the top priority over every other human relationship.

(The "leaving" issue refers to the counsel in Genesis 2:24 that a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife and they shall become one flesh.  So the dare is to adequately cut off the dependance on parents that we may still be clinging to that may be damaging to our marriages.)


Emily said...

Hello Ann,

I saw something about your love dares and since then I've been wanting to get on your blog and see what they were. From Fire Proof, I love this idea. How has it gone for you? I will copy and paste them and print them up. I think you are fabulous for keeping at this till the finish, and or even starting at all. Hey, you mention the goal of being more on time, I'm working on that one too. Can you imagine the people who are always early? They are literally giving up likely an 1 1/2 to 2 hours of their time before a commitment. Anyway, off the tangent. Thanks for visiting my blog the other day! It made me happy! I can't wait to see you at Trish's wedding :) And I also would like to have that quiet scripture study and exercise before the noise begins. Now its how to wake up and really roll out of bed! :) Emily

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