Sunday, July 1, 2012

Love Dare

Several years ago the movie Fireproof was released and everyone {including myself} was impressed to say the least.   The movie was so real-life.   And the truth about it is none of us are immune to the sins of this world that are destroying our marriages and families everyday.

My sin struggle may not be pornography, as in the movie, but  trust me, I got sin in my life.   And lots of it.   And satan is working over-time!

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I bought the book that accompanies the movie way back then and sadly I have never opened it.   No particular reason I guess.   But God put it on my heart the other day so I grabbed it off the shelf.

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"Unconditional love is eagerly promised at weddings, but rarely practiced in real life.   As a result, romantic hopes are often replaced with disappointment in the home.   But it doesn't have to stay that way."

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Let me say this.   I love my husband and am blessed, blessed, blessed to have him.   At the end of the day, I can always find a reason to be thankful for him.   But if I were completely honest, I'd say we are constantly needing improvements.   We have most definitely not got it all figured out.  

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Therefore, this wife/mama is now on The Love Dare journey.   The Love Dare is a 40-day challenge for husbands and wives to understand and practice unconditional love. 

The Love Dare is a journey I need to take.

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It occured to me while looking through this book that not only would this 'dare' be helpful to my marriage but also to my role as a mama.

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For example.   Day 1::: Love is patient.   I'm not sure about y'all but patience is not a really strong quality of mine.   And my relationships prove it.

"Love is built on two pillars that best define what it is.  Those pillars are patience and kindness.  All other characteristics of love are extentions of these two attributes.   And that's where your dare begins.  With patience."  ----------  The Love Dare.

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"When you choose to be patient, you respond in a positive way to a negative situation.  You are slow to anger.   You choose to have a long fuse instead of a quick temper.    Rather than being restless and demanding, love helps you settle down and begin extending mercy to those around you.   Patience brings an internal calm during an external storm."

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"Patience helps you give your spouse permission to be human.   It understands that everyone fails."

Now that statement alone was written just for me.   I forget that not only am I human, but so is my John and my kiddos.   I expect for them to except my failures, but do I except their failures?

The journey moves on to "love is kind", "love is thoughtful", "love is not rude", "love believes the best", "love is accountable", "love agrees in prayer", "love is a covenant" etc, etc.......

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"Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.   Love never fails."
I Corinthians 13:7-8

DARE TO LOVE.
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By the way-----I'm so thankful to be an American!   God Bless America!

Have a lovely week~







5 comments:

Robin said...

Beautiful post, once again! One of my favorite things about you my precious friend is your 'realness'. I know I have told you that many times....but it's just so rare these days. I love You!

Nan said...

Love the content of this post but I also love the pictures of my precious grandbabies! Loving you, Nan

Amy said...

Love this! Thanks for being so real! You are such an encouragement! And as always beautiful pics!!

Anonymous said...

Good Post! Hope you all have an amazing week. Dont know if you all went on the mission trip or not,but we still prayed for you! Love the hair on this kids. Maybe you should squeeze hair dressing into your portfolio of mom tasks!

Rebecca Taylor

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great project!!

Mendy