Saturday, March 19, 2011

Day 37 Love Agrees In Prayer

Day 37
Love agrees in prayer

If two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father. –Matthew 18:19

Ask your spouse if you can begin praying together. Talk about the best time to do this, whether it’s in the morning, your lunch hour, or before bedtime. Use this time to commit your concerns, disagreements, and needs before the Lord. Don’t forget to thank Him for His provision and blessing. Even if your spouse refuses to do this, resolve to spend this daily time in prayer yourself.

Today’s Questions:
What can you do to help your mate be willing for the two of you to begin praying together? If you agreed to pray together, what was it like? What did you learn from it?

In the morning my prayer comes before You. (Psalm 88:13)

Yesterday’s Dare:
I feel I need God's counsel on many things but especially on one particular subject, babies. I feel most susceptible to failure in being a good Christian and wife and am asking God to show me through His Word how to. 

Friday, March 18, 2011

Day 36 Love Is God's Word

Day 36
Love is God’s Word

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. –Psalm 119:105

Commit to reading the Bible every day. Find a devotional book or other resource that will give you some guidance. If your spouse is open to it, see if they will commit to daily Bible reading with you. Begin submitting each area of your life to its guidance and start building on the rock.

Today’s Questions:
What parts of your life are in the greatest need of God’s counsel? Where do you feel the most susceptible to failure? What are you asking God to show you through His Word?

Whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction. (Romans 15:4)

Yesterday’s Dare:
Tommy and I have spoken about this before and we chose Brother Patterson of Faith Tabernacle. Though we are not members of his church he did preside over our wedding and has helped us with a few other situations. We trust Brother Patterson and can learn much from him, like hopefully how to keep our marriage as strong and grand as his and Sister Patterson's.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Day 35 Love Is Accountable

Day 35
Love is accountable

Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed. –Proverbs 15:22 NIV

Find a marriage mentor –someone who is a strong Christian and who will be honest and loving with you. If you feel that counseling is needed then take the first step and set up an appointment. During this process, ask God to direct your decisions and discernment.

Today’s Questions:
Who did you choose? Why did you select this person? What do you hope to learn from them?

In abundance of counselors there is victory. (Proverbs 11:14)

Yesterday’s Dare:
I commended Tommy for reading his Bible and his willingness to go to church. He has come so far and I am so proud of him! I will continue to encourage to grow as a Christian in every way possible!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Day 34 Love Celebrates Godliness

Day 34
Love celebrates godliness

[Love] does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth. –1 Corinthians 13:6

Find a specific, recent example when your spouse demonstrated Christian character in a noticeable way. Verbally commend them for this at some point today.

Today’s Questions:
What example did you choose to recognize? How many other ways could you celebrate their growth in godliness? How could you encourage them to preserve in it?

I will walk within my house in the integrity of my heart. (Psalm 101:2)

Yesterday’s Dare:
Tommy and I have several decisions to make together, which church to attend and some other personal matters. Tommy is my other half, literally. Tommy is just enough like me and just different enough for his unique perspective to allow us to compromise. I have an amazing husband and its because I have an awesome God!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Day 33 Love Completes Each Other

Day 33
Love completes each other

If two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone? –Ecclesiastes 4:11

Recognize that your spouse is integral to your future success. Let them know today that you desire to include them in your upcoming decisions, and that you need their perspective and counsel. If you have ignored their input in the past, admit your oversight and ask them to forgive you.

Today’s Questions:
What are some upcoming decisions you can make together? What did you learn today about the role of your mate?

Put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. (Colossians 3:14)

Yesterday’s Dare:
Last night was most satisfying! J I have committed this to prayer and I thank God for making it possible! I have learned that no matter which aspect of you life it is you CANNOT do it without God!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Day 32 Love Meets Sexual Needs

Day 32
Love meets sexual needs

The husband must fulfill his duty to his wife, and likewise also the wife to her husband. –1 Corinthians 7:3

If at all possible, try to initiate sex with your husband or wife today. Do this in a way that honors what your spouse has told you (or implied to you) about what they need from you sexually. Ask God to make this enjoyable for both of you as well as a path to greater intimacy.

Today’s Questions:
Was this a satisfying experience for you? If it didn’t turn out the way you’d hoped, what do you think is complicating matters? Have you committed to this prayer? If it was a true blessing for both of you, what can you learn from this for the future?

How beautiful and how delightful you are, my love. (Song of Solomon 7:6)

Yesterday’s Dare:
I'm not really sure that either of us have too much of a problem with a 'leaving' issue. Though if I had to pick I'd say Tommy has more of an issue with it, and in all honesty its really his mother that has/is the problem. It is a very hard thing to deal with and often causes problems. I'll try my best to put up with it and explain to him why its so irritating (in the most polite and respectful way possible). He doesn't know I'm doing the Love Dare and short of having him ready Day 31 I'm not yet sure how to approach the situation. I will pray and ask God to help me, though, He will know. 

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Day 31 Love And Marriage

Day 31
Love and marriage

A man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. –Genesis 2:24

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 dependant 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.

Today’s Questions:
Has this been a hard thing for you to deal with? How has it affected your relationship? If the worse offender in this area is your spouse (with your in-laws), how can you lovingly move this toward a better situation?

May they all be one, as You, Father, are in Me and I am in You. (John 17:21 HCSB)

Yesterday’s Dare:
The Lord has opened my eyes greatly to help me see the fuel to the point of disagreement. I intend to have the Lord guide me through this and help resolve the situation so that it does not bother us again. I hope to see the Lord help Tommy as well, in any and every way that he needs it.