The first time I heard about The Love Dare was when I saw the movie Fireproof about a year and a half ago. I was as skeptical about whether or not it could work as the husband was in the movie. Several months later I ended up doing the dare with an online group of ladies.
I’m not skeptical anymore.
Following this dare can make changes in any marriage…good or bad. I know that’s a pretty bold statement to make, but, from my experience it does work. Mine was in a very bad way and following this dare not only changed my relationship with my husband…but, it changed me.
I’m doing the dare again (and maybe I’ll do it again and again) because it’s easy to fall back into the rut of taking the ones you love for granted. I don’t ever want to go there again.
The book says that taking this challenge is an often difficult process, but an incredibly fulfilling one. To take this dare requires a resolute mind and a steadfast determination. That’s an understatement.
It also says that learning to truly love is one of the most important things you will ever do. How many of us think this is true?
Today’s dare is about learning to be patient.
Several things stood out in today’s dare:
1. Being patient is a choice. It is a choice to control your emotions rather than allowing them to control you.
2. Patience waits to see the whole picture before passing judgment. (I’m not very good at this).
3. Patience helps you give your spouse permission to be human. (Wait? He’s not supposed to be perfect?)
4. Few people are as hard to live with as an impatient person. (Every time I have read that line I have to take a hard look at myself).
Today I resolve to demonstrate patience and to say nothing (or think nothing of) negative to my spouse at all. I have the word written on my hand as a reminder. I think my children need to be included in this dare also.
Anyone up for the Dare? I double dog dare you to join us…….
Everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger. James 1:19