#STRONGMARRIAGESMATTER, THE LOVE DARE, DAY SEVEN, LOVE IS NOT JEALOUS

DAY EIGHT! LOVE IS NOT JEALOUS Love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire. —Song of Solomon 8:6 NIV TODAY’S DARE Determine to become your spouse’s biggest fan and to reject any thoughts of jealousy. To help you set your heart on your spouse and focus on their achievements, take yesterday’s list of negative attributes and discreetly burn/destroy it. Then share with your spouse how glad

#Strongmarriagematter, The Love Dare Day Seven, Love Believes the Best

DAY SEVEN: LOVE BELIEVES THE BEST

DAY SEVEN: LOVE BELIEVES THE BEST! [Love] believes all things, hopes all things. —1 Corinthians 13:7 TODAY’S DARE For today’s dare, get two sheets of paper. On the first one, spend a few minutes writing out positive things about your spouse. Then do the same with negative things on the second sheet. Place both sheets in a secret place for another day. There is a different purpose and plan for each. At some point during

#STRONGMARRIAGESMATTER, THE LOVE DAY, DAY SIX, LOVE IS NOT IRRITABLE

DAY SIX: LOVE IS NOT IRRITABLE

DAY SIX! LOVE IS NOT IRRITABLE He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city. —Proverbs 16:32 TODAY’S DARE Choose today to react to tough circumstances in your marriage in loving ways instead of with irritation. Begin by making a list below of areas where you need to add margin to your schedule. Then list any wrong motivations that you need

#StrongMarriagesMatter, The Love Dare, Love is not Rude

DAY FIVE: LOVE IS NOT RUDE

Day FIVE! LOVE IS NOT RUDE He who blesses his friend with a loud voice early in the morning, it will be reckoned a curse to him. —Proverbs 27:14 TODAY’S DARE Ask your spouse to tell you three things that cause him or her to be uncomfortable or irritated with you. You must do so without attacking them or justifying your behavior. This is from their perspective only. Even now, after 17 years of being in

#strongmarriagesmatter; The LOVE DARE DAY FOUR: LOVE IS THOUGHTFUL

DAY FOUR: LOVE IS THOUGHTFUL

DAY FOUR! LOVE IS THOUGHTFUL How precious also are Your thoughts to me. . . .How vast is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand. —Psalm 139:17–18 TODAY’S DARE Contact your spouse sometime during the business of the day. Have no agenda other than asking how he or she is doing and if there is anything you could do for them. In this modern age of technology, it

#strongmarriagesmatter, The Love Dare, Day Three, Love is not selfish

DAY THREE: LOVE IS NOT SELFISH

DAY THREE! LOVE IS NOT SELFISH Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor. —Romans 12:10 TODAY’S DARE Whatever you put your time, energy, and money into will become more important to you. It’s hard to care for something you are not investing in. Along with restraining from negative comments, buy your spouse something that says, “I was thinking of you today.” May I elaorate? I remember Calvin

#strongmarriagesmatter, The Love Dare, Love is Kind

DAY TWO: LOVE IS KIND

DAY TWO! LOVE IS KIND. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. —Ephesians 4:32 TODAY’S DARE In addition to saying nothing negative to your spouse again today, do at least one unexpected gesture as an act of kindness. What did you decide to use as a gesture?  Join the discussion on FB with the #strongmarriagesmatter community! Remember, it doesn’t have to cost anything at

The Love Dare, Day One, Love is Patient

DAY ONE: Love is Patient

Love is Patient Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. -Ephesians 4:2 NIV TODAY’S DARE The first part of this dare is fairly simple. Although love is communicated in a number of ways, our words often reflect the condition of our heart. For the next day, resolve to demonstrate patience and to say nothing negative to your spouse at all. If the temptation arises, choose not to say anything.

Resentment, Your Towards Spouse

Luke 6:45

Luke 6:45 tells us. “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” What is your heart full of today toward your spouse? Is it resentment, anger, fear and loathing? Or is it love, patience, grace and kindness. Remember, that which we think