Saturday, February 5, 2011

Weekend Love Dare

Day 5 - 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

Rude??? Me????  I'm not rude, but I do have some habits that are annoying to my hubby.  I do know a few of them and often times don't make much effort to change them, after all, they are just little things!  But Love Is Not Rude and this is an area for a little restraint to be practiced.

If you are up for a Love Dare, here it is:
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.

Day 6 - 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

Most mornings find me as cheerful as a morning lark, things get accomplished, I'm in good spirits, energized and ready to face the day.  But as the day fades into evening and the stresses of the day, unfinished things to do, the rush of evening supper, dishes, baths and bedtime routines come full force, my disposition has a tendency to change.  Words, actions and attitudes that would have been shrugged off with morning cheerfulness cause a twinge of irritability.  If not watched closely, my attitude can become irritable and I'm not pleasant to be around and all I really need to do is just go to bed!  Love watches closely for these signs and heads them off to respond in a gracious and loving manner. 

The dare for today is:
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 to release from your life.

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