Thursday, August 5, 2010

Dare 16

"Beloved, I pray that in all respect you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers." -3 John 2
You cannot change your spouse. This dare is all about not changing your spouse, but daring to love. By daring to love, we can be personally changed from the inside out. Dare 16 is encouraging prayer. Communicating with God and laying your burdens and passions at His beautiful feet. (Luke 18:1; Philippians 4:6-7; Acts 12:1-17) God is sovereign, and He does things His way. And communicating with Him is done best when coming from a humble heart that is in a right relationship with God and others. (James 5:16)
God gives us overwhelming insight into our partner's faults (not that Zane has ANY of those) for the sake of effective healing. No one knows better how to pray for Zane than I do, and vise versa. Dare 16 says to turn your complaints into prayers and watch the Master work while you keep your hands clean. It encourages me to pray for exactly what Zane needs. Pray for his heart, his attitude, his responsibilities, etc. One of the most loving things I can ever do for Zane is pray for him.
Dare 16: Begin praying today for your spouse's heart. Pray for three specific areas where you desire for God to work in your spouse's life and in your marriage. (Sorry friends, but I will not reveal on the internet those areas I'm praying for. Just know, I am enjoying praying for my wonderful hubby, and loving him more by doing so.)
Dare 15: Honor each other.
Dare 14: Delight in each other.
Dare 13: Fight fair.
Dare 12: Let the other win.
Dare 11: Cherish each other.
Dare 10: Love unconditionally.
Dare 9: Greet well.
Dare 8: Don't be jealous.
Dare 7: Believe the best.
Dare 6: Don't be irritable.
Dare 5: Don't be rude.
Dare 4: Be thoughtful.
Dare 3: Be selfless.
Dare 2: Be kind.
Dare 1: Be patient.

--Inspired by "The Love Dare."

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