Thursday, April 30, 2009

Love Dare~Day 4

Ok, so yesterday I had a MUCH better attitude!!! However, my struggle was something completely different....EXHAUSTION! My mom came over to help me clean out winter clothes, put out summer clothes, and go through maternity clothes! By 3:00, I was completely worn out!!!!!!!! At one point, I was talking to Michael on the phone and through the exhaustion, I heard myself getting an attitude with him for no reason. So, I stopped myself, apologized to him, and adjusted my attitude. Anyways...I WAS able to complete yesterday's dare, and Michael was SO excited about his little gift! Let's get started on Day 4.

"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

A few notes from today's reading:

~Love keeps busy in thought, knowing that loving thoughts precede loving actions.
~If you don't learn to be thoughtful, you end up regretting missed opportunities to demonstrate love.
~Men tend to think in headlines and say exactly what they mean. But women think and speak between the lines. They tend to hint. They expect the man to listen for what is implied in order to get the full meaning.
~A husband should listen to his wife and learn to be considerate of her unspoken messages. A wife should learn to communicate truthfully and not say one thing while meaning another.
~The thoughtful nature of love teaches you to engage your mind before engaging your lips.

Today's Dare:

Contact your spouse sometime during the business of the day. Have no agenda other than asking how he/she is doing and if there is anything you can do for them.

To Journal:

~What did you learn about yourself or your spouse by doing this today?
~How could this become a more natural, routine, and genuinely helpful part of your lifestyle?
~Were you able to complete today's dare?

I hope everyone is enjoying this "Love Dare" book as much as I am!! I look forward to getting up every morning to see how I can bless my husband that day! It's not always easy to do without expecting something in return....but it's exciting to know that God IS at work, and this WILL make a difference in your marriage! So, don't forget to call your spouse today, and only ask if there's anything you can do for the "did you turn the iron off", "have you paid the light bill?", "can you go by the cleaners?" phone call for later ;)

tired but thoughtful,


  1. Tonya, Here is something you might like.. Its a prayer for a wife to prayer for her husband.. I love it! Just thought it was fitting for this time...enjoy!

    Dear Lord, I pray for my husband from head to toe.
    • His Head --That he will look to You as Lord of his life (1 Corinthians 11:3)
    • His Mind--That he will have the mind of Christ and think as the Holy Spirit would lead him and not
    the flesh. I Corinthans 2:16
    • His Eyes --That You will keep his eyes from temptation and that he will turn his eyes from sin
    (Matthew 6:13. Mark 9.47)
    • His Ears -- That he will hear Your still small voice instructing him (1 Kinqs 19:12; Psalm 32.8)
    • His Mouth--That his words will be pleasing to You. (Proverbs 19:1)
    • His Neck - That he will humble himself before You and be strong courageous. and careful to do everything written in Your Word so that he will be prosperous and successful. (James 4:10! Joshua 1:8-9)
    • His Heart — That he w:ll Love and trust You with his whole head. (Deuteronomy 65. Proverbs 3:5)
    • His Arms — That You will be his strength. (Psalm 73:26)
    • His Hands-- That he will enjoy the work of his hands and see it as a gift from You Ecclesiastes 3:13; 5:19)
    • His Feet -- That You will order his steps and that he will walk in Your truth. (Proverbs 4:25; Psalm 26:3)

  2. sorry the "His Heart" should obviously say with his whole heart and not "head".. oops typo! sorry -J