Today’s challenge is to give a gift for no particular reason, just to let the person know that you’re thinking about them. After I read the chapter last night, I was really struggling to come up with an idea on a budget. I read a lot last night about trusting God, so when I went to sleep this dare was in my mind and on my heart. When I woke up this morning, I had a couple of really good ideas about making a road-trip snack pack for him, but I’m running low on funds. All of a sudden inspiration struck. About 6 years ago, when we were dating, I started working on a cross-stitch picture. I’ve picked it up and worked on it over the years, always with the intention of finishing it for him for Christmas, his birthday, Father’s Day, whatever. I only had some backstitching left to do, so I spent this morning finishing it up. I finished it and put it into a frame to give to him before he leaves tomorrow morning.
Our son was out doing community service this morning, so I called over to his house to find out if he knew when the kiddo would be home. Jeff was working in the yard on his sprinkler system, which reminded him that he said he’d fix mine. We chatted for a little bit, but still no word on the dinner I made him last night. I figured that he didn’t see it. Anyway, after a while when I was cleaning up the house, he texted me and asked me to take pictures of the broken sprinklers. He was at Home Depot and was checking them out for me. He called and said that he’d drop by, but never did.
Our son got home from community service, and said that Jeff was on the couch watching Indiana Jones. He has to work tonight, and has to leave at 3. So, I wanted to make sure that I gave him the picture before he left, so we popped by and I gave it to him. I told him I wanted to make sure he finally got it because I had worked on it a long time. I thanked him for everything he’d done for me this year. He loved it, but had kind of a guarded look in his eyes. He took it downstairs and put it into the bathroom with all of his wolf linens. He made a passing comment about needing to paint the powder room blue to make sure everything went together, which gave me an idea. This could be a good surprise for him when he gets back from Las Vegas. I don’t know. I guess we’ll see what circumstances will allow for, and where the Lord leads me. I did ask him if he saw the salad I had the kid leave for him; he said no, that he had no idea because he didn’t tell him. He opened the fridge and checked it out and said that’d be good for later. I guess the Day 2 challenge was semi-successful because I intended for him to have a meal for when he’s working overtime.
So, it’s just 3:00 now, and I’ve already completed my Day 3 challenge. I feel confident that my gift was appreciated, and while this dare made me a little nervous, I did step out in faith and trust that God would give me the courage to do so. I read the Day 4 dare last night and prayed about what to do/say for tomorrow. This could be interesting, as he will be out of town for a week. I will have to be creative. I’m sure the Lord will give me the ideas to be able to complete each dare while he's gone. I am hopeful that this challenge will work to bring us back together.
The dare was completed because you made the salad.......end.....no more no less. Do not worry if he saw it or not. remember no expectations of reactions.....
The success of the dares are not the results. The success is trusting Christ in you doing the dares without manipulating them on what you think the outcome or response will be