He laid down His life for us. We should also lay down our lives for our brothers.—1 John 3:16 HCSB


What is one of the greatest needs in your spouse’s life right now? Is there a need you could lift from their shoulders today by a daring act of sacrifice on your part? Whether the need is big or small, purpose to do what you can to meet the need.

-- Is this possible just as Jesus did:  "He laid down His life for us" to show us that "we should also lay down our lives" for others.  God calls us to always stay tuned to what our spouses’ needs are, to the point where they won't have to ask - "even when their stress comes out in words of personal accusation, love shows compassion rather than becoming defensive."  "Love is willing to make sacrifices to see that the needs of your spouse are given your very best effort and focus."  Always having the mindset, "How can I help you?"

Felt compelled to attempt this dare today even though I would not see MB today.  Called MB about 1:15pm today, hopeful that she would pick-up, but prepared for it to go to voice mail.   Ended up just leaving a voice message saying something like:

“…hope you are having a nice day.  Just wanted to check-in and see how you are doing and really ask, ‘How can I help you…with anything?’  Not sure if there is something tangible I can offer or just be a listening ear to hear what you have going on or have to say.  Sorry I missed you…I am hoping to be able to help you!  Hope you have a nice Fall day!  Talk soon…bye.”

I know leaving a voice mail is NOT better than talking with her, but I think it is much better than texting/emails.  At least she can hear my tone and compassion in my voice.  More importantly, I am doing what God is leading me to do and that is to love.  I did my part…the next steps are on her.  Even if she doesn't respond to my voice message, I believe God will use this dare to work further in her heart.