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Day 170: Love is unconditional

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 God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

—Romans 5:8

 

TODAY’S DARE

Do something out of the ordinary today for your spouse—something that proves (to you and to them) that your love is based on your choice and nothing else. Wash her car. Clean the kitchen. Buy his favorite dessert. Fold the laundry. Demonstrate love to them for the sheer joy of being their partner in marriage.

 

--I saw MB very briefly today while dropping of the kids.  She seemed a little unhappy, like she had a lot going on…not sure through.  She allowed me to have the kids an extra night (because of the Christmas party last night) and most of today.  I am amazed on how easily she gives in on some things and how resistant she is on other things.  She said she had errands to run.  I did not complain because it allowed me to be with the kids longer, plus I did something for my spouse which I hope met the dare for today.

 

One of the most valuable things I've learned in this journey became apparent to me today after watching a video from a ministry I love (The Better Together Movement): God wants our marriages to be successful, which is clearly apparent all throughout Scripture. There is no case where God wants us to be apart from our spouses. The opposite is true of the enemy, the enemy tries to deceive you that you are better off alone and he tries to isolate his “victims” from believers and God’s goodness. Matthew 18:20 tells us that where 2 or 3 are gathered in His name there He will be (paraphrase). If we are one with God, we have His power and promises. How much more power is there with 2 who love Him and love each other? This is something the enemy hates and will stop at nothing to kill, steal and destroy. I will NOT give up! God didn't put me with MB for "nothing." If I allow the enemy to come in and convince me MB is too far gone and my marriage is not important enough to fight for, the enemy has won. I remember telling MB a little over a year ago, while she was still in the house, as she was getting into her car one morning, “we are not going to let the enemy win…that is not an option.”  I still believe that!  I believe there is a bigger plan at work here, it's not just about us saving our marriage. It's about fighting for the foundation of God's kingdom and for His love. Fight. Trust. Pray. Persevere. I won’t give up. I won’t forget that the enemy is just waiting for me to show my limits of how long I will endure and then give up. I won’t give him that opportunity. God is more powerful and it's not "if" he will rebuild something and build beauty from ashes, it's "when."

 

I am thankful to our God for: sleeping-in today with the kids and making pancakes for them; having a roof that does not leak; and knowing that God is telling me: “be still, I am fighting your battles.”

  • All you talked about is opposite of what the world teaches us from day one.  and people will see your testimony and may mock you, try to tell you to forget her, she doesn't deserve you, or will reach closer to God due to your testimony.  If they mock you that is surly something to rejoice.  because God is with those that are mocked in His name.  

  • "There is no case where God wants us to be apart from our spouse." I wish the world understood that. In church yesterday we talked about Henry XIII and how he started the Church of England because the Pope refused to grant him a divorce. It's nuts how the world has created it's own set of rules apart from the Bible concerning marriage and divorce and it's just accepted. The flesh is so powerful but in the end it's sad because God will win!

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