Do not merely look out for your
own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.
Demonstrate love by willingly choosing to give in to an area
of disagreement between you and your spouse.
Tell them you are putting their preference first.
I prayed about this dare, as I do with all the others, but
in particular because generally we do not have big disagreements. We tend to
deal with our disagreements through humour and we are both pretty comfortable
with giving in to the other one.
Apart from the other night when we had our disagreements,
our life together is pretty calm. I was not going to provoke something, just so
I could give in, but prayed about it and “stored” it like an IOU in the back of
my mind, for when we do disagree about something.
Well, God always knows what is coming and the today’s dare
was meant to be. My hubby’s car had started leaking oil and water some time
ago. I urged him to have it booked in and fixed, more than a month ago. Every
so often I will check with him and ask him why it is not done and remind him to
do it again. Last night he was late again. I didn’t phone, and about ½ hour
after he was meant to be home, my phone rang. He was at a garage close to home,
his car is smoking so bad he can’t see where to drive etc. oil light stays on,
they had put in 4 pints of oil and the dipstick is only just showing oil now…
I stayed calm, asked him if I need to come get him, he said
no, he’d be home shortly, it is not so far to drive. He had booked his car in
for Friday, but said he would phone first thing next morning to check if they
can take it a day earlier.
When he walked in, I smiled, greeted him and said “I will
not say anything”. He knew, especially since I had haunted him about getting it
fixed. We spoke about it later and I said if he can take his car in in the
morning, he must let me know if I must fetch him from the garage to take him
home. He had to take the next two days off, because he has no car to get to
work, and unfortunately, I’m doing quite a bit of driving during the day
between offices, so I can’t let him drive with my car.
So thank God, for sending the right thing at the right
moment, so that instead of making a big deal about something, I can be calm
about it, and hubby and I can work together on getting solutions to the
My scripture was very fitting for today.
Praise the Lord, my soul!
All my being, praise his holy name!
2 Praise the Lord, my soul,
and do not forget how kind he is.
3 He forgives all my sins
and heals all my diseases.
4 He keeps me from the grave
and blesses me with love and mercy.
5 He fills my life with good things,
so that I stay young and strong like an
6 The Lord judges in favor of the
and gives them their rights.
7 He revealed his plans to Moses
and let the people of Israel see his mighty
Lord is merciful and loving,
slow to become angry and full of constant
9 He does not keep on rebuking;
he is not angry forever.
10 He does not punish us as we deserve
or repay us according to our sins and
11 As high as the sky is above the earth,
so great is his love for those who honor
12 As far as the east is from the west,
far does he remove our sins from us.
13 As a father is kind to his
so the Lord is kind to those who honor him.
14 He knows what we are made of;
he remembers that we are dust.
That dare can be thought of even in the littlest of disagreement.
Letting go and letting Him open the door for you to take is the path to joyfulness.
Yay! Praise God you did it! God works in amazing ways and we simply have to trust him!