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  • Responsibility--Day 26

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    So it's been a long time since I last journaled. I'm just not sure how to really complete this dare. I've been spending a lot of time praying about it while going about the other pressing needs in life at the moment. We're still preparing...
  • Forgiveness--Day 25

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    Again, a dare I don't know how to complete because I don't have any grudges against my husband or any issues that haven't already been addressed and forgiven. I for sure struggle with unforgiveness toward my ex-husband, but not my current...
  • Love vs Lust--Day 24

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    So this is one that I may need to come back to. I've read and re-read the chapter on this one. I've contemplated the concepts, and I'm not easily able to identify anything that falls into the category of lust for me. Part of me thinks that...
  • Hindrances--Day 23

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    I've thought a lot about anything that might be a hindrance to our marriage. I know there are times that we get busy with our work or busy with technology and neglect each other. When I start to feel that's happening, we try to have some time...
  • Love is a Choice--Day 22

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    Love is a choice and not a feeling. I think that's been the motto of our marriage for the last couple months. The funny thing is that I have heard this phrase over and over again growing up. It was a constant theme of a lot of church talks about marriage...
  • Taking the Time--Day 21

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    So this dare was to be intentional with Scripture and prayer. I have to admit that this is a weak area. I find that I'm pretty good about Scripture and prayer when things aren't going well or when I need some extra strength or guidance, but when...
  • Change of Heart--Day 20

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    So today's dare isn't really an issue for me. My relationship with God is good and has been good, so no re-dedication in that sense needs to happen. Or rather, I guess you could say that I reaffirm and make sure of my connection to God on a daily...
  • Doing the Impossible-Day 19

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    So I've kind of covered a lot of this in previous posts, but I had a conversation about the gospel this weekend that seems to tie into this one a bit. The topic was the fall of Adam and Eve and the atonement of Christ. The Mormon church teaches the...
  • Date Night--Day 18

    So this dare was another of the difficult ones, but not for a reason that you would expect. It's not that I couldn't prepare a meal for the two of us. I can. The harder part to that is having time to talk when we have so many kids at home. This...
  • Real and Lasting Intimacy--Day 17

    Once again, life has gotten in the way of my journaling my walk through the dares. I've still been doing them, but I haven't journaled about them. So today I'm catching up. Day 17's dare is all about real and lasting intimacy--sharing...
  • Love Prays--Day 16

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    This dare is super easy. I pray for my husband all the time. I pray for his stress level, for his safety, for his faith, for him to be who/what God has called him to be. I pray for his health. I just cover him in prayer every day. He has a hard job, and...
  • Honoring--Day 15

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    So, as usual, the hardest words of the dare are "above what you normally do". I recognize that I try to honor my husband as much as possible, so trying to figure out ways to improve on that, especially ways to improve on that when he's not...
  • Giving Something Up for More Time--Day 14

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    So today's dare is to give up something you would normally do to spend time with your spouse. I can't really accomplish this one in any huge way because my spouse isn't home. Also, when he IS home, we do everything together. There's not...
  • A Fair Fight Requires Unpacking The Baggage--Day 13

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    I feel like I have an advantage on this dare because we had this conversation really early on in our relationship. Since this isn't the first marriage for either of us, we were able to really learn from the things that went wrong in our other relationships...
  • Letting Him Win

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    My husband and I don't disagree a lot. We just have a similar upbringing and viewpoint of things, so there's not a lot to disagree on. There's very little where our views are so different that it's a matter of letting someone "win...
  • See a Need/ Meet a Need--Day 11

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    Today's dare is difficult to complete since we're not together. I know my husband's biggest need right now is to have some form of stress relief. That's a lot easier to accomplish when he's home and resting versus when he's dealing...
  • Unconditional Love-Day 10

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    I'm probably overthinking this one. I just am stumped about what kind of act would show unconditional love to my husband. I think my brain just isn't wired like that. I did my usual go-to and looked at other blog and journal entries for Day 10...
  • 6 seconds--Day 9

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    So today's dare is to change your greeting. I can honestly say that I'm happy to hear from my husband. Most of my greetings are on the phone, and my kids know when my hubby is calling because my face lights up every time. Doesn't matter what's...
  • Nothing to Do--Days 7 and 8

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    This post brings us current on my backlog of journal entries, and I find that for these 2 days there was nothing for me to do. Make a list of the positives of my husband? No problem. There's a laundry list of good qualities that he possesses. Make...
  • Room to Breathe--Day 6

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    So I think this day's "dare" was extremely timely for me. I mean the rift in my marriage is the result of overwhelming depression brought on by my stress levels being way too high right now, and that means I'm doing an extremely poor...
  • Learning Curves--Days 4 and 5

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    Checking in with my husband on what he needs or what I can do for him was easy. It's something I do often...at least once a day when he calls. I think this has less to do with the fact that I'm really that thoughtful and more to do with the fact...
  • Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is--Day 3

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    So I wasn't able to post this on the actual day since my husband was home. I thought it would be awkward to explain my posting and what I was doing with the Love Dare book. I don't want him to feel any particular way about what I'm doing;...
  • The best laid plans--Day 2 continued

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    So with great plans I began my day thinking of the ways I could show kindness to my husband, but almost from the beginning all those plans fell apart. He couldn't find the driver for his hotel airport shuttle, so he was late checking in for his flight...
  • The Kindness Conundrum

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    So here I am on Day 2. The nothing negative thing has been fairly easy. I know it will get harder in the future as I try to get off depression medication and life starts getting to me again, but for now I'm trying to be mindful of it. My husband has...
  • Here's to hope

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    My husband and I have known each other for 20 years. He's my highschool sweetheart, but we didn't marry in highschool. Instead, we married other people, got divorced (in my case twice), and then reconnected 4 years ago. My husband is a wonderful...
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