Monday, March 30, 2009

Let God Light Your Path

I get upset with myself when I act so very human. I know what I should do, but often I find that I lose sight of my Provider. My spirit becomes gloomy and I don't want that to be a part of me. I must continually trust in God. I need to let Jesus's light and my present situations lead me to the truth that will put me in the presence of God. I want to follow the path that God is lighting for me!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


I am getting so far behind in posting the Love Dare challenges. Sorry!!! Life has been happening and has not allowed much time on the computer with the exception of my classes, which are kicking my tail right now! But...I have the big picture in mind! My eyes are heavy right now so I will post today's challenge and go to bed. We will be traveling to Iowa this week so I may not do too much blogging. Please keep my family in your prayers...more on this later!

DARE #11
What needs does your spouse have that you could meet today? Can you run an errand? Give a back rub or foot massage? Is there housework you could help with? Choose a gesture that says, "I cherish you" and do it with a smile.

Friday, March 13, 2009

I missed a post

Sorry,yesterday got away from me and I did not post Dare #6. It was...

Choose today to react to tough circumstances in your marriage in loving ways instead of with irritation. Begin by making a list below of area where you need to add margin to your schedule. Then list any wrong motivations that you need to release from your life.

That was kind of a tough one to do. I am always irritated with something, so it was a complete mind frame change. A much needed one!

Dare #7 says...

For today's dare, get 2 sheets of paper. On the first one, spend a few minutes writing out positive things about your spouse. Then do the same with negative things on the second sheet. Place both sheets in a secret place for another day. There is a different purpose and plan each day. At some point during the remainder of the day, pick a positive attribute from the first list and thank your spouse for having this characteristic.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Sleepless Nights

Hello, my friends! I would like to start out by thanking all of you who continue to check my blog no matter how boring it may get at times. I am inspired by the fact that people care about what is going on in my world. So, YOU, motivate me! Thanks! Ok, so, I need your suggestions, my daughters have shared a room for quite some time now and adjusted very well. About 3 weeks ago we put Lauryn, our 2 year old, in a big girl bed. For the first week and a half she did perfect but now, she is up and down about 8-10 times all through the night. It is really frustrating and I am not sure what to do to resolve the problem. Any suggestions? I ended up in bed with her last night at 2 in the morning just so we could all sleep, but I am not one to do that. I DO NOT want to start a habit. Well,let me know what you think on the matter. Thanks!

Love Dare #5
Ask your spouse to tell you 3 things that cause him or her to become uncomfortable or irritated with you. You must do so without attacking them or justifying your behavior. This is from their perspective only.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Dare #4

Contact your spouse sometime during the business of the day. Have no agenda other than asking how he or she is doing and if there is anything you could do for them.

Monday, March 9, 2009

I Am Tired!

Today was one of those days...from the time I woke up until now, almost 9pm, I did not have an opportunity to sit down. That alone is enough to make someone tired. Today was not only physically draining but emotionally draining for me as well. Things are getting a little tense around the house as the talk of layoff continues to surface and just plain trying to figure out what the right move for our family is. I feel like we have been praying for the last 3 years for some kind of direction and we get no where but another dead end. I am emotionally exhausted from this way of living. Please keep us in your prayers as we continue to seek Gods will for our family.

The Love Dare is going good. It has been fun! Here was today's challenge:

Love Dare #3

Whatever you put your time, energy, and money into it will become more important to you. It's hard to care for something you are not investing in. Along with restraining from negative comments, buy your spouse something that says, "I was thinking of you today".

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Dare #2

Yesterday was my first day of the Love Dare challenge. Dare #1 forced me to stop and think before speaking to Chris. I need practice with this. So far, so good! Here is the Dare for today, day 2.

In addition to saying nothing negative to your spouse again today, so atleast one unexpected gesture as an act of kindness.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Love Dare

Chris and I spent our Valentines Day snuggled up on the couch watching the movie Fireproof. I enjoyed the movie, despite the streams of tears that were flowing down my face. If you are married or are contemplating marriage, you should see this movie. It speaks volumes! The movie depicts a couple on the verge of divorce. The husband is encouraged by his father to take the Love Dare as a final investment in their marriage. He agrees and it changes both of their lives and marriage. Chris and I are approaching 8 years of marriage this summer. Unlike the movie, we are very happily married. I believe that in this day and age where nothing is sacred, it is vital to invest ourselves in our marriage. SO...I have decided to participate in the 40 day Love Dare. I am going to post the "daily dare" here each day so that if anyone wants to join me on this journey, you can! If you are going to participate, leave me a comment so I know who of my friends are joining me!


The first part of this dare is simple. Although love is communicated in a number of ways, our words often reflect the condition of our heart. For the next day, resolve to demonstrate patience and to say nothing negative to your spouse at all. If the temptation arises, choose not to say anything. It's better to hold your tongue than to say something you'll regret.