Monday, February 2, 2009

Day 1

Day 1 is to be completed on February 3, 2009
Now these three things remain:
Faith, Hope, and Love
But the Greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13

(Taken from The Love Dare)
Love is life's most powerful motivator and has far greater depth and meaning than most people every realize. We are born with a lifelong thirst for love. Our hearts desperately need it like our lungs need oxygen. Love changes motivation for living. Relationships become meaningful with it. No marriage is successful without it.

Your dare will begin with patience.

When you choose to be patient, you respond in a positive way to a negative situation. You're slow to anger. You choose to have a long fuse instead of a quick temper. Rather than being restless and demanding, love helps you settle down and begin extending mercy to those around you. Patience brings an internal calm during an external storm.

Patience helps you give your spouse permissions to be human. It understands everyone fails. It gives you the ability to hold on during the tough times in your relationship rather than bailing out under the pressure. Few of us do patience very well, and none of us do it naturally.

This Love Dare journey is a process, and the first thing you must resolve to possess is patience. Think of it as a marathon, not a sprint. But it's a race worth running.

Day 1 Dare

The first part of this dare is fairly 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.


Anonymous said...

I feel as if this was selected specifically for me. I struggle with patience and my sarcastic mouth. Thanks for the dare!

Sherrie said...

This sounds like a great idea. Patience is a virtue I tend to not have a lot of at times.

THEhooahwife said...

Megan, this challenge is a God send. Patience is something I am struggling with, and I can't wait to practice it today. Thank you so much for doing this!

Lindsey said...

Patience is the hardest for me!

Gwen said...

I'm joining in on this one today. We just talked about patience this weekend. So far so good. I love that you are doing this. :)

Mrs. McB said...

I've been doing the love dare on my husband for awhile. This dare truly helped me start the whole process. I've been trying to continue on with this one all the time. :)

Princess Abigail said...

Patience, patience, patience ....

I really need to work on that.

And my husband - the sweetheart - bears the sore brunt of the fact that most of the time I don't even try to master it.

This dare is ON!!!

Anonymous said...

I really enjoy your blog and what a great series this is! Patience is such a virtue and something that we sometimes all have trouble with. Have a great day!

super tweak said...

these are very true words - and a wonderful dare! so glad you are sharing with us and can't wait to see how it all goes.

Jessica said...

I've been following your blog for awhile now, but always seem to have trouble commenting on blogs at home (my internet connection goes out) There have been so many things I've wanted to comment on and it's so frustrating!
I just had to get on at work and let you know how thankful I am for you doing this though! This is great and I am very much looking forward to finishing up the 40 days!
I would love for you to check my blog out, it's private so if your interested, here's my email address:
Shoot me an email letting me know what yours is and I'll add you!! Maegan said...

it's fitting that I posted about loving my husband today. This is a great idea...thanks!

Employee No. 3699 said...

Patience is definitely a virtue I don't always have. I will be making a conscious effort to change this.