Day 23 - Love Always Protects


Today's Verse:
[Love] always protects. – 1 Corinthians 13:7 NIV
Today's Message:
Is very powerful and thought provoking. What's ironic about the message is that if you read my response to yesterday's dare… I thought that there were many dares that just didn't seem so challenging. This one on the other hand… is VERY challenging.
When you read through the list of threats in the message there may be one that jumps off the page to you. If there is…then pay close attention to it. If there's not, then take the time to meditate on what threats there may lurking in the shadows concerning the relationship you have with your spouse.
Make no mistake… there are ALWAYS challenges to the relationship. It could be that extra burger and fries that you pound down every day. It could be the magazine that you read about the best vacation places in the world… yet you never take one yourself. It could be your job. It could be your customers. It could be A LOT of things.
Make a list of them. Be aware of them. Make sure you are aware of the damage they can cause. Be very mindful.
Today's Questions:
  • Is there anything, anyplace, or anyone that is threatening your relationship with your spouse?
Today's Dare:
Remove anything that is hindering your relationship, any addiction or influence that's stealing your affections and turning your heart away from your spouse.
Results:
  • What did you throw out first?
    • I can't do it all at once, but I am throwing out the concept that I owe everyone in the world some sort of explanation about everything that I do for them on the business side of things. I work in IT. It is not possible to explain to everyone exactly how everything works, or why they broke something by clicking on that little button on the internet that says 'Sexy Kitten Katie is looking for you!" By accepting that kind of responsibility, I have allowed others to damage my ability to provide for my family. I have to stop, stand up, and make sure that I don't allow that to hurt my relationships anymore. It's not acceptable, and not expected by in a true Christian walk. That doesn't mean I shouldn't be charitable… just don't be stupid.
  • Are there others that need to go as well?
    • Yes. And I am working on those. Just this morning my wife asked me if she could put the old TV I've been saying I was going to fix…out by the trash. I told her that would be fine. LOL… 'just let it go'! :-)
  • What do you hope the removal of these things will do for you, your marriage, and your relationship with God?
    • I hope that it will allow me to take at least ONE vacation sometime soon. I hope that it will allow me to get a car that we can depend on. I hope that it will allow me to stay current on my house payments. There are a lot of things this will do for my relationships.
You will be restored if you remove unrighteousness far from your tent. (Job 22:23).
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