Day 1 - Love is Patient - Part two

Today's Verse: 

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. —Ephesians 4:2 NIV
(Just in case you don't know... I didn't complete day 1 to my satisfaction the first day... so I redid it)

Today's message:

Patience and kindness are the main ingredients for love. There are other ingredients, but those two are the foundations. In the book, he refers to it as "pillars', but you get the idea.  The lesson is really about observing your reactions to things. Things your spouse does. It asks some major questions, and then asks you to recognize, respond, and report your findings.

Today's Questions: 

·         Can your spouse count on having a patient wife or husband to deal with?
o    As I said on the first day, I thought I was. And after really working on this for the last two days… I think the answer is yes. What I did was observed when and what was/is making me a little jumpy. And it's not Cheryl. It's someone else in the house that I'm not as patient as I 'might' be. So I'll move past that by understanding that this is really about Cheryl.
·         Can she know that locking her keys in the car will be met by your understanding rather than a demeaning lecture that makes her feel like a child?
o    Yes. Absolutely. She knows she'll get kidded about it. But a lecture… most definitely not. That isn't the norm.
·         Can he know that cheering during the last seconds of a football game won't invite a loud-mouthed laundry list of ways he should be spending his time?
o    Yes. She knows that. She depends on it I think.

Today's 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. It's better to hold your tongue than to say something you'll regret.


·         Did anything happen today to cause anger toward your mate?
o     No. Nothing at all. There is nothing that really gets me angry with her. There are things in the past that make me a bit disappointed and sad. And angry too… but not at her.
·         Were you tempted to think disapproving thoughts and to let them come out in words?
o    A little. As I said.. There are things that have disappointed me, made me angry, etc… but I'm working on it.
I'll be moving on to the next challenges tomorrow. It took me a bit to understand it, but the things that bug me the most now… are not about her. It's about me…and someone else here.
I need to really focus down on that too. I can't allow this person to take me out of my zone. I need to consider that regardless of circumstances, they can't help themselves. And I need to remember that it's not Cheryl that is bringing this on. Keeping a disconnect on that is important. The problem with it…is that Cheryl is very connected to this person. In a very big way. With no possible way of separation. So I'll have to get past it to make things work better.
But I can do that. I can do that.
Everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger.  James 1:19
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