Sunday, April 26, 2009

Sunday Quotes..

Sunday Quote is where I quote things from books that will make some part of your life a little healthier.

Next fourty days, or approximately six -seven weeks, I will be quoting the Love Dare book. The principals addressed in this book are also good for other relations including workplace. You can't be completely healthy if your relationships are not healthy as well. So, here are this weeks examples and dares. Addressing your releationships can be fun but it can also be eye openning and heart warming. Whatever you discover by doing this, it is by your own choice to face this part of your life. You can not hold me responsibles for the outcomes, because they are the outcomes of your choosing and praying for. I simply give you what I find inspiring to me.

My husband and I are doing this. It will very difficult because he and I use communicate very well but since kids and changing living enviroments it has been quit difficult.

Day 1 Love is patient: Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love Ephesians 4:2 NIV
The first part of this dared 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. **So the way I explained this to my kids is if your silbing takes a toy or clothes but doesn't put it back in the correct place do we complain that we didn't make the mess or do we just pick it up when asked by one of the parents. They replied just pick it up. When we get frustrated or mad at someone else in the family do we say ugly words to them or just say, I love anyways. They replied to say I love anyways. For me, it means when my husband leaves the door open for a smart remark not to make that remark unless we are playing around. This is hard for me.

Day 2 Love is kind: Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. Ephesians 4:32
In addition to saying nothing negative to your spouse again today, do at least one unexpected gesture as an act of kindness.

Day 3 Love is not selfish: Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor. Romans 12:10
Whatever you put your time, energy, and money into 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.”

Day 4: Love is thoughtful: How precious also are your thoughts to me…How vast is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand.”-Psalms 139:17-18
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.

Day 5: Love is not rude: He who blesses his friends with a loud voice early in the morning it will be reckoned a curse to him. –Proverbs 27:14
Ask your spouse to tell you three things that cause him or her to be uncomfortable or irritated with you. You must do so without attacking them or justify your behavior. This is from their perspective only.

Day 6 Love is not irritable: He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city. –Proverbs 16:32
Choose today to react to tough circumstances in your marriage in loving ways instead of with irritation. Begin by making a list below of areas where you need to add margin to your schedule. Then list any wrong motivations that you need to release from your life.

Day 7 Love believes the best:[love] believes all things, hopes all things 1 Corinthians 13:7
For today’s dare, get two 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 for each. 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.

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