Saturday, July 31, 2010

How did we do last week? Was it hard? So last week we started to work on our summer series, how to love better (using the “Love Dare”). The dare had to do with our speech and had two aspects. The first with holding our tongue, no negative talking… The second to say something positive, encouraging talking. Really how did you do? Did you do it just once to say you did it? Or did you try to practice it more and more. Now in James1:19 it says, “be quick to hear, slow to speak”, we need to think about what we say. A key to this would be quick to hear. So this next week we also will be doing the same as last week, our tongue, and adding the next dare.
Now the next dare will have to do with your hands. O.K. this will be a 2 week devotional to help us with the time factor that seems to get in our way. This dare is a combination of 2 dares. The first would be to buy your spouse (mother..) something to say I was thinking of you… The second will be to do something for your spouse out of the ordinary, wash dishes, clean…something that you need to use your hands. To come along side of our spouses during the day. Helping our help mate! Why do we do these things? Because of love. The verse, Romans 5:8 “ God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
The dares have to do with our mouths and hands; but another very important part is our mind. We need to think about doing these acts that show love. So we think then we do and do.

Monday, July 26, 2010

How did we do last week? Was it hard? So last week we started to work on our summer series, how to love better (using the “Love Dare”). The dare had to do with our speech and had two aspects. The first with holding our tongue, no negative talking… The second to say something positive, encouraging talking. Really how did you do? Did you do it just once to say you did it? Or did you try to practice it more and more. Now in James1:19 it says, “be quick to hear, slow to speak”, we need to think about what we say. A key to this would be quick to hear. So this next week we also will be doing the same as last week, our tongue, and adding the next dare.
Now the next dare will have to do with your hands. O.K. this will be a 2 week devotional to help us with the time factor that seems to get in our way. This dare is a combination of 2 dares. The first would be to buy your spouse (mother..) something to say I was thinking of you… The second will be to do something for your spouse out of the ordinary, wash dishes, clean…something that you need to use your hands. To come along side of our spouses during the day. Helping our help mate! Why do we do these things? Because of love. The verse, Romans 5:8 “ God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
The dares have to do with our mouths and hands; but another very important part is our mind. We need to think about doing these acts that show love. So we think then we do and do.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Well a few weeks ago I thought summer was here; the last few days, who knows what happened. So what direction will our devotional take for the summer? Well came up with an idea to use a resource that directs us men to love our wives more. So for the next few weeks we will be presenting ways for us to love our wives. Now if you are not married you still can do this; only we would like you to use your mother, sister, aunt…Now don’t think that doing this is for the marriages that are in trouble….it is good for all marriages. The strong ones, good ones, look warm ones, old ones, new ones and the ones in trouble. Sometimes we get in ruts, doing the same old, day after day; we need new ideas to help us, to spice up our marriage. So the resource that this is coming from is the book “The Love Dare”. We might expand a little on some of the suggestions in the book, also we might present more than one of the dares combining them into one or even giving you a choice of which to do.
Now to the first dare for the week. This dare will be the combination of 2 dares and has to do with our speech. The first is to not speak negatively(defensively) to our wives. The verse is Eph.4:6 “Be completely humble and gentle, be patient, bearing with one another in love.” The second part of the dare is to speak something positively(kind) to our wives, as to comment on her good looks…without expecting her to react, that is not expecting something in return. The verse is Eph.4:32 “Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” Now guys let’s see if we can make a difference, not just doing it once so we can check off a box; but doing it out of love that we want to change. That we find ourselves doing these things more and more.

Memory Verse Eph.4:32 “ Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiving you.”