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41-day love journey - week 3

Published:Monday | December 15, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Cathy Risden, Lifestyle Writer

After this week's dares you will have 13 left to finally reap the benefits of your labour.

Here is an update from one of the ladies who is determined to hold on to the end.

Vicky Choo says, "When it comes to love's journey, I must admit that there are certain times that I fall and become a delinquent. I am not always able to do what is needed or required daily but I try to take the essence of what is needed and adjust. It is true to say that my sacrifices have not gone unnoticed and the relationship has kept it easy."

Monday -Day 22: Love is Jesus Christ

Dare to take God at His Word. Dare to trust Jesus Christ for salvation. Dare to pray, "Lord Jesus, I'm a sinner. But You have shown Your love for me by dying to forgive my sins, and You have proven Your power to save me from death by Your resurrection. Lord, change my heart, and save me by Your grace."

Tuesday - Day 23: Love is satisfied in God

Be intentional today about making a time to pray and read your Bible. Try reading a chapter out of Proverbs each day (there are 31, a full month's supply) or reading a chapter in the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John). As you do, immerse yourself in the love and promises God has for you. This will add to your growth as you walk with Him.

Wednesday - Day 24: Love is faithful

Love is a choice, not a feeling. It is an initiated action, not a knee-jerk reaction. Choose today to be committed to love even if your spouse has lost most of their interest in receiving it. Say to them today, in words similar to these, "I love you. Period. I choose to love you even if you don't love me in return."

Thursday - Day 25: Love promotes intimacy

Determine to guard your mate's secrets (unless they are dangerous to them or to you) and to pray for them. Talk with your spouse, and resolve to demonstrate love in spite of these issues. Really listen to them when they share personal thoughts and struggles with you. Make them feel safe.

Friday - Day 26: Love makes good impressions

Think of a specific way you would like to greet your spouse today. Do it with a smile and with enthusiasm. Then determine to change your greeting to reflect your love for them.

Saturday - Day 27: Love agrees in prayer

Ask your spouse if you can begin praying together. Talk about the best time to do this, whether it's in the morning, your lunch hour, or before bedtime. Use this time to commit your concerns, disagreements, and needs before the Lord. Don't forget to thank Him for His provision and blessing. Even if your spouse refuses to do this, resolve to spend this daily time in prayer yourself.

Sunday - Day 28: Love endures

Spend time in personal prayer, then write a letter of commitment and resolve to your spouse. Include why you are committed to this marriage until death, and that you have purposed to love them no matter what. Leave it in a place that your mate will find it.

Inspired by the film Fireproof and the novel Love Dare. Share your progress each week. Send email to cathy.risden@gleanerjm.com.