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41-Day Love Journey - 5

Published:Monday | December 22, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Cathy Risden, Lifestyle Writer

It's almost over. As you get closer to the end of the 41 days, your partner should be responding to your positive attitude and kindness. If not, keep going, your labour will not be in vain.

Sandra Brown: As the weeks progressed, the journey hasn't got any easier, but we have got closer as a couple. Greetings have shifted positively and we confide in each other even more than usual. While opinions are not readily received, they are heard and appreciated. Bringing God into our home has been my mission for quite some time now, and this love journey has helped with that. I have, on my part, prayed and asked God to guide, protect, and bless our lives, and He has found a way to strengthen us during the worst of times and reward us with the best of times. I have also suggested that we pray together as a couple and as a household. That request is still pending, but I won't let that be a deterrent. Rome wasn't built in a day and neither was our relationship, so I am looking forward to growing in love and having God there with us every step of the way.

December 22-28 - THIS WEEK'S DARE:

Monday

Day 29: Love is responsible

Take time to pray through your areas of wrongdoing. Ask for God's forgiveness, and then humble yourself enough to admit them to your spouse. Do it sincerely and truthfully. Ask your spouse for forgiveness as well. No matter how they respond, make sure you cover your responsibility in love. Even if they respond with criticism, accept it by receiving it as counsel.

Tuesday

Day 30: Love encourages

Eliminate the poison of unrealistic expectations in your home. Think of one area where your spouse has told you you're expecting too much, and tell them you're sorry for being so hard on them about it. Promise them you'll seek to understand, and assure them of your unconditional love.

Wednesday

Day 31: Love makes sacrifices

What is one of the greatest needs in your spouse's life right now? Is there a need you could lift from their shoulders today by a daring act of sacrifice on your part? Whether the need is big or small, purpose to do what you can to meet the need.

Thursday

Day 32: Love's motivation

Before you see your spouse again today, pray for his/her needs. Whether it comes easy for you or not, say "I love you," then express love to them in some tangible way. Go to God in prayer again, thanking Him for giving you the privilege of loving this one special person - unconditionally, the way He loves both of you.

Friday

Day 33: Love completes each person

Recognise that your spouse is integral to your future success. Let them know today that you desire to include them in your upcoming decisions, and that you need their perspective and counsel. If you have ignored their input in the past, admit your oversight and ask them to forgive you.

Saturday

Day 34: Love celebrates godliness

Find a specific, recent example when your spouse demonstrated Christian character in a noticeable way. Verbally commend them for this at some point today.

Sunday

Day 35: Love fulfils dreams

Ask yourself what your mate would want if it was obtainable. Commit this to prayer, and start mapping out a plan for meeting some (if not all) of their desires, to whatever level you possibly can.