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Day 40: Love Is A Covenant

Scriptures

Ruth 1:16 – “And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:”

Genesis 9:12-17 – “And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations (v. 12): I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth (v. 13). And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud (v. 14): And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh (v. 15). And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth (v. 16). And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth (v. 17).”

Genesis 17:1-8 – “And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect (v. 1). And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly (v. 2). And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying (v. 3), As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations (v. 4). Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee (v. 5). And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee (v. 6). And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee (v. 7). And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God (v. 8 ).”

Exodus 19:3-6 – “And Moses went up unto God, and the Lord called unto him out of the mountain, saying, Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel (v. 3); Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself (v. 4). Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine (v. 5): And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel (v. 6).”

2 Samuel 7:7-16 – “In all the places wherein I have walked with all the children of Israel spake I a word with any of the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to feed my people Israel, saying, Why build ye not me an house of cedar (v. 7)? Now therefore so shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus saith the Lord of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, from following the sheep, to be ruler over my people, over Israel (v. 8 ): And I was with thee whithersoever thou wentest, and have cut off all thine enemies out of thy sight, and have made thee a great name, like unto the name of the great men that are in the earth (v. 9). Moreover I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as beforetime (v. 10), And as since the time that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel, and have caused thee to rest from all thine enemies. Also the Lord telleth thee that he will make thee an house (v. 11). And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom (v. 13). He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever (v. 14). I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men (v. 15): But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee (v. 16). And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever (v. 17).”

Hebrews 9:15 – “And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.”

Malachi 2:14, 16 – “Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the Lord hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant (v. 14). For the Lord, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the Lord of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously (v. 16).”

John 15:9 – “As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.”

Psalms 105:8 – “He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations.”

Dare

“Write out a renewal of your vows and place them in your home. Perhaps, if appropriate, you could make arrangements to formally renew your wedding vows before a minister ad with family present. Make it a living testament to the value of marriage in God’s eyes and the high honor of being one with your mate.”

Journal

I wrote out vows to my husband and placed them on a wall in our house. I was happy to write down the committments I have made to him and God for our marriage.

This “Love Dare” journey has been a blessing in my life. I really have not had an awful marriage at any time so far, so certain parts were particularly easy for me. I am grateful however, for the reminder that this gave me of how much I love my husband. I want my life to always go hand-in-hand with his. I want him to feel my love for him every day. I am glad to have done this dare and I hope that others benefit from my thoughts on it.

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Day 39: Love Endures

Scriptures

1 Corinthians 13:8 – “Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.”

Matthew 26:33, 35 – “Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended (v. 33). Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples (v. 35).”

Luke 22:61 – “And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.”

Hebrews 13:8 – “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.”

Romans 11:29 – “For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.”

Luke 21:33 – “Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.”

Micah 7:18 – “Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.”

Dare

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

Journal

This was a fun dare. I had no problem writing a letter of commitment to my husband. The thing that made it easiest is that I really truly feel what I wrote. I left it for him to find on his computer keyboard. He found it last night and was pleasantly surprised. I think often of sharing the rest of my life with him and what eternity may be like as companions. It makes me happy to know that my partner can be with me, side-by-side, forever.

Day 38: Love Fulfills Dreams

Scriptures

Psalms 37:4 – “Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”

Ephesians 2:4-5 – “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us (v. 4), Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) (v. 5)”

Phillippians 4:7 – “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Romans 5:8 – “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

2 Corinthians 9:8 – “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:”

Dare

“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.”

Journal

I’ve put a couple days and a good deal of thought into this. I think that simple things he’d like is games to play and good food to eat. I’m working on these day to day. I’m planning on giving him a couple games for his birthday, which is coming up in a few weeks. The food is a work in progress, because we are trying to eat healthier, which means learning how to cook healthier and that is a challenge for me. I am working on it though. A bigger thing that I know he wants, is to take a trip to visit where he served his mission back in 1997-1999. He’s mentioned occasionally that he’d like to visit before too much else changes. We can virtually visit using google maps (satellite view), but it’s not the same. He’d really like to show it off to me. My plan is to start putting some of our savings towards it. For now it may take a while to add up, but the thought is there. I hope he will be surprised when the day finally comes.

In the past, the hardest thing for fulfilling his desires has been money. We don’t have much, but I’m a believer in starting small. I think that planning this for a while, will actually make it that much more fun to do for him. I hope that it keeps my mind focused on him even more.

Day 37: Love Agrees In Prayer

Scriptures

Matthew 18:19 – “Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.”

Psalms 88:13 – “But unto thee have I cried, O Lord; and in the morning shall my prayer prevent thee.”

Dare

“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.”

Journal

Along with scripture study, we have been praying together as a family. I had not considered a separate prayer for my husband and I, but now I realize it is a great idea. And the thought of kneeling in prayer as a couple when we are disagreeing is one that I hope to remember in the heat of an argument. I am so grateful for the blessings that come from personal prayer and family prayers. I hope that my husband and I will be able to make this a habit in our daily lives.

Day 36: Love Is God’s Word

Scriptures

Psalms 119:105 – “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”

1 Corinthians 2:10 – “But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.”

Psalms 119:10-11 – “With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments (v. 10). Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee (v. 11).”

Psalms 19:10 – “More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.”

2 Timothy 3:14 – “But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;”

James 1:22 – “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.”

Matthew 7:24-25 – “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock (v. 24): And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock (v. 25).”

Romans 15:4 – “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”

Dare

“Commit to reading the Bible every day. Find a devotional book or other resource that will give you some guidance. If your spouse is open to it, see if they will commit to daily Bible reading with you. Begin submitting each area of your life to its guidance and start building on the rock.”

Journal

I have been trying to read my scriptures daily for a while now and I can see the blessing that it is in my life and my marriage. Our family is reading together as well and I am grateful for that time and what we learn together. The more I read, the easier it is to apply the teachings of God in my life and the lives of my family. I am truly grateful for the scriptures.

Day 35: Love Is Accountable

Scriptures

Proverbs 15:22 – “Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.”

Proverbs 12:15 – “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.”

Hebrews 3:13 – “But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.”

Romans 14:12 – “So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.”

Proverbs 11:14 – “Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.”

Dare

“Find a marriage mentor–someone who is a strong Christian and who will be honest and loving with you. If you feel that counseling is needed, then take the first step to set up an appointment. During this process, ask God to direct your decisions and discernment.”

Journal

I am lucky to have a marriage mentor already set in place by God. My bishop is there to guide my husband and I if we should ever fall into a place of trouble. If he feels someone else is needed, he will let us know. He is a wonderful Christian man in a loving marriage and is a great example to me. I know that he loves me and my family and will help us if we ever need it.

Day 34: Love Celebrates Godliness

Scriptures

1 Corinthians 13:6 – “Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;”

2 Thessalonians 1:3-4 – “We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth (v. 3); So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure (v. 4):”

3 John 1:4 – “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.”

Romans 16:19 – “For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.”

Psalms 101:2 – “I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.”

Dare

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

Journal

My husband made this really easy for me. I think Christian character can be found in a man who honors his priesthood and visits others saints to help them. He went out today and did just that. Later on this evening I told him how great it was that he did these kinds of things and that I love that he honors his priesthood. I am always proud and amazed by his responsibilities and his willingness to serve others. I think that it helps him to continue to do these things when I acknowledge it and give him the time away from our family to do it. It may seem like a sacrifice to me, but it is more than worth it.

Day 33: Love Completes Each Other

Scriptures

Ecclesiastes 4:11 – “Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone?”

1 Corinthians 12:31 – “But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.”

Two are better than one; because they have a good breward for their labour.
10 For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 – “Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour (v. 9). For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up (v. 10).”

Matthew 27:19 – “When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.”

Colossians 3:14 – “And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.”

Dare

“Recognize 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.”

Journal

I have always included my husband in decisions of my life. I tend to look at the big picture a lot, meaning that I spend a lot of time thinking of the eternal consequence of the decisions we make today. I know that my eternal happiness has a lot to do with having his help with decisions now. I truly appreciate the insight he gives and plan on asking for his help often in the future.

Day 32: Love Meets Sexual Needs

Yes, you read the title correctly. (Awkward!)

Scriptures

1 Corinthians 7:3 – “Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband.”

Genesis 2:18 – “And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him ban help meet for him. ”

Genesis 2:24 – “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”

Hebrews 13:4 – “Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.”

1 Corinthians 7:4 – “The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife.”

1 Corinthians 7:5 – “Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.”

1 Corinthians 6:20 – “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

Song of Solomon 7:6 – “How fair and how pleasant art thou, O love, for delights!”

Dare/Journal

I’ll let you buy the book for the dare here, and keep my journaling to myself.

Day 31: Love and Marriage

Scriptures

Genesis 2:24 – “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”

Ephesians 5:25 – “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;”

Ephesians 5:33 – “Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.”

John 17:21 – “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.”

Dare

“Is there a “leaving” issue you haven’t been brave enough to conquer yet? Confess it to your spouse today, and resolve to make it right. The oneness of your marriage is dependent upon it. Follow this with a commitment to your spouse and to God to make your marriage the top priority over every other human relationship.”

Journal

There isn’t anyone that I have “leaving” issues with, which keeps me from making my husband the top priority in my life. He has had some moments in his life, but we worked through those long ago and have found a pretty good balance of others in our life together as husband and wife. I don’t believe this is an issue for us today.


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