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Saturday, March 26, 2011

The Love Dare updates

Do I really know how to love? To read more about my marriage and the struggles I go through as a devoted wife to an unbelieving spouse you can go HERE. You can read other posts about the journey I decided to take through The Love Dare HERE. I'm on a journey to change my heart. Here are some updates...

Day 19-Love is impossible

"When you surrender yourself to Christ, His power can work through you. Even at your very best, you are not able to live up to God's standards. But He is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us (Ephesians 3:20). That's how you love your spouse."

"Look back over the dares from previous days. Were there some that seemed impossible for you? Have you realized your need for God to change your heart and give you the ability to love? Ask him to show you where you stand with him, and ask for the strength and grace to settle your eternal destination."

I'm positive I would not be the wife I am without Christ. He is teaching me to offer the same grace to others that was freely given to me on the cross. That's what going to make my marriage work. Nothing else.

Some days it does seem impossible. But...Nothing is impossible with God! (Luke 1:37)

Looking back some days have been hard. 

Over the past months we have made it through some major hurdles. Now it's time to press on! Will there be more struggles? Yes! But each step we take together builds our marriage stronger. I want to be transformed, and I want to same for my marriage.

I can do all things through Christ! (Philippians 4:13)

Day 20-Love is Jesus Christ

"He was willing to love you even though you didn't deserve it, even when you didn't love back. He was able to see all your flaws and imperfections and still choose to love you. His love made the greatest sacrifice to met your greatest need. As a result, you are able, you are able (by His grace) to walk in the fullness and blessings of His love. Now and Forever."

There is no greater love.

A friend's husband once said something to me in regards to my husband. He was once an unbeliever and his wife was once in the same position as I am today. He said, "Love him like Jesus does".

If it were not for Christ living in me, I'm not sure what state my marriage would be in.
I know my heart is changed, and even though I get discouraged, I know my husband sees it!

The enemy wants me to believe that I cannot do this, but I refuse to listen to him!

We have to be able to love our spouse with the same sacrificial love that Christ has for us, and He can give us the power to do it!

"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'."

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
2 Corinthians 5:17

Christ has given me a new heart and continues to teach me how to use it. I know He will do the same for you! I have to work everyday to stay close to his promises, but the old me just isn't around anymore!

Thank you, Jesus! 

Day 21-Love is satisfied in God

This is a message I believe with whole heart, and I still struggle to live it. We must find satisfaction in God alone!

People will always disappoint. Spouse included! But, when we seek satisfaction in Him, we have a peace like no other. Here's the thing-we married someone human.

"Every day you place expectations on your spouse. Sometimes they meet them. Sometimes they don't. But never will they be able to totally satisfy all the demands you ask of them-partly because some of your demands are unreasonable, partly because your mate is human...God however is not."

"Be intentional today about making a time to pray and read your Bible. Try reading a chapter our of proverbs each day (there are thirty-one-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 and you walk with Him."

Without regular bible study, I would be lost. I've been a part of women's bible study now for about 4 years. God has used this fellowship and study to change my life!

Without a bible study, I'm less likely to get into the Word. I need direction when studying the bible. It's hard for me to just open it up and start reading. Connection with a study group is where I get fed. Yes, Sunday morning sermons are wonderful. But I see them as life reminders. Much needed reminders at that. But, I need to dig deeper. Being in the Bible everyday will change your life.

Seek first his kingdom and all these things will be given to you. Matthew 6:33

I'm believe that my heart is changed. I struggle with perfectionism. When I mess up in my role as wife and mom I let the lies sink in. I tend to think that my husband doesn't see anything different in me. I'm not perfect, and I never will be. That doesn't mean my heart hasn't been transformed. I get that now!

I know I'm a new creation! I'm walking in his promises!

Feel free to join me!

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At March 26, 2011 at 9:48 AM , Blogger TV's Take said...

Wow - what a challenge and inspiring new journey you are on. Congratulations for your accomplishments and good luck with your continued journey. Great to see you today.

At March 26, 2011 at 10:07 AM , Blogger Tina said...

Hi Adrienne! Coming over from the SITS sharefest today! Blessings to you on the love dare!

At March 26, 2011 at 12:30 PM , Blogger Tylaine said...

Adrienne...that is so beautiful and I've enjoyed reading your inspiring journey through the love dare. This would be something I definately need in my marriage but I don't know if I have the strength to do it. I appreciate reading your words though and your experiences. Maybe with enough pondering and praying on my part I'll be able to find part of the strength you have. :) God bless you and your husband on this journey together.

At March 26, 2011 at 1:23 PM , Blogger Colleen said...

I really love this idea. It is so excellent to see such honest focus on how to really, genuinely love another. To love as we are loved by God.

I really enjoyed reading the different dares Adrienne!

At April 4, 2011 at 4:31 AM , Blogger Melissa aka Equidae said...

your name is like my sister:) btw i am doing the dare to but am only on day 5...

At April 4, 2011 at 9:40 AM , Blogger Marie said...

I am sure your heart has changed as well...Don't believe the lies. :)

At April 4, 2011 at 9:56 AM , Anonymous Heather said...

I'm so glad to find someone else who is doing this and blogging about it! I'm on day 8 right now and I'm LOVING the change I see in myself!

Enjoy your SITS day!

At April 4, 2011 at 10:09 AM , Blogger Gaspegirl said...

Congratulations on your SITS day.

Make it a great day!!

At April 4, 2011 at 11:47 AM , Blogger Maggie S. said...

I have thought about this Love Dare, since seeing the Movie. Definitely thinking it over. Congratulations on your SITS day.

At April 4, 2011 at 8:04 PM , Blogger LindaFaye said...

Way to go for taking the love dare. Does your man read your blog?
I am all for more openness with any honest talk that helps people have healthy marriages. This is my most recent post that I think you might appreciate.
I just wanted to let you know that I included this post in my "Great Links to Honest Sex Talk" :)

At April 4, 2011 at 8:34 PM , Blogger April said...

It's awesome that you're doing this! Have you ever read "Sacred MArriage? It's so good and along the same lines.

At April 4, 2011 at 9:08 PM , Anonymous OneMommy said...

This is the second time I've heard of this program... I'm getting more and more intrigued. Currently we are working through the book, Marriage Fitness... but we might have to look this one up.
Happy SITS day!

At April 5, 2011 at 2:38 AM , Blogger misssrobin said...

I am glad you are getting so much from this challenge. Isn't it great when we try something new and find it so satisfying?

I know that I would no longer be married if I hadn't included God in the process. Thanks for that reminder.


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