Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Day Twenty-Six – The Love Dare: One Wife’s Journey

Back in October 2008...The scripture verse that touched me in particular today is –

A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding than a hundred blows into a fool. Proverbs 17:10

That’s one of my favorite verses of scripture. Thank You for nourishing me with this, Lord. I’m sorry that it’s the only verse of scripture I’ve read today. Well not exactly, but close. I didn’t behave very responsibly today, and that is what today’s devotion is about. Father, show me where I’ve failed in my responsibility to You and in my marriage.

Thank You for showing me that I didn’t spend enough time in Your Word. Help me to put forth more effort to be with You. And thanks for the reassurance that I will soon have at least one Bible study to do each day, keeping me in Your Word. Please forgive me.

Love is responsible…

That was then, this is now...

Each one must examine his own work…in regard to himself alone. Galatians 6:4

We are responsible for how we love. We must measure and assess how we love. We cannot compare how we love to how others love. We cannot withhold love because we give it better than we get it. We must encourage our mate to love better by loving him well.

Make his favorite dinner, do his laundry, mow the lawn… When I get up in the morning before my husband goes to bed, I leave the bed unmade for him. He doesn’t like to have to pull the quilt down and store the decorative pillows. And my man is so sweet! He knows I like to see the bedroom looking nice when I go to bed, so he makes it for me when he gets up in the afternoon.

Thank You, Father, for making us responsible for how we love each other. May we grow closer to You as we take care of each other this way. Help us to see the little things we do as not only ministering to each other, but also ministering to You. Give us fresh ideas on how to love You and each other better. In Christ’s name. Amen.

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