Welcome to my Love Dare Journey.
Life is difficult. Sometimes we carry baggage. Other times, we let it carry us. I love my honey, my kids, my house and my dog–but sometimes my love isn’t evident.
I am a complainer. I swore I would never be this way, but I am. I am a worrier–an anxiety–ridden worrier. My worries multiply in my mind until they become my own world of false-truths–which I then take into my real world and cause unnecessary problems.
My biggest challenge is this: If I think it, I say it. Filter-free. Sometimes, I am very proud of how fast I come up with a quirky remark, but then I realize that how funny and clever my remark may have been initially, it is now the cause of the uncomfortable response of the other person.
I watched the Movie Fireproof, with Kirk Cameron and went on a search for The Love Dare book the next day. I knew I could do this. I mean, look at the movie–in all the circumstances, Kirk Cameron’s role persevered and in the end, they overcame some terrible flaws in their relationship and became more strong in the end.
The Love Dare is written by Stephen and Alex Kendrick, with Lawrence Kimbrough and is a 40-day journey. One day at a time, a new dare is given to bring you closer to your spouse, family, and God. The Intro page reads, “Receive this as a warning. This forty day journey cannot be taken lightly. It is a challenge and often difficult process, but an incredibly fulfilling one. To take this dare requires a resolute mind and a steadfast determination. It is not meant to be sampled or briefly tested, and those who quit early will forfeit the greatest benefits. if you will commit to a day at a time for forty days, the results could change your life and your marriage. Consider it a dare, from others who have done it before you” (VIII).
SO, I set out two years ago to begin my private journey of The Love Dare. After repeating day one 5 days in a row, I finally accomplished it. Onto day two–I got this! Day 5 comes along, and I was supposed to ask my spouse what three things about me makes him uncomfortable….then it lead to a fight, so back to day 1, I was…..repeat. I stopped trying.
I am ready. I have overcome some terrible things in my past and if I can do that, then being nice should be easy, right? It will not be easy, but I know that the gaps in my soul are caused by my bad attitude, filled with resentment and past pains and have no place in my current life. I am ready to remove the source of the gaps–and pave the way to a much happier future.
The first step is admitting my problem–CHECK
Now, the change.
Please come back daily and join me in my journey to cure my soul and my relationships.