Day 16: Love intercedes
It's a basic truth: you can't change your spouse. You can't "fix" them. You can't mold them. You can't alter them.
All the arguing, manipulating, or demanding in the world won't force them to become someone different. It will only leave you feeling frustrated and discouraged. (And just imagine how your spouse would feel after constantly being pushed to be something different!)
The Love Dare isn't about changing your spouse. It is about making the choice to love. Once that choice is made, there is a good chance that you personally will be changed. That change will affect your spouse, and he may begin to blossom also. It won't be overnight, but with the change on your part, nurturing (not nagging!) and prayer - it may happen.
Yes... prayer. It works!!
No, prayer isn't magic. There's no "Pray - POOF! - It happens" It's not a drive thru service. But scripture tells us that "the effective prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective" (James 5:16)
Instead of dwelling on your spouse's faults...
Instead of grumbling...
Instead of nagging...
Instead of complaining...
If you are willing to change, nurture your spouse, protect your marriage, and let God do His part - you might just be amazed by what happens!
TODAY'S DARE: BEGIN PRAYING TODAY FOR YOUR SPOUSE'S HEART. PRAY FOR THREE SPECIFIC AREAS WHERE YOU DESIRE FOR GOD TO WORK IN YOUR SPOUSE'S LIFE AND IN YOUR MARRIAGE.
Sorry readers... once again I'm not going to share details. I'm not going to share with all of you what specific areas where I am asking God to work in The Man of the House's life or our marriage. Some things aren't for printing on the internet. But I am praying... for him, for us, for our family. And fully expecting to see God at work.