Tuesday, October 18, 2011

40 Days Of 'The Love Dare'

Rarely do I have a planned post. The nature of a "jane-of-all-trades," I suppose. But I've been fooling around with my work camera, a Sony DSC-H7, trying to figure out aperture settings and so forth.

This is good practice for me, because like many other mommy bloggers, I'm on the "I really want a 'Canon Rebel SLR' " rage. That's called coveting, by the way.

So I meant to write about photography and link to some cool photo sites. But after looking at this photo, I'm going on a completely different tangent. Surprise!

That's my engagement ring, from Husband, I love it. It's an estate piece (which is fancy for "used.") Fitting for a Goodwill/garage sale gal like me.

The book is The Love Dare. While many of my bloggy friends have committed to doing 31 days of something, I'm doing 40 days of 'The Love Dare.'

On a side note, the story about how I acquired this book is sad. I won it from a mommy blogger 3 years ago. Months later, that same mommy blogger disappeared from the blogosphere. If I remember correctly, her marriage dissolved...but don't quote me.

For whatever reason, I never used it. But since my schedule is so busy, I've been unable to join a Bible study, so this is my 5:30 am ritual/devotional.

Whether you've heard of this book or not, it's a great tool to help you reflect on your marriage, but also about other "self"  issues like; selfishness, pride, greed, and let's add coveting since I'm all over that topic.

Because I'm doing this freelance thing, it makes me dream about Macbook Airs, Canon SLRs and iPhones. All of which I don't have. I'm thankful that I have access to some of it because if I had to buy all of it at once, forget about it, I can't even imagine. (Hey look, there are my old curtains sitting on our rocking chair in the background. Would be nice if I took them to Goodwill at some point...)

Funny, material things aren't the only things to desire. Even bloggers desire more exposure, sponsors or followers, etc. (That's Kelle Hampton's blog I'm looking at, the one that I posted about without really posting about it.)

Anyway, if you really delve in deep enough, these chapters can help remind you that a solid, loving marriage is okay to desire! So, I've taken the dare, maybe you have in the past too.

What are your thoughts on marriage and "the wanting of things?"


  1. I have had 3 failed marriages. My thoughts are that I get in a hurry and dont know what to look for. I have been separated for 1.5 years and I envy people with good marriages and women with good husbands.

  2. My husband and I will soon celebrate our 33rd anniversary.

    We certainly have had our struggles. We've been through a gamut of employment, financial, health issues over the years. Actually, I can't remember a time when finances were NOT an issue. God has provided for our every need, though.

    What has always gotten us through the hard times is being committed to God and to one another...in good times AND in bad times.

    Each day, I ask God what I can do to bless my husband. It's the simplest of things that I do that seem to bless him the most! It's not always easy...I admit we have our little spats from time to time...but I have found that if I take the focus off of myself (that ol' "What about me?" mentality) and do what I can to bless my husband, that God honors that and blesses our marriage in the process.

    Very thought-provoking post...I like it! :-)

  3. P.S. Having a good sense of humor is bonus...we both seem to be blessed with that! Lol

  4. I'm another one with 33 years.

    Perfection? No such thing.

    Hard times? Sure, but we were always in it together.

    For us....the passing of time has brought contentment.

    Looking forward to reading about your 40 days. :)

  5. Sounds like a lovely book - I hope it brings you and your husband even closer together!

  6. I'm intrigued with this book. Marriage is hard work and every little bit of help is appreciated. Like everything you want to see flourish in your life, it takes elbow grease. Doesn't matter what it is, if you want something, you have to work hard to get it as well as maintain it. BTW-I want new lenses for my canon. LOL. Gotta work hard to get that too. Have a great weekend!


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