DAY 11

A few weeks ago my husband, Brad, and I watched the movie Fireproof. I thought we were in for a really good movie about heros in fire suits saving the lives of others, but there was more to this story. As the story unfolded, we realized that the main character in the movie wasn't a firefighter saving lives. The main focus of the movie was faith and how it strengthens us if we grasp on to it wholeheartedly. It's message was one of beauty and one that encourages me to love a little more.

In the movie, a book, called The Love Dare, was brought to the attention of the firefighter by his father. Each day, for 40 days, The Love Dare challenged him to take that extra step, to do something extra special for his wife. The book played a major role in restoring the firefighters faith. And in the end, as his faith in God became stronger, so did the love between him and his wife.

Today I'm daring myself to take The Love Dare challenge. In a way, I don't see it as being much of a challenge because Brad and I have always had a strong relationship. Instead I see this dare more as a WANT than a NEED for us. I want him to know that he is a blessing and that I would do anything for him.

Sherri at Famlies are Fun invited me to join along with her and others for The Love Dare Challenge. They've gotten a head start and so I'm jumping right in with them on Day 11. Is it possible to make something better that looks perfect in my eyes? I'm not sure but I'm up for the challenge.

TO CHERISH - to hold dear : feel or show affection for : to keep or cultivate with care and affection

What need does your spouse have that you could meet today? Can you run an errand? Give a back rub or foot massage? Is there housework you could help with? Choose a gesture that says, “I cherish you” and do it with a smile.

I thought pretty hard of what I could do to show Brad how much I cherish him. With my wimpy little hands I thought a massage would really do him no good, although he might have gotten a really good laugh out of it. Housework, I do it all the time. But something I hardly ever do is iron his clothes. Last night, as he was enjoying a little down time watching t.v., I got his clothes ready for work. All he had left to do this morning was shower and get dressed. While I was ironing, he came into the room and said, "Sweetie, you don't have to do that." I knew I didn't HAVE to do it, but I wanted to and it felt good to do something nice for him just because.


laura said...

That is great! It's those little things that speak HUGE! Great start to the challenge!

Vicky said...

Oh this is great! I loved Fireproof, the message was so good and I think we can bring honor to someone whether the relationship is suffering or not... exactly what you chose to do. Awesome, thanks for the encouragement!

Loren said...

Awww that is a great idea and one that no doubt spoke to him and his heart! I love Fireproof and the Love Dare is priceless and could be done yearly!!

Bless you! Hey come look at my template! I think the header would look good but I am embarassed to say I have no idea how to put it together LOL

Andrea said...

Just wanted to let you know I posted a link to your blog on arise 2 write.
Blessings, andrea

Sherri said...

I like the ironing idea...i have never ironed for Mark!

Teri said...

I can't wait to check out this movie - way to cherish your husband, each and every day! ;)

Andrea said...

Hope you don't mind. I added a link to your blog on arise 2 write.

littletoesandcheerios said...

I separated from Andy this past summer. We have been together most 19 yrs now. I watched the movie and could relate to both characters. Shortly after watching the movie I moved back in! I think every married couple should watch this movie and I liked Couples Retreat with Vince Vaughn too!

He & Me + 3 said...

I love this. You are so sweet Miti.

Bridget said...

Fireproof was such an awesome movie, and my step mother got me and Michael the love dare cards, and they tell what to do.

Mich said...

Loved that movie and the the book.

My hubby would certainly wonder what I was up to if I ironed...good start on an incredible journey.

christy rose said...

That is a great idea! I hate to iron! That would definitely be a gesture of love for me to do that. :)

Tara said...

I have heard so much about the movie and book but haven't seen either. Might be something I should check out too!!

I always iron Dwight's clothes. Otherwise, he would just be one big wrinkle because ironing doesn't mean anything to him.

Mocha Momma said...

What a very nice thing to do. I just don't iron anymore unless I should happen to sew something.

I like the Love Dare Challenge that you are taking part in. It will surely bring you & your hubs even closer.

What an awesome idea.

Have a great time with it.