But maybe being thoughtful is what I am missing In my notes for the Love Dare that I wrote years ago, I mentioned that being thoughtful for Jess is actually quite easy. I’ll even bet that at times, I annoy Jess with my over concern about how she is feeling. I mean seriously, I ask her everything from is her coffee hot enough to are the kids annoying her? But you know what I don’t do? I don’t ask myself the same questions. The book says, “Great marriages come from great thinking.” If that is true, then a great ...

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How well should we know our family tree Born on Friday, in church on Sunday. That pretty much sums up my church history. So basically my entire life, I have the opportunity to read the first 17 verses of Matthew, but I never understood the importance of listing Jesus’ genealogy. Sure, for the Biblical skeptics, having the family tree of Jesus helps understand the historical significance of his bloodline, but what is its significance to me? A great-uncle of mine once researched how the Biles side of my family tree grew. He spent decades of exhausting research to put ...

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What if I don’t think I deserve Kindness Yesterday I almost made it out without saying anything mean to myself, but today I add kindness on top of my new challenge of loving myself. This chapter says that kindness is not reactive, but proactive. Further it says we can use Initiative, gentleness, helpfulness, and willingness as the core ingredients. The way I see it is if I want to be more kind to myself then I must take proactive steps instead of waiting on others to be kind to me; I must treat myself with softness; I must anticipate ...

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What does being selfish look like? A selfish character and my character are not closely related. As a matter of fact, a selfish character is the worst word to describe me. Okay, that last statement sounded a little conceited, but honestly it is pretty close to the truth; or is it? In this chapter of The Love Dare, by Stephen and Alex Kendrick, it not only says that we all struggle with selfishness, but that the basis of selfishness is when we make decisions out of love for ourself OVER love for others. Growing up in the church, I ...

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Day 10: March 27, 2020 I am super excited about this chapter because it covers a word that is so misunderstood that often times when we pursue this idea that we end up hurting ourselves. Think about what unconditional means to you. I have battle wounds, literal scars, that show I have learned this lesson the hard way. I hope after today you have a new understanding and actions to take toward the pursuit of perfecting your love to your favorite person. What is Day 10 about: Today we are going to talk about how true love is unconditional. ...

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