(You can read more details explaining how we are doing the dare here: http://firefighterwife.com/fireproof-your-marriage/)
Love Is a Covenant
Where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God. – Ruth 1:16
Excerpt from The Love Dare Book
“And then there’s marriage – the strongest covenant on earth between two people, the pledge of a man and woman to establish a love that is unconditional and lasts a lifetime. In marriage, your wedding ring represents your covenant vows – not merely commitments you hoped to keep but premeditated promises, publicly spoken and witnessed by others.
As you’ve read numerous times in these pages, keeping this covenant is not something you can do in your own strength. There’s good reason why God was the One who initiated covenants with His people. He alone is able to fulfill the demands of His own promises. He alone is able to forgive the receivers of His covenant when they fail to uphold their part of the agreement. But the Spirit of God is within you by the virtue of your faith in His Son and the grace bestowed upon you in salvation. That means you now can exercise your role as covenant keeper, no matter what may arise to challenge your faithfulness to it.
Especially if your spouse is not in a place of receiving your love right now, the act of covenant keeping can grow more daunting with each passing day. But marriage is not a contract with escape clauses and exception wordings. Marriage is a covenant intended to cut off all avenues of retreat or withdrawal. There’s nothing in all the world that should sever what God has joined together. Your love is based on covenant.“
And then there’s marriage – the strongest covenant on earth between two people, the pledge of a man and woman to establish a love that is unconditional and lasts a lifetime.
I don’t know your story, your beliefs, how your love dare has gone (or not gone) but of this I’m certain. God put you here on this blog post right now for a reason.
If you are in tears because you just did this dare and your spouse hardly noticed. Their heart is still hard, do not despair. With God all things are possible.
If you feel like you did not give this dare your all and let your spouse down, look up. God’s mercies are new everyday.
May God’s blessings fall on you all, on your marriages and give you strength and faith and protection over the covenant of your marriage.
He has remembered His covenant forever. (Psalm 105:8)
Write out a renewal of your vows and place them in your home. Perhaps if appropriate, you could make arrangements to formally renew your wedding vows before a minister and with family present. Make it a living testament to the value of marriage in God’s eyes and the high honor of being one with your mate.
KLove Radio Station did The Love Dare and has a daily post (with copyright approval from the publisher). You can find it here (especially if your book has not arrived yet!)
How are you doing? Has it been easy? Struggling?
Big question for the fire wives…..also being discussed in our private group, Have you ever renewed your vows? Tell us about it.
(note: if you have a very private topic to discuss, you can always reach me at contact at firefighterwife dot com)
Keep the Commitment Ball Rolling
Congratulations on getting through The Love Dare! You can further strengthen your marriage with other fire couples at a 2016 COMMITMENT Weekend. COMMITMENT Weekends are more than a retreat or conference, they are a getaway weekend to reconnect firefighters and their spouse/partner and reignite those marriage sparks. You will leave with your love tank filled up and more in love than you ever imagined possible!