(You can read more details explaining how we are doing the dare here: The Love Dare with FirefighterWife)
Love is God’s Word
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
Excerpt from The Love Dare Book:
“God has the right plan for everything, and He’s revealed these plans in His Word. They’re right there for anyone who will read it and apply it.
God has a plan for the way you handle your money. A plan for the way you raise your children. A plan for the way you treat your body. A plan for the way you spend your time. A plan for the way you handle conflict. Isn’t it just like your Maker to know exactly what you need?
If being a regular Bible reader is new for you, you’ll be surprised how quickly you’ll begin thinking differently and more eternally. And if you are serious about establishing strategies for life based on God’s way of doing things, He will guide you to make connections between what you’re reading and how it applies. It’s an enlightening journey with discoveries to be made all the time.
Every aspect of your life that you submit to, God’s principles will grow stronger and more long-lasting over time. But any part you withhold from Him, choosing instead to try your own hand at it, will weaken and eventually fail when the storms of life hit you. It may, in fact, be the one area that hastens the downfall of your home and marriage.
Wise couples build their houses on the rock of God’s Word. They’ve seen what sand can do. They know how it feels when their footing gets soft and the foundation gives way. That’s why must determine to build your life and marriage on the solid rock of the Bible, and then you can plan on a stronger future – no matter how bad the storms get.“
If you do not consider yourself a Christian or do not attend church, today’s Love Dare may turn you off. Please just read my two cents here before walking away.
Even before I totally understood what it meant to believe in Jesus as my savior, I would read the bible. There are some very wise and comforting verses there in Proverbs and Ecclesiastics for example. Even the book of Ephesians and Galatians. Sometimes I would randomly flip open my bible and point my finger to a verse just to see what I “needed” to hear…because I didn’t really understand the bible yet.
It is the number one-selling book of all time. Yes, there are variations that can be confusing. But it was not until I studied in depth the history behind the stories and the writers and the connections between the old and new Testaments that I truly understood what it meant to be a follower of Christ.
Here’s my plea. I don’t want to be one of those over-the-top bible thumpers. God has a plan for you and my tongue-lashing isn’t going to help you understand what he has in mind. But would you just pick up a bible and read a verse or two a time and again? It definitely can’t harm you 🙂
And for those who are ready to grow their spirituality to the next level, have you ever read through the entire bible? I am praying about this being my 2013 resolution. YouVersion.com has a great app and nice programs to guide you each day.
Whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction. (Romans 15:4)
Commit to reading the Bible every day. Find a devotional book or other resources that will give you some guidance. If your spouse is open to it, see if they will commit to daily Bible reading with you. Begin submitting each area of your life to its guidance and start building on the rock.
How are you doing? Has it been easy? Struggling?
Big question for the fire wives…..also being discussed in our private group, How has reading the bible strengthened your marriage?
(note: this might be a very private topic for you. If so, you can always reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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