The Love Dare is a day plan of action for improving marriage, whether the On each of 40 days, this best-selling book dares a husband or wife to foster. This book is about love. It's about dare, you must take the view that instead of following your heart Each day of this journey will contain three very important. HomeNewsGeneral AnnouncementsThe Love Dare – 40 Days Love Journey .. Find a devotional book or other resource that will give you some guidance.
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40 Days Love Journey. Day 1: Love is The first part of this dare is fairly simple. Although love is .. Bible every day. Find a devotional book or other resource. We would like to make this love dare challenge available to any of you who would like to participate. Below are the 40 love dare challenges. Author interviews, book reviews, editors' picks, and more. The Love Dare Day by Day: A Year of Devotions for Couples by Stephen Kendrick Hardcover.
Love Dare 40 Days…. The wounds may heal, but scabs seem to get knocked off sometimes, and this is my problem. I have to learn to accept the scars for what they are, and not allow anything or anybody to allow the past to come back to haunt me… I love my Marco I only reached day 7 but Jesus without following this challenge, has guided me…. Day 1: Love is patient The Dare: For the next day, resolve to demonstrate patience and to say nothing negative to your spouse at all. If the temptation arises, choose not to say anything.
He has had relapses but continues to work hard at it. Since learning of his addiction I have grown further from him. I felt and feel like there is something he needs from the porn that I am not giving him.
When we make love, I feel that he is fantasizing about other women. I have tried to overcome the feelings I have and even attended Celebrate Recovery for about a year.
However it is an anonymous ministry and in open share time in my study group I could not share my true feelings because you can't discuss issues about other member of the ministry which my husband is a member of. Therefore I stopped going. I still feel the same way at times but continue to pray about it.
I decided to do the love dare on my husband in hopes that it would renew the love that we once shared. We still love each other but it is just not the same. I want that same wonderful love and joy that we once had. I want the intimacy back without the bad feelings I have. I know it is possible with God beside me and walking each day close to him. I will update as the love dare experience continues.
Back at the end of November is when my marriage took a drastic turn out of nowhere. My wife say she been depressed since I moved her up here to Tennessee in I know I'm far from perfect but I am trying to save my marriage.
She wanted to go to marriage counseling back in but I said no because at that time, I had to much pride. After our 3rd baby was born June , she had Postpartum Depression. Not to mention, I deployed in and for 6 months.
I know that I was never giving her the attention like I should have been because I had a bad habit of being on the game system all the time. Once everything hit the fan, I immediately got rid of the game to focus on my marriage and her as well. She said it was just to late, but I told her it's never to late. She said she have been crying on so many nights without me knowing and I told her to please forgive me.
Now, I cry because the woman of my life, who I just knew was the one for me, is walking out of my life without giving me a chance. All she want now is a divorce. Also, I been doing things I shouldn't be doing like snooping around to see if she is actually cheating.
I know it's wrong, but I became very curious once she refuses to open up and talk about everything. Now she says that she will open up after she moves out the house so that way she won't have to see me or anything after that.
I really need help because I'm just so confused, weak and depressed. I was an idiot who never saw the pain I had caused her or the control she lived under for so many years. Well about ten days before Christmas while sitting with a marriage counsellor she told me she was separating from me.
She then proceeded to have me removed from the home. I deserved it as I hit my wife this past May, an action I will regret till my dying day. It has been 85 days that I have been out of our home. We have two daughters together and one from her previous marriage. Her parents have since moved in with her after selling their home. Now I am alone and missing the woman who made me smile every day.
I have been doing the Love Dare on and off, as it is hard since she has asked for space and time. I am on day 27, and although not done, I hope that she has noticed my actions.
She has started communicating with me a little more, and although that is not saying much, something is better than nothing from her. I have learned how to love her unconditionally, and know that this is just the beginning. I will not give up on her nor the Dare. I found my life mate in her, and I found a belief that our marriage is a covenant, not a contract. I need to prove and show her every day that I am not the boy she married, but the man she needs in her life. So does the Love Dare work?
Yes, if you learn from it and understand that being selfless is part of loving someone. Right now I am a broken man, but I believe that God will provide for me the tools to last this storm. The Love Dare is one of the tools He has provided me. Thank you for your time in reading this, and I ask for your prayers and will pray for all that take the dare. God bless you all and bless my wife and family!
I am 18 years old and he is We have been together for a year and 8 months. We have only been together for a short amount of time, but I knew from the moment that I met him he would be the one for me.. We had a plan to be married in just a couple of years, but now it is looking very unlikely for us, unless God sees otherwise.
But here the last few months our relationship has been in turmoil. We had a fight in October that changed our whole relationship.
I was selfish and I only cared about myself.. I was the cause. But ever since that night I havent been able to reclaim happiness in our relationship. My boyfriend has told me he has fallen out of love with me, and he doesnt know if he can ever fall back into love with me again. Amongst all of this, he deals with addictions. We have been unable to communicate for a long time, and I just feel like I do not please him or make him happy anymore. He doesnt see me as beautiful, and I fear he finds more pleasure in the porn than in me.
He is fighting so much with me, and he is also fighting within himself. He has told me he feels God is not there for him anymore, and he just t wants to give up on everything. I am so scared to lose him, because I do love him with all of my heart.
I know that God could fix things for us and for our relationship. I have been praying and crying out for God's help during this time.
I would love to start the 40 Day Love Dare with him. Please be praying for us. We went through a tough year where We were close to divorce.
She was being inappropriate with others and I am unsure how far things went. I've become very angry and have had a hard time letting go of the past. She still has these other people in her everyday life and she knows it bothers me.
If so how can I learn to let the past go? In Jan of my husband filed for divorce. We owned the movie, "Fireproof" but hadn't watched it in a very long time. After a few weeks, I finally watched it and ended up going out immediately and buying the book, "The Love Dare".
This book worked a miracle on my heart and my own relationship with God-- and by God's grace, my husband saw these changes in me. He ended up not following through with the divorce. Praise God! Unfortunately though life went on and we never followed through with the problems we had in our marriage and the things that had hurt us, so we never truly healed.
We became pregnant-- twice. But, since we hadn't worked through those things, in Oct he told me that he wanted a divorce again, but this time he was going to "follow through with it". I was 7 months pregnant with our second child and our son was only 10 months old. I was heartbroken and scared to death! Very long story short, he had a girlfriend whom he ended up marrying, so it's been a very long, tiring, trying, and enduring, almost five years, but I never completely gave up!
God kept telling me to just be patient and to just love them through it. When I finally started to give up this last year and I truly wanted to throw in the sticks, just a few weeks ago my boys and I flew to our hometown. On the first day, he explained to me that him and his now wife are getting divorced and this has been "the worst decision he's ever made! I am sharing this because I want to give any of you hope that the Love Dare really does work, and to never ever give up!
Trust God and give it all to Him and He will lead you through this. It's definitely the hardest journey I've ever been through, but after running into this website today, I've decided to do the love dare again except for mostly for myself, as I can't fully do it for him this time around.
He will fight for you and your marriage. We have been married for almost 10 years and have an 8 yr old son.
We married at a very young age and have since been through so many ups and downs. Just last year we decided to separate for a short period of time and decided to give it another shot.
However, despite how happy we were for a few months, just a couple of months ago our marriage took a turn for the worse. We have been to separated less than a week and I feel like my world just shattered into little tiny pieces. I have been praying for both my husband and myself everyday and decided to download a prayer app in which a really nice person suggested I try the love dare. I am on day 4 and so far my husband has responded in a positive way however I am a little uneasy of the journey ahead of me as I am not sure if he will continue to respond the way he has been in the past few days.
Even though I have been trying the love dare challenge, it is very difficult for to expect anything from him as things are so tense and complex. Despite it all, the love dare book as opened my eyes and has so far helped me understand some of things that have gone wrong within our relationship. Please pray for me and my family. We used to have the best time together. We could sit on the floor listening to music for hours and talk about anything and everything.
Things started going downhill when I got pregnant. The day I found out, I lost my job, 2 months later, he lost his. That was 2 years ago and financially, we have been in a rut ever since. We had literally never had an argument until things turned way downhill and we were forced to move into my parents basement.
We fought every day. We were intentionally saying things that would hurt the other and cause a fight. Usually the first words out of his mouth were something that would get me going.
After a year of living in their basement, we finally were able to get our own place again. Financially, we are still hardly surviving. Our relationship has gotten a lot better than what it was but when we are exhausted, the hurt starts flowing. If I bite my tongue, he instigates until I finally snap and blurt it out. We both will make jabs at the other about having lovers on the side when neither of us do.
We've just gotten so used to saying such awful things, that it is proving difficult to stop them from coming out. We aren't nearly as bad as some people who are doing this dare, but we could be so much better. Tomorrow is Day 1. He has no idea I am going to be doing this. I am hoping that with changing my own actions and strengthening my relationship with God, he will see the change and want to work on himself.
Maybe towards the end I can leave my journal out where he can see it and hopefully he will want to do the dare himself. We have had our ups and downs like everyone else but never knew how to recover from the downs. She got tired of always having downs and decided to give up and leave me. Saying to me she will always love me but doesn't love me the way a wife should love her husband. This crushed me.
The downs were always my fault and I never thought I was hurting our relationship until it was to late and she left. We have a 2 year old son and it kills me seeing him so confused asking his mom where his daddy is. I was told of The Love Dare by a family member and wanted to try it.
I'm on day 30 and she hasn't responded to me. But I will not give up on the dares and on my family. We aren't in the same state and it's hard to do the dares.
I do the once I can and pray for the once I can't. Despite giving it one's best effort, anyone taking the love dare will fail pp. Like it or not, agape love isn't something you can do. It's something only God can do. But because of His great love for you—and His love for your spouse—He chooses to express His love through you.
The truth is, you can't live without Him and you can't love without Him. The bulk of Day 19 focuses on sin and the need for the forgiveness Christ won—both for eternal salvation in the life to come and for empowering believers to love in the present life as God has loved them. Recall the scene at the cross, in the movie?
Day 20 is about acting on that realization. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Readers who are already Christians should recall that 1 John was directed at them. But who says your [Christian life] has to stop? Cover to cover, for all 40 days of the dare, the authors write awkwardly of what sounds to be polygamous marriage. No doubt the authors were seeking to be gender inclusive and avoid the awkward repetition of "he or she" and "his or her" throughout the book.
The employment of "they," "their," and "them" unfortunately leaves the suggestion that the person taking the love dare has more than one spouse. For example, on Day 27 the authors write, "Promise them you'll seek to understand, and assure them of your unconditional love" , emphasis added.
More substantively, the authors at times use the term "human" carelessly, when "sinful nature" would be more accurate e. It is unlikely they intended to deny Christ's humanity, and yet their contrast between one's spouse, who is "[merely] human," and God, who "is not," suggests a confused christology The Father and the Holy Spirit are not human, but for Gospel clarity one needs to emphasize that Christ was fully human for us, without sinning like us. Elsewhere the authors present the Gospel message quite well.
As another concern, the authors do not follow a consistent Bible translation. Although most verses are taken from the New American Standard version, the authors occasionally use any of three other translations.
This is a minor criticism, but nonetheless it weakens the message when one picks and chooses translations, since it looks like one is hunting for agreement rather than letting God speak what God will speak. No person can read this book and deny, or even question, that it would work if tried. That is not to say every troubled marriage will be rescued by this book. Rather, as the authors explain: "There's no guarantee that anything in this book will change your spouse.
But that's not what this book is about. It's about you daring to love," and God transforming the reader who contemplates Christ's unconditional love for sinners The purity of the gospel of Jesus Christ is unmistakable in the first 20 Dares. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
And yet, there is one thing missing from the book: a single list of all the dares. Appendix I is a guide to prayer.
Appendix III is Bible verses. Appendix V does not exist but it should be the list of 40 dares. Or not? Is this omission by design?