Love Dare Day Seven: Love Believes the Best

[Editor’s note: The author explains her family’s Lenten commitment to take the Love Dare here. Regular updates will be posted all through Lent. Click here to catch up on previous posts.]

Today all of us made lists of positive attributes of each family member, we shared them at dinner.

“Love believes all things, hopes all things.” 1 Corinthians 13:7

This was my favorite day yet! We sat around the dinner table and each person presented one thing they liked about each other family member. We laughed, appreciated each other, and surprised each other with what we had written.

The children had wonderful things to say about each other and about us. For instance, they all recognized how hard their dad works for them and all he sacrifices for our family. (I am sure there are times he thought no one noticed or that his efforts were all in vain.) They complimented one sister on her strength in character and faith, a brother on his kindness, still another on his wonderful sense of humor.

My daughter and I are still sick, but the family really has pitched in to help us. If the dare does nothing else, it has helped us to remember what we like about each other and to consider one another’s needs.

Lord, let us not forget the good in each other. Thank you for the unique gifts you have given each of us and how they work so well together.

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  • Doris Rodriguez

    TODAY’S DARE: For today’s dare, get two sheets of paper. On the first one, spend a few minutes writing out positive things about your spouse. Then do the same with negative things on the second sheet. Place both sheets in a secret place for another day. There is a different purpose and plan for each. At some point during the remainder of the day, pick a positive attribute from the first list and thank your spouse for having this characteristic.

    FROM DORIS: I have spent several days working on this dare! Out of all the challenges presented so far, I think this is the one that hit my heart the hardest because I can see where I have spent most of my “married” life sitting in the Depreciation Room piling up ammo and rigging up booby traps … and it has to stop. WHAT A WASTE!

    When I went in this morning to do the Sonic paperwork, I shared a little about these rooms with one of our Asst Mgrs. I could tell a little light bulb went off in her head. When I left Sonic, I tackled my two final cases and got them completed so the rest of this month is free! Yea!

    It is now Day 7 and I am beginning to get a little overwhelmed as I try to put all that I have learned into practice. I am going to have to come up with key words, I think, to help me remember each love dare and how it applies to us as a couple.

    Today Ricky and I just enjoyed being in each others’ company. We sat outside on the tennis court and let Cuddles get some “supervised” fresh air and exercise. She is adapting well to her blindness. We waved to all of our neighbors as they drove by, and a few stopped to chat with us. Randy and Grayson were the first, then Pam stopped by on her way home from work. Then Erin and Brooklynn came up for a visit! Then Rogelio and his family dropped in! After everyone left, Ricky and I went to town. He filled up with gas while I bought a few groceries, and it was just nice doing such simple things together. We had fresh, delicious sandwiches for dinner and we started watching “Left Behind” but got sleepy around 10 pm and decided to call it a night.

    It is now 3:00 a.m. and I can’t sleep so I decided to update my Love Dare journal and line up my day for tomorrow. I am going to try and pray a rosary before I go back to bed.

    Heavenly Father, help me to stay out of the Depreciation Room and to focus on all the wonderful and affirming qualities of my family, of which there are many! Thank You for making us all so different and challenging. There truly is never a dull moment in our household and we should be grateful for this! Please bless our family and all of our friends and loved ones who bring such joy and excitement into our lives! Amen. +++