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Made famous by George Strait in 1995, that song immediately sprang to mind this afternoon here in 2012 as the munchkin pulled me aside, saying, “So, guess what? I did it!”

“Uh…did what?”

“Today in art class, we made a valentine. I made mine, and then turned it over and wrote: Do you like me? __ Yes __ No”

😯 Oh boy. “You did?!?!” I ask, trying to hide my smile. I couldn’t help it. I can’t believe it. He’s got guts; ya gotta give him that.

“Yep!” he says with a big grin. “Then, before she left, I ran over to her car, handed it to her and ran away.”

Shaking my head, I ask, “So, you don’t know what she checked?”

“Nope.” Long pause. “What do you think? Will she check yes or no?”

“Ummm…not sure, buddy. Guess you’ll just have to wait and see.”

“Yep. Maybe I’ll find out on Valentine’s day. ♥ That’d be cool, right?”

Yep. That’d be cool. Wow.

What a character. Where does he get this from? He’s in second grade. I certainly didn’t have the courage to ask the boys I liked in second grade if they liked me. Unbelievable. (Yes, I said boys, plural.) Hmm…maybe he gets a little of it from me, after all. Lol! 😎

Any crazy kids’ valentine stories you’d care to share? Drop me a line below and share your Common Grounds.

P.S. I played the George Strait video for the munchkin, who promptly sees the note with the yes/no boxes, opens his mouth, gasps and says, “Hey!!! That’s just like my note! Do they have any other songs about love?”

Ha! Only a few hundred thousand or so…

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wedding ring heart BibleCongrats! You’ve successfully completed the K-LOVE Love Dare challenge. How do you feel? How does your marriage feel? Has anything changed? Is your spouse looking at you funny? I know mine did a couple of times. 🙂

So, we’ve reached day 40, now what?

…who says your dare has to stop? As you view your marriage relationship from this point on, we challenge you to consider it a covenant instead of a contract. These two words sound similar in meaning and intent but are in reality much different. Seeing marriage as a contract is like saying to your spouse, “I take you for me and we’ll see if this works out.” But realizing it as a covenant changes it to say, “I give myself to you and commit to this marriage for life.”

Let’s look at the differences between contracts and covenants.

Contracts

  • usually a written agreement based on distrust, outlining the conditions and consequences if broken
  • self-serving and comes with limited liability
  • establishes a time frame for certain deliverables to be met and accomplished
  • can be broken with mutual consent

Covenants

  • verbal commitment based on trust, assuring someone that your promise is unconditional and good for life
  • spoken before God out of love for another
  • for the benefit of others and comes with unlimited responsibility
  • no expiration date
  • “til death do us part”
  • intended to be unbreakable

Drawing on God’s Strength

As we’ve learned in the previous posts, keeping a marriage strong is not something we can do completely on our own. We need to rely on God.

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.

[Marriage] is to reveal to the world the glory and beauty of God’s unconditional love for us.

A New Beginning

The time is now, man or woman of God, to renew your covenant of love in all sincerity and surrender. Love is too holy a treasure to trade in for another, and too powerful a bond to be broken without dire consequences. Fasten your love afresh on this one the Lord has given you to cherish, prize, and honor.

Your life together is before you. Dare to take hold of it and never let go.

We dare you.

Today’s Dare

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.

I hope you enjoyed this Love Dare journey as much as I did. I’d love to hear your experiences. Feel free to leave me a comment.

Image credit: Ella’s Dad

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writing a letterOf all the things love dares to do, this is the ultimate. Though threatened, it keeps pursuing. Though challenged, it keeps moving forward. Though mistreated and rejected, it refuses to give up.

Love never fails.

The K-LOVE Love Dare Day 39 challenge is to commit to your spouse – no matter what.

…if love is really love, it doesn’t waffle when it’s not received the way you want it to be. If love can be told to quit loving, then it’s not really love. Love that is from God is unending, unstoppable. If the object of its affection doesn’t choose to receive it, love keeps giving anyway.

Love never fails.

So what happens if you’re spouse isn’t interested in receiving your love?

When you have done everything within your power to obey God, your spouse may still forsake you and walk away – just as Jesus’ followers did to Him. But if your marriage fails, if your spouse walks away, let it not be because you gave up or stopped loving them.

Love never fails.

Today’s Dare

Spend time in personal prayer, then write a letter of commitment and resolve to your spouse. Include why you are committing to this marriage until death, and that you have purposed to love them no matter what. Leave it in a place that your mate will find it.

After all: Love never fails.

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The last time your spouse asked you for something, what was your response? Was it an immediate “no”? When was the last time you overwhelmed your spouse with love? When was the last time you exceeded his or her expectations?

The Day 38 K-LOVE Love Dare challenges us to do exactly that:

What is something your spouse would really, really love? How often do you ask yourself that question?

Common sense tells us we can’t give our wife or husband everything they might like. Our budgets and account balances tell us we probably couldn’t afford it anyway. And even if we could, it might not be good for us. Or for them.

But perhaps you’ve let ‘no’ become too quick a response. Perhaps you’ve let this negative default setting become too reasoned and rational, too automatic. What if instead of dismissing the thought, you did your best to honor it. What might happen if the one thing they said you’d never do for them became the next thing you did?

Giving the Extraordinary

What would have to happen for you to take this initiative? Does it have to be something expensive? No, but it needs to be extraordinary.

Love sometimes needs to be extravagant. To go all out. It sometimes needs to set aside the technicalities and just bless because it wants to.

Is that thinking too much like a teenager? Is love like this no longer on the menu after so many years of marriage? After all, with the way your relationship might be at the moment, wouldn’t it be less than genuine to indulge your spouse if your heart’s not in it?

Well, how about putting your heart in it. How about developing a new level of love that actually wants to fulfill every dream and desire you possibly can.

How will you achieve this? Keep in mind that the intangible gift is often more powerful than one purchased with money.

Not everything your spouse wants has a hefty price tag…or can be bought with money.

Husbands: Your wife may really want your time…your attention…to be treated like a lady, to know that her husband considers her his greatest treasure…to see in your eyes a love that chooses to be there no matter what.

Wives: Your husband may really want your respect…to [have you] acknowledge him as the head of the house in front of the children…to put your arms around his neck for no apparent reason, surprising him with a long kiss or a love note when there’s not even a birthday or anniversary to justify it…to know that you still think he’s strong and handsome, the way you used to.

As you’re thinking about what to give your spouse that will exceed his or her expectations this Valentine’s Day, remember:

  • Love calls you to listen to what your mate is saying and hoping for.
  • Love calls you to daydream about these opportunities so regularly that their desires become yours as well.
  • Love calls you to remember the things that are unique to your relationship, the pleasures and enjoyments that bring a smile to the other’s face.
  • Love calls you to give when it would be a lot more convenient to wait.

Love is calling. Will you answer?

Today’s Dare

Ask yourself what your mate would want if it were obtainable. Commit this to prayer, and start mapping out a plan for meeting some (if not all) of their desires, to whatever level you possibly can.

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