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January 28, 2009

The Love Dare: Day Two

Love is Kind
January 28, 2009
Kindness is love in action. This day broke kindness down into 4 subcategories, each of which builds off of the other. The 4 categories of kindness are:
1. Gentleness: Gentlessness means never being unnecessarily harsh to your spouse. It's being sensitive and being tender. When things go wrong or you have something that you want to discuss, it's speaking the truth in love...kindly without being critical and demeaning.
2. Helpfulness: Being helpful means meeting the needs of the moment. A direct quote from the book says that "Kindness graces a wife with the ability to serve her husband without worrying about her own needs." This one I feel I am particularly good at. I always try to make sure that I put Josh's needs in front of my own.
3. Willingness: This means cooperating, staying flexible. Being open to compromise and trying to be as agreeable as possible. Marriage is a give and take relationship, you have to try to see the ways that you can come to terms in a respectable manner when you reach the point of disagreement.
4. Initiative: This means to think ahead to what needs to be done, and then doing it. Initiative chooses to take the first step. It greets first, smiles first, serves first, and forgives first. Initiative doesn't require that the other person get their act together before showing love.
Today's Dare:
Along with saying nothing negative to your spouse today, do atleast 1 unexpected gesture to show your spouse kindness.
What discoveries did you make about love today? What specifically did you do? How did you show kindness?
Love is doing things even when you get nothing in return. It's going out on a limb to make sure that the other person is happy, even if you never get anything back in return....no matter how you get treated. I hate to iron clothes. But for my dare today, I chose to iron all of Josh's work uniforms that are thrown in the laundry bsket in our bedroom. I know he will need them, so instead of waiting on him to iron them the night before he needs them, I decided to do them all today and hang them up in the closet. I also straightened his side of the closet up a little bit because it was messy. Inside each of his pants pockets, I stuck a little note..each with a reason on it that I love him.

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