Love Dare Day 4: Love Is Thoughtful

December 17, 2011 at 9:10 am 5 comments

Day 3: Love is Not Selfish….

Whatever I put my time, energy and money into will become more important to me. It is hard to care for something I am not investing in. Along with restraining from negative comments, I must buy my kids something that says, “I was thinking of you today.”

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1. I was not negative!!! In the past I sooooo would have been and I did fight it, my friends, but I did it! That still, small voice has taken over! Thank God!

2. I was kind… and I did have an awkward moment yesterday…. I’ve been thinking a lot about it. I wrote up chores for Craig and I before I left for work yesterday. The boys were all home all day (school was out for them) and Vicky only had a 2 hour day at school.

In my heart I was expecting them to have the chores done for us so we could have a chore free night together.

Bad Meg!!!

So, I walk in the door just about the same time that Craig did and all kids are doing nothing. I look at the chore chart and nothing was done. So, I start doing their dishes and Tim comes in asking me if I need help with anything. My response to him was “Well, I’m just starting on my chore list ….”

He then got out the vacuum an went to do a chore. (here’s where I need you all to show me some grace…..) I stopped him and asked him what he was doing. He said that seeing me start on chores reminded him that he wanted to help, so he was going to help me. I told him he did not need to and he said he knew that but he wanted to help.

I thanked him and realized that HIS ACTIONS mean that OUR ACTIONS are making a difference in his heart! I told him that I didn’t mean to give him a hard time, but that I appreciate him helping.

WOW!!! I REALLY HAVE GOT TO GET RID OF THESE EXPECTATIONS!!!! I think where I get myself in trouble is that I know what *I* would want to do to help my parents…… it’s not fair to put that on them. I need to keep serving them with a humble heart. Lord, I’m listening… keep working!!!

3. I got them all candy…. some of their favorites. 🙂 All put Stephen have theirs up off the kitchen counter…. he worked all the time I was home yesterday and had to be at work at 8am this morning….. I got hugs and BIG THANK YOU’s from Vicky, Tim, and Dustin for their treats 🙂

As for James…… God just kept telling me to pray, So, I did. I prayed for him all day yesterday… and then I prayed some more. I have one of his favorite candies waiting for him for when he gets home on Monday…. but in the meantime, I prayed heavily over him yesterday. It felt so good…… I love and miss him so much!

Day 4: Love Is Thoughtful

Psalm 139:17-18

17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God!

How vast is the sum of them! 18 Were I to count them,

they would outnumber the grains of sand—

when I awake, I am still with you.

Today I must contact each of my kids sometime during the day and have no other agenda other than asking how he or she is doing and if there is anything I could do for them.

I GOT THIS!!!!

Dear Lord….. thank you for being here with me on every step of this journey. I feel your presence….. I am aware of all the unseen forces around me moving on my behalf. I thank you, Lord! You are the only way that is possible and I thank you for showing me favor. Father, help me make this dare a seamless part of my day today and every day forward as I continue to strive towards having a perfect servant’s heart for my children. Lord, bless my children today. Show up in ways in each of their lives today that they can be certain You are with them and performing miracles all around them. I love you, Lord, and I thank you in advance for what you will do. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

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