My Love Dare with God is not a quick fix for your relationship with God…it’s a kickstart of sorts – committing 12 weeks of your hectic life to God; to openly look at your love for Him and seeking to grow in His Word. Hopefully this study will propel you into a lifestyle of daring to love God at a new level each and every day with the excitement and anticipation of the many ways in which He will reveal Himself – His love, to you in a unique way.
What’s it About?
For some time, I recognized my need to be more consistent in every facet of my relationship with God. But I’m so easily distracted! It was quite frustrating – I knew what I needed to do; I knew what I should do, yet I so easily diverted my attention to other things and I wasn’t sure exactly how to grow my relationship.
One day, my daily Words of Encouragement was a simple prayer,
“Lord, help me to be diligent.”
And then my pastor’s voice from a recent sermon immediately came to mind,
“DON’T GIVE UP! DON’T GIVE UP!”
And then I read a cute little quip from Proverbs 31 Ministries: “Five frogs are sitting on a log, four decide to jump off. How many are left? Five. Why? Because deciding & doing are not the same thing!”
Now isn’t that the truth!!! Sure, I decided I needed to be more consistent, but I wasn’t doing anything to bring about consistency! It begged the question, “how do I begin digging deeper with God and take my relationship with Him to a new level?”
Duh…pray about it! In a different context of course – actually I was praying for guidance about another relationship – what steps to take. I awoke the next morning with two words front and center: Love Dare. Love Dare??? Really????
Just in case you’re not familiar with the book The Love Dareby Stephen Kendrick and Alex Kendrick, here’s a synopsis:
“The Love Dare personally leads you through daily devotionals, records your thoughts and experiences, and ends each day daring you to perform a simple act of love for your spouse. This 40-Day journey equips you to melt hardened, separated hearts into an enduring love that can withstand the flames of fear, pride and temptation. The Love Dare book will help you reinforce and enrich your marriage, earn back a love you thought was lost, and hear more about the One who not only designed unconditional, sacrificial love—He illustrated it.”
The book was highlighted in the movie Fireproof (aslo by Stephen Kendrick and Alex Kendrick) and obviously planted a seed in me – and I’m single!
I’m a gal who loves a plan, so instead of patiently waiting for God to reveal His plan, what did I do? Yep…off I went into “planning” mode… Thankfully, God readjusted my overly complicated plan and took me back to basics: First and foremost, God wants a relationship with me; what better way to enhance that relationship than daring to love Him at a new level?
Please note: This study does not intend to take any credit for the incredible works of Stephen Kendrick and Alex Kendrick, nor am I a biblical scholar.
For whatever reason, God directed me to The Love Dare as a tool to grow me in unexpected ways – my desire is to share the experience in a way that will fuel others to deepen their relationship with Him as well.
I went through The Love Dare in 40 days – it is doable, but I’ve found with most studies it takes more time to allow principles to take root. Instead of the original 40 days, I’ve broken the study into 12 weeks – averaging 3-4 days of the original Love Dare per week. Discussions start with topics addressed in the book, and then changes the “dare” perspective from a spouse to God.
It’s important to not get caught up with the idea to finish the study in a certain period of time – it truly is all about the journey, so work at your own pace, but be steady; be diligent; most importantly, DON’T GIVE UP! Your hard work will reap a harvest you can’t begin to imagine as you move forward in living out your Love Dare with God.
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