Love Dare: Personal

“A woman’s heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him just to find her.” — Max Lucado.  Throughout the Bible, love is referenced and emphasized almost seven hundred times. 1 Corinthians 13:13 states, “Now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.” People often ask how it’s possible that Trent and I have dated almost six years and have never separated (not even a day). Well, to be honest it is the commonality of our faith that keeps our relationship so strong. Trent is such a Godly man and he constantly challenges me in my faith and keeps me accountable. It’s embarrassing to admit, but there are times when Sunday rolls around and I fall into that slump of being too tired, busy, and/or lazy to get up and go to church. Luckily, I have Trent who reminds me of the importance of setting aside time for God. Before I started dating him I wanted to find someone who would continue to make me a better person and I’m thankful I found that person.

On Valentine’s day my mom bought Trent and I a daily devotion journal titled, “The Love Dare.” This journal is for married couples, but we just sub out the word spouse for boyfriend/girlfriend. Trent and I don’t have the privilege of seeing each other every day so we do our devotions at the end of the week.  At the conclusion of each chapter the book gives us a dare and once you fulfilled the dare you journal it and read your responses to one another before starting a new chapter. Our chapter this week is about selflessness and money.  This is a great chapter for me because I am selfish and my biggest kryptonite is work. I love to work… I love meeting new people, trying new things, and learning new tasks. When I moved to Irvine I was interning in the day, serving at night, and arranging photo sessions in between. If I have time to spare I’ll go online and read about photography… lighting, advice, tips, blogs, “how to’s” for creating your own business, etc… I want to know EVERYTHING! I’m ambitious and I have so many things I want to accomplish, but I’ll cram too many tasks into one day. I want my life to always have goals, but I need to remember to enjoy its simplicity and to be aware of the importance of prioritizing time. My favorite quote I found from this weeks reading says, “if there were ever a word that basically means the opposite of love, it is selfishness… it is a trait we hate in other people but justify in ourselves.” I justify my busy schedule as being productive, but I’ve learned that if my busyness takes my time away from my loved ones and God then I just wasted my day. I’m going to strive to continue to be a hard worker, but know when to leave work behind when I’m done.

At the end of the chapter our dare was to not focus on ourselves, but each other. It discussed how most people mainly invest in things that bring them profit and once they gain it they don’t want to part from it. Money has become sacred in our society, to the point that we want to make as much as possible and keep it to ourselves.  Our selfishness has made us forget the satisfaction of giving back and the importance of giving to others.  Our challenge this week was to be selfless and buy each other a gift! Last night Trent came over and brought me a package from Anthropology. I wasn’t expecting to exchange gifts till the end of this week so I can’t post what I’m giving him because he hasn’t opened it yet! Trent is the best gift giver though and it’s intimidating buying him gifts because his are always so perfect and personal.  For his gift challenge he made me a bracelet with a nickname he gave me our freshmen year of high school and he also bought me a super cute apron in teal (my favorite color)! I’m gradually learning (and attempting) to cook. Trent has the never ending stomach and loves food so I enjoy making him dinner when he comes over after work. The apron was perfect for my cooking endeavors and I loved the memories that came from the bracelet. He did a great job, but of course that isn’t a shocker.

BCG= Beautiful Creation of God

I took the last photo after I got out of the shower. You can see my towel head in the upper left hand corner haha!
  • anonymous - Just know that Trent is a VERY lucky boy to have a girl like your. You are an amazingly talented and sweet girl. Good luck to you. I love you both.ReplyCancel

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