14 DAY RELATIONSHIP CHALLENGE DAY 8
CHALLENGE: Say “I’m Sorry!” Offer a sincere apology to your spouse for a specific thing you said or did or DIDN’T say or do.
Two of the hardest, yet most powerful words in marriage are “I’m sorry!” Why is that? Why is it so hard for us to admit when we’re wrong? Why is it so hard for us to humble ourselves and confess our wrongdoings…even to our spouses? Pride. Embarrassment. Shame. None of these characteristics are what God wants for our marriages.
It is my belief and experience, that God allows us to have these feelings of pride, embarrassment and shame to create in us a sense of urgency and pain. When we feel pain in our bodies, it’s an indicator that something is wrong and we need help. God uses our pain to point us toward Him. Ask anyone, no one likes the feeling of embarrassment or shame. These are some of the deepest and hardest feeling to escape. They burden our minds and take over our being. Having a sense of “pride” stemming from self-righteousness is also burdensome because while your big-bad proud persona tells the world one thing, deep inside your struggle with insecurity, your desire to “one-up” any and everyone you encounter and your need for constant validation, tells a different story.
Sincere apology is one tool God has gives us to deepen our relationships, build trust through vulnerability and create a spirit of humility within us. Offer your apologies freely, but sincerely.
Dear God, continue to help us to be mindful in our marriages. Use us to demonstrate your love in our actions toward our spouses. Help us also to realize the power of forgiveness in our marriage. Amen
To be continued..
How to join? That’s up to you! It’s completely your choice how you participate in this challenge. Truly, what matters to me is that you are putting these prompts into action prayerfully and intentionally. I want you to see the fruits of your labor when it’s all said and done. Here’s how you can follow along: (1) Check back here to find the daily prompt along with my encouragement, prayer and observations from the previous day. (2) Check out my Instagram where you’ll also see the daily prompts and can engage other participants. (3) Watch the live Periscope episodes over the course of these 14 days where you’ll find me talking about my observations in addition to tackling a Marriage Conversations Topic. Finally, (4) you’ll find a video dedicated to this challenge, with all the details and each day spelled out for you. This is in case you’re catching this on the 15th day and you really want to participate. The beauty is there’s no such thing as a late start. Anytime is a great time to start doing these things in your relationships. #MARRIAGECONVERSATIONS