14 DAY RELATIONSHIPS CHALLENGE – DAY 13
CHALLENGE: GIVE YOUR SPOUSE ALL OF YOU. THAT MEANS, PUT THE PHONE DOWN, CLOSE THE LAPTOP, TAKE THE EARPIECE OUT AND BE PRESENT.
There are so many distractions today, but not just technology is to blame. We are distracted by society’s pressure to “succeed”. We are distracted by the tempting imagery in the media. We are distracted by our thoughts and “priorities. Don’t allow the distractions of life to make your spouse feel like he|she is anything less than your first earthly priority. Give your spouse ALL of you.
I was recently asked how to make your spouse feel like a priority when balancing significant responsibilities outside the home. There’s no big revelation here. All you need to do is MAKE her|him the priority. Your spouse should never feel like he|she is competing for your attention. When this happens you enter into a very dangerous zone. Marriage is like bathing. You can’t expect to keep bathing in the same bath water, day after day, year after year and come out fresh, clean and feeling good. You need to get rid of the old bath water and add some soap. The same needs and expectations you each had when you got married may not be the same needs and expectations you have now. You have to do something different.
Be the husband|wife you think you are. Make your spouse the priority.
Dear God, I ask that you’ll help those who take on today’s task to have focus. Help them to make their spouses the priority in their marriage. Do not allow the every day distractions and “urgencies” take control. Help us to let go of our attempts to multi-task. Redirect our focus Lord. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
I could easily say that I don’t know how successful I was with this day’s challenge because of my 4 kids and all the attention they require but when it comes down to it, you make time for what’s important to you. While I didn’t complete #fail at this challenge, I do feel like I could have and can give more. The challenge continues.
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