Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Challenge Outcome

Today I am thankful for the work God is doing in my marriage. I started the 30-Day encouragement challenge 2 months ago because of an At the Well post on building up your spouse.

Wow, how our marriage has been transformed! Or should I say, how hasn't it been transformed?

I knew it would take me a few months to get it down pat, so after I completed the first month, I started the challenge over. All the while, I did not tell him (my husband) exactly what I was doing. He noticed the changes and asked me about it often.

In the middle of the second month, Troy and I made a date night to see Fireproof at the theater. I had it in my head that I wanted to support a movie based on godly principles while it was in the theater, so the world would see that there is a market for wholesome and godly.

Without revealing the storyline, there is a key element in the movie very similiar to my 30-Day Encouragement Challenge. I was so excited, before I realized it I nudged my husband and said, That's what I am doing for you!

By the end of the movie, we were both equally stirred in our hearts. We had a wonderful, meaningful conversation on the way to dinner, about where our marriage was and where it was heading. We made new commitments to each other, with specific promises of what we would each try to do for the other person.

I'm not one to gush about a movie, but this is one that is worth taking the time for. Even if you have young kids. It's worth the trouble of finding and paying for a sitter. Consider it an investment in your marriage. If you live nearby, Troy and I will watch your kids so you can go see it. Yes, you heard me, free babysitting! We believe in it that much.

Slightly related, I am thankful for an encouragement I received from Peggy today at Amazing Grace ~ Mazes, Messes and Miracles. She wrote a note, passing on some blogging friendship awards to me that made me smile. Unfortunately, I could not access them at the time I was writing this or else I would share them with you.

Peggy also has, in the same post, a link for The World of Chelle, a discussion blog that is born from the book THE LOVE DARE which came from the movie, you guessed it, Fireproof. I was so encouraged when I read parts of it, that I made an extra stop today at the Bible bookstore to grab my own copy. I was just getting ready to start a 3rd month of the 30-Day Encouragement Challenge, so I decided to give this one a try instead.

Stay tuned and I will let you know if the outcome of my new challenge is as successful as the first challenge. I am believing it will be!


Today Iris was thankful for special friendships. What are you thankful for? For more words of inspiration visit her at Sting My Heart....


Jill said...

Hi Rebecca,

I so love this post! I love getting to know you and I love how you handled the challenge.

We are going to see the movie this weekend. A present to us - first date night since our newest daughter came home 4 months ago and my husbands 40th. Then like you off to dinner where we can dive into conversation about this movie and the love dare book.

I have awards on my blog today that I hope you will bring here to share with your friends and readers.

I cherish how God brings people into our lives via this amazing outlet to share His love!

Blessings to you and your marriage! Blessings to you for opening up to God's way and knowing it will not return void. I'm praying that as we embark on the same journey I will keep my focus up and not look at anything else but His grace, mercy and forgiveness.

In His amazing grace,

Jill said...

Rebecca, the links to the 30-day challenge and building up your spouse aren't working can you email them to me?

Thanks Jill

Carrie said...

Wonderful post!

Denise said...

May God sweetly bless your marriage.

Chelle' said...

Hey Rebecca- I know we are a few days into it but we'd love to have you join along for the rest of the journey.

Feel free to stop by sometime...

Rebecca said...

Thanks for the heads up! The links are now functioning correctly. :)

Named Alicia said...

Great post! Our marriages are so important and it is important to invest in them. We have been wanting to see the movie, but have not been able to. Maybe soon! Have a great Friday!

Jenileigh said...

I'm going to have to check this book out. Thanks for sharing.