The Respect Dare: 40 Days to a Deeper Connection with God and Your Husband
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“A long and happy marriage.” It sounds like the end of a fairy tale—an illusion that modern times have exposed.
And it is, if marriage depends on a constant stream of romantic emotion, or even on copious amounts of time or money. Thank the Lord, none of those are necessary. Two thousand years ago, Paul gave women the key to a successful marriage, and it can be summed up in two words: unconditional respect. It’s not popular. It doesn’t sound fair. It can be hard to imagine.
But it works.
Nina Roesner has led countless women through this practical and life-changing journey, and in The Respect Dare she offers you the hope that so many others have found. Day by day, true stories and thought-provoking questions will help you apply biblical wisdom to the most important relationship in your life. The book is filled with stories of struggle and success, and many practical applications of respect that have dramatically impacted marriages.
Give it forty days. Experience the intimacy God intended and discover what he can do in your heart and in your marriage when you choose to show respect his way.
am getting concerned about my mother. She seems a little more forgetful than she used to be, and I think we should probably not leave her with the girls like this again. I haven’t wanted to admit that about her, but I can see now that you are right.” Jan could have taken that moment to give an “I told you so” lecture, but she also heard in his voice the pain of a son who was watching his mother age and change. She chose instead simply to agree with him and be thankful their girls were safe and
husbands and wives to do this. God was speaking through his apostle, saying, “Listen up guys! You want to have a great marriage? This is what you need to do!” Seems rather simple and straightforward, yet as I hear from countless couples every day, women are not feeling loved in their marriages and men are not feeling respected. Obviously, we are missing something. Millions of people by now have seen the movie Fireproof, where the couple in the film is struggling with this very issue. He does
family. • Ask God to help you remember to live your life for the audience of One on a daily basis. QUIET TIME They may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives, as they observe your chaste and respectful behavior. —1 Peter 3:1–2 NASB MANY PEOPLE CRAVE AN INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP with God but simply don’t know how to go about it. Asking him for help in that area is a good place to start. Being open to experiencing God is another. Turning off the light and placing her book
still want to be watched, she marveled. BOTTOM LINE: Sometimes marriage is a spectator sport. Go shoulder to shoulder with your man, and see how you build his esteem and how much he enjoys your company! SO WHAT ABOUT YOU? 1. Are you focused on being productive and achieving results or on the journey? Are you and your husband wired the same or differently in this regard? 2. What does your husband enjoy doing with you? List three of his favorite activities. 3. Choose one of these three
he has seen improvement in you over the last forty dares. Pray that God helps you both see the truth. If your husband does not see the same changes you see, without becoming defensive, explain what you have been doing that is different, and ask him to comment. What did you discover? 6. Where have you grown in the following areas, compared to where you were when you started The Respect Dare? Disciple Household Manager Communicator Confident and Assured Woman Revisit the