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Don’t we face lots of challenges trying to raise a family? What’s the best thing to do in those trials?

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Families today come in all shapes and sizes. And the challenges you face are just as varied. So how do you protect your family? The answer is…

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Dennis Hutchinson —  April 2, 2015

There’s nothing quite like walking in the door & having a dog there, wagging its tail, & saying “Welcome home.”  Author Dave Burchett says we should pay close attention to them – because our pups can teach us a thing or 2 about relationships.

STAY                         :25                                          Q…CARING PRESENCE.

When someone is going through a really difficult time, what you need from them is not answers, explanations, what they did wrong to put them into this position – what they need is caring presence.  So that’s what Hanna taught me, & that’s what she gave to us during Joanie’s cancer trial.  & when she had her own cancer trial, that’s what we were able to give back to her – just caring presence.

In his book “Stay”, Burchett says dogs don’t worry about the past or the future.  & in the same way, we should have no regrets about the past because it’s forgiven; no fear of the future because God is in control; & no fear of death because of Christ.

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Today, we talk about Acting to Defend OUR Marriages.

Here are some help from Dr. Randy Carlson’s book Starved For Affection:  PRAY: Lord, I ask that you help me during times of difficulty in my marriage to remember:

To stay focused on what truly matters.

To pray for my spouse.

That being the right person in more important than being right.

That having a relationship with another human being is a precious gift to be handles with love and respect.

That the greatest thing I can give to another person is the gift of myself-even with all my frailty and hurt.

That true forgiveness and reconciliation begins with me, and will spring from a humble spirit and a contrite heart.

That after I have given all I can to reconcile a broken relationship, I must trust you with the outcome and refuse to react bitterly or vengefully if I have to let that relationship go.

 

Your Love Dare for today: End it now. Identify any obsession or object of lust in your life and let it go. Expose any lie you’ve swallowed in pursuing forbidden pleasure and reject it. Lust cannot be allowed to live in a back closet. It must be killed and destroyed today. Focus on thanking God the He and what He provides can satisfy you and meet all your needs.

 

Your Respect Dare today:  Pray wholeheartedly that God shows you how this concept of allowing your husband to be CEO of your famiy impacts your marriage. Ask Him to help you be teachable and pray that you learn. Ask Him to give you and your husband a united

 

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Recipe!

Shannyn crosses her heart-it’s DELISH! Try it with the kiddo’s and see if it doesn’t pass! (from OhSheGlows.com)

Ingredients:

  • 240 grams yellow-skinned cooked potatoes, peeled (approx. 1 & 1/3 cups cooked potato)
  • 6-7 tbsp pure maple syrup*, or to taste
  • 3 tbsp cashew nut butter*
  • 1/2 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp fine grain sea salt, or to taste
  • 1/4-1/3 cups dark chocolate chips

 

1. Peel and roughly chop the potatoes. Cook the potatoes in a pot of water on the stove-top until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain.

2. In a food processor, immediately add the cooked potatoes (still hot), nut butter, vanilla, and maple syrup. Do not use cold potatoes or the texture will be like mashed potatoes instead of a silky dip. Process until smooth for at least a couple minutes, stopping to scrape down the bowl as necessary. Make sure no clumps remain. You want it super smooth. Adjust sweetness if necessary and add salt to taste.

3. Place mixture in the fridge for a minimum of 30 minutes (preferably an hour) to chill and then stir in the chocolate chips just before serving. Serve the dip with graham crackers, fresh fruit, cookies, cinnamon sugar pita chips, or my favourite way, a spoon.

 

YOUR RESPECT DARE FOR TODAY:

Just for today, your dare is to say nothing negative at all. If you can’t think of a kind way to say what’s on your mind, vow-just for today-to say nothing.

YOUR LOVE DARE FOR TODAY:

Look for opportunities to bring warmth to the coldness in his or her life. If possible, give them an unexpected, tender touch. Choose a gesture that says, “I cherish you.” and do it with sincerity.