Wednesday, November 21, 2012

ITWW ~ Respect Dare Pt. 2

Into the Word Wednesday is a link up and blog hop where fellow Christian bloggers share something they have learned this week while Into the Word. If you are a Christian blogger, feel free to connect and follow other bloggers who are sharing their recent steps of their walk with the blogosphere! If you are not a blogger and you are interested in reading more biblically based posts, scroll down and click until your heart desires.

As I embark on Dare Eight of The Respect Dare, I want to highlight some of my favorite attention grabbers this week.  Let's face it, the whole book in and of itself is quite attention grabbing.  

Dare Three included an introspective personal assessment in different areas of life as a wife.  The single question that resonated with me most was:

"Am I more concerned with being holy or happy?"

Honestly, this one had me a little heated at first.  My defenses went up and I could feel the sign "Doormat" creeping up behind me ready to be worn like advertising across my heart.  Where is the line between agony and doormat?  I ended up at the questions at the end of the day's dare that asked how you felt answering those questions, where do those feelings come from?  Can they be trusted?  

As I prayed, processed, and answered, I realized why my defenses went up so quickly.  Fear.  Yet, what is there to fear if I walk obediently hand in hand with the One who gives peace and can transform A N Y T H I N G?  So, can this fear be trusted?  Then, why do I entertain it?  It's a legit fear, right?  The Bible is full of folks who suffered horrible lives and still loved Jesus.  Then good ole Jeremiah 29:11 surfaced and I just shook my head.

"For I know the plans I have for you," 
declares the Lord, 
"plans to prosper you and not to harm you, 
plans to give you hope and a future."

What are your thoughts on holiness v. happiness?  Do you view it differently in your marriage than in other aspects of your life?   


Let's get this Link Up Party started!
We would LOVE it if you linked up with a post about what God is showing you in the Word or in your life. Please also stop by and see what God has been teaching each co-hosts this week:

Sarah at Fontenot Four
Kelly at The Houtz House Party
Becky at Tales For Ashes
Kelly at Exceptionalistic
Falen at Upward Not Inward

Into the Word Wednesday Blog Hop Rules:

1. Write a post about what God is teaching you this week.
2. Follow the host and hostesses via GFC.
3. Grab a button to put on your blog - the more the merrier!
4. Check out (and comment) other people's blogs.
5. Be blessed by all the sisters and brothers around the world!

Linking Up Here:
Wisdom WednesdayFollowers to FriendsFollow Me WednesdayLiving Well WednesdayWorks For Me WednesdayEncourage One AnotherWinsome WednesdayInternet Cafe Devotions; Crafty Spices


  1. Love this post Falen!
    Not linking up this week because I wrote about God teaching me two parts of "Is Your God in a Box?" on Monday and Tuesday.
    However - I am still wishing you and Laura a very Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Felecia, feel free to link up your Monday & Tuesday posts!!! It doesn't HAVE to be a Wednesday only post. :)

  2. new[est] follower. loving this post and loving your blog. excited to continue following along! :)

    stop by sometime!

  3. I am so happy to find your blog :) I am a first time visitor and will be returning to link-up and to read! Love that you shared on the 'EOA' Wednesday link-up and look forward to getting to know you both! Blessings,

  4. Great thoughts girly! Happiness or Holiness in marriage....something we don't often think of. Thank you for sharing and linking up at Simply Helping Him last week :) Blessings!


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