Day 349: Weekly Prayer: Your Fears

November 29, 2012

In her chapter on fear, Omartian talked about some things that some women sometimes fear. (These fears aren’t unique to women, but men—or at least I—sometimes fear them too.) A woman might fear physical danger, lack of provision for herself and her family, or what people think of her. I would add to that, that people often fear death (but what is the fear of death? a fear that one will cease to exist or a fear of meeting the divine in judgment or a fear of the process of death or something else?)

I prayed, for my 349th act of love, that God would calm your fears. I prayed that the love of God would drive fear out of your life. At the same time, I prayed that you would fear God—the Creator and sustainer of the universe and your life and the one who will judge the living and the dead at the final resurrection.  Having said that, I’m not sure what an appropriate fear of God—a loving Father but omnipotent creator—looks like.

Anyway, I pray that God would cast out fear from your life. What reason do you have to fear? The God who loves you is also in charge of your safety, your provision, and your life. What he does with those things is for your good. And, what he, not your neighbor, thinks of you is what ultimately matters.


348: Loving Others: Rice and Beans

November 29, 2012

We’ve been trying to teach our daughters that they’re very blessed to have so much food to eat and so many clothes to wear. I want them to be appreciative of what they have and to be willing to give of their excess to those in need. The best way to get that across to them, I think, is by example. So, for act 348, we ate rice and beans for dinner and took the money that we would’ve spent on the rest of our dinner ($5, we estimated) and we gave it to someone who needed it.

Day 347: Out of My League

November 29, 2012

For this act of love, I wrote portions of the lyrics to our song, “Out of My League,” on some 3-by-5 cards and placed them in different locations around the house. I thought it would be fun for you to discover them throughout the day until you realized what they were. Here’s what I wrote on the different cards:

“It’s her hair and her eyes today”

“that just simply take me away”

“and the feeling that I’m falling further in love”

“makes me shiver, but in a good way”

“’cause I love her with all that I am”

“and my voice shakes along with my hands”

“’cause she’s all that I see and she’s all that I need”

“and I’m out of my league once again.”

You seemed to appreciate this act. The girls caught on quickly that there were cards hiding around the house and they made it their aim to find all of them.