Today is Day Fifteen of “The Respect Dare” and we are reminded that our greatest treasure lies in each other.

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” ~ Hebrews 13:5 NIV

We are daily bombarded with marketing aimed at keeping us discontent so that we will buy more stuff. We are sold a lie that things will make us happy and fulfilled. It is drilled into us that the “American Dream” includes a our dream house with a few cars in the driveway and filled with beautiful things.

Do those things really make us happy? The cars fail, the beautiful things become old and worn, and the dream house suddenly doesn’t look as dreamy as the new fancy ones being sold in the gorgeous neighborhood our co-worker just moved into.

I have often reminded my family that the Lord could choose to strike everything in our lives at any moment and to hold things loosely. We only have to look to Job as an example of this. Job knew that all of the “things” belonged to God. What was his response?

He said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked I shall return there. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.” ~ Job 1:21

We should be good stewards of the treasure we are entrusted here on earth. But, our greatest treasures are in our relationships with Christ first, and with others next. Are you investing enough into your marriage? What do your children think is most important in life to you?

Jason and I were called to give up our “dream home” roughly three years ago. I will not lie, it was hard. Sometimes it is still hard. But we serve a mighty God who has blessed us in other ways that simply cannot be measured. And what He blessed us with is still an amazing gift. There are many others who have lost nearly everything. There are still other nations where poverty is devastating.

I am rich beyond measure. It is only when I take my eyes off of what everyone else has and keep them firmly fixed on the Lord that I can see just how much I “have”. For the first time in probably a decade, my husband has a job that he loves and pays him well and doesn’t require him to be gone more than he is here. We have a property that has room for us to grow and use for His glory. We are close to our church and church family – which was the biggest thing we needed.

Today, take a good look around at what you have. Do you have those things, or do those thing have you? What if God took them today? What would you really miss? Cherish those lives around you that you have for only a short time. Live life each day to its fullest. Enjoy every moment as if it is your last. Humbly serve while you can.

How about you? What do you value most? Where is your treasure and how does it affect your marriage? Do you really trust God to provide what you need? Are you a good steward of what He has given you to take care of?

Heavenly Father, thank You so much for this study and the opportunity to work on Respect in my marriage and daily life. I am awestruck by how much you love us and bless us.

Father, there is so much need in this world and I struggle to see how You have called my family to meet any of these needs. Give us eyes to see the areas that we are to reach out and help.

Thank You for your provision for my family. Please continue to bless my husband in his place of employment as he serves You and works to provide for our family. I pray that we would honor You with all that we do on this farm and in the various ministries You have placed us into.

Let us live this life with full abandon and no regrets.

In Jesus’ Name… Amen!

If you are just joining us, I am doing “The Respect Dare” 40 day challenge along with the ladies at Unbroken Woman and others.

I pray each of you have a great day and also make sure you are visiting The Unbroken Woman to enter to win gifts and be entered to win the Kindle Fire. Check out the following two links specifically:

I Dare You!

and

What to Expect When You Are Respecting: The Respect Dare Bible Study

Also, please check out the author’s blog at http://ninaroesner.com

DAY 15 STUDY LEADERS’ LINKS

Unbroken Woman

Peaceful Wife

Forgiven Wife

Broken But Not Forgotten

Marriage Is Your First Ministry

Feel free to email me if you have any questions or private prayer requests.

Godspeed… ~ Tiffani

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