As I was reading the first line of the Love Dare's Day 23 something stuck out, "the furthest thing from your mind is a battleground." Love around here can be like WW3 happening. Today's pages tells of some examples that your relationship and your mate need to be constantly protected from. These include: Harmful influences (internet, tv, work, etc.), unhealthy relationships (guy and chick friends), shame (inferiority, weakness, speaking negatively about each other), and Parasites (addiction of drugs, porn, gambling). Thinking back I can name lots of things that fall into those categories that has caused fights.
Today's pages also talk about the roles of wives and men. These are directly pulled from the pages because I can no where do it justice:
Wives – you have a role as protector in your marriage. You must guard your heart from being led away through novels, magazines, and other forms of entertainment that blur your perception of reality
and put unfair expectations on your husband. Instead you must do your part in helping him
feel strong, while also avoiding talk-show thinking that can lure your attention away from
your family. “The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish tears it down with her
own hands” (Proverbs 14:1).
Men – you are the head of your home. You are the one responsible before God for guarding the gate and standing your ground against anything that would threaten your wife or marriage. This is no
small assignment. It requires a heart of courage and a head for preemptive action. Jesus
said, “If the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was
coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his
house to be broken into” (Matthew 24:43). This role is yours.
Take it seriously.
Remove anything that is hindering your relationship,
any addiction or influence that’s stealing your affections
and turning your heart away from your spouse.