a daily commitment

i’m reading this really good book. while it’s written with a focus on marriage, it’s changing the way i approach every relationship.

take, for example, the few words that grabbed my attention today:

“Love is a daily commitment to admit your sin, weakness, and failure and to resist the temptation to offer an excuse or shift the blame. It is tempting to believe you are more righteous than you actually are. It is so tempting to erect excuses and defenses for the wrong you have done. It is so easy to point out the sin of your husband or wife while being blind to your own. Self-righteousness is a daily spiritual war that all of us must face and be willing to fight. It is only when we are doing this that we will be owning and saying no to patterns of thought, desire, word, and action that get in the way of what God has called us to, and so fall below the level of the love that is the daily calling and protection of a marriage.” (p. 192)

i too frequently coast through my days rather than living with intentionality. love is a daily commitment.

no one is perfect! i admire others who admit their wrongs, so why does it become so hard when it’s me who’s messed up?

i am so far from where i want to be, but i’m beginning to see His changing me as a beautiful journey; one that opens my eyes to how i am nothing without Him and leaves me overflowing with thankfulness that He is sovereign.

i just love when a book speaks into my life like this one does! i’m getting close to finishing it…any suggestions for my next read?

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  • Nicole Gaylord July 25, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    Love the white pants. I’m not brave enough to wear them. I would for sure sit on something and walk around never knowing. I did however venture out of my comfort zone and bought a pair of coral ones and am so glad I did!

    Have you read 1000 Gifts by Ann Voskamp? It is hands down my favorite book. Totally gave me a new perspective. I love love love it!

    Hope you have a blessed day!!

    • Caitlin July 27, 2012 at 3:51 PM

      Nicole! Thanks so much for the suggestion! I have not read 1000 Gifts, although I’ve heard of it. I’ll definitely look into it because I LOVED the book you gave me for my wedding shower. I love that you have coral pants! I am seriously considering dying my white ones coral when they get irreparably stained (because it will happen at some point! :)) Have a great weekend! Please tell the rest of your sweet family hello!

  • kels July 26, 2012 at 6:45 AM

    that book sounds good! i should look into it.

    ps- we need a skype date soon. i miss you bff.

    • Caitlin July 27, 2012 at 3:52 PM

      You should! And we do! Wayne and Rhonda are in town this weekend but next week I’m pretty free. You name the time! Love love LOVE you!

  • pretty little things July 26, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    Just discovered your blog and I love it!
    I’m your newest follower – hope you can check me out too! : )

    http://allthingsprettyandlittle.blogspot.com/

    • Caitlin July 28, 2012 at 4:39 PM

      Thank you! I did check out your blog and love the Olympics party idea! So fun :) Hope you’re having a great weekend!

  • Selah July 26, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    My friend James Michael Smith recently published an e-book on the subject of holiness:
    http://www.amazon.com/Cleansed-Abiding-Christian-Perfection-ebook/dp/B007CC2UKM/ref=zg_bsnr_12449_65
    I’ll be honest and say I haven’t read it yet. However, I have heard him preach and teach many times and he is a excellent Bible scholar with a knack for explaining things for the rest of us.
    This yellow blouse is very pretty. Is it seersucker? Thank you for the close-up of the bracelets! I love bracelets – they are my favorite accessories.

    • Caitlin July 28, 2012 at 4:37 PM

      Thanks for the suggestion! I’ll definitely check it out :)

      Thank you! No, it’s not seersucker. I think it’s a polyester blend…it’s very lightweight and summery.

  • Emily January 15, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    So I LOVE that quote! I am going to have to steal it and make it my status on facebook! It is totally what the Lord has been teaching me about marriage recently! Love!!!!

    • Caitlin January 15, 2013 at 8:17 PM

      Yay! Do it! PS I’m still working on that long e-mail for you. Don’t worry- it will come!

      • Emily January 15, 2013 at 10:47 PM

        Awesome!! :-) I like long and wordy, don’t hold back! :-) lol. I really appreciate you doing that btw! You are so great! God bless!

        • Caitlin January 21, 2013 at 5:18 PM

          My pleasure! I sent my reply today but we’re still having e-mail issues, so let me know if you didn’t get it. Have a great night, girl!

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