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3/31/2009
I have been married for 6 1/2 years. My marriage has gone downhill in the last couple of years. We have had some tragedies in our life. Our grandson died by suicide in our home and I found him. My son has had no communication with me for two years. My husband and him hate each other, the reasons are too long to list. We have been under alot of stress, not from only this although these are the two big ones. We own a business and work together which is stressful. I have found a wonderful church in my area and he will not go with me. I have caught him looking at pornography on the internet. We were dining out about three months ago and overheard a table talking about the movie Fireproof, and saying every married couple should see it. Well about three weeks ago we decided to watch a movie on pay per view, and were looking at the list. I saw Fireproof and suggested it. He said okay, what is it about and I said marriage and that the movie had great reviews and I had been wanting to see it. So he put it on, and when it began I knew he would think it was a "trap or a set up by me" to get him to watch it, especially when they started referring to God. I told him I didn't know it was going to be "religious" as he always says, and he could change it, but he said well, let's give it some time and watch. So we watched it through to the end. I cried, and I even think he had a tear or two. Well I couldn't stop thinking about that movie, and even the music and songs. I thought in the back of my mind about getting the book. So one day I had to go to Wal-mart and decided to check the book section. There it was. The last copy on the top shelf, just staring at me. I felt it was meant for me, being the only one left so I bought it. I am now on day 7 and it has been very hard, and I have felt like giving up and wondering why I am doing this at times. But I am a committed person so I am not going to give it up. It has taken me more than one day to complete some of the dares. Today I finally finished dare 7 and it actually was a good day. I feel hope today. And I thank God, because I think he is working in all this. I don't know how this story will end yet, but I am trying very hard to be positive even though this love dare stuff is not easy. It's hard!




3/30/2009
My husband and I just watched the movie over the weekend..We have been married since July of last year and I see the movie as a wake up call for us. Not the husbands point of view. We argue alot and marriage is not the greatest. I hope he will listen and we get the counceling we need before it is to late. Great Movie................

cathy




3/30/2009
My Husband and I have been together for 3 years. This is our life... We wake up get all 3 kids ready, leave, take the kids to daycare, then head into work TOGETHER. We are together 24/7. No break. Yes sounds wonderful but sometimes we get on eachothers nerves. He is a very hard headed man and i'm very jealous person. I'm afraid of losing my husband. If were together all the time our fights are at work and at home. We watched the movie over this past weekend and i LOVED it, on the other hand my husband said it was eh okay. i really want to do the 40 days. I don't know if my husband will do it but for me, i want to fix our marriage. Were young I'm 21 and he's 22 but we have a long way to go. Where we live we have no family that lives around us so i can't just go to my parents and talk to them. There all phone calls away. When we argue or fight it's over little things. My Husband grew up really different than i did. I learned respect, he didn't. He's getting there but it's so slow. If your reading this please pray that my husband can come to GOD. He never wants to go to church. I want to go as a family. I need GOD to grab his heart, take him down a path that he can learn and love GOD. His parents are a problem to His dad does drugs. I just need alot of prayers. Please i am asking for help.

Stephanie



3/30/2009
My husband and I had been together for twenty years.I found out that for the last five years he has been cheating on me. He broke up with one married woman and started to see another one. I didnt know about the first one but found out about the second one. when I found out I went into a kind of shock.I called the Airlines got on a plane and went to california for three days. (we live in Texas) I thought he would be gone with her but he was home when I got home. I asked him if he wanted a divorce and he started crying saying he didnt know. So I told him to think about it,pray about it.He called me the next night and told me it was over between them. She works where he does.She is maried and has three kids.He told me he wanted what I wanted no more lies between us,he asked me to remarry him. I was really afraid to do it,but I knew I had to put it all on the line.So we went to Nevada and got remarried on our 20th wedding anniversary April17th.. With family and friends. By may he was caught in a motel with this other woman. I could not believe it. So I asked him if he wanted a dovorce he said he didnt know what he wanted.But I knew he would not stop cheating. He was seeing her everynight and coming home to me in the morning.So by september We filed for divorce uncontested....We saw the movie fireproof and my husband started crying...two days later he was at it again.... I let him stay until the divorce was over Dec23rd.He moved out Jan 10th....I know God does not believe in Divorce, But I do believe he takes people out of your life for a reason... My now ex husband calls me for time to time to tell me about fights he having with his married girlfriend.. Its hard but i pray for them both.I feel sorry for her husband,but there are kids involved...so I have given it over to God. I had alot of anger for awhile but now i am just numb............I maried him twice in Gods house. He made a fool out of me.I feel like Iam still married to him because I gave God my word. Please pray for me....I still give God the glory....I will not second guess his plan for my life. I will trust you Lord til the day I die...Your servant Gina

Gina



3/30/2009
My husband and I have a great marraige and always have, but we decided to to the Love Dare any way. It has been a wonderful journey. We have seen that even good strong marraiges have room for improvement, and it has reafirmed the idea that we were dong the right thing, when others would tell us we needed to think more about ourselves. I have always felt that the only way to prove my love for someone is by whay I could do for them and my husband has alway been great at proving his love for me. However, we all have those times of "why me" and feel like "its all about me" even if its few, its still to many. The Love Dare is an awsome oppertunity to fine tune your marraige even when you aren't having "problems".

Rev. DawnMarie



3/30/2009
The movie is great, we have watched it together 3 times and I have watched it a few times by myself. This July 19th will make 12 years that we have been married if we can make it until then. We have had a great marriage but the last few months have been a nightmare. I had never cheated on my wife and I have always loved her with all of my heart. A few months ago I let a co-worker come between my wife and me I let her get into my head and I cheated on my wife with her and now my marriage is hanging by a thread. If I could go back and do things different I would in a second but I can't. I am on day 25 of The Love Dare and have not had any problems with any of the dares so far. The Love Dare is the best book I have ever read and I am barely half way through. The Love Dare has made me realize what is important in life I have always had faith and trust in God and knew he was real but this book has opened my eyes to God more than I could ever imagine. It also made me realize that my wife and our two little girls are my life. I now know that God and family are the most important things in my life. I had it made I had the most beautiful wife in the world and the two greatest little girls who I also hurt I messed up so bad I don't know if it can be fixed I hurt my wife and kids, my mom, my brothers, my wives family. The people I care about the most and that care about me are the ones that I hurt. My wife has talked with a attorney about divorce but has not filed yet. I don't know if I will ever be able to get her to love me the way she used to but I am going to continue The Love Dare and try to prove to her every day that I love her more than I ever have. I pray for God to forgive me and I really do believe that God has helped me have unconditional love for my wife it is a love that I feel is stronger than it has ever been. I also know that if I can get her back nothing like this will ever happen again because my love for her is so strong. If I can't get her back I still believe The Love Dare has made me a better person. I would recommend The Love Dare to any couple even if you think your marriage could not get any better I promise you that The Love Dare won't hurt. Pray for me. Billy

Billy



3/29/2009
When I first saw the movie I cried and had hope that things would change, next I became angry and critical and wondered how come my husband wouldn't change. Shortly after that GOD opened my eyes; He showed me that I had to change. He showed me that I had been a fool. That I had hurt my husband deeply, that I had been selfish, unkind, I cried every day and every night and for the first time was truely remorseful for the hurt and pain I have caused my husband our two boys. God has given me a new love for my husband, one I have never felt. I see him through the eyes of the LORD, as I should have from the day we started dating. While GOD is still working I am praising Him for he is moving. He is changing my husbands heart.




3/28/2009
I met my wife on the internet. It was not an idyllic way to meet. I eventually decided she was 'the one' for me and moved from AZ to TX. We married six months later. Just after our fifth anniversary she had had enough of my selfishness, only I didn't think I was that way. I moved out of our house and into God. Five weeks later I finally saw the lightbulb above my noggin. All this happened before Fireproof came out. God transformed both of us and showed me how to love her His way. We finally saw the movie a few nights ago. I can so relate to Caleb. I was just that way, internet junk and all. I was a hero at work and felt disrespected at home. My behavior was actually the opposite of what I had told my wife how I would be years before. I thank God that He intervened before our marriage died.

Daniel



3/28/2009
My husband and I have been married for two and a half years. Over that time we have had some difficulties. We both had our moments of selfishness but his term seems to be lasting longer then mine. I have tried everything that I know and I feel as if I always come short. I recently found out that my husband cheated on me. In person with someone and thenonline through chats and pronography. I am hurt and wounded to my core. I do not know how to bounce back from this. I have seen the movie, and probably will watch it again. Because I need to strength to know how to carry on. In my mind I feel as if this is a challenge that he should do not me. But I also know that I have my foot out the door in wanting to leave him right now. So with some reluctance I decide that I will be the one to do the Love Dare challenge for 40 days. I am almost certain that there are some things that God wants me to learn as well. Please pray for us right now because I alone have no strength to want to keep things a live but I suppose there is still some fight left in me to want to keep trying.






3/28/2009
I've been trying to get my husband to watch this movie with me for months. We were told by a Pastor at our church that it was good for all couples to watch, but we really didn't know what it was truly about. My husband never really wanted to watch it whenever I suggested it so I was supposed to go to a viewing of it at my church by myself, but I forgot, so I missed it. Last night my husband and I were out buying movies and he saw Fireproof. He said, "Hey, I've been meaning to see this. Let's buy it." Then when we got home, he asked me what I wanted to watch. I suggested two other movies and told him to pick out of those two. Instead, he chose Fireproof. I was so happy on the inside, but I didn't want to show it because I knew that was God working in him. As soon as the movie started I got nervous. I clearly saw my husband and I on the srcreen and I wondered if he recognized it too. I was scared he wouldn't want to finish the movie. But not only did he finish, but he loved it, he cried, and he wants to recommend it to one of his friends and his parents. I made up my mind last night that I would do the 40 day dare whether my husband chose to or not. I trust God that our marriage will succeed. It was in God's plan and timing for my husband to watch the movie when he was ready. We actually got into an argument just today. He hurt me and I in turn (unintentionally) hurt him. But I love him and want to be with him for the rest of my life. I nervous about the challenges I'm headed towards, but the outcome will be worth it. Please pray for my continued strength and faith through this process.




3/26/2009
My parents left on Wednesday but, to my surprise, Johnny has not slipped back into his little hole. I am floating on cloud nine and so very proud of him for all of the effort he has shown. I do not expect him to be perfect or to shower me with hugs and kisses every day, but just for him to have life in him and to be a part of "us" is the greatest gift I could ask for.

Then things got even better! On Friday, my 8 year old son begged me to watch a movie with him. He is fascinated with firefighters and there was a new movie on pay per view. I had a million other things that I needed to be doing but I agreed that I would watch it with him. Low and behold my son gave me a sign from God... Fireproof. Hope, faith, and love from a child without even knowing. Again, I feel as if my child has saved my life, only it is in a much different way this time. The Lord works in mysterious ways and through the most unusual of circumstances. I believe that God is speaking to me now. In less than a weeks time so much realization has hit me and so many gifts have been given to me it is hard to ignore His message, especially when done through our son.

I bought the Love Dare on Saturday when Johnny took me by surprise and spent the entire day together. He knew I loved the bookstore in Canton, which is about a 45 minute drive. Our first stop was there where I immediately picked up my book. All of these things are a sign. I will not ignore it! And, for the first time in the almost 8 years that we have been together, I know that we will be okay. I know that he is the man that I was meant to be with for the rest of my days.

Today I write my story in hopes that others will find hope and comfort. After all these years, after all the times I have turned my back to God, He never turned His back on me and has carried me through some of my toughest times. It is in spite of this (and because of this) that I am able to trust and believe in Him now; to know that everything will be okay and , most importantly, that everything happens for a reason.


Jennifer



3/25/2009
My husband and I have been married for 18 years minus 6 months. In 2003 he left me and our son to go live with another woman that I found out he had been having an affair with. My life was shattered and I cried my eyes out for the 6 months he was gone. He filed for divorce and our divorce was final Oct 2003.

In Dec. 2003 my husband, then ex husband, came knocking on my door wanting to come home. I was so happy and yet so scared but wanted it to work so bad not only for me but for my son. So after trying really hard I found out Jan 10, my birthday, that he was still seeing her behind my back and I kicked him out. We were apart for about 3 months and he came to me begging and said he was done with all that and wanted his family back.

I let him come home and told him up front that he would never hurt me like that again. We have been together since then and so far all is well except his attitude and yes my as well. I want him to come to church with us but he has not yet made that step. At times he is so irritable that we can't seem to have any peace. I am like Caleb in the movie I just want peace in my marriage and God.

In May of 2007 we reunited in marriage and he says this is exactly where he wants to be but I long for peace and unity in my marriage that is not always there. Please pray my husband and I can fireproof our marriage and remember the reason we fell in love the first time.

julie



3/25/2009
An update from a story I wrote back in 1/26/09.... Since seeing firepoof and still going to church a lot has changed in our marriage. We still have date nights and talk a lot more. My husband text & calls me thru out the day just to tell me that he loves me. I still believe that GOD laid the path down for this movie to be made, because it has helped us and many others from some of the stories that i have read. Our marriage was not bad as others that I have read, but it was bad enough for me to know that something had to change. My husband no longer thinks he has to come to other womens resuce and help them from what other men have done to them. He now see's what it was doing to me and understands that the only women he needed to save was me. We both didn't want to let eah other in b/c of our past relationships we where just waiting for the other one to hurt each other. This april we will have been married for 8yrs and we have been talking about next year making our 3 yr old and older brother. I have to thank GOD first for saving our marriage and looking after us and 2nd I'm so happy for the makers of this movie and everyone who had a part in this movie doing what it was suppose to "Help others". I know that the road ahead will still have some bumps in the road, but as long as "Our Marriage" has "GOD" in it the ride will be just fine and that we can make it thru it. I hope that everyone of you see a difference in your marriage as I have and at night I will pray for each and everyone of you and I hope you will do the same.


C.S from NC




3/25/2009
My Husband came home from work and told me about a man he works with had mentioned a movie called "FireProof". Said it was a movie that we should watch together. Now this man has no clue who my husband really is. They only speak in passing through the job. I asked my husband if he told this man we were having problems and he stated he did not but maybe it was a blessing from God that this man did talk to him about this movie. So we were at the Movie store and my husband saw the movie and told me that this was the one the man at work was telling him about. So we rented it. We never did watch it that night but the next day we both ate our breakfast and went into the bedroom and decided to put the movie on. Within the first ten minutes of starting the movie I was crying because I saw my husband and myself in the movie. What a shock to see that. Oh Me, was it really us? Yes it was. Half way through the movie I began to cry at everything that was going on. I tried to not let my husband see but I think he knew! Kinda hard to ignore when you are snot nose! By the end of the movie we were both crying and I felt so close to my husband at that time. The movie really made us open our eyes to each other and realize that we need to get some help on our marriage as well as being supportive of each other. I love my husband and will fight to the end of time for him, us, and our children. Please pray that we make to Heaven with each other.





3/25/2009
So many of the posted stories are of marriages on the edge of disaster that are praying for a miracle. "FIREPROOF" is also present to make a good marriage GREAT. I have been married for almost 22 years and we have 4 sons. I rated my marriage at a 7 out of 10 but through the movie and the journal I'm hoping for a 9 or 10! God does have wonderful things in store for us!

Shannon



3/25/2009
Wow...Is how I feel inside and all I can say after watching this movie......

I was feeling very low because my husband and I got married 23 Aug 2008 after being together for 8 1/2 almost 9 years. We are both in the military and different branches at that. He is currently in Germany and I'm here in the states. At first we started off okay but, we've been apart from each other alot and the distance is starting to get the best of us. He has been deploying alot and he is currently about to deploy again for another year. We have been fighting back and forth and just not communicating like we should and with us being apart it's easy to just hang up not speak to each other. I was at my lowest with our situation and was seriously thinking that maybe we weren't meant to be but, after watching this movie I've found a new sense of peace and I'm willing to do whatever it takes for my husband. I love him with all my heart and I want to prove to him that I'm in it for the worse and not just the better.

This movie is a must have for all couples it's truly a blessing

Lisa



3/24/2009
A co-worker had been telling me for the last 2 weeks to rent this movie called Fireproof. I finally rented it on Sunday. I wanted to watch it with my husband, but the timing has not been there. Since I had a day off today I decided to watch it by myself. I can relate to both sides of this story and I was truly amazed at how much of their issues I could see in my marriage. I've only been married six months and to me it seemed like the first few months were such a challenge. There is a big difference from dating, being engaged and then getting married. I actually feel bad about some of the things I have said in anger and I want to change now before we start having issues with respect later on. Hopefully this challenge will make me the type of wife I need and want to be for my husband.




3/24/2009
A co-worker spoke very highly of this movie and recommended that my husband and I watch it together. Even though he chose to watch a ball game, I watched the movie alone and was glue to my seat from the beginning til the end of the film. This movie was AWESOME!!! At one point during the movie, I paused it and called my husband into the family room where I was. I hugged him and kissed him and told him how much I loved and appreciated him. This movie made me realize that my marriage does have room for improvement and that I am not always right :o)
We both can stand to listen more and communicate better and realize that we can agree to disagree without any repercussions. I have made him promise to watch the movie before the weekend so that he can see what all the hype is about and why I have been acting so differently (in a good way). This move was a major eye opener...




Tanika



3/23/2009
My husband and i will be married for 2 years in May. Up until last week we never attended church or got involved with God. I started going last week an i finally got my husband to go this week. He said he enjoyed it very much an im glad. Our church had a dinner and a movie night and this was the movie that we watched, it was very good.. (i cried) Anyway this movie has really opened our eyes that we need to do something to save our marriage. We fight so much about everything, even things that dont matter and are not worth fighting about. I know now that u should never give up on your partner even when you feel it is the onlything left to do.




3/23/2009
I love my husband dearly, he is the most important person in my life. We have been married for 6 months now and I am starting to notice more and more how sometimes I get sooo mad at him and I blow at the drop of a hat. I want to learn patience, I don't want to be like some of the members in my family and edventually push my husband away with my temper. I hope that not only will this bring my marriage closer to god, but it will improve my marriage because there is always room for improvement for now and for the long run

Tamara



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