February 7, 2014

The Great Valentine's Day GIVEAWAY of 2014!

***CONGRATULATIONS to our Grand Prize Winner ~ Jamie V.*****

How would you like to win a gift basket FILLED with Love and Respect books AND everything you need to cook a delightful candlelight dinner for two?!  The lucky winner will receive a copy of Love & Respect; The Language of Love & Respect; The Love & Respect Experience: The Husband-Friendly Devotional that Wives Truly Love; Love & Respect for a Lifetime; and the all NEW Love & Respect in the Family…. all surrounded by scrumptious food, drinks, and something for dessert too!


There are many ways you can enter below and plenty of opportunities to earn lots of entries! So, scroll down to like, follow, comment, and share to your heart’s content!! If you help spread the word, you increase your chance of winning even more!

The contest begins on January 31 and runs through 11:59pm EST February 13, 2014.  

The winner will be announced on Valentine's Day, of course!


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126 comments:

TheJourney said...

The best Love AND Respect date speaks to how each one feels loved whether its through touch, quality time, acts of service, affirming/respectful words or receiving gifts.

Mathew Bebout said...

Great stuff.

Cristine Kelty said...

Thank you so much for doing this - we did the Love and Respect Bible study and it has changed our lives!

Heather Wilson said...

Hope we win!

Tanja Ringle said...

My husband and I have been married for 21 yrs. come this Valentines Day :). We got married at the very young age of 19 & 20. There were many years in the beginning of our marriage that was extremely rocky that was until we both came to have a personal relationship with our LORD and SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST! Then we heard of a local church that was doing your Love and Respect series. This was a life changer in how we treated each other, and handled conflict in our marrige. I just want to say thank you for being a huge part of saving my marriage, and teaching us how to treat one another. Now I can say 21 yrs. and 3 wonderful boys later we are truly happy and most of all best friends! Thank you again and God bless!

Karen Kornichuk said...

My ideal date for both men and women would be doing something fun. Amusement park, ziplining, etc.

Anonymous said...

Our perfect date that is full of love and respect is when we share eachothers passions. My husband will go horseback riding with me and I will enjoy one of his passions with him. Usually standing with him in the garage while he does his woodworking. I try not to talk too much :-)

wendi radcliffe said...

My advice would be to follow the Love and Respect principles. Pray about the planning. Let the event be an expression of your love and respect for each other but more importantly about your commitment to the Lord.

Candice Benavidez said...

This series changed my marriage! We used via a Life Group thru our church! Would love to actually have it to reference when that crazy cycle starts up!

Candice Benavidez said...

This series changed my marriage! We did it with our Church Life Group and it was amazing! It would be awesome to have it on hand when that crazy cycle starts up!

Sean McDonald said...

Love and respect DVD are great to bless your marriage and the class I took did bless me beyond measure, to be the wife God planned for me to be, respect my husband and loving him is the bonus... <3 Love and Respect saved my marriage... <3

monagmomof3 said...

I have learned and continue to learn so much from Love and Respect. Read it, Love it, Live it!

Rayray Cartucci said...

The biggest and hardest part about having a meaningful and fulfilling date after having kids is finding time,a sitter and not having the kids on your mind the whole time. I have found keeping our date night short and sweet helps best and most of the time we go to coffee and find it is much easier to relax that way.

Mrs. Klein said...

I don't know if this would be considered advice but I love when my husband remembers when I said I wanted to try something and then plans a night around it!

Marlo said...

Find something that both like to do...that speaks to both love languages. It's no fun if one of the pair is only going along to please the other. I know we should be so self-sacrificing and there are times we need to be, but on a date to further the relationship there should be things each enjoys doing. Picking one's favorite restaurant or meal comboed with another's favorite place to window shop or take along a favorite game or activity to a favorite park or setting of the other's.

Anonymous said...

Anything we can dream up that involves holding hands, eye contact and a little "lovin"—works as a fulfilling date night for us, personally!! :)

Sher said...

Eye contact, when talking to your date is helpful in knowing that they are interested in what you are saying

Anonymous said...

Anything that you can laugh and feel free if any burdens. Spontaneous is best....listen to your mate & surprise them with a date night from something they have stated they would like to do but either have ever done. Oh yeah, the no cerfew nights are the best so have kids taken care of till morning.

Heather Podbielski said...

Trying to put into practice all I am learning. Would love to learn more and have a date night with my husband. We don't get many date nights. Thanks for the opportunity!

Ricardo Butler said...

Do unto each other as Christ would do unto us and do one to each other as if you are doing likewise to Christ.

Anonymous said...

Any date where both people are relaxed and happy, enjoying each other's company. Can be as simple as an evening at home watching a movie!

Thesa said...

My husband and I are very grateful for the perspective and awakening that Love and Respect gave us. Turned our marriage around!! We recommend it quite often!

Thesa

JJAhrndt said...

I would say the perfect date to please both is one you plan together :) my husband and I did that for our very first date and it was un.for.gettable!!

Anonymous said...

Just the two of you no kids a open conversation talk and bring your selves together closer to god.

Anonymous said...

What a great offer!
Cindy B

Deidra said...

Thank you for your ministry. My husband and I were encouraged at your conference this weekend. So much truth to be told!

Amber said...

I think the perfect date is something you would both enjoy, for instance her favorite dinner and his favorite movie!

Dana said...

The perfect date is one that fills the love tank of both husband and wife!!

Anonymous said...

Still praying I can get my boyfriend to read these with me. Wish me luck!

Keya Gaines said...

My husband and I would love to win these books...They would be a blessing to our family.

Anonymous said...

If you have children try to have a date night alone together.

Paula said...

Good information - Hoping to win

Anonymous said...

Winning this would mean more than I can say, as it would help to open the door for a much needed date night with my amazing husband!

Paula said...

Good info - hoping to win

Christy McElhaney said...

Thank you for what you do to help marriages! We got married @ 18..our pastor never gave us counsel, and we never had my in-laws support! This site is one I direct folks@ church to all the time! It teaches us what no one else did! for getting married so young we are thankful to celebrate 23 years!!

Anonymous said...

Loved this conference..went here with my husband!

Sharon W said...

The best thing about L & R, it taught my husband & I to communicate without fault! The perfect date is when we can just be together & communicate!

Jamie DeBrun Bowman said...

I love these books and have been wanting to get them for a very, very long time. Unfortunately my family has fallen on some very hard times lately and I haven't been able to afford them, but if I were to win them I know they would be an invaluable source of wealth that would not only help us, but our friends and family... as a gift this good has GOT to be shared!!! <3

Anonymous said...

The best date is something we can both enjoy and that's filled with laughter.

MamaLou70 said...

Hope to bring the "Love & Respect" webinar to my church soon! I recommend it highly for ALL couples and singles, too. Excited about L&R for the Family, too!

raney03 said...

We love to simply go on a walk or hike and talk. We come up with questions for one another beforehand so they are thought out. Helps us to know each other more and pursue each other deeper.

GD said...

Excellent Love Ministry. Emerson and Sarah are like Love Ninjas! I am excited go get the new book for my family. Everyone responds to love and respect the same way - husbands and wives, as well as your children .

Unknown said...

The ideal Love and Respect Date...doing something we both enjoy (like eating!) so that we can connect more easily from a unified spot. Find something to serve the other's love language, speak to your husband with your hand on his shoulder and tell him about what kind of man he is ;) and then go home and get bizzay. HA!

Anonymous said...

Plan a date that you would both enjoy doing together; then do it, making sure you don't bring up any difficult subjects, subjects about the kids, work, etc. Hold hands and just enjoy each other!

Tracy Fisher said...

I think the best date is one that involves great food, intimate conversations, and some alone time if you know what I mean! Wink wink!

Erica Handley said...

My husband and I went to the Love and Respect conference prior to getting married...We are both grateful for the insight and skills we learned. Key to great dates are spending time with each other, listening, eye contact, and making the time about each other. Show the other that you value what they say and do, tell them.

Yvonne said...

check out this line from a popular tv show, it says exactly what emerson says about what a man does........... i thought emerson should see it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQp7JjBIpFI&feature=em-upload_owner#action=share

Anonymous said...

The Love & Respect material was, I believe, the 'jump start' my husband & I needed to get us past years of frustrations and misunderstandings. It was one of the key turning points which have helped us build our marriage.

Canadianladybug said...

The best date I would suggest would be to regularly go to marriage conferences or special nights organized to strengthen marriages in order to always be open to have a better relationship. Never take the other for granted and work to keep the romance in the relationship. Respect your husband and his decisions. Be available to him.

Gold Girls said...

20 months ago, my hubby walked out. I had ac opt of love and respect for a few years and but never read it....this I was my wake up call. I read the book and learned so much, and more importantly a lot about what had transpired that awful day and why. I learned to love my hubby in a whole new way and learned how to respect him. For 20 months, I thought we much be that Small percentage of couples that would not reconcile.....but I persisted, never gave up, fought for my marriage and my hubby.....jan 13, 2014, I was woken up at 5am by my hubby who needed to tell me he loved me....after 20 months, they were the most precious words I never thought I would hear again....
Thank you Love and respect thank you!!!!

Anonymous said...

The best date is one where you do anything that is a common interest.

Michelle Straub said...

Find something you both enjoy doing, even if it is go for a walk or play video games together.

PatrickandJennifer Lunsford said...

This book is kicking my butt and I love it!!!! I've learned so many things I never knew or understood!!!

Jasmine G said...

Prayer and let God lead!

mbberl said...

I'd like to encourage wives to go to more action adventure movies with their husbands, they really appreciate our company:)

Nita said...

I would love to have these resources for my young adult kids and a date night, with eye contact? wow. that would be a blessing. It has been hard work and yet a testimony of God's grace these last 26 years.

Anonymous said...

The best date would be where the husband feels respected and the wife feels loved.....what we each need the most. Praying we win.......our marriage NEEDS this help!!

Elisabeth said...

The most meaningful dates will be when you do something you both enjoy. My husband and I, when it's warm, like to go to the park with some board games and snacks. It was something we did when we were dating and it holds special memories for us. My advice would be, do something that you used to do when you were dating. Relive those special moments together. Fall for each other all over again with surprising your spouse with an unexpected blast from the past.

Anonymous said...

Would really love the books and dinner with my kids.

Anonymous said...

OOOOOOOO I cant wait!!! this would be awesome!!!!

Michael J. Denton said...

A date night that includes some prep/planning by the husband and where cellphones are kept hidden away not by mandate but because each values the time with the other.

Kels said...

It depends on what each person's love language is...

For me, it's quality time, so just talking together while making a healthy dinner without any interruptions would be great!

For my husband, it is Physical touch. So we would swap massages and make love.

:)

Anonymous said...

We could use a real getaway. We work all of time.

Anonymous said...

Im excited about attending this conference. Ive heard such good things. Hope it helps us!

Anonymous said...

The perfect date for my husband and I includes some time that we can talk, face-to-face, and connect emotionally. Then, we include some shoulder-to-shoulder time, doing a fun activity together. Speaks love to both of us!

Anonymous said...

Grabbing some food to go/make a picnic lunch/dinner & finding a park/lookout to eat it & just talk & share life experiences again (with no kids interrupting). Then going home to be together (hopefully kids are spending the night with grandma. ;)

Sara Mcconville said...

Anytime spending time together with good conversation is a good date

Katelyn Matson said...

So excited to possibly win some new material! My hubs and I have attended a video conference as well as assisted in hosting one at our home church. We've loved and learned so much in the 2 years we've been exposed to Love and Respect and look forward to many more!

Lynne said...

For me, i like to be in the planning process f the date. It makes me feel like there is more thought that has gone into the date than just up and going out somewhere. It makes me feel like i am worth the time and thoughts that go into it.

Landa said...

After 17 years of marriage and 2 children, I definitely need this series! #loveandrespect

Leslie Bark said...

Loved the conference. My husband would love me to go fishing with him, then I would enjoy a nice romantic picnic along the way.

Anonymous said...

What a blessing this Christ- centered information is! My husband would love for me to go fishing with him, and I would like a romantic picnic along the way.

Andra Stephens said...

Always make your Mom and Dad proud! I know Jay and Ed would be very proud!

jim said...

The best days incorporate a little of what each of you like. LISTEN to your spouse when they talk and you will KNO Wwhat those things are!!

Anonymous said...

Great book so far!! Definitely had good conversations with my husband while reading the book.

Anonymous said...

My wife and I have really benefitted from your love and respect book and audio series :)

Cheryl Samples said...

A perfect date would be one that includes sharing together, laughing together, & just enjoying being together no matter what we are doing.

Adriana Martinez-Vilanova said...

Great stuff! Excellent book.

Dustin Ament said...

I love this ministry and the Biblical centered teaching that it corresponds to.

Anonymous said...

For us right now the perfect date is anywhere together without the kids...riding in the car seems to be the best place to spend time together and talk. Doesn't cost much,I'm happy cause I'm with him and hes happy cause hes driving his car and there are no interruptions.

Lica Straub said...

Best marriage teaching ever!

Sherry Coleman said...

The best Love and Respect date is attending one of your conferences. We are attending in Peoria tonight and are excited about being there and learning more about Love and Respect.

Byron Christ said...

The Love and Respect series, we do the series once a year at our church and it has done wonders in mariges as well as mine. The crazy cycle is the key. Love it and love you guys too.

Anonymous said...

We love remembering our dating days when love was fresh and fun. We try to do the things we enjoyed together back then. Not to try and recreate but to remind ourselves that we still have fun together. Things of life can take over and you can forget those basic things that brought you joy early on. We always enjoyed dancing, we don't go to clubs any more but are looking into dance lessons to learn how to do swing dancing.

Hope Sutherlin said...

My husband and I are currently at Peoria and have finished the Love and Respect conference. Words cannot describe what we have learned. This series is a must for any married couple, or engaged couple.

Mags Germann said...

thank you so much for all you do!!

JFig said...

This series is amazing and should be on the bookshelf of every married couple!

Janet Tobler said...

you teach a patriarchal system in relationships. that is not godly. that system stems from the Greco roman times and is not a reflection of god. you are teaching love from man's view and man's demand. you really need to read craig keener's book, paul women and wives and you need to look on the website god's word to women. you have not done enough research historically and culturally and are misapplying the bible to continue female subjugation brought on my man, NOT GOD. on a separate note, women love sex as much as men and stop making us sex slaves to men. I AM SICK OF IT!

Chrisi Penner said...

Love the book. I think it is a great resource for married couples.

Anonymous said...

We have two young children, so for us, having an ideal date is not to set our expectations too high & expect an extravagant date, but rather to just spend the time focusing on our reconnection. We just try to remember to be thankful for the time we get to spend alone and make the most of it. We love getting coffee and driving around talking or listening to a Chrstian book on cd & discussing it, or going out to dinner. Simple dates :)

Alanna Maas said...

Thank you so much for doing this! I studied Love and Respect before I was married, and it provided so much insight into how I view my now-husband and our new marriage.

Anonymous said...

Turn off your phones and computers! Dates don't have to be expensive, but should involve giving of your attention to each other! Don't get ideas from Pintrest or YouTube either. Romance isn't something that goes "viral!"

Linda D said...

The first bit of advice is to leave all expectations of a "perfect evening" out of your mind. What your thoughts of a perfect evening may not always be what your spouse thinks is a perfect evening. Just have fun and enjoy the evening as it comes. Love and respect come easily when you respect your man and love your woman with all your heart. :)

Leighann said...

My ideal date is to have a weekend away from all responsibilities, and kids, and just enjoy being together.

Hope Sutherlin said...

We just got home from experiencing the Love and Respect conference in person. What a difference it made on our outlook not only in our marriage, but our family and our outside relationships. This information has the power to change lives and to change the course of your family's destiny. Thank you for sharing God's word!

Hope Sutherlin said...

My husband and I just got home from a Love and Respect conference. What an eye opener. Thank you for a great message.

Stephanie said...

I think when planning a date for both the man and woman it is really important to take into consideration what each of them like and dislike and try to make it a sort of compromise for example if he enjoys the outdoors and she is a lover of music then maybe compromise and go to an outdoor concert if possible :)
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Leilana Warren said...

Best type of date is enjoying a shared interest! Whether that is simply coffee or a competitive game of basketball, when you are spending quality time together, that is the best time spent.

rettaescape said...

My husband and I attended the Love and Respect Conference this past weekend. Amazingly, he can't stop talking about.

rettaescape said...

My husband and I attended a Love and Respect conference this weekend. Amazingly, he can't stop telling people about it!

E-lane said...

A meaningful date for us includes a relaxed dinner where neither of us is "pulled on" by our young kids - works for the both of us!

Macedonio Quintanilla said...

Love & Respect has changed my life and all my family's lives as well. I share it everyday with someone. Date: Includes Love letters to each other, creativity, meal, laughter, dancing, love making music, prayer, positive affirmation, gratitude... Enjoy the moment!

Amy Marren said...

Thank you so much for your insight! We are applying it and are AMAZED at the results! See you in Cleveland TN!!!!

Gloria said...

An ideal date would be a weekend away with time to reflect on what we love and appreciate about the other person.

rachel said...

Let him choose the place and tell him what he means to you. He can speak her love language

Anonymous said...

What a great resource. Will bless your marriage and family.

Patience said...

My husband and I are currently planning our ideal date - a 2 day "staycation", which we will be taking 2 months before our second child is due (Grandma will be watching our first). We will be getting massages, eating out somewhere nice, and probably be getting a couple of naps in! It's just what we need to spend some quality time together and get refreshed before our baby comes in April.

Renee Mitchell said...

My husband and I have been married for 20 years...we discovered Love & Respect just a few years ago...Best thing ever for our marriage!!! We have had the priviledge of hosting a few Love & Respect video seminars at our church and in our home. It has been such a blessing to us and countless others! Thank you!!

Amber said...

My husband and I went to the love and respect video conference last weekend and had a great time. We have 3 kids ages 1, 3, and 4 so we rarely have time to ourselves but we do our best to make a habit of it. When asked what is the most romantic thing you've done with your spouse: his idea of romance is sitting next to each other on the couch watching a movie and eating ice cream together- so he answered. There are two times I remember, one years ago before we were married, he ran out to his truck to get a CD and play a "special song" for me one night after cooking dinner. Then when he put it on he grabbed my hand and pulled me into the living room asking me to dance to it with him. A simple yet totally meaningful gesture that I still remember years later. The second was when I was really sick and weak and he ran a bath for me, putting candles and music in the room so that I could have some time to myself and relax. These are not extravagant or expensive ideas, but small things that are full of thought and gentleness toward each other. Just an easy move like drawing a bath and shopping her hair for her is not only completely sexy, but romance and agape love at its best because you're serving her in only a way that you can! Happy Valentines!!

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Read the book, did the Respectfully Yours Bible study & it's forever changed our marriage. Currently reading Love & Respect in the family. Tonight we begin a repeat session of Respectfully Yours because it was just so good.

Tiffany said...

When planning a date one should consult their loved ones and be in mutual agreement so they will both enjoy the time spent together, unless it's a surprise! Then they should hint in a subtle to what the other would like to do or not to do. A couple should plan things for one another, not because they feel obligated to do so, but because they love each other.

Kristian W said...

I think a great date night idea would be to read an excerpt to each other from one of the Love & Respect book series!

Danielle Franklin said...

Just be thoughtful...make sure to take into consideration his or her likes or dislikes. For example, if you know she likes pink better than red, make sure the roses are pink. If you know he prefers steak over chicken, choose a steak dinner. If she'd rather have a night out away from home than to be home another night...plan something away from home. It's always the thought that counts. :)

Karin said...

We just did the Love and Respect Conference in Peoria and it was awesome!!

Journey to Wellness said...

We love LOVE and RESPECT! Recommend it to everyone and would LOVE to win!

Eron Chavez said...

Always listen to your spouse no matter how hard it is.. learning the hard way is much more painful than just doing it. Man or woman we all need to be listened to..

Gregg Milliken said...

Make the date meaningful by giving each other your UNDIVIDED attention...and no work talk. Keep it positive, light, and loving for the best date ever!

Anonymous said...

thank you for doing this! we appreciate you guys and all your wonderful advice on "Love and Respect!"

Anonymous said...

God Bless you both!

kera said...

I read the book Love & Respect and my husband listened to the audio book. I truly believe that it helped save our marriage. Thank you for writing it

suelittle said...

i think whoever is planning the date needs to gear it to the other's preferences. Compromise!

Tami said...

I would say find something that you both can do together....just take time to have fun & be friends! :)

Dora Zepeda said...

Ideal date would be just the two of you some where quiet. Turn off all distractions including phones. Listen to each other.

Shawndra Higgins said...

Get to know what your man likes if you don't know already. Try to incorporate that into your date and prepare yourself to be pleasant and joyful because you know you're gonna want him to be the same way for you. ;)

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