30 Day Husband Encouragement: Day 10

14 Sep

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Day Ten:

“Behold you are handsome, my beloved! Yes, pleasant!…” Song of Solomon 1:16a

We all crave appreciation. We want to know that we are valued and loved. Early love letters probably reflected our admiration, but if we’re not careful, our spouse will forget why we were drawn to him. If you still have any of your old love letters, re-read them for clues to deepen your current level of appreciation for your spouse.

When we spend time criticizing our husbands, we lose time that could be spent admiring them. As you consider various ways to encourage your husband, ask, “How can I admire him?” Does your husband know that you think he is attractive? What was one of the characteristics in your husband that first drew you to him? Was it a physical characteristic, or something else? Was it his gentle, compassionate eyes? Kindness or concern for others? An easy-going confidence? A steadiness that comes from trusting in the Lord? Strength of character in a culture that lacks integrity? Do you see at least a glimpse of that characteristic in him
today? Whatever it is, tell him!

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2 Responses to “30 Day Husband Encouragement: Day 10”

  1. Tyra September 14, 2009 at 18:06 #

    This is kinda ironic cause just last night we were all watching a movie and I was telling my kids that when you grow up and start dating or find the one you want to marry then you’ll want to spend time with each other and get to know them. And that a good way to do that is to talk, write, etc. Then I told them about how when their dad and I was dating that while he was in college we would talk on the phone and email during the week and he would make the long drive home almost every weekend to come and see me. They loved hearing about it, but the best part was looking over and seeing how pleased my husband looked to see me remembering those days and showing how much I appreciated the effort he made to be with me. So I guess I kinda got a jump-start on todays post! 🙂

    • Lizanne September 15, 2009 at 08:05 #

      I’m glad to hear that! Its great when you see how your husband is encouraged by your appreciation. I must confess, I’m failing pretty badly at the challenge, mostly due to wrong priorities again, but I’m encouraged to have you doing it with me. I’m going to work harder at it 🙂 Our husbands need our encouragement and not our criticism, just because its easier.

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