I recently wrapped up the 30-day Husband Encouragement Challenge (which I talked about here). While I do try to be very aware of the power of my words--for good and for bad--one of the things I liked about this program from ReviveOurHearts.com is that it offers a myriad of suggestions for ways you can encourage your husband. Especially things I wouldn't have thought to praise him for!
Now that my 30-day string of emails from the ReviveOurHearts.com group is over, I went through all the emails and pulled their suggestions together in one big list, so that I can refer to it all at once as a reminder for how to be encouraging Michael. (Have I mentioned before how much I love lists?!)
Here are some of the more unique suggestions they shared as ways to be encouraging your husband (which can also extend to friends and family around you!):
- Can you identify an area of spiritual strength in your husband? Does he pray or read his Bible regularly? Does he like to read about or discuss spiritual matters? Does he go to church with you? Is he a spiritual leader? What do others say about him? If you can identify a specific area, praise him for that.
- Does your husband have an eternal perspective that allows him to reject materialism and temporal values? Express your gratefulness for his value system, and praise him for putting eternal things before riches and other things of this world.
- Is your spouse a man of integrity? Is he fair in his dealings with people? Does he understand the meaning of justice? Is he honest in business? Unhypocritical in his faith? Consider all the ways a man can live in integrity, and praise your husband for one of them.
- Does your husband bring an atmosphere of peace into your home? Is his presence a calming influence? Does he bring music, entertainment, books, or people into your home that build a sense of serenity? Let him know how much you appreciate this wonderful quality, and support his choices.
- Have you ever considered how wonderfully God designed men and women? No matter how a man looks by the standards of the world, a loving God designed them all, and they are all "beautiful" in His sight. Encourage your husband today by praising his uniqueness.
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