Saturday, August 13, 2011
Respect your husband challenge Day 10
"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!