Thursday, April 8, 2010

30 Day Husband Encouragement Challenge - Day 6

"Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God" 1 Corinthians 10:31b

Do you recognize and appreciate your husband's creativity? Or do you criticize and demean his efforts? Instead of negativity, determine to be positive. Perhaps you can help your husband see that his efforts are an opportunity to glorify God.

Is your husband the "creative" type? Does he have any artistic gifts? What is that special "knack" he has? Affirm him for his handiwork - a hobby, music, gardening, tinkering with cars, working with wood, etc. Remember: Even if he doesn't measure up to your standards, praise his efforts. If your budget allows, buy him a book or magazine that will continue to encourage his special skill or talent.

If you have a hard time finding his "creative side" understand that men's creativity sometimes is related to their work. Find something he does to make his job run more smoothly or something he does that adds value to his work, and let him know that you have noticed.

Make his day - Praise his accomplishments in public, while he is listening.

Hubby LOVES cars. I mean loves. He gets a few magazines delivered to the house each month, and reads through them immediately. His dream has always been to have a hobby car to race and mess with. Until a few months ago, I have not been really, truly supportive of this dream. Well, I'm finally invested. He has no hobbies. None. He doesn't hunt, fish, garden, play sports...nothing. So, when he told me he found a hobby car that he wanted to buy, I was less than thrilled. I mean, we do just fine, but do we really NEED three cars? Doesn't make sense on paper, not at all. But, after thinking it over, he deserves this. He deserves something to look forward to doing, that makes him happy. So, we are off to North Texas this weekend to check out what he thinks is the perfect hobby car. Wish us luck!

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