Monday, April 26, 2010

30 Day Husband Encouragement Challenge - Day 15

Happy Monday Ladies!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  We did - we celebrated our first wedding anniversary!  It was an amazing weekend!  I'll post pics and details tonight : )

Here we are, at the half way mark of our challenge!  Day 15 -

"Let your speech always be with grace." Colossians 4:6a

Focus today on how you represent your husband in your home, your church, and your community.  In this challenge to encourage, ask: "If everything my family and friends knew about my husband came from a filter of what I've said about him, what would they think of my husband?"  Do you need to change that filter? 

Do you speak positively about your husband to toher, or do you complain and criticize?  Your speech should reflect 1 Corinthians 13 love.  Your words should be kind, and should never "rejoice in iniquity" v. 6.  Refrain from listing your husband's faults to ohers.  Satan likes to trick us in this area; be wary of sharing barbed "prayer requests".

Remember, "Love will cover a multitude of sins" 1 Peter 4:8b.  Present your husband before others today in a strong, positive manner.  Slip in a "good word" for your spouse.  Resist the urge to correct or belittle him in front of others.  Some of what you say may come back to him, and you want yoour words to be sweet, building him up and never tearing him down.

Don't forget: you are always criticizing--or encouraging--before an audience.  God hears your conversations when you are alone with your husband in your own house.  May your speech always be seasoned with grace.

While you are considering how your speech can reflect the grace of the Lord in your husband's life, don't forget that your words can also encourage others.  When you share what God is doing in your life through this 30-Day Husband Encouragement Challenge, others will be blessed.  Perhaps other wives will be moved to take up this challenge!

I view hubby and I as a team against the world sometimes.  There are plenty of people and situations out there in the world that make each of us feel badly or inadequate - I don't want us to make each other feel that way!  We are each other's rocks, building each other up and providing encouragement.  Now, we are not perfect, and we have learned many, many things over this first year of marriage about each other that we are not totally thrilled with (ie. leaving the toilet seat up (hubby), putting damp towels in the hamper (me), etc. etc.) and we have said not nice things, but we are working on it and getting better.  I always want my husband to think of me as a woman filled with grace and love.  I hope he does : )

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