Thursday, May 27, 2010

30 Day Husband Encouragement Challenge - Day 26

Hi Ladies!  Happy Thursday before Memorial Day Weekend! : )  If you are like me, you are counting down the minutes to the long weekend.  I just can't wait!  We are heading to my in laws lake house in Crockett, Texas for some relaxation and good family time.  Are you doing anything special for the long weekend?  Please remember to say a little prayer of thanks and grace for our servicemen and women.  Without them, we would not have the freedoms that we hold so dear.

Here is Day 26 -

"And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men" Luke 5:52

If you have faithfully encouraged your husband, you will no doubt have seen some changes in his life...and your own life, as well.  Encouragement is a wonderful habit that we hope you will continue for your life.

The important thing is to keep growing in Christ and obeying the Word of God as you respond to your husband.  As you consider today how to bless your husband and not tear him down, think of ways that you can encourage balance in your home.

Jesus led a balanced life.  He grew mentally, physically, spiritually, and socially.  As you see your husband branching out in these areas, is there a pattern of growth?  Is your husband striving for balance in his life?  If so, let him know you have noticed, and ask how you can encourage that balance.

If your husband is out of balance -- focusing on one area to the exclusion of the others, consider whether there are things you can do to help restore or create balance in his life.  Can you encourage times for sports or exercise?  Keep the children quiet for a study time?  Invite friends over for dinner?  Stimulate his mind?

Be sure you are working toward balance in your own life, as well.  Be an example!

Balance is a tricky thing.  When I think back over our first year of marriage, I am amazed at how much we have achieved.  We spend time with our families, we have started attending church more regularly, we make a point to organize things with our friends, work hard at our jobs, and still find time for each other.  It was hard for the first few months.  I felt like we were both heading in a million different directions, and barely meeting in the middle for a little bit.  I was so overwhelmed when I became a wife - I had all these ideas about things I was supposed to do.  I had to let many of those go.  But, we are getting better, and I know we will continue to do so.  I would like us to become more active in our church, and to volunteer more - and we also need to start going to the gym on a regular basis : )  We started that last week - it's hard to get back into it!  I think balance is something that just comes with practice, and we are getting  better and better.

How do you stay balanced in your life?

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