Friday, April 13, 2012

encouraging him encourages me

Martin's first day of work was today. He is still working right now and won't be home for a couple more hours

I packed his lunch last night since we had to get up this morning at 4:30am. He left for work at 5:30am. Uh! So early.

I read in a book ( I cannot remember at the moment.. but I am THINKING it was Saving Your Marriage Before it Starts by Les and Leslie Parrott) that one wife would write her husband little notes with bible verses and leave them in his lunches for work. I liked loved that idea! I started writing encouraging notes to my husband quickly after we got married and I noticed a difference in myself.
It enabled me to actively think positive about my husband and purposefully search out a verse for him. It got me closer to my husband and closer to God. While I was encouraging my husband, I found that I also was feeling uplifted. Speaking of my husband's worth reminded me of the many reasons why I fell in love with him. It made me proud of to be his wife. I felt honored that the Lord entrusted me to partner my life with this man. It made me want to do more to help him feel loved and appreciated.

How better is the day when you get complimented? Or when you feel lovely? Or appreciated?
My husband works hard. In the sun. Outside. In a new situation. With new people. I hope my simple note and constant reminder of the Word puts a smile on his face, even if it is only for the one moment of reading it. Just like it does to me as I write it.

It feels good to encourage someone and to bless someone... especially when that someone is your husband. (:

Try it out.... see what happens. See if it changes the way you think toward your spouse (or roommate, or mom, or sibling). 

Father, thank You that You are constantly encouraging me. Lord, I pray that I will recognize times when someone needs to feel loved and encouraged. I pray that Holy Spirit will give me words to say, or type, or write to that person to give them what they need in that moment. 
Lord, I pray for the person receiving the encouragement, that they would be able to open the hearts. That they could receive it freely as I freely give it to them... just as you have freely given Yourself to me. God, thank You that every single day is a blessing. 
In Jesus name - AMEN.

encouraging love. - Monica
&hearts ; . ♥ . ♥


Mrs. Robinson said...

Hi! This is adorable - thanks for commenting on my guest post! I'm so glad to have found your blog! New follower! :)

Monica820 said...

Awh... thank you!!! (: that is too sweet. (: