“…love suffers long, and is kind…” 1 Cor. 13:4
“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ
Jesus.” Phil. 4:19
Love indeed suffers long and is kind. As you consider your Encouragement Challenge,
determine today that you will not say anything negative to or about your husband.
Speak kindly to him with words of genuine encouragement.
If your husband is considerate of your needs, let him know that you have noticed. Thank
him for his kindness and consideration. Thank the Lord that your husband knows how to
be both tough and tender.
Sometimes it’s difficult for a man to be gentle, kind or tender – especially if he hasn’t had
role models in these areas. If he’s not a considerate person, appeal to him for help
without complaining. Let him know that it’s hard for you to handle some things alone.
Then, when he moves in to help, don’t insist that he do it your way. Be glad that he is
responding, and express your gratitude.
Ultimately, you can’t expect your husband to make you feel more secure, loved, etc.
Remember that only God can meet the deepest needs of your heart.
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Day 2 went OK. I managed to hold my tongue; I tried to be as positive as possible and guess what…? I saw a difference! He was kinder to me. Not that he is not usually kind, but this was special. Hmmm…seems this thing might actually be working.
Someone asked me if I planned to do one for husbands to encourage their wives…well, first of all, I didn’t create this. That was Nancy De Moss. However, it isn’t a bad idea at all. I think we can just switch roles, you know, instead of ‘don’t say anything negative to your husband’ we can change the husband to wife. Do you have any other ideas?