The challenge: You can't say anything negative about your husband ...to your husband...or to anyone else, about your husband. Also, you must say something that you admire or appreciate about your husband...to your husband...and to someone else, about your husband.
James 1:19b Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. The challenge from Nancy Leigh DeMoss today is this: "See if you can listen to your husband for one whole day, only speaking when asked a question. If your husband notices the difference, explain that you are learning to listen more-not only to God, but also to him." Now, this is not the same as when you are angry with him and only speak when asked a question and this is not the old-fashioned way of thinking, "only speak when spoke to." This is being quick to listen and slow to speak. Think of it as a way of taking a few steps back in order to take a few steps forward, a way of reconditioning yourself from speaking more to listening more.
We are continuing to remember our wedding day and vows as well as praying for our husband every day. How are you doing?
Here's the next tip from the Home Economics textbook: "Prepare Yourself: Take fifteen minutes to rest so that you will be refreshed when he arrives. He has just been with a lot of work-weary people. Be a little gay and a little more interesting. His boring day may need a lift. Greet him with a smile." Now, you may think this contradicts with the last entry. How can you have dinner ready when he walks in the door and rest for 15 minutes at the same time? I guess the easy solution is to have dinner ready 15 minutes before he is due home, then rest, but you'll have to make sure dinner isn't over-cooking or drying out in the process. And, as you'll see with some of the additional tips coming, there's more to be done during those last few minutes before your husband arrives. The point here is that you need to look like a "sight for sore eyes" when he walks in the door. I've even heard some say to freshen your make-up, comb your hair and freshen your perfume. Make the effort and it will make a difference.
Let me know how you do it!
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