I love my husband.
Well, I don’t love my husband; I LOVE my husband.
A kiss from him makes my heart race. I get giddy at the thought of going on a date with him. And simply hearing his voice can change the entire direction of my day.
It’s true. (Just ignore the gagging noises coming from my children.)
But if I’m being honest, I easily can think about the dirty laundry on the floor, the clutter piled beside the desk, and the dishes stacked in the sink more than I think about my husband. I get distracted by the chores of homemaking and the duties of parenting, and I totally forget about loving my man.
That’s a shame.
So, I’m giving myself a challenge for the month of June, and I thought you might want to join me. I want to spend this month that is naturally devoted to the men in our lives (thank you, Father’s Day) focused on loving my husband.
This month, I plan to…
I often have seen God work in amazing ways in my hubby’s life when I have committed myself to praying for him. My heart is usually affected by my prayerful attitude, too.
Instead of just a casual “Lord, help him” kind of prayer, I want to focus on praying over various areas of my husband’s life. I want to pray throughout the day, every day. I want to show love to him by lifting him up to the One who loves him more than I do.
Be an encouragement.
My man knows I love him, and he has the clean socks and underwear to prove it. But love is about much more than keeping the laundry washed and the kids alive.
This month, I want to use words to tell my husband that I love and appreciate him. I want to say the words out loud and write little notes of encouragement. And maybe whisper a few special (very private) words into his ear from time to time.
My husband works hard at his job to support our family. Then, when he’s home, he works hard to do the manly chores around the house and do the fatherly activities with the kids. He serves us so much without asking for so much as a word of thanks or a pat on the back.
I want to think of ways to actively show my guy that he is prized. I want to look for ways to serve him. I’m sure he would enjoy the occasional home-baked treat, and he also would be blessed by my taking some household tasks or errands off his plate.
Want to play along?
For the month of June, I’ll be posting ideas for loving your (and my) husband on Facebook and Twitter. Some days, this might simply be a reminder to pray for certain areas of his life. Other days, it may be encouragement to look for ways to serve him selflessly or to write a little love note.
My hope is that we can help each other grow in our love for our spouses and build up or marriages. And, just maybe, we’ll start something within our hearts that will continue long past the end of the month.
What if your marriage isn’t rainbows and roses?
While I absolutely adore my husband, my marriage is not perfect. But I know that some of you may be facing a relationship that isn’t just “not perfect”; it’s full of strife and disappointment.
Let me encourage you to follow along with this challenge, regardless of your current struggles. Ask God to do a miraculous work in your heart and in your marriage. Allow Him to work in you and through you.
God is love, and He can grow a love that seems lost. His will is for your marriage to be full of hope. Don’t give up! Remember: If God could save a hopeless sinner, His grace can redeem any situation – even an impossible one.
Note that I am not talking about an abusive relationship. While God can redeem any situation, you need to be safe! God did not design marriage to be dangerous. If you are in a harmful situation, seek the help and wisdom of your pastor, a friend, or a trusted family member.
Let’s do this thing!
So, are you ready to take the challenge? It might sound easy, but I can guarantee we will face some trials along the way. That’s how life is. But I trust it will be worth it!