Monday, August 6, 2012

30 Days to a Lifetime

I'm not sure I'll post about this every day for the next thirty days, and I can't promise that if I do, that I won't back-date it because I didn't have time to post that day, haha...but I am so on board for the 30 Day Husband Encouragement Challenge with Diary of a Stay at Home Mom!

I am not the most religious person, I keep my faith between me and God.  I don't go to church every Sunday, in fact, I haven't been in years.  Faith based challenges, tend to turn me off, honestly.  It's not that I have a problem with God, or the Bible, it's that it was forced on me as child/teenager and I rebelled.  I don't think that something so personal can be forced on someone and I simply walked away as a result, and kept my relationship with God behind my own closed doors.  I was intrigued by The Love Dare, and started to read it (online) years ago, but did not finish reading as the version I was reading was heavy on the religion.  For it to work for me, I need to overlook that and read the message and not the words.  The action, and not the quote.  Maybe I'm the wrong person for a challenge like this...but maybe not. 

I adore my husband and we have very traditional roles with our marriage.  I love that he takes care of us.  He is an amazing husband and provider.  While I'm not the best cook or housekeeper in the world, and I have frazzled days just like any other mother who stays at home with young children, I love being at home with my family and caring for our home.  I feel it's my calling and where I am meant to be.  I want our home to be a haven for my husband, and I absolutely want to lift him up with love and encouragement.  I have this issue of being QUIET though.  Self concious.  I often think things, that I don't say.  I don't know why, it's not that they are terrible things, most often they are wonderful things and I'm sure my husband would love to hear would fill my own heart with joy to hear those things from my husband, so I'm not sure why I keep them to myself.  It's just my nature to keep to myself (aside from journals, oh, boy can I let the written word loose!)...but I should be sharing those things with him.  I do leave him little notes, tucked into his uniform or his work bag.  A little something written on his lunch container... but we've been together for over ten years, married for over eight...and I think sometimes I get caught up in life and forget to do these things as often as I should anymore. 

So, here's the challenge for the next 30 days:

* You can't say anything negative about your husband . . . to your husband, or to anyone else.

* Say something that you admire or appreciate about your husband . . . to your husband . . . and to someone else.

To help you get started, have you ever thanked your husband for "choosing you" above all other women? He found you attractive as a person, and appreciated you. Though many circumstances in your marriage may have changed, let your husband know that you are glad God led you together, and that you want to be a blessing to him for the rest of your marriage.

One of the best opportunities to express your gratitude is first thing in the morning. How do you greet your husband each morning? Is he confident in your love? Give him a "wake up call" that he'll never forget--a big "I love you" and an "I'm so glad I'm your wife!"

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