Last week, I encouraged you to develop a “safe place” for your husband through APPRECIATION. I began by using the letter “A” to remind you to “Admire and Affirm” your husband. Today, let’s continue working through that acrostic:
This may be the most important way you can ever serve your man. Diligently, specifically, and regularly intercede in prayer for your husband. Talk to God about your husband's areas of weakness more than you talk to your husband about it. Ask God to give you insight into ways you can encourage him and be a source of motivation in his development into the man of God he was created to be.
Prepare for your husband. If you wake before he does, prepare your heart for the morning moments with him. Pray for him and for yourself before you even greet him. Prepare to guard your tongue and to speak encouraging, affirming words that will motivate and inspire him to tackle his day with courage (Prov. 16:24, 18:21, 21:23; Eph. 4:29). Also, prepare for the "re-entry" at the end of the day. Get ready physically, emotionally, and spiritually. By taking time with your appearance, as well as preparing your attitude, it will demonstrate to your husband that he is valuable to you.
R—Remember and Recount
Recount fond memories from the past. Mentally recount these when struggling with a hurt or bad attitude toward your husband. But also recount good memories to your husband as a way of cultivating a loving environment. Go back to the dating years and recount little "inside jokes" or personal stories that only the two of you share. Remind yourself of good things he has done in the past then let him know you are thankful for it, even if it has been years since the occurrence (Phil. 4:8).
How about a little practice with “Remembering and Recounting"? Please share with us one of your favorite or fun memories with your man!