50 Ways to Inspire Your Wife (H)
Once a week or so, FamilyLife will send me an e-mail with various articles related to marriage and family. They are almost always very, very helpful. Click here to go directly to their web-site and sign up for yourself for newsletter-type e-mails.
This morning in my inbox was an e-mail from FamilyLife with the title “50 Ways to Inspire Your Wife.” I thought, “I am pretty good at doing that, but let me click and see if there is anything I need to be working on” (okay, I am kidding…I clicked as fast as I could because I need ALL the help I can get in this area!!!!). What I found was a treasure chest of very practical ways to inspire and love Katie.
You can Click here to read all 50 ways by Janet Breitenstein. Below are a couple of my favorites:
1.Be a student of her. Where do her passions, gifting, and abilities lie? What energizes her? When does she lose track of time because she’s enjoying herself so much? What weights does she bear? (Can you learn incredible things about this woman that even she doesn’t know?)
3.Make a list of 30 things that you love and/or appreciate about her. Write them on separate sticky notes, and leave one somewhere in the house every day for an entire month.
22.Consistently mention ways you see her growing to be more like Christ.
23.Ask her about her “bucket list”—the top things she’d like to do in her lifetime.
35.Do something fun and unexpected together. Here are a few ideas: play paintball, laser tag, or sand volleyball; organize a picnic and bring the books you’re reading; take photos of each other; play a pickup game of a sport together; go to a drive-in movie, bringing popcorn and her favorite candy (let her initiate any physical advances for this one).
36.Think about a way you’ve been hurting her or annoying her. Maybe there are ways you’re not “seeing” her—not stepping into her world to understand what it’s like to be her, with all of the things she cares about (see 1 Peter 3:7). Apologize, and work hard at showing true change.
37.Find a mutually enjoyable activity you like doing together on a regular basis, even if it’s working outside together or playing the Wii together after the kids are in bed.
38.Create a fun, life-giving atmosphere when you come home.
Also from the article: “The way that a man sees his wife, the way he cherishes her, has a lasting effect on her beauty within and without. How does your wife feel about you and your relationship to her? How do you want your children to remember your acts of love for their mother?”
Okay guys, we now have no excuses for being clueless as to how to bless our wives…let’s get to work!