I read about the 30 Day Encouragement Challenge over on this blog and was excited about jumping into it! I'm always excited about simple ways to strengthen our marriage. I thought this would be super easy but before day one was over I already slipped up. Ridiculous.
So the point is to every day purposefully be an encouragement and blessing to your husband over the next 30 days.
Here is the first day:
"The heart of her husband safely trusts her; so he will have no lack of gain. She does him good and not evil all the days of her life." Prov. 31:11-12
To refresh your memory...here's the 30-Day Encouragement Challenge...for the next 30 days:
* You can't say anything negative about your husband ...to your husband...or to anyone else, about your husband.
* Say something that you admire or appreciate about your husband...to your husband...and to someone else, about your husband!
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. Let him know that he can trust you to be in his corner.
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!"
After reading this, I knew it was something God wants me to do because just the day before it suddenly hit me how awesome it is that Derek chose me.
It started with thinking about how huge a decision marriage is. I mean, 5.5 years ago we married with views of forever. But I feel like we're only just now beginning to grasp the hugeness of forever.
By the grace of God, we both look at forever together as exciting, wonderful, beautiful, and a dream come true.
But seriously, we were clueless then. Well I was. I think Derek had a little bit better understanding of it. And that's what makes it even more humbling and amazing that he chose me to grow old with.
Consider joining me on this challenge. Your marriage deserves it. I know mine does.