Friday, May 23, 2008

R.E.S.P.E.C.T. , Part 6

In the home stretch now of this series on respecting our husbands, today we look at some words that begin with the letter C. These words are just to be used as tools to help us remember ways to show honor and respect to the husbands God has blessed us with.

1) Consider - Always consider the impact of your choices on your husband. Will accepting that invitation allow you to still meet his needs? Will he be happy with your choice of clothing? Will you still be able to be home to spend time with him if you take that volunteer position?

While it seems old-fashioned to put your husband's needs above your own, it's actually a timeless piece of wisdom. When your husband is happy, you will be too.

2) Comfort - Is your home a place of comfort and rest for your husband? Does he look forward to coming home to the haven you have created for him? Or does he dread walking in the door, knowing he will be subject to nagging, whining and yelling?

I would encourage you to keep an eye on the clock each day. When you know he will be arriving soon, take a few minutes to prepare yourself. Pray, asking God to give you a joyful heart to see your husband. Take a few minutes to straighten up the home. Perhaps change your clothes and touch up your hair and make-up.

Make your home a place he desires to be, where he is allowed to be himself. Don't constantly correct him or nag him to get to your honey-do list. Create a "thirst" for home. He has spent the day at work where people have possibly been pestering him all day. Make your home his refuge.

3) Check - Frequently do a self-check. Refer back to the Self-Assessment we did at the beginning of the series. Check your you find yourself harboring resentment or ill feelings? Find a way to communicate your frustrations in a gentle way. Ask yourself if you are keeping your priorities in line? It's easy to slip back into old patterns, so constantly check yourself to see if you are where you want to be.

Tomorrow will be the last installment of the series. I've learned so much myself and I hope you have as well.


Karen said...

It really is the desire of my heart to create a home of comfort. One that is welcoming and an inviting place.

Good points, once again.



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