Many of us spend a lot of time thinking about what goes on or into our mouths to make us happy. Yet what comes out of your mouth has far greater power to build healthy marriages which produce a lot of joy!
In this second week of the One Degree Marriage Challenge, choose ONE of the following 4 exercises and give your mouth a vigorous workout every day of the week!
Growing Healthy Marriages
#1 Be Thankful
It can be easier to call attention to what your husband doesn’t say or do. Instead, look for things your husband does say and do that you’re thankful for and talk about it. My week-end list of thanks for things Tom did and said included: making coffee, spending one-on-one time with our granddaughter, going with me to see a movie I knew he might not like.
I Thessalonians 5:18, Ephesians 5:20
#2 Smile at Him
This is such a small idea that it might not seem that big a deal. But it is! Practice tipping the corners of your mouth up when looking your husband’s way. A smile offers encouragement, acceptance, joy! And a smile makes any woman more beautiful:) Practice smiling at your husband for a whole week!
#3 Kiss Him Hello and Goodbye
A study was done in Germany which found men whose wives kissed them goodbye every morning were more successful than those who weren’t kissed. Success and respect often go hand-in-hand so make an effort to greet and send off your husband with a kiss!
II Corinthians 13:12
#4 Stop Comparing
Comparing your husband to other men sets you and your husband up for a fall. Comparison is a slippery dark pit from which Satan (and your own thoughts) will poison your heart and mind concerning your husband. Instead, ask the Holy Spirit to alert you every time you’re tempted to compare and confess it as sin. Ask God to show you how He sees your husband. Ask forgiveness from your husband if you’ve regularly compared him to others in his presence. Psalm 19:14
Last Week’s Beautiful Action Step Update:
Last week I focused on not interrupting my husband. When we had a friend over for dinner, Tom said something which I instantly interrupted and corrected. Then I remembered the challenge and backed way down (I actually had to breathe deeply!) Auto correcting, I showed him affection and respect the rest of the night.
This Week’s Beautiful Action Step
Practice ONE of the the steps above that best fits your marriage for an entire 7 days!