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Monday, June 25, 2007

Husband Encouragement Challenge: DAY 25

Some nice things Kevin has done over the weekend:
* He suggested going for a walk even though I know he doesn't enjoy it so much.
* (He's working nights and had just gotten up before Eli and I left for church) While I was gone, he straightened a few things up around the house and rearranged our living room rug for me.
* He took initiative and made us some sweet tea.
* He took care of Eli when he was having trouble going for nap yesterday.
* He helped pin his patches on his uniforms so I could sew them. Having him pin them on for me saved me all the stress I was having in trying to get them "perfect".

June 25--DAY 25

30-Day Husband Encouragement Challenge

By Nancy Leigh DeMoss

". . . seek peace, and pursue it." Ps. 34:14b

"You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You." Is. 26:3

Before you consider whether these verses describe your husband, consider your own presence in the home. Do you promote an atmosphere of peace, or do critical words often flow from your mouth? Do you struggle with anger? If so, before you continue with your Encouragement Challenge, confess these sinful habits to the Lord, and determine to speak words of peace to your family today.

Does your husband bring an atmosphere of peace into your home? Is his presence a calming influence? Does he bring music, entertainment, books or people into your home that build a sense of serenity? Let him know how much you appreciate this wonderful quality, and support his choices.

If, on the other hand, he is quickly angered or he creates chaos rather than calm, ask God to give you an abundance of the kind of peace that will speak to his heart. Be patient and loving. Create an inviting atmosphere of peace, as much as possible.

Kevin is much calmer and more level-headed than I. I admit, I struggle with letting anger and frustration get the best of me. It's something I really need to pray about before I start each day and work on because it does no good to our home and family. I greatly appreciate Kevin's calming influence to me. He's the one that brings me back. I don't know where I'd be without him.


This week's homework:

As we approach the end of this challenge, I want to get us set up so that we can continue this "challenge" throughout all of the life, to maintain the practices that we've established this month. I want to give you some time to think, so here's some homework and at the end of the week we'll share....
  1. Write a list of 10 specific goals you want to keep working on.
  2. Pick 5 favorite Bible passages that strengthen you in your role as a wife. (from the challenge or elsewhere)
  3. Decide how you are going to hold yourself accountable to your actions. (journal? blog? friend? another challenge?)
So do your homework. Dig through your Bible to find verses and write them down somewhere where you can see them every day. And be sure to come back Saturday, the last day of the challenge, to share your answers. I've appreciated all of you ladies who have been doing the challenge with me! You have been a great encouragement to me, as well as everything we've been learning about throughout the month!

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1 comment:

AmyD said...

LOVE the homework! I'll definitely be working on that this week. Thanks!