Awhile back a handful of marriage bloggers gathered to create Christian Marriage Bloggers Association. It was designed to be a place of encouragement and sharing for bloggers with a heart to build marriages (in your spare time, you might want to look through the membership list and subscribe to a couple blogs).
Cassie of True Agape (a fellow CMBA blogger) contacted me and offered me this guest post (which I happily snapped up). Her blog is somewhat geared to newlyweds, but we oldyweds can always learn a thing or two. I also enjoyed her recent articles 6 Ways to Communicate about Tough Topics and 2 Sets of Conversation Starters.
Encouraging Your Husband to Succeed
Encouraging our husbands to succeed is something we as wives ought to consider a serious role in our marriage. That encouragement may be for him as a husband, dad, employee, or in his hobbies.
The bible explains in Ecclesiastes 10:10, “If the ax is dull, And one does not sharpen the edge, Then he must use more strength; But wisdom brings success.”
Not only is it our duty to encourage our men to “sharpen their axes”, but it is essential to support them in doing so. Letting our lovers know that we support them allows them to succeed in these different roles they maintain in their day to day lives.
We can encourage success by:
Being Understanding of Needed Time - This could be an occasional extra hour at work or quiet time on the weekends to complete tasks. We must understand that this is sometimes needed.
Sharing Words of Affirmations – It is necessary to tell our man what they are doing well. Praise them for their previous successes. Tell them we believe in what they are trying to accomplish.
Counsel Respectively - We are to be wise counselors to our men. We should pray for wisdom and understanding to know how and when to share counsel with our husbands.
Remembering to encourage the success of our husbands in these three above behaviors is just one way we can be like the virtuous wife in Proverbs 31:12. “She does him good and not evil.” Let us seek to do our men good at all times by encouraging his success!
Cassie blogs at www.TrueAgape.com. She is a wife, runner and newlywed blogger. She believes respect, trust, understanding and willingness creates happy marriages. She strives to keep those things the main focus in her marriage and want to challenge others to do the same. You can get her updates at Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter.
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