Treat Your Husband Like a Guinea Pig

March 4, 2012

in the generous life

Years ago when God started teaching me about generosity, I started living it out first with my husband. I didn’t do a perfect job because I was learning, but somehow I don’t think my husband minded because he was blessed by my attempts at generosity. He was my very special guinea pig (test subject), and continues to be.

Recently I’ve been doing the Mercy Triumphs (aff link) study with some friends. As I’ve walked through each of the lessons, I’ve tried to see how what I learn could impact my relationship with my husband. Am I living what I say I believe (not just about God but about my marriage)? Is my attitude one of mercy or judgement? There were so many gorgeous lessons in the book of James. (I’m going to have to do the study again and take more time with it.)

Bottom line: Your husband deserves your first and best efforts at loving and giving. Yes, it will be a bit messy here and there, but most guys are so touched that their wives are giving them special attention, they don’t even notice.  :)   I encourage y’all to take the lessons that you are learning (whether from a book or from life itself) and apply them first to your sweetie. Is God talking to you about patience? Be patient with your man. Are you feeling convicted about your tongue? Be careful to speak respectfully and truthfully to your husband.  

Let your husband be your safe training ground and the beneficiary of your efforts.

Image credit © Kristo – Gothard Hunor | Dreamstime.com

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Kate has a lovely post on Pleasing Him- Who, What and How!   Serving your husband God’s way. (from One Flesh Marriage)

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A wonderful set of questions to help you shift gears in your day ~  The Importance of Crossing Daily Finish Lines  I’m so going to use this at the end of my “office hours.” (from Michael Hyatt)

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Be generous! Lori <><

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Sheila B March 4, 2012 at 8:31 am

Awesome advise Lori!! :)

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Sexy March 4, 2012 at 4:53 pm

We have 3 hamsters and I was very curious how you were going to treat your husband like a guinea pig. i completely forgot about the scientific way to do it. This is great advice, I love your blog!

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The Generous Wife March 4, 2012 at 8:47 pm

@SexyChristianWife. LOL. We have had our fair share of hamsters too.

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John March 6, 2012 at 9:02 am

I will be definitely volunteer to be my wife’s guinea pig!

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