The Freedom to Fail

June 22, 2012

in the generous life

From The Generous Wife archive:

Give your husband the freedom to fail.  

Instead of responding with condemnation, try offering encouragement and praise.  It takes courage and effort to try something.  So he failed (it happens to us all).  With encouragement it is less likely to derail him and it will help him face whatever new challenges come along in the future.

Failure is an event, never a person. William D. Brown

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Looking through our biases ~ What Lens Do You See Your Husband Through? (from To Love, Honor and Vacuum)


Embrace it by doing it ~ How to bring respect back into your marriage (from Ferguson Values)



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Amy R June 22, 2012 at 5:30 am

Oh my goodness – it took me a long time in our marriage to learn this. I also learned at the same time he has a fear of failure. I can’t imagine how he feels when I don’t allow him the freedom to fail yet allow it in myself all the time. Thanks for the reminder. You do a great job!


mrs. dave June 22, 2012 at 9:05 am

It took me years and a severe rebuke from the Lord before I learned this lesson as well. The worst ones were financial mistakes. But if a holy God can permit mistakes, why can’t we as wives do the same? I still love hubby, flaws, failures and all! :)


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