Understanding His Stresses

October 27, 2013

in the generous life

From The Generous Wife archive: (actually a very timely post for me)

My husband has been doing some fairly heavy, physically hard work lately (cutting down trees for firewood and fixing up around the house). I’ve been trying to be considerate of his tiredness and sore muscles.

It’s a real encouragement when someone takes the time to understand what you are going through. Whether it’s sore muscles, a stressful period at work, facing a sad time of year or whatever, try to be aware of and understanding of your husband’s strains and stresses. You’ll be a great blessing to him if you do.

Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses.   Ann Landers

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LadyJ October 27, 2013 at 5:57 am

Every time when my (awesome) husband finishes a project around our home, I say to him, “Baby, No one can ______ (fill in the blank) like you can.” His face lights up and a huge deposit is made into his emotional bank account. Sometimes he has to prompt me to remember to say it, but his reaction is GREAT!

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Bonnie Wallace October 27, 2013 at 6:59 pm

Thanks for this reminder! I know that I struggle sometimes with this because of my own stresses…being a mom, a full time Program Director and a full-time MBA student keeps me busy! Sometimes I don’t feel like he understands, but sometimes, you have to understand to gain understanding.

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Tiffany Godfrey October 29, 2013 at 5:45 am

My husband is great, but I can tell when he is stressed because he becomes distant. Thanks for reminding me to give him some space. :)

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