Love – The Doing Leads to the Feeling

February 28, 2017

in the generous life

February’s challenge was to “bless your husband with small acts of kindness and generosity.”

Everyday I had to type those words (OK, sometimes I copied and pasted them), but I was reminded again and again to think about doing good to and for my husband. I soaked in the concept all month long.

I’m normally pretty generous (the focus of the last few years), but I looked for opportunities to love on him, serve him, and encourage him more. I filled his drink (he often fills mine and I was getting a bit lazy). I decided to help a bit more in the kitchen (he’s taken on most of the cooking, but it’s always nice to have a break). I rubbed sore muscles, spoke out my appreciation, and more.

Love ~ The Doing Leads to the Feeling

What I found at the end of the month is I’m more in love with him.

How did that happen? Maybe it’s a bit of cause and effect. When you act lovingly toward someone you tend grow to love them more. I also noticed that my husband was softer toward me and the atmosphere of our home was more relaxed. All good fruit.

I know this month’s challenge is over, but don’t forget what you’ve learned and keep at it!

Love — the feeling — is a fruit of love, the verb.  Steven R. Covey

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Prayer Prompt  Thank God for His loving acts toward you and ask Him to continue growing generosity in your heart.

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Hot, Holy & Humorous: Praying for Grace in Your Marriage Ask God to help you see your husband through His eyes.

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Wendy February 28, 2017 at 6:17 am

I just want to say that I don’t often comment on blogs I read. I have a handful of regulars I like, and frankly, I just don’t have the time to comment every time one of them makes a big impact on my life. I am an introvert by nature and so the godly ladies I have discovered online tend to be like mentors to me in a way. Thank you for being so open and honest and putting yourself out there for those of us a few years your junior.

All that to say that your blog has impacted me more on a daily basis than ANY others I visit regularly. Your awesome advice is short and sweet, but still packed with actionable steps that make a huge difference in my marriage. My husband and I will be celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary this summer (2017) and we are more in love than we have EVER been before. Which is saying a lot because we have always had a pretty good relationship. But we have you (and your husband, too) to thank for much of the relationship maturity we enjoy today.

So I hope and pray that God will continue to bless your marriage as you have blessed ours. I pray that He will keep filling you with wisdom and the ability to share that wisdom in your unique, awesomely impactful way. You have certainly been an invaluable blessing to me over the last few years. Thank you for being you and being willing to share that with us.

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Lori - The Generous Wife February 28, 2017 at 10:37 am

Wendy, thank you so much for your kind and encouraging words. I’m glad the blog has been an encouragement to you. (Congrats on 25 years!)

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