Little Encouragements

Try some supportive, encouraging kinds of comments with your husband.  “You bless me.”  “I feel special when I’m with you.”  “Because of you, my life is so good.”  “I Enjoy the time I spend with you.”

Those who are lifting the world upward and onward are those who encourage more than criticize.  Elizabeth Harrison

Be generous!  Lori <><

Attitude

I was visiting with my neighbor while she was working in her kitchen.  She chatted momentarily with her husband on the phone and then set about making lunch for the two of them, wrapping it in clear wrap and tucking it in the fridge.  They would share their meal a little later when he got back from running errands.  It was a small thing, but it really blessed me to see the care that went into that and the simple fact that she was looking forward to sharing a lunch meal with him.  It was just a small practical act, but it was also hugely about attitude.  Her thoughtfulness and her joy in sharing time with him was … beautiful.

Maybe we could all just take a moment to check our attitudes.

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. Winston Churchill

Lori <><

Be You

We are all individuals with our own unique gifts and abilities.  Take the time to encourage your husband to develop his interests and strengths.

Today you are You, that is truer than true.  There is no one alive who is Youer than You. Dr. Seuss

Be generous!  Lori <><

Candle Light

When my husband and I went on an anniversary trip awhile back, we stopped at a candle store and bought a selection of scented gel candles.  Most evenings, I will light one up for a lovely scent in the bedroom.  The other day, my husband said that he could still smell the scent of the candle from the night before when he walked into the bedroom (he has a very good sense of smell).  Given his tone of voice and smile, …  let’s just say he was happy about the pleasurable memory associated with the scent.

I thought that was pretty cool.  Something as simple as a scented candle could be used to build intimacy … a lovely scent associated with intimacy and, later, the remembrance of that experience.

So try a few nice candles.  Most malls have a candle store or two.  Also the “candle store” link above will take you to the store where we purchased our candles and they are happy to mail them (US and abroad).

I love thee to the level of every day’s most quiet need, by sun and candle light … I love thee with the breath, smiles, tears, of all my life. Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Be generous!  Lori <><

Pray Practical

Pray practical.  What does your husband want, need, or desire?  Maybe it’s something simple like energy for the day or maybe it’s serious like a new job or the healing of a relationship.  Just take a few minutes, think about your husband, and pray.

I urge that … prayers … be made on behalf of all men.  1 Timothy 2:1  NAS

Be generous!  Lori <><

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