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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Day 15-Love is honorable

  Day 15: Love is honorable

I was having Bible time with my youngest yesterday morning. This weeks theme for his lessons is "God is Love". At the end of the lesson there is a little conclusion and a few questions. This was the wrap up...

"You will learn in the Bible that love is patient and kind. When you love someone, you will always be kind and think about how they feel."

It's amazing how I can learn from a kindergarten Bible lesson. I needed this reminder yesterday. I needed to be reminded that I'm called to the right thing no matter what my spouse does. I needed to forgive him for letting me down. The truth is, I know he's more disappointed in himself right now than I ever could be.

The question at the bottom of my son's lesson was "What will you do if you love someone?"

His answer. "I would give them a hug."

So simple.

My husband needs to be loved on. He needs a "hug". This is an opportunity for me to offer him the same grace that is freely given to me through Jesus Christ. If I can't show him this grace how can ever expect him to see Jesus in me?

At the end of the daily reading in The Love Dare it says,
"With all your failures, sins, mistakes, and faults-past and present-I still choose to love and honor you. that's how you create an atmosphere for love to be rekindled. that's how you lead you heart to truly love your mate again. And that's the beauty of honor."

THE DARE:

"Choose a way to show honor and respect to your spouse that is above your normal routine. It may be holding the door for her. It might be putting his clothes away for him. It may be the way you listen and speak in your communication. Show your mate that he or she is highly esteemed in your eyes."

I'm choosing to be a better listener. This is something that really bothers hubs. He always says I never listen to him when he's talking. It's true. I'm a terrible listener. I can see how it may come across that I don't respect him.

As a gesture to show I do actually hear him, I went shopping yesterday and picked up a new razor for him. He has been complaining that he doesn't like the one he has for a couple of weeks.

From now on, I'm making it a personal goal to put distractions aside aside when he's speaking to me. Put my crackberry down, ask the kids to give me a minute, stop stirring the pot the the stove, turn off the water at the sink, etc.

I'm a big multi-tasker, and sometimes it's easy to get caught up in what I'm doing instead of really listening to him. I just need to stop what I'm doing for a minute and give him my full attention.

Right now he needs to know that I do still respect him.

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