Did you ever stop to think about all the pressures that your husband has to endure?
His pressures at work--his job, his boss, the daily demands, the bills, paying the mortgage, making sure the house is in good repair, being a good parent, being a good husband and provider, and on and on the list goes. If your husband is anything like mine, he does not share his load publicly, he usually just carries it silently and does what needs to be done.
And we as wives need to slow down and take notice of our husbands and their unspoken needs. Sometimes we are so consumed with our to-do lists, the busyness of life, and the children, that it is so easy to put them on the back burner if we are not careful - but we need to remember to put our husbands first before all those things.
"But my husband doesn't have to stay home and watch the kids all day, my day is way harder than his!"
We often get caught up with a me-centered mentality, thinking that because we have had a rough week that our husband's week couldn't compare. But this can become selfish thinking if we are not careful and we need to check those wrong thoughts at the door.
As wives we have the ability to be able to minister to our husbands in many ways that help to refresh and refuel them, in a way that only a wife can do. Often times, special encouragement from us will help him to gather up the strength that he needs to face another grueling week at work. Don't ever under estimate what even small efforts can do. Sometimes it can make all the difference in the world to him!
Here are a few quick tips that will also help:
1. Pray for him. It is so easy to pray for Mrs. Smith at church or your best friend who's child is sick. But how often do we often seriously sit there and just pray on behalf of our husbands? A wise woman will pray over her husband often remember to cover him in all areas. We know that the Lord is in control over all things and He can do what we cannot.
2. Find out how his day went and really listen. Many times it is so easy when your husband comes home to unload all the things that had happened to him that day right when he walks in the door- but we need to be more sensitive to what he is experiencing at work and the heavy responsibilities that he carries. Try to ask daily how his day went and really listen to what he says. This is where you need to block out the children and concentrate on him and his needs. This helps to build trust in a relationship and he will feel confident in confiding his deeper feelings with you.
3. Be understanding & compassionate. With nine children it is easy for me to get distracted. Sometimes my husband might be talking to me and I am mentally not there or trying to deal with a child at the same time. But what I need to do is focus on giving my full attention to him. When I am fully present I can be more understanding and compassionate. Our husbands know when we are being sincere and really understanding what they going through.
4. Use words of encouragement. Don't just let it stop with listening but be sure to offer a word of encouragement. Did you know that most husbands barely get any fellowship or encouragement at church or during the week? I think about how hard my husband works and can't imagine what it would be like without it! And definitely don't forget to also share God's truth with him which is the best kind of sharing.
5. Offer relief. Many of our husbands work very hard. I know that several of you have husbands who work not just one job but two or three. Help your husband by offering some relief. You can give him a back massage, take him to a movie or restaurant, make his favorite food, surprise him with a getaway to have some special alone time, mow the lawn for him, have the kids take over some of dad's jobs that he hasn't been able to get to, bring him a cold refreshing drink while he is working--whatever it takes to help him relax and unwind. Our husband's deserve it!
I hope this is a good starting point to help you be a better wife to your husband. Know that your efforts are not in vain and may the Lord bless all your efforts to build a strong marriage!
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