Do you talk about your husband? I sometimes forget how much power I have! When I am away from my husband, I have some of the greatest opportunities to strengthen my marriage.
We've all read about the excellent husband of the excellent wife ...
Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.
A good marriage doesn't mean we have to be together all the time, but it means our words, when apart, are uplifting of the other. Since we know all wives talk about their "other half" (How could we NOT, since we are ONE with him?), this means EW (Excellent wife) must've really used the powerful potential of her words well. We know from verse 14 that she gets her food "from afar" and from verse 23 that he spends some time at the city gate with the elder crowd ... so we know they spent time apart. There's something powerful about hearing what was said "about us" when our loved one wasn't "with us." If you turn a few chapters back in Proverbs, the principle is illustrated in a different way.
Like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land.
Doesn't it make you feel loved and affirmed and secure and wanted when you hear "good news" from the mouth of a loved one about their heart for you? I'm not talking about insincere or made up flattery, but refreshing words of blessings when there's an opportunity, though we are "distant" from our spouse.
Most of us will spend time apart today, and we'll have conversations about our lives and relationships. You may have some of those online, on Facebook, through a blog, or on the phone. Whatever your route of speech, it's an opportunity to bless your husband. So I want to ask you to do something for me, and today is the FIRST DAY.
Would you "Tell 5" with me this week? Each weekday this week, would you ask God to give you an opportunity to share "good news" about your husband with someone you talk to? You could start today by sharing a comment (at the end of this post) about something you appreciate about your man. Every day, tell one other person a bit of goodness about your guy = Tell 5. It will impact YOU in the way you think about him. It will impact the HEARER and how they think of your hubby and you. It will impact your HUSBAND as he notices your tender heart and maybe hears the good news from a distant land. Don't be the one to tell him yourself! That would spoil it. :)
So will you Tell 5 with me this week? Let's practice bringing our husbands good through the discipline of sharing "good news" about him when we have opportunity. God told Adam in Genesis 3:19 that his sin would earn him the "sweat of his brow," so I'm pretty sure the "cold water" to the weary soul of our guys will be welcome! I'm also pretty sure it will refresh our marriages.
Can't wait to hear what happens ...