MONDAY, MAY 2, 2016
Somewhere along the way every couple will discover the fairy-tale [ratio for spouses giving in] marriage. It’s 100:100. – Jay Payleitner (Writer, speaker, and radio producer in St. Charles, Illinois)
Key Bible Verse: In the same way, you husbands must give honour to your wives. Treat your wife with understanding as you live together. (1 Peter 3:7, NIV)
Dig Deeper: 1 Peter 3:7-9
Here are some things my wife likes: fireworks, parades, scones, sparkly glassware on her Thanksgiving dinner table, hanging out with her children, bling for Christmas, warm feet, lying on the beach with a book, fresh flowers, fresh snow, frozen Cokes, lightly buttered popcorn, and craft magazines.
You probably know where I’m going with this. A wise husband will make a similar list particular to his own wife – using it and updating it frequently. Keep the list at the top of your mind and allow it to trigger spontaneous moments when you provide your wife with one of her favourite things.
I promise, just making that list will give you all kinds of fresh insights and a new appreciation for your wife. You’ll begin to see her as only a devoted husband can. There are things you know about her that no one else does. Which means only you can intentionally and regularly provide those moments of joy. Only you can prompt that intimate smile that makes marriage different than any other relationship in the world.
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