Scripture: And let the wife see that she respects and reverences her husband-that she notices him, regards him, honors him, prefers him, venerates and esteems him; and that she defers to him, praises him, and loves and admires him exceedingly (Ephesians 5:33 amplified)
Observation: I think my husband needs to hear on a daily basis how much he is needed. I think it makes him sad when he calls and all I have to say is how grumpy the kids are or even how successful I was at figuring out how to clean the pool. He needs to know that he is my superhero. He needs to know how much I miss him. Years ago when he was stationed on a ship, I used to email him daily telling him how much I love him and how much I miss him. I would make up crazy emails with a top ten list of the things I miss about him, or I would name a loving quality of his for every letter of the alphabet. Then careers and children and business get in the way and it becomes hard to let the silly sappy love bug back out of it's cage. This is definately a part of our lives that we are working harder on. Fortunately, we saved all of those mushy emails, and the homemade cards and the prom coursage from 15 years ago - and it's awefully fun to look at all that stuff.
Application: I've challenged myself to text my husband at least once a day just to say hello and I love you. That is huge for me because I'm not a big text messager. I'm also challenging myself to come up with something creative for Valentine's Day. Fifteen years ago we went out on our very first date right around this time.
Prayer: Lord, I'm so thankful for my wonderful husband. I'm thankful for the fun times we've had together but also for the tough times that really showed us how important we are to each other. Please help me to keep my insecurities and selfish nature in check in order to show my husband the respect he deserves. Help me to show him in both my deeds and words how much I admire him. Help us to make the time to spend more time together as adults. Amen.
This week's scripture is from a devotion that I read on Monday morning at Crosswalk. I can't get my Mr. Linky working correctly and it's past my bedtime, but if you want to play along, leave a comment linking to your post with your thoughts on this and I'll come check it out.