52 Weeks of Multiplying Love In Your Marriage–Love Your Husband More Challenge:
In the passage Titus 2:3-5, the first good thing that older women are to admonish the younger to do is to love their husbands. That is before our children, our daily to-do lists, and anything else that may push our husbands and our marriages to the backburner.
Proverbs 14:1 says,
“The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish tears it down with her own hands.”
Wow. We have the power to either build (strengthen) our home, or we can tear it down.
Like always, there’s no neutral, no middle ground.
Every thought, word and action of ours is either doing good to our family, or is weakening it.
There are always exceptions, but I’d say most all women would say that we love our husbands and desire build up our homes, so here’s the question I pose for us:
Can we love our husbands more than we currently are?
I believe so… and that is the purpose of this challenge.
The world-everywhere we look-tells us to think about and put ourselves first and that the world revolves around us. But living that way that never helps our marriage. God calls us to esteem others more highly than ourselves [Philippians 2:3-4] (and that includes our husbands).
“A labor of love” is how loving others is described in 1 Thessalonians. That implies it takes work and effort-Not simply nice sentiments, or strong emotions.
Loving on purpose.
One week at a time.
We will look at characteristics of a wife that builds up her home and focus on intentionally doing good to and loving our spouses.
So I hope you will accept this challenge with me, not so we can praise ourselves for how great of wives we are, but in order to multiply the love in our marriages and glorify the Lord, “adorning the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.” (Titus 2:10)
52 Weeks of Multiplying Love in Your Marriage
Lord willing, each Thursday I will post here on the blog and on Titus 2in a TextMe World Facebook Page the weekly challenge.
Each Weekly Challenge will include :
#1 A Characteristic of an Excellent Wife.
“Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies.” (Proverbs 31:10)
That’s definitely the kind of wife I want to be.
Obviously, as stated in the verse, a wife of this caliber is very rare in this world.
However, in His kindness, God has laid out in His Word various attributes of a godly, excellent wife so we can know how to be one.
Each month we will explore a different quality.
And, as always, ask for the Lord’s help to grow in each area. He never calls us to do something without supplying what we need to achieve it. God wants to help us, we need but ask Him! “He who calls you is faithful, He will surely do it.” (1 Thessalonians 5:24)
#2 A Practical Way to Love Your Husband.
It’s not enough to know what to do, we must be women of actions. So I will include something good we can do to express love to our husbands.
#2 A Date Idea for the Week.
If you’re interested in other ideas than the one that it shared, check out this article 25 Free, Quarantine-Approved Date Ideas.
#3 A Verse or Prayer to Pray for Him.
We must pray for ourselves as well as our husbands. We are simply called to love and respect him. It is the Lord Almighty who does the changing in his heart.
The end goal isn’t to mark something off a checklist or make us feel good about how we are doing. It’s not to make us prideful and it’s not to condemn us when we fail.
The purpose to is to beautify ourselves as we conform more to the image of Christ, allow God to strengthen our families and, ultimately, to put on display the hope and beauty of the gospel in a dark world.
And although it’s 52-week challenge, may we continue to multiply the love in our marriages for as long as we live!
Loving Your Husband Challenge-Week #1
Characteristic–A Wife that Encourages
1 Thessalonians 5:11 “Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.”
A synonym for edify is uplift. So let’s uplift them starting this week because the “wise women builds her home…” (Proverbs 14:1)
Practical Way to Encourage
Remember before you were married, when you looked at him with rose-colored glasses? Well, put those glasses back on if you’ve taken them off.
Look at him anew, think back, remind yourself why you married him then remind him.
If you find that his faults come more quickly to your mind that good qualities, maybe this verse can help:
“…whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy–meditate on these things.” Philippians 4:8
Send him a text this week letting him know what you respect and love about him.
Date of the Week
Pictures and Picnic in the Park
(For 24 more free date ideas check out my article here.)
Give thanks to the Lord for the qualities that you admire about your husband. Ask Him to help you focus on the “whatevers” from Philippians 4:8 instead of his shortcomings.
And, remember the goal.
If you can’t have the date-that’s okay.
No condemnation here.
I’m excited that you want to spread love. That is so desperately needed today!
And I love that you have chosen to be one of those rare wives-a wife that is valued as most precious by her family.
When we mess up (and we will), repent, ask for God’s help and continue forward-but no condemnation because that’s not from God.
I’m excited to see and hear what will happen as we intentionally choose to love our husbands more!!!
I encourage you to challenge other women to become part of this.
If you decide to join me this week let me know in the comment section below.
I encourage you to challenge other women to join us.
Also, I’d love to know how you show love to your husband. Please share below and let’s spread ideas and love!