Today we leave for Dallas-Fort Worth. We’ll catch a Rangers game tonight and then leave bright and early in the morning for Honduras.
We’ve got a group of 50 who are going to spend the week serving others. Our suitcases are packed FULL of items that you’ve sent for us to take. Remember when I asked “here” for help? You guys overwhelmed me. We were just bombarded with things we needed to bless people in Honduras.
Everyday this coming week I’ll do my best to keep you updated on what we’re doing. Stop by and check in. And, thanks for praying for us.
Tables full of medicines that you sent for our medical clinics.
Little Berkley and Chloe holding some of the thousands of bracelets we recieved.
I had a young lady, who was a couple of months away from getting married, ask me, “What’s the one thing I can do that will really make a big difference in my upcoming marriage?” The answer for me was easy … “Give him LOTS of praise and admiration. You cannot heap it on too thick!”
I mentioned it again in a marriage class I was teaching yesterday … “if there was one thing that could make an immediate positive impact on your marriage, it would be praising your spouse.”
You and I should be our spouse’s biggest fans and biggest cheerleaders in life.
I believe that admiration (or praise) is the one thing that we don’t do enough in marriage. While I believe both husbands and wives need to do this, it’s wives who especially need to heap large amounts of praise on their husbands. Dr. Willard Harley, who wrote the book, “His Needs Her Needs,” says that admiration is the second greatest need in a man’s life only behind sexual fulfillment. Men never grow out of their great need for admiration … especially from their spouse.
I know personally I’m very motivated by praise in my marriage.
Lea makes our bed every morning. Personally, it doesn’t matter to me whether the bed is made or not, but Lea likes it made. One morning a couple of weeks ago, while Lea was having her morning quiet time, I took a second and made the bed before heading out for work. Later that day she gave me a hug and a kiss and told me how sweet it was for me to make the bed for her. It didn’t take long for me to decide to make it again. That little praise made all the difference.
Ephesians 4:29, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs…”
Here’s another personal example. Every Saturday morning we try to clean the house. I do the vacuuming, sweeping and mopping, while Lea does all the other things … including dusting which I hate to do. A while back I got my cleaning jobs whipped out quick and decided to pick up the dust rag and just dust a couple of the big items in the room. Lea walked through the room, saw me holding the dust rag, stopped in her tracks and said, “Wow, I’ve never seen you looking sexier than right now dusting this room.” That’s all it took. I dusted the REST of the house flaunting my sexiness EVERYWHERE for her to see. J All I needed was a little encouragement to be motivated.
Of course all your praise and encouragement in marriage isn’t for the sole purpose to motivate your spouse to do something for you, but it’s SO needed in our marriages.
Want to make a big difference in your marriage today? Instead of criticism … try praise … and LOTS of it. Be the biggest cheerleader in your spouse’s world.
I’m getting a little time off at the end of this week and my family and I are heading to Red River, New Mexico. We’ll be attending the Red River Family Encampment and then spend a little time vacationing before coming home. Here are a few things I’m looking forward to over the next ten days or so …
On the TOP of the list … mountain weather … 70 degree weather during the day and 40 degree temps at night. This is probably on the top of the list because over the past three weeks in Childress there have only been 2 days that we haven’t reached triple digits.
Listening to some great bible lessons.
Playing lots of catch (baseball) with my boys.
Sneaking off to do some fly-fishing with Parker.
Laying in the big porch-swing on the back porch … until I dozed off.
Getting to teach some classes at the Family Encampment and visiting some new (and old) friends.
Eating things (ice cream, fried foods, candy) I don’t usually eat.
Playing kick-the-can and lots card games … like dimes and up-and-down the river. Even playing Wahoo with Connor … and I hate that game.
Afternoon mountain rain showers.
Laying in the floor and watching movies as a family …. for hours.
Spending sometime reading my bible for just me. Asking, “What’s this saying to me?” instead of, “How could I teach this text?” I struggle at times with reading the bible the wrong way.
I haven’t mentioned it in a while, but as always, thanks for reading my blog. I’m honored that you’d take time to stop by.
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Here are my thoughts about marriage, family, raising children, humor, faith and the life God intended for us all. I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast.
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