Monday, August 18, 2008

The Challenge

How's the challenge going? I don't have much time to post today, but this is already late and I will be out this evening, so I thought I'd post really quickly! I don't know about you, but the "not being negative" thing is actually getting easier!!! The encouragement thing is getting harder!? It's like I'm running out of things to say? That sounds horrible. Anyway, hopefully you know what I mean. I pray that your marriages are being blessed by this as I feel that mine is. Here are a few helps for the rest of this week:

day18-let him know that you enjoy his playful spirit
day 19-praise his uniqueness
day20-express your thankfulness for his forgiveness
day21-express your gratefulness for his value system and praise him for putting eternal things before riches and other things of this world
day22-present your husband before other today in a strong, positive manner
day23-affirm him for his diligence

I am so encouraged by all of you participating! I continue to pray for you and your marriages!
Last week I did a fun little thing from the 1930's. This week it's from the 1950's. This is word-for-word from a 1950's public high school home economics textbook....and I love it!!!

*Have dinner ready. Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal on time. This is a way of letting him know that you have been thinking about him and are concerned about his needs. Most men are hungry when they come home, and the prospect of a good meal is part of the warm welcome needed.

*Prepare yourself. Take 15 minutes to rest so that you'll be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your makeup, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh looking. He has just been with a lot of work-weary people. Be a little gay and a little more interesting. His boring day may need a lift.

*Clear away the clutter. Make one last trip through the main part of the house just before your husband arrives, gathering up school books, toys, and papers. Then, run a dust cloth over the tables. Your husband will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order, and will give you a lift, too.

*Prepare the children. Take a few minutes to wash the children's hands and faces (if they are small). Comb their hair, and if necessary, change their clothes. They are little treasures, and he would like to see them playing the part.

*Minimize all noise. At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of the washer, dryer, dishwasher, or vacuum. Try to encourage the children to be quiet. Be happy to see him. Greet him with a warm smile.

*Don't greet him with problems or complaints.

*Don't complain if he is late for dinner. Count this as minor compared with what he might have gone through that day. Make him comfortable. Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or suggest he lie down in the bedroom. Have a cool or warm drink ready for him. Arrange his pillow, and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soft, soothing and pleasant voice. Allow him to relax and unwind.

*Listen to him. You may have a dozen things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first.

*Make the evening his. Never complain if he does not take you out to dinner or to other places of entertainment. Instead, try to understand his world of strain and pressure, his need to be home and relax.

Crazy that was in a text book! But what a great goal to treat him like a king!! He will wonder if he's in the twilight zone when you first start doing this, but I bet he'll like it! ;)


Jessica said...

I've actually read that before! It's in Power of a Praying Wife! (GREAT BOOK!) Also, I just wanted to let you know that Audra had her baby boy today! He was born about 8:30 this morning and was 6lbs 12 oz. His name is Brennan George. Just thought you'd like to know (I texted a few other people, but I didn't have your number in my cell phone.) Good luck with your challenges!

Aimee said...

Quit stepping on my toes!!! ;-)

Aimee said...

Yes, it's my second comment. lol Anywho, can I be as sweet as you? You are precious Stacey! You have a heart of gold and such wisdom to offer. I am so thankful that God crossed our paths. Thank you for the kind words! They are greatly appreciated!

Oh, I can't stand for anyone not to like me also. That's why it bothers me so much! ;-)

Laura said...

You know that Steve posted this list on our cork board in our kitchen for me!! I think if I actually did all of those things, he would totally freaked out!
Steve actually likes me to wear my pajamas! He's not into the whole high heeled, silent wife :)

TexasNeals said...

HA! laura, do you even own a pair of high heels? oh, wait, they do make those high heel flip flops, don't they! hee-hee! ;)

Laura said...

I would LOVE high heeled flip flops!!

I would so get some!


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