Hi, friend! Nichole Stern back with you again! I’m so glad you’re joining us today for more of #TheHusbandProject study!
Can I just say — SHEW! The second week of projects was tough for me! My man had a rough week, and I felt like my efforts to bless him got lost in the shuffle of life going on around us ... and then I completely flaked and missed two days of projects. UGH!
I was convinced the second week of blessing my man would be an #EpicFail! But thankfully, God can use even our toughest weeks to bring us closer to Him and our husbands — or at least that’s what He was about to remind me.
As I stuck out the rest of the week, despite Todd’s rough week and my having missed two projects, there was a piece of advice from Kathi Lipp in The Husband Project that caught my attention:
“Take time to connect, work side by side, and enjoy each other’s company.”
It sounded simple enough, so I applied it. And guess what? It worked for us!
I found my commitment to being present and listening to him meant he wasn’t competing with other distractions (such as Facebook, Instagram, text messages) for my attention. And that made a huge difference in our conversations. He felt his words mattered, I felt connected to him, and we tackled the hard stuff together. We prayed and laughed together more that week than we had in awhile!
That’s not an #EpicFail. That’s #Winning!
And God wants us to win in our marriages! His plan for our marriages is for us to be better together. Check out this great encouragement to stand by our men found in Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (NIV) ...
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.”
We can make a difference in our husbands’ lives just by being with them — by “being two” together in all that we do. Will you take time to stand by your man and be “better together” this week?
Reflect and Respond:
Read through the following Scripture verses. Write in your OBS Journal how they encourage you to stand by your man. (It’s even OK to highlight or underline them in your Bible!) How do you plan to put these marriage-focused verses into practice this week?
1 Peter 3:1-2
1 John 3:18