30 Day Husband Encouragement Challenge
From a series of emails I signed up to receive:
"And the LORD God said, 'It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him." (Genesis 2:18)
God says that it is not good for man to be alone. But the way some women criticize their mates, their husbands may long for solitude. Be careful today not to criticize your mate, but look for ways to encourage him personally and publicly.
Speaking of communication, does your husband communicate with you? God has made you a companion and helper for your husband, and part of being "one flesh" with him is the privilege of sharing and discussing personal needs and concerns. Thank God for that wonderful gift. Thank your husband for communicating with you.
If your spouse does not communicate as you wish, look for ways that he communicates that are normal for him--smiling at you, nodding his head, even a pleasant "grunt!"--(hahaha ...couldn't help that!) and then thank him for letting you know that he cares. Perhaps he needs to be lovingly taught how to communicate. Be patient with him . . . and listen when he does speak.
I was asked a few questions about the challenge in a comment from my last post.
Being at the half way point - has this been a journey of "struggle" or of a "gentle reminder"?
Both. It totally depends on my attitude for the day and whether I am really feeling like investing in it that day. Life circumstances can add a little pressure to things and make it more challenging. The hardest part is probably just controlling my tongue. Controlling my thoughts first helps with that =D .
I find that this is a very interesting project that you have undertaken. I have often wondered if "married couple retreats" discuss such issues? I have never been to one, but have heard good reports from them. Maybe another reader could answer that better. I have watched a great marriage DVD series though, called Love and Respect. I highly recommend it.
I also wonder if the men have such challenges: 30 day etc.? I think so...I am not sure where to find them though. This challenge project came from the Revive Our Hearts website (geared to women) - which is affiliated with Life Action Ministries (geared to men and women). There are some really good resources there and some wonderful videos and podcasts free to see/hear.
All quiet on the front with running. So glad to have the bike. I have been doing more research on the injury and how to proceed. I might be posting more on this later.
Really I am not sure if Boston is a wash or not at this point.
One forum I went to had some interesting threads about peroneal tendon injuries. I also got an email from a very good runner - older lady- who had the same issue at about the same time in her Boston training last year. She scaled back but kept going.. She also got in a 22 miler first and was in March when It happened (I was in mid Feb).
Still so many questions....