You and I – we share a purpose and commonality. We are called to bless and encourage each other. We are to bless and encourage our friends, our family, colleagues. We are to bless and encourage our husbands. We are to bless and encourage our children.
“So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.” 1 Thess 5:11 (NLT)
Declare life and expectations over those you love. Use kind and encouraging words to draw out the best in your husband and / or your children. Be the first to see their goodness and potential! Be the one who recalls why you married your husband, what you saw in him and remind him of all the good you have to offer.
I am not suggesting that we should be blind to the faults of our husbands or children. I am however stating emphatically that there are two very simple truths that always endure:
- Just as my husband is flawed in some areas. So am I. Just as my children are not perfect. Neither am I.
Thankfully we are all covered and redeemed by the grace of God.
- Having established that, all that remains is for us (you and me) to choose to focus on the good, that which is right, that which is life-giving, that which builds. We are called to bless and encourage, despite the current conditions or limitations.
That is what I LOVE about scripture. It is not limited by our current situations or concerns – it is far above it and it calls us to to a greater life!
“Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.” James 1:19 (NLT)
You and I have received the gift of God’s grace and mercy in abundance. Be kind and generous in offering forgiveness to others. Yes, I know we are all slighted and offended (often by those closest to us) but what sets us apart from the world is what we do next. Forgiveness.
Remember how precious your words of encouragement and blessing are.Offer them freely and frequently to your husband to draw out his strength, love and spirit. Offer affirmations and encouragement and forgive easily.
Reach out and bless your children today. Pray & declare the Father’s blessing over their lives. Use kind and uplifting words, gently guide their growth with love and patience.
It’s a tall order for most of us, I know. Life is busy, your kind words and patience probably run out just as mine does. Please persist? Please try again? We need to be a generation of wives and mothers who commit to change and improvement and it needs to start with change in our own lives.
May you be blessed RICHLY today!
Thanks for sharing my Cuppa.