>> July 12, 2010
What do you admire most about your husband?
Whether you're participating in the Complete Him Summer Challenge on your own blog or not, it can't hurt for you to take a minute or two and ponder the things you like best about the most important man in your life...
Last year, I was going through a really rough patch. And, while it has always been our marriage policy not to whine about each other to outsiders, at this moment I was venting to a friend about my husband. (Hey, I'm not proud of it, but I'm being real here.) I was so frustrated, so my friend asked me straight out: "Tell me the worst thing you can think of about him!" I went on for a minute about socks left on the bedroom floor, and shoes scattered occasionally in front of the garage door, and... and...
"There are women getting beaten, and being verbally or mentally or physically abused all over the world," my friend said, "And you are in a snit over dirty socks?!? You should be ashamed of yourself! Go count your blessings that you are married to a godly man who loves you."
And so I was duly chastised. Then my friend made me recite some of my favorite things about my husband. It was a great little exercise, which I highly recommend. Here's a few of those things:
- He's punctual. Often early, almost always on time, rarely ever late. It inspires my trust!
- In 7.5 years of marriage, I can count on one hand the times I've had to actually ASK him to take out the trash. Most of the time it just magically disappears when the trash can is full.
- He's learned to fix things. Even though he didn't have a dad to teach him, he figures out how to make stuff work.
- He swapped nights with me when the baby was born - for months! No way you can't love a man who shoulders his part of the parenting load!
- He has a great singing voice.
- He's a really great preacher. I can't imagine having to find something nice to say every weekend if I couldn't stand to hear my PH preach! Fortunately, he makes it easy...
- He spends lots of time on his knees. When things get tough, he goes to God, and I admire that deeply.
- He's doggone funny. He unwinds my "uptight" and makes me laugh, and he's spontaneous and happy without being unreliable - a hard balance to strike!
- I could go on... but I don't want him to get a big head... Just kidding...
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