Blessed to be a Blessing
It may not always feel like it, but you were abundantly blessed with the gift of your spouse. Scripture reminds us that, “The man who finds a wife finds a good thing; she is a blessing to him from the Lord” (Proverbs 18:22). And ladies, the Bible tells us that, “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father” (James 1:17). Your husband is one of those good things and perfect blessings that have come from the Father.
Make a special effort this month, to be a blessing to your mate. The Old Testament tradition of giving a blessing had several important ingredients. Use this framework to be a blessing!
1. Plan a fun date together. Choose a special restaurant that you would both enjoy. Sit together, hold hands, and enjoy each other’s company. During dinner, apply the principles of the Old Testament blessing as a way to demonstrate your love for your spouse. First, move close to your partner and give meaningful touch.
2. Next, express words of affirmed value to your partner, “One positive quality I see in you is your ______________ (name quality) and I see this quality displayed when you ___________________________(describe how your spouse demonstrates the quality).”
Qualities you might affirm in your spouse include: generosity, forgiving spirit, patience, kindness, loyalty, gentleness, boldness, courage, diligence, enthusiasm, gratefulness, hospitality, etc.
3. Next, verbalize hope for your partner’s future:
“I can see you one day being ____________________________________ (i.e., a key influence at work, an example for the women in our church).”
4. Finally share a commitment of your presence in your partner’s future, “I’m committed to (i.e., growing old with you, helping you fulfill your dreams.)”
Enjoy the closeness that sharing a word of blessing brings to your relationship!
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