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Marriage Staff Meeting: Blessed to be a Blessing

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Make a special effort, to be a blessing to your mate. Enjoy the closeness that sharing a word of blessing brings to your relationship!

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 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 convey your own 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. 
  1. Next, express words of affirmation to your partner, “One positive quality I see in you is your_____ (name quality) and I see this quality displayed when…  (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.
  1. 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).” 

  1. 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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