Praise for Your Spouse's Best

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What things—even seemingly small, insignificant things—does your spouse do for which you can praise him or her?

This poor widow has put in more than all the others. Luke 21:3, NIV

I (Teresa) looked through Scriptures the other day to find examples of Jesus giving His followers His approval. I found one example in the book of Luke, which contains an account of Jesus teaching in the temple and looking up to see a widow put two small, copper coins into the treasury box. Jesus gives this woman an incredible compliment. He voices His undeniable approval when He says, "This poor widow has put in more than all the others, because she gave all she had."

I was impressed with the Lord's words of approval, but also with His technique. We don't know if the widow heard the words the Lord spoke about her that day, but we can be sure the disciples and the others at the temple did.

I began to wonder if I should follow the Savior's example and speak words of approval about David to other people? Should I tell his mother how much I love being David's wife? Should I say some affirming words about him in front of his staff?

I was also struck by this thought: There have been times when I've compared David to other women's husbands, times when I have been stingy with praise because I'm looking at what other husbands do for their wives.

The Holy Spirit took me aside that day and began to convict me and remind me to praise my husband for giving me what he can: "He may not be as good a handyman or mechanic as other husbands, but could you praise him for giving all he has? I know those aren't big deals, but some­times that's all he has. It's those times when he's giving you more than all the others."

What things—even seemingly small, insignificant things—does your spouse do for which you can praise him or her today?

Father, make me generous with praise for my spouse, who gives me the best he or she has.

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