Mark 10 Nine

Are you happily married and looking for tips on maintaining a God-honoring marriage? This weekly devotional will give you encouragement for your marriage.

Tips to Encourage Your Husband Over the Holidays

Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other.  And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone.  Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else. 1 Thessalonians 5:13-15

Last week, I shared some tips for the men on encouraging their wives. Today, I will share some suggestions on how the wives can be a blessing to their husbands, especially over the holidays.

I know that it may be the wives who do more of the heavy lifting around the holidays, but you can be a blessing to your husband over the next few days in ways he may have never even considered.

Include your husband into the Christmas prep- 

You may be the gift shopper, planner, and wrapper in your family, but make it possible for your husband to be invited into the process. If you did all of the shopping, go over the gifts with him, so when the family opens them, he can feel like he participated.

Ask his opinion on ways to read the Christmas story with your family or how to seat your guests. Make him feel like he is included. If your husband has never acted like he cared about being included, invite him in. Last week I reminded the hubbies to get involved, so this is an excellent time for you to let him do that.

Show kindness- 

It is amazing how the holidays can bring out all sorts of feelings. Some men feel like they go back to their childhood when they see their family over the holidays. Show your husband grace and kindness if he must work through some unpleasant family interactions. Pray with him and for him. Help him know that you care for him and that you want to see him relax and enjoy the fellowship with others.

Last week I asked the husbands to be a buffer for wives. Today, I am asking you to be a buffer for him. Does he get anxious at big parties? If so, you can help carry some of the small talk load for him. Is he worried about what to buy his boss? Offer to do some research and help him find the perfect gift.

Create a new tradition- 

Come up with a new tradition that you can incorporate into Christmas. Instead of having a stressful Christmas Eve, put the kids to bed and dim the lights in the living room. Watch a movie by the glow of your Christmas tree.

Christmas day can get so busy you never have time to enjoy one another. Be proactive, get up a little earlier, and have a romantic breakfast for just the two of you. Both of you will enjoy the intentional time given to your marriage before the business of the day begins.

Be thankful-

Does your husband know how much you love and respect him? How could you show him? Don’t ever let him doubt your appreciation for all that he does. Buy a special Christmas card and write out ten reasons you are thankful that he is yours. Make it a special love letter that he will cherish forever.

Do you have other ideas on how to bless your husband during the holidays? I would love for you to share them in the comments below.

Have a Merry Christmas and enjoy blessing your hubby!

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