Day 4: Building Respect Habits

(Read Day 3 HERE)Day Four: Don't Interrupt 25 Days of Building Respect-Habits:

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"Have you ever been around someone who won't let you finish a sentence? That gets old fast. Even if you think you already know what your husband is going to say, allow him to say it...NOT cutting him off mid sentence shows respect and common courtesy." -Jennifer, author of 25 Ways to Communicate Respect

I am the best at interrupting. We could have an interruption-battle, and I would probably win. It's embarrassing and unloving. Every time I interrupt anyone, I am saying, "What you have to say isn't important, I'm not even listening, in fact I'm going to cut you off now and give you a REAL juicy sentence or story that does matter." Is that not embarrassing?

This is on the fore front of my mind today, as I interact with anyone. Especially Loren. He needs to know that his words are valuable, his ideas are important, that I want to hear what he has to say. Will you join me in this, today? Choosing joy in not interrupting anyone? Its going to be tough - interrupting, I'm afraid, is a habit I've built. But I am determined to tear it down with a new habit of holding my tongue.

The verse to pray & internalize today: "Those who control their tongue will have a long life; opening your mouth can ruin everything." Proverbs 13:3

Read Day 5 HERE

Day 3: Building Respect Habits

(Read Day 2 HERE)Day 3: Give him your undivided attention 25 Days of Building Respect-Habits:

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Let's continue choosing to be joyful. Let's remember what his wishes are and his priorities, making those important. Today we add giving him our undivided attention! I have yet to experience throwing screaming kids into this equation, but I believe it has to be possible!

For me, this will {once again} mean putting my phone away. Leaving the dishes in the sink. Getting out of my brain and the lists I think are important. Today, I will focus on giving Loren that undivided attention when he tells me about his day at Trillium and when we dream about ideas for ministry.

How will you give your husband undivided attention today?

I would love to hear so in the comment box below! I also am blessed to be a part of a bulk message of wonderful women desiring to be a better wife.

There was no scripture for this day, but lets stick with Philippians 2:4 “Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.

Read day 4 HERE Read 25 Ways to Communicate Respect

Day 2: Building Respect Habits

Read Day 1 HEREDay 2: Honor His Wishes 25 Days of Building Respect-Habits:

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Today we remember to choose joy while honoring our husbands wishes! Give weight to what he thinks is important, making those things a priority.

For me, when Loren gets home from work this evening I'll have a cup of coffee brewing and a comfy spot on the couch for him to debrief and read his book. I will go hide my phone from myself. I'll also have dinner in the croc-pot, ready to eat! Tonight, instead of resisting his desire to read before bed, I will encourage it.

I asked him this morning what some of his top priorities for the day were - how could I help him achieve those?

What will you do to honor your husband's wishes today?

The verse to pray over our marriage & husband: Philippians 2:4 "Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too."

Read Day 3 HERE Read 25 Ways to Communicate Respect

Join Us: 25 Days of Building Respect-Habits

25 days of building respect habitsDay 1: Choose Joy25 Days of Building Respect-Habits:

A friend messaged me from Idaho and invited me to join her in building habits of serving our husbands with respect. The idea sprung from this blog post here - we will be holding one another accountable in focusing on one a day as well as praying the scripture over our husbands and marriage!

As I thought about this more, I grew so encouraged by her to do this. So often I read inspiring blog posts or articles. But that's it. I forget within an hour. So let's put this into action!

Will you join us in this?

Today is Choose Joy. How can we actively and very obviously choose joy to bless and respect our husbands? How can we have an attitude of gratitude, loving life to the full? In this it's not simply choosing joy but choosing against lack-of. How can we avoid moodiness and grumbling and rude remarks? How can we prevent ourselves from manipulating?

Loren is so blessed when I choose joy -- when we are bitter and angry and frustrated, we aren't very pleasant to be around. Bless your husband with joy today.

The verses to pray over your marriage: "Always be joyful." 1 Thessalonians 5:16 "Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! " Philippians 4:4

Read Day 2 HERE