Thursday, July 13, 2006

Initiate Conversation--Encourage your spouse

"He was a mighty hunter, blessed of God, and his name became proverbial. People would speak of someone as being 'like Nimrod--a mighty hunter, blessed of God." Genesis 10:9 TLB

With thee conversing I forget all time: All seasons and their change, all please alike. - John Milton, Paradise Lost (bk. IV, l. 639), Eve speaking to Adam

Too often the person we live closest to, our spouse, is the person we most often forget to encourage. Oh sure, saying "I love you" is helpful but showing our love by telling the other of our faith in them, our pride in them, can speak volumes of encouragement.

One of the most effective ways to do this is to praise your spouse in front of others. Not profusely, lest it seem boastful or over done. Just a simple, "[Name] is good at [whatever you want to praise him for]." Or you might say, "I love it when he brings home flowers. He's so thoughtful." It is never a good idea to air disappointments, disagreements, or embarrassing failures in public. That only destroys. It doesn't build up.

I don't know if Nimrod had a wife but certainly if she were the one praising his skills of providing for the family and did so in front of others, word spread making his name "proverbial."

(Copyright 2006 Karen Robbins)

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