5 Undeniable Ways to Please Your Husband

5 Undeniable Ways to Please Your Husband | What Joy Is MIne

I love my husband. I really do. He is just right for me. God knew exactly who I needed in my life and I am always grateful God knows what is best for me.

I truly believe that marriage takes intentional work. Intentional, patient, loving and selfless work. Yes, ladies, it honestly takes a labor of love to make a marriage thrive. Well, today I am hanging out over at WholeHearted Home sharing “5 Undeniable Ways to Please Your Husband.” These are things I try to do in my own marriage and, I tell you, I see beautiful fruit when I am intentionally pleasing my husband.

Take a minute, wander over to WholeHearted Home and read more about how to please your husband.

Siggy2015

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Monday’s Musings #180 & San Fran 49ers Game

This past weekend I was whisked away by my Love to see my favorite pro-football team, the San Francisco 49ers,  play. He surprised me a few weeks ago with tickets to see a preseason game in Denver. I was pretty excited. He has taken me to see them play the past two years when they played against the Arizona Cardinals. This weekend was a first in seeing them go up against the Denver Broncos. Even though the 49ers didn’t walk away with a victory, its always fun watching them play.

Plus, we were able to visit some really precious friends while there. That’s always a bonus when we travel. Below is a little photo snippet of our time. By the way, my husband is actually a Dallas Cowboys fan so I love that he supports who I favor. Do you see his shirt? And it was windy where we sat so I have blowing-in-the-wind hair. Tee hee.

San Fran 49ers Game Collage | What Joy Is Mine

 

I hope you all had a good week. I am looking forward to what you will share. Be sure to encourage one another. I’m so excited to have you visit. Let’s get to it.

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Why I Cook For My Husband Nearly Every Day

Why I Cook For My Husband Nearly Every Day | What Joy Is Mine

Growing up my mother always made sure my father had a home cooked meal at the end of his work day. I can’t remember too many evenings she didn’t have something prepared. My father always appreciated this effort of my mother. He knew he could count on something delish, warm and ready when he walked in the door.

In my own marriage, I have followed my mother’s example. Honestly, I truly love having a meal ready for my husband at the end of his work day. It makes me smile when he walks in and says, “You can smell that [whatever I’m cooking] before you walk in the house. Mmmm….what is it?” That encourages my heart and reminds me how important it is to him.

So, is it true that the way to man’s heart is through his stomach? I say there is more truth to that statement than not.

Having a meal prepared for our husbands at the end of the day demonstrates servant’s heart. We are called “through love to serve one another.” (Galatians 5:13) Serving our husbands in this way is a blessing to them. We make them feel important and worthy. “She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life.” (Proverbs 31:12)

Another positive thing about having a meal ready for our husbands at the end of the day is we express thankfulness. We are telling them how much we appreciate that they work hard to provide for their family. It would seem a simple meal wouldn’t mean much but it does. We send the message that their work is not in vain and that we are grateful for their daily diligence. “In all toil there is profit.(Proverbs 14:23)

Lastly, this is an act of love! It is another wonderful way to tell our husbands we love them. “Above all, keep loving one another earnestly.” (1 Peter 4:8) Another word for earnestly is purposefully. To me, it is a great way to purposely spoil my husband and communicate I care about his well being. Plus, I know he feels loved knowing I would greet him with a home cooked meal after a long work day.

Here are three ideas to bring about this awesome way to love our husbands:

1. If you love to cook, then cook! Prepare favorite meals along with trying new meals here and there. Don’t forget to make note of the meals your husband enjoys the most.

2. If cooking is not your thing, then take time to learn or at least find recipes that don’t require much ingredients and are easy to whip up. There are so many easy peasy delicious recipes online and on Pinterest that can be done in 30 minutes or less. Keep it simple as you learn to cook better.

3. Plan a menu and stick with it as best you can. This is just a great idea period. I plan our menu weekly and shop accordingly so that each evening I know what will be prepared. This saves me the stress of trying to come up with something last minute.

Cooking for our husbands is a reflection of our heart for them. It isn’t about a gourmet meal but about having something prepared…even if its something as simple as sandwiches or something more elaborate like roast. (Check out my easy roast recipe.) So, what will you whip up for your husband this evening?

(PS. I say nearly in my post title because sometimes he treats me to dinner out. I am truly blessed.)

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Monday’s Musings #156 & Holding Hands

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My Love often reaches for my hand to hold it. At church as we worship together. While walking. In the car. At home. I know he loves to hold my hand and I love for him to do so. Holding hands with my Love is a reassuring gesture to me, of our love for one another. Recently, I was sitting at a local coffee shop and I spotted an older couple drinking coffee and holding hands across the table. I thought to myself as I smiled…they look to be in love growing old together.

I also love the message conveyed to our children by our hand holding. Our children see our love for one another. They are comforted knowing we want to be in our marriage.

Holding hands, in addition to communicating love, offers reassurance to the husband and wife that they love and desire one another in a marriage. It symbolizes a union agreed upon by the man and woman involved.

Some couples will refrain from holding hands in public because they feel it is inappropriate. I disagree when it comes to holding hands. After all, we’re married to this person we hold hands with and we are witnessing to others that marriage promise we made in the presence God. There’s no shame in holding the hand of the one you love in the presence of others.

Holding hands with your spouse both privately and in public is acceptable. Make the effort to reach for the hand of your spouse and let them know you appreciate being with them and married to them.

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5 Prayers A Wife Should Pray

5 Prayers A Wife Should Pray | What Joy Is Mine

God gave us a way to access Him directly. It is through prayer. And praying over our husbands is a wonderful way to love on him. However, do you pray for yourself in regards to how you are towards your husband? These 5 prayers I’m sharing today I believe will help build a strong foundation for your marriage relationship. It can encourage a successful marriage because we are seeking the Lord’s help to be the wives He has called us to be. Let’s look at these five prayers a wife should pray.

1. Pray to love him selflessly. A selfless love requires letting go of self and seeking to love our husband according to his needs and for his good. It is a wholehearted giving love. Just as Jesus simply loves us for us, we are to simply love our husbands—for who they are, who they desire to be, through all circumstances and for his good. This does take intentional effort on the part of us wives since we, as sinners, are always drawn to self. So, it is important to be praying over this in our marriage. We are reminded in 1 Corinthians 13 that love “does not insist on its on way.”

2. Pray to desire your husband physically. Intimacy is a special part of a marriage. Tricia Goyer says “[lovemaking] can be an oasis for your marriage.” (Brackets mine) We need it and should desire it. And this aspect of marriage ought to be covered in prayer as all other aspects of marriage. Wives, we need to know and love our husbands intimately. This is the one part of a union that is designed only for the two of you. Pray that you would be physically drawn to your husband and desire him intimately. And let the marriage bed be undefiled.” (Hebrews 13:4)

3. Pray to honor your husband with your words. When we speak highly about our husbands, we make them look good. That ought to be our goal when we speak about our husbands. It should not be our desire to tear him down but to build him up in private and in front of others. How honored your husband will feel when he hears his wife talking so positively about him and to him. Pray that God will encourage your words to honor your husband all the time. Therefore encourage one another and build one another up.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11)

4. Pray to respect your husband wholeheartedly. Scripture says “and let the wife see that she respects her husband.(Ephesians 5:33) It is an instruction from God, not a request or an “if you feel like it” direction. We are to respect our husband deeply. We are to respect him because of his role and because he’s our husband. How does your husband feel respected by you? How do you show that respect on a daily basis? What do you need to change in yourself that hinders you from respecting your husband? Ask God to show you these things as well as ways you can work towards respecting your husband wholeheartedly and willingly.

5. Pray to cherish your husband daily. Friend, if you are married, you are blessed. So, we need to cherish our husband and hold fast to him. Cherishing him means treasuring him, holding him dear in our heart and thinking of him often in our day as well as showing him through our actions and words. Pray that God will encourage you to cherish your husband daily the way Ruth cherished Naomi, “Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried.” (Ruth 1:16,17) Think of ways you can go out of your way to show how much you deeply appreciate him.

I know there are many prayers we can pray for ourselves concerning how we are towards our husbands but I believe these 5 prayers are ones that lay a good foundation for wives to live out Proverbs 31:10-12:An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life.”  Join me in praying these prayers so that we bless our husbands and our marriage.

What prayers would you suggest to encourage us wives in regards to how we love on our husbands?

 

SiggyJuly

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