Thursday, February 5, 2009

Blessing Our Husbands This Valentine's Day

As homeschool moms, there is as much pressure as if we were career moms.  Perhaps more since we are with our family 24 hours a day, on call at all times.  Our career is homeschooling our children, and we get burnt out easily.  When we're stressed and burnt out, we often don't pour enough energy into our marriages and our husband's needs.

Likewise, husbands often face the burden of providing for their families on one income, or taking on a second job to provide.  They're tired and stressed, as well. When they come home, they sometimes find a grouchy wife and another "To Do" list ... which can discourage them even further.

So let's lift each other up in prayer, for strong marriages that will be a light to the world around us.  Let's honor our husbands and praise them publicly, which will be a light to the world around us, as well.  Let's pray that we are able to lean on God for the strength to pour out even more love and service than we could in our own strength.

And if it helps, here are some links to some great resources to help us commit to pray for our husbands daily, and specific ways to pray each day of the month.

This link has several different pdf documents to help us pray for our husbands, and please them.  This was a challenge a couple years ago, but the links are still helpful and active.  Print the PDF documents and reuse them as often as you like.  I'm going to re-do the 30 day challenge to pray for my own husband.   http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/SHMILYtime/185025/

Actually, this entire SHMILY Time blog is about loving our husbands.  SHMILY stands for "See How Much I Love You". http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/SHMILYtime

The blog hasn't been updated in awhile, but there is still great information there to encourage you in your marriage.  I just discovered this 30-Week Husband Encouragement Challenge there that I'd never seen before.  I saved it to work through, as well. http://www.acleanheart.com/30WeekHECBooklet.pdf
  This seems to include several of the pdf's from the previous link, along with some additional information.

Living On A Dime is also giving away a free Valentine's Day e-book.  I'm not sure how long it will be available, but you can find it right now at http://www.livingonadime.com/ebooks/valentinespr.html.

I know many have been blessed lately by the movie Fireproof and The Love Dare book.  But the links shared above are totally free and very helpful.


Happy Valentine's Day!


Trusting in Him,
April

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