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Thursday, April 16, 2015

10 Approaches to Proving You Love Your Husband

A question I get asked from time to time is "what are the most important things I need to do to have an awesome marriage?"

This is a great question and there are a lot of possible answers but my response is "the small and simple things."

Why are the small and simple things the most important? Think of concrete. If I were to now ask you to think of some adjectives to describe concrete most people would use the word solid or strong.

And concrete is both, it is solid and strong. 

One of the things I learned about concrete, and really amazes me, when I did construction is that concrete is a mixture of pebbles, sand, cement, and water. Mix the ingredients in the right quantities and quickly it will harden until you have created a new strong and solid object.

Skyscrapers, bridges, mansions, and monuments are constructed on top of concrete. It's strong enough and solid enough to support them.

What's cool is that the cement is what holds it all together. The pebbles and sand are strong but will not hold together when weight is put on them. But mix the pebbles and sand with cement and water (the water activates the cement) and it will hold the pebbles and the sand together.

I hear people say all the time that all a marriage needs is love. If you love each other enough then you'll be okay. It doesn't matter how much cement you have, if you don't mix it with pebbles and sand it'll never hold anything up.

Love is the same way. Love holds together the small and simple actions and expressions of care and concern that we carry out. Love is the cement, the small and simple actions are the pebbles and sand. You need both.

So here are ten small and simple ways you can show your husband that you love him:
  1. Stare at him lovingly with an attitude of thankfulness that he is your husband and with a hint of lustfulness
  2. Pray holding his hand, touching his arm or leg, or hugging
  3. Send him a text message expressing gratitude for one thing that he did the previous day
  4. Leave a note on his pillow describing one of his good qualities and why you love that about him
  5. Buy him his favorite candy bar
  6. Do something on his "to do" list so that he doesn't have to
  7. Email him a picture of one of your favorite memories together 
  8. Spend time with him doing something that he enjoys doing
  9. Praise him in front of other people
  10. Simply tell him. Say "I love you."
Just like the little rocks in concrete are held together by cement, these small and simple things are held together by love.

Pebbles + cement = rock solid concrete. Small and simple things + love = rock solid marriage.

It really is this simple. Go and do something small and simple for your spouse today.

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