Friday, April 19, 2013

Husband Appreciation Day, April 20

Do you appreciate your husband?

Probably a better question would be: Does your husband know how much you appreciate him?

And a second good question would be: Do your children know how much you appreciate him?

Tomorrow--Husband Appreciation Day--would be a great time to let the world know!

What's that? Are you grousing about holidays invented by card companies and candy makers to increase sales? If that's your pet peeve, don't give them the satisfaction. Show your husband in more personal ways how much you appreciate him. (Of course, I'm hoping you both appreciate each other and find ways to show it, but we know we can all start taking the people we love for granted. So take some time to make a difference.) 

Here are a few ideas, which of course include some you can do while around the table.

  • Dress for him--i.e. not sweats and a hair twisted into a jaw clip without benefit of a brush. Jeans and a flattering t-shirt are enough. Consider a bit of mascara, even though it is Saturday.
  • Make him breakfast--When I was growing up my dad made waffles, pancakes, or french toast on Saturday mornings. In some homes Saturday morning is "everyone for himself." But if you know he likes having breakfast made for him, then by all means, put together a simple meal in the morning.

  • Sit down with him while he eats--even if all you do is nurse a cup of coffee, sit and talk to him or watch soccer from another continent with him if that's how he likes his Saturday breakfast. God said, "It is not good for man to be alone."
  • Ask him what he plans to do today--might be a big switch from that Saturday "honey-do" list! 
  • Then ask: What can I do to make it easier?--Then do what you can cheerfully.
  • Let him overhear you telling one of the kids, or a friend of yours, how much you appreciate your husband for __________.  This could be anything from not demanding a perfect house to playing with the kids to working hard to provide for you to making you feel like the most beautiful woman in the world. Tell someone what you appreciate about that man you are married to. 

  • Tell him directly, too--at some point during the day, mention to him how much you appreciate it that he __________. 
  • Make a dinner he really likes--even if he's watching his weight or cholesterol, just today let him have a meal you know he'll enjoy. And no nagging about how much he eats (at least not on today!)
  • Eat that dinner together as a family--clue your kids into this being a meal you really want to have together, "for dad's sake." 
  • Work hard to not criticize him in any way today.
  • Don't tell him that this is "Husband Appreciation Day." Just let him enjoy the attention. 
  • Find one way to let him know he's appreciated every day this week. Then stretch it to the end of the month. See if you can make appreciating your husband a habit.

I would not like to suggest that you do these things with an ulterior motivation, but the fact is that when you treat someone nicely, they will most often treat you that way, too.

A soft answer turns away wrath.
Proverbs 15:1

And if you don't want think of it as a way of getting what you want, then think of it as obedience to Christ.

Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.
Luke 6:31 (NASB)

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  1. Hi Sharon,

    I just stopped by from Create With Joy Blog Hop. I love your pictures, especially the one of you and your husband then and now.

    I'm sorry that I wasn't able to read the words in your post though, because the font size was so tiny.

    Have a great day.

  2. What a great post!!! I love these ideas :) I had no idea tomorrow was Husband Appreciation Day. Will definitely have to make it special -- and then make that habit :) Happy Friday to you and yours!

    Visiting from Fellowship Friday -- oh, and I like the bigger font :)

  3. A great post. Our husbands should feel appreciated every day but I love having an excuse.

    One of the other bloggers mentioned the font -- it really is very tiny and NOT what your other posts use. For some reason this text is styled x-small and it really is hard to read!

    1. Seems like most blogs I look at have a smaller type than I've been using in the past. I usually use "large". This one is "small" which actually turns out larger than "normal". But I think I'll go back to large after today. Just thought I'd try it. I wish there were something on blogger that were in between!

  4. Thank you!! I love getting new ideas and ways to build up my hubby :)
    He's really the sweetest person on the planet and I don't think he believes me when I tell him yet! :D
    Have a fabulous weekend!

  5. We are laughing at my house. I didn't know there WAS a Husband Appreciation Day...and I wrote a post about my sweet husband.

    Love the points you listed. So true. Having a happy marriage is a blessing but it doesn't happen by chance. It's the little things that show we love and honor them.

  6. Hi, I 'm visiting from Barbie's blog and the Weekend Brew.
    I didn't know there was a husband appreciation day. I am sure I do not show my husband enough appreciation, thank you for the reminder to hold him up and show the appreciation that he truly does deserve.


  7. This is simply wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing. My husband is gone for the weekend, but I know when he returns it is never too late to let him know how much I appreciate him. Blessings to you for our kind heart.

  8. You two look just as in love now as you most likely were then.

    Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection.
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. :)

    (¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo

  9. I love the picture of you guys posing with your wedding picture. A couple of years ago, my husband mentioned that the reason he really likes staying in hotels is because you get clean sheets every day. Not wanting him to have anything in a hotel that he prefers to home, I said, "I can do that." And, ever since, I have made the bed with clean sheets every day. He says, because he knows I do it only because he likes it, that it feels like I'm saying "I love you" every time he slips between clean sheets.

    1. Wow! What a great example you are of doing something extra just to please your husband!

      P.S. In the picture of us holding our wedding picture, I'm wearing my wedding dress. That was our 30th anniversary.

  10. Great tips! It looks like you and your husband get around. Lovely photos. Made me miss travelling. My husband and I are missionaries at heart & love to tour the globe, but God's currently got us in Costa Rica, my husband's home. Thank you for your wisdom in today's post. Just wondering, but could you enlarge the text font size? It's a little hard to read.

  11. These are lovely ideas, thank you for sharing them. I always make a point to be dressed, face-on and smelling fresh and clean before my husband comes home. And yes I even check myself moments before I know he'll pull into the driveway! A family rule I made concrete: mealtimes together. I won't budge on that one! I look forward to adopting the habit of asking what I can do to ease his burden and do it cheerfully. Wonderful reminders.



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