10-19-18

Praying for your Significant Other

I already had a blog halfway written to post today, but I’m calling an audible at the line of scrimmage (football reference dedicated to my hubby!) and changing everything, because I saw the sweetest post from one of my favorite photographers, Mikayla Dawn Photography.  She posted this picture. 
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“31 letters. 31 letters he wrote to his future wife starting back in 2013 before he even knew her name. She had never read them and he gifted them to her on the day of their elopement along with one last letter telling her that he had been praying for HER and writing to HER for years.” This was the first half of the comment Mikayla wrote under the picture.   As I read it, I completely melted.
Cue the water works.  I cried for longer than I would care to admit.  It was so encouraging to see a groom put that much effort, love, and care into their relationship, even before he knew her name.
This post convicted me.  It got me thinkin’…. (read that statement in your best West Texas accent.)
Do I pray for my husband enough?  Do I take the time to show him how much I care about him?  Do I tell him thank you enough? Do I show him how important, how special he is to our little family and me?
The short answer?  No.  No, I do not, and I MUST be better.
So how can I fix this?  I bet making a list can help!  Let’s make a list!
Here is a simple list of things we can all do to show the loves of our life how much they mean to us.
1. Tell them daily.  I know I’m stating an obvious one here, but telling them daily that you love them and why you love them is so important.  They will never second guess the love you have for them.  Be sincere.  Let them know why you love them. It might be the little moment that is able to get them through a rough day or gives them to confidence to tackle anything because they know they are loved and appreciated.
2. Do the unexpected.  Surprise them with a little note or gift of one of their favorite things.  Leave it in their car, by their keys, or under their pillow.  Just a little something that shows you’re thinking about them and praying for them.
3. Pray for them.  Pray for them when you get up in the morning.  Pray for them at lunch.  Pray for them on your break.  Pray for them during your drive home.  Pray for them before bed.  Pray for them.  This is what that post reminded me to do.  To think about my husband first, and pray for him and on his behalf.
Number 3 is so powerful and important.  It can help you accomplish the first two.  Praying for your significant other brings them into the front of your mind, and helps you remember that we are here to love and cherish them.  Romans 12:10: “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.”  This is one of my favorite verses.  Not only does it apply to marriage, but any relationship.
 
I’m going to write this list down and put it by my mirror.  I’m going to add the verse at the bottom. I want to see these and be better for my husband.  I want him to know without a doubt that he is loved.
What would you add to this list?  How do you show your significant other you love them? Let me hear your answers.  I’d love to add ideas to my little list!
 
Cubs Win, 
Kaitlin