Earlier this week I sat in a Bible study for young moms. There were several women sharing their hearts on marriage, children, contentment and such.
Renee Swope was one of those moms sharing her story and I can’t get my mind off the life she spoke into my heart.
At one point in her marriage she became terribly critical of her husband. He couldn’t do anything right and so much of what he did got on her nerves.
Ummmmm, I’m pretty sure we’ve all been there, right?
I mean – except for my husband. I’m perfect in every way and I would never do anything to get on his nerves…..
SAID NO ONE EVER!!
I’ve been known to slip into seasons of being overly critical – not just with my husband, but with my children, with my co-workers, etc.
Renee shared how God really spoke to her about being critical with her husband. God said something like, “Shut your mouth, Renee!”
Essentially He was inviting her to bring all those criticisms to Him instead of her husband.
Every time you are tempted to criticize him, bring it to me.
Only speak words of encouragement to your husband.
Let this be my reminder. Yup.
And then, y’all. Someone on the panel said THIS:
Your husband is already struggling to feel confident in being a provider for your family and being a good husband to you. Don’t join with the enemy to bring him down.
Did you get that?
Don’t help the enemy destroy your husband.
I don’t want to help the enemy do ANYTHING, much less destroy the man I love.
I walked away from this week’s Bible study determined to be an encourager instead of a critic.
“So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:11
As I’m tempted to be quick to criticize, Lord, let me remember Your Word and choose encouragement instead.
Encouragement for the Day
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