What would a wife like to hear from her husband?

I think that she would like to hear the following:

  • Thank you for the wonderful meal you prepared.
  • Thank you for taking care of yourself.
  • Thank you for the way you raise the children.   
  • Thank you for all you do in our home.
  • Thank you for taking care of us when we are sick.

Is there any wife that would not like to hear this?

Let’s go further.  I think that she would like to hear this also:

  • You are a great hostess.
  • You are the best mother in the world.
  • You are really smart.
  • You are the light of my life.  
  • You are a great lover.
  • You are my best friend.
  • You are really a strong person.
  • You are beautiful.
  • You are the kindess person I know.

Is there any wife that would not like to hear this?

Let’s go one step further. I think she would like to hear this also:

  • I am ravished when I look at you.
  • I am overwhelmed by the fact that you chose me to be your husband.
  • I love you with all my being.
  • My love for you will never grow stale.
  • I get plum giddy when I think about you.

Is there any wife that would not like to hear this?  Which one would a wife rather hear? There is no doubt that every wife and every husband would like to hear some gratitude, which is what the first group of statements are.  But if you had to choose between the first group and the second group, every wife and every husband would rather hear the second group…that is praise.  We love to be praised…it does something for our self esteem.  But if you had to choose between all three groups, there is no doubt that we would want to hear group three.  This is the expression of love and adoration.

Psalm 100:4 says, “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise.”  One author puts it this way, “Thanksgiving gets you through the gate so that you are near God.  It gets you on the property or premises so that God can give you His promises.”  Praise gets you into His courts.  The courts around the tabernacle and the temple was the place where major decisions were made.  When we need to make major decisions, spend some time praising God. Remember, God inhabits the praises of His people.  This way you are inviting His influence in your decision making.

But, let us never forget that as much as God loves gratitude and praise, He loves for us to worship Him.  John 4:23 says, “The Father is seeking such to worship Him.”  God wants your love and adoration.

Is your personal devotion to God, a ‘group 1’ level with just gratitude for what He does?  Or is it a ‘group 2’ level with gratitude and praise for who He is?  Maybe you have been thinking that that is enough.  But God wants you to have a ‘group 3’ level with gratitude, praise and most especially worship, adoration, and love. How about your church?  Which level is your church on?  Ask God to teach you how to love Him.

I will be preaching a series of sermons at Poplar Springs Baptist Church in Flowery Branch beginning Sunday, March 25 through Wednesday, March 28.  Also, I will be preaching in Bradenton, Florida later in the spring.

Thank you for your responses…it helps to know if we are sending relevant newsletters. Please keep us updated on your prayer requests.  1 Samuel 12:23 (NKJV)  Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you; but I will teach you the good and the right way.
We love you.
Billy and Sheilah Daws

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