The most important lesson I learned this week is to bring my husband good not harm, all the days of my life. In such a simple verse, Proverbs 31:12 says so many things!
How do we bring good to our husbands? We can cook him good (and healthy!) meals. We can compliment him (remember my plan to intentionally compliment my husband). We can ask him what he needs and help him, eagerly.
The challenge this week was to approach household tasks with an eager attitude. Being 38 weeks pregnant and in full-fledged nesting mode, this challenge was easy for me! I spent the week tidying the house and getting ready for the baby. I cooked dinner most nights because I had a chance to rest during the day. It is so much easier to serve my family with an eager attitude when I have a chance to recharge (instead of working all day and working all night).
Serving grudgingly does not bring good to your household -- it brings harm. A bad attitude is a poison that will infect the rest of your family. This challenge would have been really tough if I had still been working. It's far too easy for me to adopt that negative-nancy, woe-is-me, martyr attitude when I've been at work all day and come home to work some more. But, God called us to bring our husbands good all the days of our lives, even the days we're working late and tired and pregnant.
Something that helps keep my attitude in check is Colossians 3:23 (NLT), "Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than people." By serving eagerly, we're showing God's love to our family, setting a good example, and bringing them good.
To be more intentional this week I am going to prepare and serve dinner at least twice at the dining room table, where we can spend quality time as a family.