I had just come back from the bathroom and climbed under the covers again when he came to the doorway and said "Oh good. You're awake. We can pray before I leave today." We haven't been very regular in our commitment to pray together morning and night. When it's been important to me - it has not been for him and vice versa. Apparently, it was his turn to try again
We married just five years ago and I have told him many times that I married him because (1) he prays (2) he listens for and expects an answer (3) he does what is expected of him. "He prays" is the number one quality on my list. I never resist telling him about that one.
I do not do very well with telling him the other things because he has a tendency to get a bit prideful and as a recovering alcoholic that is a dangerous thing! But, I did tell him (that same morning kneeling at the foot of our bed) that I am still as impressed as I ever was with his courage in the face of adversity, his determination to achieve, his unfailing honesty and his commitment to work.
Later that day, when he called from work on his break, he shared that he did not have a worry in the world - which he usually does. He felt confident and secure in his job for the first time that I can recall.
I'm suspecting that I should not fear telling him that I admire him because, apparently, it does strengthen his resolve and does not "give him a big head".
I think I'll share this card with him and not be so worried about his pride "getting out of control". After all, that is an issue to be resolved between him and his Father in Heaven. My assignment is to be his helpmeet; to respect, to encourage, to commend.
Finish The Race
Word to the Wives ~ ~ An instinct burns in every man to achieve something before leaving this world. The regard and respect of others seems to motivate that desire to achieve, while disrespect and disregard can smother it. Recognize, respect and commend your husband for his achievements no matter how big or how small.
The cover of this card is a painting by my uncle.