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In This Issue
41 Ways To Make Every Day
by Cindy Short, The Teaching Home co-editor
• Sing 'n Learn: Audio Resources for Summer
• Franklin Springs Family Media: DVDs
• Moody Publishers: The Moody Classics
As a mother and wife, there is much you can (and should) do to contribute to the success, fulfillment, and happiness of your husband every day.
The 41 suggestions listed in this issue are practical way to honor the Lord and your husband.
The wise woman builds her house.
May the Lord bless your family for His glory.
The Pat Welch Family, Publishers
Pat, Sue, Heather, Holly, and Brian
Home is a home-school, family-run
business operated in our home since 1980.
How To Make Every Day Father's Day
Dedicate your own life to God.
For the love of Christ controls us . . .
that they who live should not longer
live for themselves,
but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.
2 Corinthians 5:14, 15
1. Willingly give up to Him all your desires, hopes, dreams, and expectations.
2. Thankfully accept from Him your biblical roles and family relationships as well as any limitations and all circumstances of your life.
3. Trust and obey the Lord in all things.
Give yourself fully to your husband.
The heart of her husband trusts in her, . . .
She does him good
and not evil all the days of her life.
Proverbs 31:11, 12
4. Love him unselfishly and unconditionally.
5. Listen to him attentively when he speaks, dropping what you are doing if possible, and establishing eye contact. Try to understand his unspoken desires and check your understanding with gentle questions.
6. Do your best to carry out his wishes faithfully in every area.
7. Meet his needs for food, clothing, intimacy, companionship, and spiritual fellowship without waiting to be asked.
8. Speak the truth in love. Express your true thoughts and feelings as well as personal or family needs with humility and kindness, rather than suppressing them in bitterness.
Train your children to honor their father.
And let the wife see to it
that she respect her husband.
Honor your father and mother.
9. Speak of him respectfully and lovingly and require your children to do so as well.
10. Represent him and his decisions in the best light.
11. Teach your children that God leads the whole family through Father, so they can accept his direction, rules, and discipline as from the Lord.
Maintain order in the home.
She looks well to the ways of her household.
12. Organize and arrange the house, furnishings, schedule, meals, and chores so that your home life is convenient and comfortable for Dad when he is there.
13. Supervise and discipline the children so that peace and quiet are the norm.
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How To Make Every Day Father's Day
Help your husband and children stay close.
And he will restore the hearts of the fathers
to their children,
and the hearts of the children to their fathers.
14. Keep Dad informed of your children's progress in all areas, as well as any needs you observe.
15. Encourage your children to go to Dad for comfort and to share with him their joys.
16. Teach your children how to make a respectful appeal to their father when they want or need material things, privileges, or changes to rules or decisions.
Support your husband's spiritual life
Encourage one another day after day.
17. Preserve the times that are most convenient for him to lead daily Bible reading or family devotions, and prayer alone with you. Make sure you and your children are ready and present on time every day, whether or not he is.
18. Prepare for church (baths, clothes, meals, etc.) the day before and get everyone to bed and up again early so that peace instead of clamor characterizes your Sundays.
19. Be ready and willing to offer hospitality to like minded Christians for spiritual fellowship and mutual encouragement.
20. If your husband does not choose to participate in these things, be careful not to push or offend him, but continue them faithfully with his permission and make him feel welcome to join you and/or take leadership whenever he chooses.
Pray for your husband.
With all prayer and petition pray at all times.
21. Pray for him alone, with your children, and when the whole family is together.
22. Ask that God bless him, lead him, strengthen him, and comfort him. (Do not use your prayer as a chance to preach at him about what he should do.)
Apologize for your sins and shortcomings.
Do not let the sun go down on your anger.
23. Be quick to repent and confess when you have sinned against your husband (e.g., anger, disrespect, negligence).
24. Express sorrow and humility even if your fault seems relatively small.
25. Ask him to forgive you and to tell you if he sees you going in that direction again.
26. Freely admit you could be wrong when he disagrees with you or remembers things differently.
Summer reading at its best –
The Moody Classics
Of all the factors influencing our spiritual growth and development, pivotal books can play a key role.
Learning from those who have walked the path and fought the fight brings wisdom and strengthens resolve.
To this end, Moody Publishers is honored to introduce the next six volumes in this ongoing series of spiritual classics.
How To Make Every Day Father's Day
Have a forgiving spirit when your husband
is not at his best.
A gentle answer turns away wrath.
27. Be understanding of his stress and frustration; try to alleviate these if you can.
28. Give your hurt feelings to God; reject the temptation to be bitter.
29. Answer softly and slowly; respond with genuine kindness to his anger.
30. Take his concerns seriously and act on them.
Fill your husband's life
with pleasant surprises.
It is more blessed to give than to receive.
31. Write out loving and appreciative notes or encouraging (not rebuking) Scriptures and place them in lunches, on his mirror or pillow, in his pocket or wallet.
32. Make his favorite meals or desserts often.
33. Give him a foot or back massage when he is tired or achy.
34. Offer to do small errands for him, in or out of the home.
35. Watch for and buy small gifts he would appreciate throughout the year, not just for his birthday or Father's Day.
36. Read and pass on to him articles or books in his areas of interest.
37. Encourage your children to write thank you notes, draw pictures, and make gifts for Daddy.
38. Make Dad's homecomings welcoming. Smile!
Express appreciation for your husband.
So then let us pursue . . .
the building up of one another.
39. Say thank you often for big things like working to support the family and for little things like taking out the garbage.
40. Tell him what you like about him; find the positive aspects of all his characteristics.
41. Thank God for him and praise him to your children and others.