“One gives freely, yet grows all the richer;
another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.
Whoever brings blessing will be enriched,
and one who waters will himself be watered.”
– Proverbs 11:24-25
What a wonderful picture of a godly marriage.
The spouse who gives freely, not clinging to their rights, their preferences, but loves wholeheartedly in an unselfish way will in turn receive great riches. This isn’t a promise as much as it is a principle by which to live.
Think about the last time your spouse did something completely unexpected and thoughtful for you – to bless you or make your life a little easier. How did you feel? Didn’t it make your love and affection for them increase? It should have. Unless, of course, there are unresolved resentments, which taint even the best made efforts, but that’s another post.
This is the way Christ has loved us.
He surprises us with help right when we need it most. He gave His very life in order that we might have life in return. As we give our lives away to our spouse, not only do they receive the blessing, but we receive even more!
How do we water our marriages? As we drink from the Word of God and apply it to our lives, it affects the words we speak and the actions we take. It is as if we are watering the soil of our marriage. From a well-watered garden springs life and fruit. If water is cut off and no nutrients are given to the soil, the harvest will suffer for it. But if we do as these verses say and “give…bless…and water” our marriages can’t help but be affected for good. More than this these verses say we’ll “grow all the richer….and be enriched.”
On our flight home from California Tuesday, we were tired and ready to be home. We had delays and unexpected changes, which made the travel time not so enjoyable. But Tom did a couple of things to help me and to show his love and care. He surprised me with my favorite candy bar – a new version made with DARK chocolate, which he knew I’d love.
Later in the flight my feet were freezing – I had on my traditional flip-flops. Since Tom had taken his shoes off to relax he offered them to warm my cold feet. It did the trick. 🙂
These two gestures on Tom’s part were small. It would be easy for me to overlook these kindnesses, but I’m learning to notice these moments and more importantly to express my gratefulness for them. It’s in the little, everyday moments that healthy marriages grow stronger and more intimate, but we have to be watching for them. Let’s purpose to catch our spouse doing something right. Give them praise and commend them often, instead of withholding our praise or worse – belittling and nagging them. Those who withhold, the Bible says, “will only suffer want.” Now this is certainly something no one wants to experience in marriage. But even if we ARE experiencing want – the answer is simple…start watering your marriage with praise and give of yourself unselfishly and watch the want turn to blessing and riches.
In what small ways has your spouse blessed you recently? What can you do today to make your spouse’s life a little better?
This is post #21 in The Ultimate Blog Challenge to post everyday in July.
I love this. Bob is constantly doing little things and thanks for the reminder to look for them. Last night he told me he will be cooking dinner for us tonight. I love it when he cooks and he likes to cook, but he knows I have a lot going on today and his cooking is part of relieving me of it and freeing my mental space of having to plan for it. I am so thankful.
Yea, Bob! Enjoy dinner tonight! We’ll be over at 6. 🙂
Just this morning, Robert came out to the sunroom where I was enjoying my morning coffee, and pulled a Starbucks sack from behind his back. In it were two little lemon scones. He’d been meeting with someone last evening and brought them home as a surprise. (yup – it’s the little stuff – he was thinking of me.)
The other thing I really appreciate is that if we’re walking together and I’m carrying something, he’ll always take it from my hand to carry it himself. I don’t think he thinks about it – he just does it. He’s compelled to ‘lighten the load’.
(love your on-the-go pics, Debi!)
Thanks, Lori! I have been known to take pics of EVERYTHING. My poor husband usually rolls his eyes when I pull out my camera. B.U.T. I have awesome pictures of just about everything. 🙂 Isn’t it a blessing to have a spouse who does little things. And even more so to do it for them in return. Thanks!
It’s definately the little things that mean the most Debi, You have inspired a few people today with you blog post. Two other people have mentioned you in their posts that I have read this evening, I think thats lovely. shows how admired you are. I recmonded you and Bonnie to a friend of mine today as I thought she’d like them too. Have a lovely evening x
I’m so glad you were “inspired” today. Wow! I am truly humbled. Thank you for your encouragement and for recommending Bonnie and me to a friend. I’m so glad you’re enjoying Bonnie’s blog – I LOVE her humor and now she’s sharing it with the world! Have a wonderful evening – you’ve certainly made mine! 🙂
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