I’m going to try not to get too sappy here, so let me start off with my purpose.
My purpose in these 30 Days of Thankfulness posts is to build people up. It’s to say, “Hey, I really like this about you and appreciate you.” Because, I know it’s nice to hear these things from time to time. And because, after I started this process, I happened to read Jude 1:20: “But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith…”
So, you see, I’m not trying to say my life is perfect. I’m not trying to say my life is better than yours, or that my husband is better than yours, or that if you don’t have a husband there is no hope to find one as amazing as mine. The purpose of this post is to focus on the things I love about my husband so that I can encourage and honor him.
That being said, without further ado…
I have the best husband in the world. Early in our marriage, Eric would tell me, “I am going to be a better husband than any other guy can be.” He has struck true to his word. Here are just a few of the areas that I love about my husband.
Helping Me Stay Sane
I find that Eric often sees my need without ever having to say a word. He knows that I can get stressed out about my “to-do list” when people come over to our home, so he helps me with it. Sometimes he takes the girls outside to play, other times he pulls out the vacuum and cleans the floors. He always helps to put things away and gets the kitchen counters free of random papers. It would take me two days to do the things he can do in 30 minutes. It’s nice to have the help.
He also recognizes that being a stay-at-home mom can be a tough job mentally. Just this past weekend, he told our girls it was time to get dressed so they could have a fun day with Daddy. He then told me that I had the entire day to do whatever I wanted. I spent the day accomplishing all the things that are hard to do with little ones holding onto your legs. I love my girls, but having a break from constantly being needed helps me to stay sane.
His Love for Jesus
Eric doesn’t do “church stuff” because that’s his job. He does it because that is his passion. He daily sets his alarm clock so that he can get up before anyone else in our house. He spends this time of quiet with the Lord. He studies the Bible and prays as he connects with God. He prefers the silence, so he gets up early in order to have quality time.
He talks about his relationship with God with myself and the girls. He is always striving to become more and more like Christ and is careful how he spends his free time. More often than not, in the evenings, he will be reading books on faith and leadership. He is a good man with a heart of gold.
Giver of Gifts
I’m really, terribly horrible at gift-giving. I can occasionally find just the right thing, but it’s not consistent. Eric, on the other hand, is amazing at gift-giving. He really enjoys it too. His favorite thing is teasing me about the gift before he ever gives it to me. More often than not, he will have one of my friends text me and say something like, “Wow, I love the gift Eric is giving you for your birthday! It’s so thoughtful!”
Sometimes, he is so excited he literally cannot wait to give it to me. Last year, he was so pumped about the deal he scored for my Kitchenmaid stand mixer, that he gave it to me as soon as he bought it. (He even scored a wad of Kohl’s cash, which we proceeded to use to buy our girls’ Christmas gifts!) It makes me feel loved to know that he wants to spend money on me that I would never spend on myself.
I met Eric when he was leading worship. Over time, I was impressed with how he lead his team members. When we were dating, he lead the way in our relationship in an effort to protect our hearts. Currently, I get to watch him lead our girls as they figure out life and what it means to love each other. He is my spiritual leader and I look up to him more than anyone else.
One of my favorite ways to observe Eric is when he is counseling; on or off the clock. We’ve had couples over to our house for premarital counseling, as well as friends from time to time who just wanted to talk about something. Eric is phenomenal at leading these discussions. He always knows just the right thing to say. He is able to set the stage for a loving environment, and rarely tells people exactly what they need to do. He merely guides them as they figure it out. I wish I could explain this better, but he is so good at what he does!
Eric, I love you with all my heart. I’m not always good at expressing this to you, but it’s true. I love watching you figure out how to let God rule your life. I respect you in every way. I can’t wait to see all the ways God will use you to bring glory to His Name, because I know He has some amazing things in store for you. Thank you for being the best husband in the world.