Are you a young wife or mother looking for ways to be a better help to your husband? Here are five simple, practical things you can begin to implement today:
1. Pray for him. Do it this morning during your prayer time, or while the children are napping, or while they are busy at play. Even if it is only five minutes, spend that time in prayer for your husband.
2. Have dinner ready when he gets home. It sounds cliche, but he's likely to be hungry when he gets home from work. A carefully prepared, hot meal will be a blessing to him, especially if you all sit down and enjoy it peacefully together. Use that time to ask him how his day was, and really listen.
3. Freshen up before he gets home. Smooth your hair, be sure you are dressed, clean, feminine, and welcoming in your appearance and demeanor. Take a moment to freshen up the children, too. Wash their faces. If their clothes have peanut butter smears from lunch, change them :)
4. Quickly clear out any mess from the day. Ten minutes before your husband gets home, have the children pick up all of the toys that may have ventured into the living room. Wipe down the coffee table. Clear the mail and any papers from the kitchen counter or table.
5. Create a peaceful atmosphere. Sit the children down and instruct them how to behave when Daddy arrives. No arguing, no yelling. Show your excitement about Daddy coming home, and ask them if they'd like to give Daddy a big hug when he walks in the door. Do not bombard him with requests and complaints right away. Greet him with a smile and a twinkle in your eye; then really kiss him. Make coming home a pleasant time, something he looks forward to, and let your home be an oasis from the stresses of his daily career. I like to light a candle and keep it burning throughout the day.
Precious mamas, what are some practical things you do each day to be a better help to your husband?
*I've been inspired recently by the book Created to be His Help Meet, resulting in my version of this list of "Be a Better Help Meet." There is a similar one shared in the book, taken from an old home economics book if I remember correctly. You might enjoy looking into it! It's a wonderful book!