Lying in bed, I turned to my husband James and said, “You really are a wonderful man.”
“I really am,” he said with a smile.
His smug answer made me laugh out loud. This little interchange has become a running joke with us. Many times when I say something praiseworthy about James, he’ll listen, smile and say, “I know, I’m really great aren’t I?”
Of course, James means this as a little joke between us and he doesn’t always reply in this smug manner. But isn’t it a nice thought that if we lavish praise on our husbands, they will live in the confidence of being truly loved and appreciated?
You can make him feel like Mr. Wonderful.
When you were first dating your husband, you thought he was Mr. Wonderful. That’s certainly how I felt about James. My heart would start beating wildly when I saw him across campus. He was utterly perfect in every way to me. I could listen to him for hours on end, or just sit on the couch together without a care in the world.
We weren’t rushed. We didn’t hurry to another appointment. Nothing was a higher priority than being together. Just to be in the same room was bliss.
You might think, “That was then. This is now.” Sure the chemistry and buzz of those dating days wears off, but think of what can replace it.
Long lasting romance.
Comfort and companionship.
Unfortunately through the years, it’s easy to take your Mr. Wonderful for granted. Maybe he’s not acting as prince-like as he used to. Maybe the shine on his armor wore off long ago.
Marriage has a way of putting a magnifying glass over what’s wrong instead of what’s right.
He’s so insensitive. He has unrealistic expectations. He isn’t sweet like he used to be.
Yet if you choose to put the magnifying glass on your husband’s strengths today, you may realize that he’s been Mr. Wonderful all along.
Here are four ways to bring back Mr. Wonderful:
1. Make a list of five things you really appreciate about your husband. Maybe he’s patient, a hard worker, or great with the kids. Share this list with your husband by either reading it to him or writing it down for him to find.
2. Look a favorite photo of the two of you for ten seconds. What were you doing when that photo was taken? How did you feel about him then? Think about the wonderful memory you made and the joys of that time of life.
3. Pray for your husband. Ask the Lord to bless and protect him. Pray from Joshua 1:8, “Lord, I pray that my husband will meditate on Your Word day and night and that he would be careful to do everything written in it.”
4. Kiss him for 5-10 seconds. Not as a prelude to intimacy (although that’s great too) or to sweeten him up so you can ask for something. Kiss him just to show him that you love and appreciate him. Look into his eyes and smile.
As you place your focus on the positive traits of your man, you’ll find out that he really is Mr. Wonderful after all.
Be happy with the husband you have…let him know today that he really is wonderful.