A husband’s greatest need is often respect. He is usually assured of his wife’s love because it’s a woman’s nature to love in a way that he “gets it.” Respect is harder for women to convey sometimes.
I’m passionate about trying to please, honor, love and respect my husband. My goal is to do this in a way that he really feels it. I’ve written a post about Love and Respect and a review on the book by Emerson Eggerichs.
Recently, I was trying to think of all the ways that I try to respect my husband. I came up with a list and thought I’d share it on the blog. Again, this is the list where I TRY to respect my husband in these areas. I’m a work in progress but somehow listing them out helped me to rethink how I do some things.
Hope this list will bless you in your goal to respect your husband! Also, be sure to check out my Amazon E-book on love and respect in marriage! Check out my book called How to Respect Your Husband: 8 Scriptural Ways to Bless Your Marriage.
75 Ways to Respect Your Husband
- Pray for him.
- Don’t interrupt him.
- Be patient with him.
- Let him share his dreams and ideas.
- Compliment him often.
- Be his biggest fan!
- Give him your attention when you walk in the door.
- Put your phone down when he’s trying to talk to you.
- Dwell on what he’s doing right.
- Encourage him.
- Never talk bad about him.
- Be available with your time.
- Really listen to him.
- Don’t undermine his authority in front of the children or well anyone.
- Show an interest in his friends.
- Pray with him.
- Tell him you are proud of him.
- Be affectionate.
- Don’t take on so many activities that he’s lost in the shuffle.
- Don’t withhold sex and/or use as a “weapon.”
- Be honest and truthful with him.
- Try to adjust your schedule to his for more time together.
- Don’t correct him all the time.
- Let him make the final decision for your family.
- Tell him and God how thankful you are for him.
- Ask for and give forgiveness freely.
- Try and talk to him with the facts and not buckets of emotion.
- Ask him what you can do to help him.
- Tell him you love him every day. (And that you like him!)
- Be modest in your dress in front of other men.
- Celebrate his successes and jobs well done.
- Thank him for all he does for your family.
- Pay attention as he shares his interests and hobbies.
- Ask him about his day.
- Ask for his help on decisions you’re trying to make.
- Suggest a date night.
- Watch your tone as you speak to him.
- Don’t be condescending.
- Build him up rather than tear him down.
- Don’t be sarcastic with him.
- Avoid the games and tell him what you’d like or prefer.
- Don’t pick on him.
- Smile at him.
- Reach for his hand or arm.
- Listen when he shares a fear or concern.
- Let him be the spiritual leader of the family.
- Kiss him when he leaves the house.
- Point out the things you admire about him.
- Be positive in your home.
- Tell your children about the great man that he is for you all.
- Give him space to get the “honey do list” done.
- Stop what you are doing and look at him when he’s speaking to you.
- Make his lunch, iron his shirts or bring him coffee, etc…
- Don’t compare him to others.
- Talk and dream together about your goals.
- Encourage his strengths rather than focus on his weaknesses.
- Don’t criticize him in front of others.
- Let him unwind after work. Don’t pounce on him!
- Surprise him occasionally.
- Be loving to his parents and siblings.
- Don’t raise your voice and pitch a fit during an argument.
- Stay home sometimes and just be with him.
- Try and say “Yes” more often than “No.”
- Be wise with money and honor him in this area.
- Create time to spend with him each week.
- Don’t be a nag.
- Let him tell “the” story sometimes. (His way…)
- Be enthusiastic when he proposes an idea.
- Hide a card where he least expects to find it.
- Respect and honor his decision as the final for your home.
- Ask him what you could do to bless him more.
- Don’t play the blame game.
- Ask for (and accept) his help.
- Buy him a treat.
- Resolve ahead of time to respect him well.
There are so many ways wives can try and love and respect their husbands. Feel free to share any tips on how to respect your spouse in the comments.
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