Have you ever heard the saying, Daddy’s girl? Most of us have. It is a saying used to describe the special relationship between a father and his daughter. Have you ever wondered what makes the relationship so special, or why the bond is different than that of a mother-daughter? When our daughter was just a preschooler, she would get on a chair and help me prepare dinner. We would talk and laugh while we worked and she looked up to me and listened as if I were the only person in the world. But the moment she heard the garage door opener and the sound of daddy pulling in, everything stopped. She would get an incredible look of surprise on her face and squeal, “Daddy’s home!” She would jump down from her chair and run to greet daddy at the door with more exuberance and excitement than a Labrador Retriever. The jumping and squealing would ensue until he walked through the door. Then she jumped up on him shouting, “Daddy! Daddy! I missed you!” A greeting like this is generally only seen at airports after a months absence. But our little girl treated her daddy like this every day. The Bible tells us that we should be encouraging to one another, that we should lift each other up and be cheerful. Our daughter nailed that every single day! And not just in the singular moment of coming home at night, but throughout the day our daughter would do special things for her daddy. She would tell him he is handsome, play with the buttons on his shirt, climb up in his lap and cuddle, or throw her arms around him and tell him how much she loved him. While husbands will certainly enjoy this from their children, they really need it from their wife.
“There are few things more frightening to a man than giving away his heart. And there are few things more comforting to a man than to know the woman he gave his heart to, will protect it with her life.” -Fawn Weaver
When is the last time you greeted your husband with such enthusiasm? How often do you encourage your husband rather than criticize? Speak words of life and love to your husband. Celebrate his thoughts and ideas instead of pushing your own onto him. Allow him to do things his own way, without offering a better way. In short ladies, you should be your husband’s greatest cheerleader!
Scriptures for Meditation
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” – Hebrews 10:24-25 ESV
“So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding. Romans 14:19 ESV Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise”. – James 5:13 ESV
“We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.” For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus,” – Romans 15:1-11 ESV