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This week my husband is once again stressed about his CDCs. I’m not sure exactly what “CDC” stands for, but it is a series of tests he has to take on all kinds of stuff for the Air Force. He has a certain amount of time to study for them and then he has to take a test that covers his knowledge.
The books he has to study are huge! There are a lot of random things that he just “needs to know” for no apparent reason, and I know that he sees them as something totally pointless. He has not been motivated very much to study for them and now he is stressed because he just wants them to be done. He is very smart but has a hard time finding a good way to study that works for him.
The question I’ve been asking myself is, how do I help motivate him without nagging him? I have offered to study with him, quiz him, and write out flashcards for him, but nothing seems to work. However, I did think of some non-tangible ways to encourage him through this rough time.
How to Support and Encourage Your Husband
1. Being there no matter what, even if he pushes you away. Saying, “I am here for you, and you are going to do great!” It doesn’t matter what the subject matter is, if your husband knows you are there for him, it will always make him feel safe.
2. Telling him that no matter the outcome, or no matter what happens you will always love him. He needs to know that your love is there through the good and the bad times. Knowing that you are not going anywhere helps him feel secure in your love.
3. Pray for him! The power of prayer is strong and sometimes that is the only thing left to do in certain situations. In Stormie Omartian’s book, The Power of a Praying Wifenofollow she writes, “A wife’s prayers for her husband have a far greater effect on him than anyone else’s…” I highly recommend this book, if you want to learn how to pray for your husband!
“Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.” – Proverbs 31:10-12
So my question to you is: what are some ways that you motivate, support, love and encourage YOUR husband?