Since I was a young woman I have been attracted to men. They are fascinating creatures made to appeal to us. Why? Because we need them. Let’s get to the deeper point though… WHY DO WE NEED THEM?
We need them to be our partner, lead us in wise ways, and grow us into something more beautiful than we were before. If you think about it, as women we long for a “soul mate.” One who can romance us and tell us sweet nothings. One who will protect and provide for us, never to leave us. One who listens and offers us better advice than we can find anywhere else, helping us to discover and develop our best self.
Unfortunately, We don’t always feel that we get all these things out of our men. Likely, this is why so many marriages are no longer working out and women are trying to “take care of themselves.” Too often it seems the better choice. I believe it’s not too late though. I believe in good men still. I also believe that men are human. Just like us women, we all make mistakes and are learning as we go.
Most men I know are hungry to be a man and provide a woman’s needs. It’s simply in their nature. As women we too often discourage their efforts though. We need to recognize that most men are working on themselves just as we are and they don’t need those nagging reminders about all the ways they are not enough. Encouraging our men is where our focus should be. Building them up into all they were made to be!
As a wife and mother one of my highest priorities is to encourage the males in my life to be their best. I’m always looking for ways to support them in their journey. Here are a few ways that I believe help make a man feel like a man, as well as grow into a great man.
Notice and encourage his courage… Is there a way your man or boys are being brave? Tell them you admire them for it, and really admire them for it.
Give him praise for the things he does well or works hard at. Also, say it out loud in front of others… note: (admit how often we mention the ways he doesn’t do well then don’t find yourself there anymore;)
Ask him for his discernment or answers to deep questions or concerns you have… Be direct and let him have a chance to reflect with you and lead you to a smart decision. (a good example is to ask questions about the bible. continue this for some amount of days and it will bring about good conversation and challenge both partners together to seek wise council and sources.)
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