Day 30: Love is a Verb  "This is my beloved and this is my friend." —Song of Songs 5:16  Congratulations! You made it to the last day of the 30-Day Husband Encouragement Challenge. We pray that you have benefited greatly from focusing on your husband a few minutes each day for the past month.

After all, your husband is your “better half”, and together (according to Forrest Gump), you want to be like “peas and carrots.” We also hope you can say he is your best friend, and better yet, your BFF – best friend forever.

Friendship is something that grows through time and effort. Sharing good times and bad times, making the most of your resources, being completely honest with each other. Because when the truth in love is not spoken, the relationship is strained and begins to shrivel up and die. 

How are you doing in the friendship department? Have you grown so accustomed to his face you no longer appreciate his unique friendship? Your challenge today is to let him know you consider him to be your sweetheart, your very best friend ever. Does he know this? Have you cultivated his friendship lately, sharing your deepest thoughts and asking for his wisdom for your troubles? 

Don’t assume he knows you cherish him as your best friend. Everyone likes to hear they are valued and special. Show him with your kind acts; tell him with sweet words. If you don't feel this way, make a plan to become his best friend.

TRY THIS: Write it out 
The way to celebrate a friendship is to be a friend. Write a love letter to your husband telling him how much you appreciate him. Find a sweet card and send it to his workplace. Write an email that he will get first thing when he opens his computer tomorrow. Or compose a poem or song and frame it for him. All these ways of showing appreciation and genuine friendship to your beloved will fill up his love tank. (Just yesterday a friend shared how she posts love notes on the mirror in his bathroom.)

Cook him a favorite meal or bake cookies for him. Ask if you can pray for him, and ask the Lord to bless your marriage and help you find ways to show your love for each other.

A WIFE’S PRAYER: Heavenly Father, my heart is so full of love for you and the good gifts you give me as your child. I praise you for giving me a lifelong friend in my husband. Remind me daily of the gift his friendship has been to me. Place in me a desire to nurture our bonds. As we water our marriage with Your Word, bless us with joy in you and joy in each other. Keep us ever faithful to our marriage vows and let our love be the proof of your love. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

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