Friday, June 1, 2012

Happy is the Husband.......the Joy of Serving, For the Month of June

While I was looking for a specific post at the Happyisthehusband Yahoo group, I came across this email post from June of 2006:

A Growing Marriage - May 12, 2006 - The Joy of Serving

Dr. Chapman makes this quote in one of his emails this month:

"Service is a mark of greatness.
Why not apply this truth to your marriage?
Ask God to bring to your mind,
one act of service you can do for your spouse each day.
Then, do it as though you were doing it for Jesus.
You will learn the joy of service. "

It made me think about something........

What do you all think about using the month of June, to do one act of service each day for our spouse, in honor of the month of the Sacred Heart? We could offer it up in reparation to the Sacred heart for all of the sins against marriage. And, especially for any special intentions for our own marriage.

Some of us could list what we do..............just a few each day, it might inspire the others.

Even if it were something we were going to do anyway, like iron his work shirts, we could do it with a prayerful purpose in mind.

I don't remember sending this post, what, SIX?? years ago???  But, I was thrilled to find it.

It is such a clever idea.  :)  I really think I need a focus like that right now.  I have already started.....I am chipping away at hot spots.

The hope chest in my room has been cleared off for days. 

Got two cupboards in my kitchen reduced and organized.  Everything fits now! 

My own spouse likes everything decluttered and efficient.  The poor guy married me, an excellent organizer, but not the best manager.  My plan is to make headway in clearing out clutter....even if it is fifteen minutes at a time. 

I have a bunch of "hand-me-down" stuff on my porch.....I think I will try to get at least one thing put away each day.  That will be a good start.  I will offer it up for him.

Another way to approach this:  ask your husband each morning, or the evening before, what one thing he would like for you to do for him this day.  My friend has recently placed a white board and has told her husband, if it is not written down on the board....she will not remember to get it done.  Since implementing the white board, she says after he leaves for work, the family takes care of that one task first thing in the order of their day.   He is a much more satsified man.  She appreciates that.

What say you?  Want to find Joy In Serving?  Where will you start?




  1. This is a great idea, Chari. I'm thinking now about how I could try this. Thank you for sharing - and my husband thanks you, too;-D

    God bless:-)

    1. How is it going, Vicky? Are finding ways to serve? If you need help, I am pretty sure your husband could surprise you with a long list. :) They think about things that they do not necessarily share. :)


  2. Hi Chari, I just got approved to join your yahoo group, and I love this idea! Thank you for sharing it!


    1. Welcome, Heather!

      I actually approved you by email the day that you signed I was surprised when I went to the website to find that your membership was still pending. Sorry about that! An email glitch, I guess.

      Glad to have you here...and there! :)

  3. Mary Alice PhillipsJune 2, 2012 at 5:50 AM

    Great idea, Chari! I'm praying about what to do. Ed has been wanting me to get comfortable with online banking, bill-paying, and (the part that gives me a rash and a nervous tic) posting the checkbook happenings in Quicken. If I do this, trust me, it would be reparation. That whole thing is so not me. But it's important to him. Looks like I found what I'm supposed to do!

    1. Yep! You BETTER get on it, my friend! Who has been paying the bills all this month!? :)

      Just take one step at a time.

      Think Charlotte Mason: short lessons. You are so is just distasteful. I know. I let someone else do it in my household, as well.

      I will pray for you! Find a saint to help you. Check out ST. Joseph of Cupertino.

  4. I straightened my husband's shirt drawer today. Maybe I'll vacuum his office before he gets back.

    1. Yay, Willa! Absolutely vacuum his office. He WILL notice that!!

      What are you doing for him today?


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