Valentine’s Day – Nourish and Cherish
Key Bible Verse: Husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. For … no one hates his own body but lovingly cares for it. – Ephesians 5:28-29
A husband nourishes his wife by caring for her physical, spiritual, and emotional needs. He shows her that he cherishes her when he makes her a priority and regularly expresses his affection, his devotion, and his commitment to her, not just on Valentine’s Day, but throughout the year.
One night several years ago, after Mary Ann had gone to bed, I took a notepad and a pen and sat down at the kitchen table to write her a series of short, one-line love notes. Each one said something very simple: “I’m glad you’re my wife”; “I love you very much”; “I still find you wildly attractive.”
Once the notes were written, I went to work. I placed them strategically all over the house. One was in a spot where she would see it the next day. Another was tucked away in her Bible. A third was put in a recipe file in the kitchen. And so on.
For the next few weeks and months, the notes continued to pop up in unexpected places—glove compartment, mailbox, fine china cabinet. That one night of note writing sent its message for weeks to come. In fact, the one in the recipe file is still where I put it, more than a decade ago—not because Mary Ann hasn’t found it, but because she has left it right where I put it!
—Bob Lepine in The Christian Husband
Thought to Apply: They do not love who do not show their love —William Shakespeare (English playwright)
Adapted from Being White (InterVarsity, 2004).
Prayer for the Week: Help me, Lord, to sacrificially love my wife in practical ways that will bind us tightly together.