One of the most effective ways to help your spouse is to offer encouraging words. The latent potential within your spouse may await your encouraging words. When we receive positive words , we are encouraged to continue pursuing our dreams. When a man fails to get a promotion at work, he may feel that he is a failure. Perhaps your spouse has untapped potential in one or more areas of life. That potential may be awaiting your encouraging words. Perhaps your wife needs to enroll in a course to develop her potential. Maybe your husband needs to meet some people who have succeeded in his area of interest who can give him insight on the next step to take.
Your words may supply the necessary courage to take that first step. Most of us have more potential than we will ever develop. The thing that holds us back is often lack of courage. A loving spouse can supply that all-important catalyst. He was not only willing to keep the children once a week while Julia took voice lessons, he was also willing to use the family finances to help her accomplish her dream.
There are, however, ways of being supportive even if your mate is an unrealistic dreamer. I know that if you continue to try business ventures that fail, you will eventually get discouraged. Supportive actions often spell the difference between success and failure.
Helping your spouse succeed requires time, energy, effort and perhaps sacrifice on your part. I am forever indebted to my wife for supporting me when I went back to graduate school. She took care of our young daughter while I worked part time and went to school. We lived on a shoestring. For three years, she never bought a pair of shoes or a new dress for herself. I enjoyed the personal stories the author shares and found all the tools she shared helpful when life and callings get demanding. I only wish I would have finished reading it years ago. Sep 12, Julie rated it really liked it. I appreciate the practical tips throughout.
Some of it seems dated, but the meat and bones of the book was beneficial to me. Aug 16, Jill rated it really liked it. Great book full of practical ideas and personal stories; I will refer to it often and recommend it to friends. May 18, Wendy rated it really liked it Shelves: books , lds. After thinking about this book more, I upped my rating. It is really a great book, and wonderful resource. There is not a lot out there as far as instructions go to be a supportive spouse to someone with a heavy calling.
When my husband was a Bishop, I longed for a good resource to answer many of the questions I had. This is that book in a very big way. I wish I'd found it 5 years ago. Smith offers practical advice for balancing, prioritizing and making appropriate sacrifices of time and talents After thinking about this book more, I upped my rating. Smith offers practical advice for balancing, prioritizing and making appropriate sacrifices of time and talents.
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She discusses the way the calling affects the marriage, the family and children, and how to handle many hurdles that may arise. Kimball, " View all 7 comments. Jan 15, Lesli rated it liked it. I read this book, because it was only 2 dollars, and I was about to make my husband quit being scout master.
It helped me put my church service, and my husband's in perspective. I would totally lend it to anyone who was struggling with the high demands of LDS church service. The author was cheesy but she got her point across.
Jun 26, Kristiana Silver rated it it was amazing. Excellent book for anyone whose spouse has a demanding calling. I learned so much about how I could support and help my husband serve in his calling without it taking over our lives. There has to be balance between church service, the day job, and family, and there is practical advice here on how to achieve that. Have your spouse read it too! Feb 17, Connie rated it really liked it. This was the best book I have ever read on service and how it fits into our very busy lifestyles. It had so many good ideas and I wrote tons of notes.
If you have ever struggled with a busy husband or wife and how to support them yet keep life in balance, this is the book to read. Apr 25, Diana rated it liked it.
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This book was a great resource for spouses of those serving in big church callings. There were some great ideas throughout the book that I think everyone would really benefit from. I would recommend this book to those in need of a little comfort and direction. Dec 08, Tara rated it really liked it Shelves: church , This book was just the extra boost I needed during a tough week as a new bishop's wife.
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It helped me to organize my thoughts and set goals for myself and seek the Lord's help as I begin this journey with my husband. I'm so glad I stumbled across this. View 1 comment.
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