Tom and I have been married since 1972, and we’ve been Christians since 1983. We have both grown in the area of communicating with respect and sensitivity. I want to share an example of my husband being a good listener and leader.
I had a desire on my heart that I wanted to share with him. I was genuinely seeking his opinion and was prepared to follow his lead in the matter. I presented my thoughts and he did the following beautifully:
1) He listened without interrupting as I shared my ideas.
2) He investigated the idea with me, demonstrating that he was open to considering it.
3) He came up with other scenarios of how it might be handled and we discussed those.
4) He asked good questions and brought up good points.
By the end of the discussion, I decided to abandon the idea, at least for now. It became clear to me that this was not the right timing and that the idea may not be the Lord’s will at all.
I thanked my husband for being such a good listener and leader. I’m also thankful for the growth that has taken place in both of us as we have come to see how much we need each other and have learned how to work together as a team. These are truly our “golden years.”
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