As of this writing, my husband is out of town on a short business trip, but he will be home again tomorrow. Fortunately, except for his trip to China, his business travel usually consists of short trips where he is only away for a night or two most often. I have learned to accept that as part of his job, and never complain when he is gone. In fact, I sometimes look forward to it. (Read on to find out why!)
While watching him pack for his trip, I suddenly had visions of a time when I was a little girl and my Dad used to travel on business. Every time he went out of town, my Mom would neatly and carefully pack his suitcase for him! What a sweet gesture! I wonder if she ever left little notes or surprises in his suitcase?
I must admit that I've never packed my husband's suitcase for him, and I don't think he would appreciate it if I did, but I do attempt to have the clothes he will need to pack washed, dried, ironed and ready to go. That is one way practical way I show my love for him.
Today, I wanted to explore some ways that we can show love for our husbands even when they are away from home. Some of you may have husbands who travel frequently or who are gone for extended amounts of time, such as on military assignments. I'm sure you will have many ideas that you can share for how to demonstrate love to your husband during such times of separation! Here are a few ideas that I thought of.
How to Love our Husbands When They are Away from Home:
1. Accept the fact that they must travel, and don't make them feel badly by complaining about it, either before they leave or while they are gone.
2. Pray for their safety and protection while they are traveling.
3. Hide little love notes or treats in their luggage for them to find while they are gone.
4. Stay in touch while they are away through phone calls, emails, text messages, or even Skype sessions, if they are gone for longer periods of time.
5. Be strong and competent wives, who manage things well while they are gone, so they don't have to worry if the household is falling apart in their absence.
6. Continue to live by the principles they have established for their families, even in their absence, so that they can fully trust you and have no need to worry.
7. Prepare foods they dislike while they are gone, saving their favorite meals for their return.
8. Tackle messy projects while they are gone, so they don't have to endure the mess when they are home! (I usually get my hair permed when my husband is out of town, because he can't stand the smell!!)
9. Clean out a closet, room or other clutter zone that is a source of irritation while they are gone and surprise them when they return with a gift of orderliness!
10. Send them little love messages via text or email while they are away, so they know you are thinking of them!
Reasons #8 and 9 are why I am sometimes glad for my husband to go out of town, giving me a chance to surprise him with some task accomplished! Right now I have three bags of clothes that my children cleaned out of their closets that are sitting out and driving my husband crazy!!! It's just the type of project I tend to put off! I need to dump out those bags and sort the clothes into these piles: Give to Charity, Give to a friend from church, Try to sell on Ebay, Put into a storage container for a younger child to grow into, or Put back into a child's closet and tell him or her to keep the item and wear it! :)
These are just a few practical ways to love our husbands even when they must travel away from home on a short-term or long-term basis.
Your Turn to Share:
Do you have some practical ways of demonstrating love for your husband when he is away from home? Please share so that we might all be encouraged to love our husbands whether they are at home or out of town!
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