5 Simple Ways to Make Your Spouse Feel Loved
I’m going to be honest and admit that when life gets busy, serving my husband quietly slips onto the backburner.
After all, we have so many responsibilities, activities and important tasks to get done every day.
And with only a few hours left in the evenings, we don’t have much time for ourselves, let alone each other.
But God calls us to a love much deeper than romantic passion. Don’t get me wrong-that spark is important, but today, I’m going to talk about an essential part of a strong marriage.
When we serve our spouses, we offer a selfless love that strengthens the very foundation of our marriage.
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When you serve your spouse, you send the message that they are important and respected, their needs are valued and their heart is secure.
So let’s dive into some practical ways you can serve you spouse over the next week.
1. Free Up Their Time
One of the most powerful ways to serve your spouse is to recognize what takes up their time and try and take on some of the load.
Do they spend most of their time cleaning? Maybe do the dishes two nights a week. Do they spend a significant amount of time paying bills? Maybe offer to take over some of the task.
Oftentimes we don’t know how to ask for help or we don’t realize we could use some help. If your spouse is stressed or overloaded, this is a great way to serve them.
When you serve your spouse in this way, you offer them time and space to decompress, to unwind and to connect with the Lord.
And this will strengthen their heart and your marriage.
2. Surprise Them
This one can be fun. Whether you surprise them by completing one of their typical chores, or you surprise them with a romantic evening, the element of surprise often accentuates the very gift or service offered.
Think about what makes your spouse feel loved. Consider their love language. What makes them feel valued?
If you haven’t already, try taking this quiz to determine your love language: Determine Your Love Language Quiz
Once you’ve decided this, then find a way to surprise them with it.
My husband is a service-oriented person. He loves when I do something practical for him. This makes him feel loved. So when I surprise him, often I will do a task or chore for him, and he values that greatly.
When you consider what makes your spouse feel loved and then do it as a surprise, it is a great way to serve them.
3. Use Your Words Well
God calls us to build each other up. This is crucial in a strong marriage.
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Our words have power. I know that when I am stressed or overwhelmed, my words start to reflect that. And in turn, my husband becomes discouraged.
I’ll admit that when I am feeling stressed, I tend to become accusatory and this makes my husband feel exhausted and distant.
I need to take extra care to be sure that the words that I use in our marriage are encouraging, respectful and to build him up.
It is amazing the difference a few words can make.
4. Bring Them to God in Prayer
Prayer is an essential part of a healthy marriage. When we pray for our spouses, God not only transforms them, but He transforms our hearts as well.
Whether you are hoping for a change in your marriage or hoping to continue strengthening it, prayer is crucial.
Spend time every morning praying for your spouse.
Pray for your marriage, but be sure to pray for all areas of their life.
You can also lift them up when you are in prayer together. This is a great way to strengthen your marriage.
5. It’s in the Little Things
There are so many big things that we can do to make our spouses feel loved, but in our everyday lives, what matters most is often the little things.
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A kiss when your spouse arrives home from work. An offer to help with dinner. A kind word. There are so many little things that can greatly strengthen your marriage.
Be on watch for the opportunities that will pop up everyday.
When you take the time each day to connect with the Lord so that your eyes will be opened to all of the little opportunities that you can serve your spouse.
God is working in your heart and when you seek Him, He will give you the strength to serve your spouse in all areas of your marriage.
Continue to consider these five ways that you can make your spouse feel loved. Make them a natural part of your marriage.
I love this write up
The little things are the stones that build our foundations, aren’t they Nicole? I don’t think there is ever a lack of need in reading articles/posts about strengthening and sustaining our marriages. I have increasingly come to appreciate this more and more and more when we build one another up in truth like this. I pray your e-course is extremely successful.
Always so grateful to have you in the #GraceMoments Community.
Great little list, Nicole. #’s 3 & 4 are my faves. Thanks for sharing on Grace and Truth.
There is so much power in the little things!
Agreed! Thanks for stopping by, Crystal!
Love these practical methods to love on our spouse—marriage needs work constantly, and these suggestions are so doable! Thanks for sharing… Your neighbour at #FreshMarketFriday 🙂
Definitely, Laura! Thanks for stopping by 🙂
I really do need to be more deliberate about loving my husband. Thanks for sharing on the #LMMLinkup this week.
Great tips here, Nicole! My husband’s love language is also gifts of service, so he really appreciates it when I surprise him by doing extra things around the house. It is so important to implement each of your tips for a healthy, strong marriage!
Terrific advice, and so good to remember that it can be all too easy to take a loved one for granted… a few years ago my husband and I decided that our Saturdays were for just the two of us. Not to say we don’t run errands or work on projects or leave the house… but we do it all together… holding hands in the car… popping into to a fast food joint like two teenagers. Making being in each others company a priority has made such a difference to the rest of the week that follows!
Love your post, so thankful for you today and for this reminder!
Great way to make time for your husband, by just doing things together. Love that suggestion, Christine!
I loved reading these practical tips for showing love. I know I like it when my husband does these kinds of things for me. Visiting from #faithandfriends.
Great way to look at it, Dawn!
Great post. Marriage is all about sacrificial, unconditional love. Your tips are so helpful.
Thank you! It definitely is 🙂
Nicole, I love these practical tips. I especially like the idea of freeing up some of my husband’s time. He works so hard for our family. i struggle with how to do this exactly, but recently I decided to simply ask. So occasionally, I just ask my husband if there is anything I can do for him during the day. Surprisingly, he often does name something! So that makes doing something for him easy, and it feels like I’m not shooting in the dark.
Your e-course sounds great. I hope it is very successful! I enjoyed reading your post today. I dropped in from Brenda’s Chasing Community. 🙂
Great reminder to simply ask, Kay! I often find myself guessing at something when my husband is right there with an abundance of answers! Thank you for your kind words!
Thanks for these posts reminding us to pay attention. It’s so easy to fall into patterns, isn’t it? I’m especially bad about that during periods of busyness. The “Use words well” tip stands out to me, because my husband’s love language is words of affirmation. And, prayer. Always prayer. Inviting God in is powerful in marriage. — Great tips, Nicole. Thanks for sharing with #ChasingCommunity. ((Hug))
It definitely is so easy for us to fall into patterns! Thanks, Brenda!
It’s funny; I was just writing about loving through little things for a blog post next week. And then I read this! I’m definitely on the right track. 🙂 Those little ways do mean a lot! Thanks for sharing this encouragement, Nicole.
It’s definitely such an important reminder!! Thanks for stopping by, Lisa!
Oh, my I should have read this a few days ago. Thank you for your words of wisdom. Now I need to backtrack a bit.
I’m so grateful for God’s grace when I fall short! Thanks for stopping by, Maree!!
Hi Nicole, I am one of your neighbors at Chasing Community this week. Love your post! Each morning when I get up and help my husband get ready for work it blesses him throughout the day. I help him pick out his clothes, make his coffee, or breakfast, whatever I can do to help him out the door with a smile on his, and that small act of kindness stays with him all day long. Great reminders.
Love that, Misty! Great to hear a practical way you are serving your husband! Thanks for sharing 🙂
Nicole, I am your neighbor from Suzie’s link-up. Beautiful reminders and great steps to place in my marriage. Thank you. Michele
So happy I read this today! I’ve been very distracted with kids and work lately so I needed this reminder to be intentional. Visiting from #coffeeforyourheart
I’m glad, Angela! I definitely need this reminder often!
Typo in my comment — I meant we should use, not us! 🙂 xo
I think these wonderful tips could apply to any friendship too! Caring about others more than ourselves is the aspiration we should us to model our actions, isn’t it? 🙂 xo
I agree, Valerie! Thanks!
Nicole, a good reminder not to take our spouses for granted but to consciously seek ways to show them love.
Definitely, Debbie! Thanks 🙂
I love the practical points in this post. Thank you for sharing!
These are great suggestions! Sometimes my serving my husband falls on the back-burner too. There’s only so much of me 🙂 I’m going to be more intentional though with your tips!
I agree, Julie! Glad you’re committing to be more intentional! I am working on that too!
What a great post! These are all things that I strive to do, but like you, it’s easy to let them get shuffled to the back burner. Thanks for the reminder.
Definitely takes an active effort, Rosanna! Thanks for stopping by 🙂
Love these suggestions, especially praying for them – that can help any relationship!
Thanks, Laura! And yes, definitely!
Wonderful tips. Marriage renewal never grows old. Love your message.
Thanks, Christy! Yes, it is so important to be intentional about marriage renewal. 🙂
I love surprising my husband with little things! I really love this whole post! 🙂
These are such great reminders. My husband and I will text each other often and say “how can I pray for you today?” Definitely pinning this. 🙂
Great idea, Dawn! Thanks for sharing 🙂
In this day and age, it is so important to be intentional about strengthening our marriage. Using the love language has helped our marriage and our relationship with our kids. Thanks for sharing these practical tips. 🙂
Definitely, Kelly! I love the resources that Gary Chapman has provided!
This is so sweet and helpful Nicole : ) You’re right, besides that romantic spark, we really need to make our spouses feel loved. Your tips are fantastic! Thanks!