Watches and ties are on sale every place you look. That's right, it's that time of year again - Father's Day.
Mother's Day comes in May with a rush of red and pink flowers, candies, candles, cards and sweet thoughts. Then Father's Day rolls in the next month, almost as an afterthought.
It's not quite as played up as Mom's Day, and you could almost forget it's coming, but the khakis, polo shirts and barbeque grills on sale help to remind you, "Oh yeah, now we've gotta spend some cash on Dad." Do you ever wonder if the retailers got together with the calendar folks and struck some sort of deal?
Well, here's a fresh thought: It's not about the gifts. Let me give you one word that will bless your husband/father for the whole year: Praise. How can you really honor the dad in your home this year? Appreciate him for what he does, and tell him so! Yes, it's that simple.
If you want to have a happy home and marriage, then lift up your husband. Encourage him daily. Find ways to genuinely praise him again and again. Let him know that you and the kids are his biggest fans, and cheer that man on!
When does a garden grow to be beautiful? When it is loved and cared for, it will grow and is a pleasing sight to all who pass by it; so it goes with your husband.
Are you loving and caring for him, or are you treating him more like a weed? You see, when you build him up, you cause him to grow into the man he was intended to be. You make him want to go out into the world and provide for his family; you cause him to look forward to coming home to be with you and the kids at the end of the day.
Maybe the Dad in your home doesn't do a whole lot that's praiseworthy. Well, start small. Find even the simplest thing to praise him for and see how well he responds.
Praise and respect are key motivators in men's lives, so give it a try. Here's a real gift worth giving.
To all you Super Daddies out there busting it up on the home court, Happy Father's Day. Here's to you!