“How Can I Help?”

He even poses for pictures without a fuss!

“How can I help?” Today I am thankful for these four simple words that mean so very much, and I’m even more thankful for the one who speaks them to me.  You see, these four words comprise a question my wonderful spouse asks at least once a day, and I have come to treasure them as a reflection of his love and care for me and our family.

He’ll walk in the kitchen door and see me preparing dinner, set down whatever he’s carrying, and immediately ask “How can I help?” No task is too great or menial. I’m a terrible chopper; my lefthandedness and clumsy fine motor skills never have been helpful when it comes to chopping vegetables. Mr. Husband can chop as well or better than any food channel chef. He’ll set the table if asked or make a salad. In fact, he’ll frequently make an entire meal; we are true partners in the kitchen just as in other aspects of our marriage.

Mr. Husband doesn’t limit this question to meal prep and clean-up either. He is incredibly handy and able to fix almost anything. Broken faucet? No problem. Leaky shower? No big deal. Need an oil change? Done! His acts of service know no limit, and I’m convinced he can make just about anything work again.

If I’ve had a bad day or am worried or dealing with excess stress he’ll simply ask “How can I help?” Help might be a back rub, a listening ear, or a cup of tea. He’s also really good at inciting some awesome belly laughs. He’s also patient, kind, and calm.

So today I am grateful for my spouse, and for his servant heart, gentle spirit, and true partnership. Thank you, Mr. Husband, for your love, your friendship, and your partnership. You’re the best!

How often do you ask “How can I help?” Who has been of great help to you? Who can you thank today?

Photo by Linda Fleagle. Thanks!

6 responses to ““How Can I Help?”

  1. At Home With Cat

    Four words I think we all should use on a regular basis. Great post! We need a “Loved” button.

    • I like the “Loved” button idea. Have you ever read Gary Chapman’s book “5 Love Languages”? He talks about filling one another’s “love tanks.” It’s a great image for how we can serve one another. Thanks for stopping in!

      • At Home With Cat

        I haven’t read that book in awhile and might be time to re-read. Our Ladies Bible Study group used that book (and videos) as a study one time and remember thinking how applicable this was for parents with teens. My oldest was a teen at the time and found it to be very helpful in communicating with him and finding what he needed. Good book!

  2. I thought I recognized that photo. You two are truly BFFs.

  3. Reniva R. Riessinger

    Yes, I’m Thankful also for the fact that you have such a great helper, that truly is a blessing.

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