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Dennis Rainey

Pay the Compliments

August 14, 2017
00:00 1:30

My wife Barbara is good at many things.  I try to praise her for the wonderful abilities and traits she has.  I can never express too much appreciation for her, but I don't mind trying.

You know, in marriage, we really ought to be more like a mirror that reflects the talents and gifts that our spouses have.  If our husband or wife does a great job in a certain area, you should tell them so.  It's amazing how much life is given to a marriage, when you and I  focus on the positive things our spouse does.  The writer of the Proverbs had it right when he said, "How delightful is a timely word." 

One final thought.  I want to encourage you to take five minutes tonight, and list on a 3 by 5 card a couple of strengths you see in your spouse.  Then, tonight, at the dinner table, share your observations.  I promise you, it will encourage your husband or wife more than you realize.

I'm Dennis Rainey, and that's Real Family Life.

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Dennis Rainey is a best-selling author, dynamic speaker, and cofounder of FamilyLife®, a ministry of Cru®. Under his leadership, FamilyLife grew to help marriages and families survive and thrive in more than 109 countries. Together he and his wife, Barbara, have spoken at over 150 FamilyLife Weekend to Remember® marriage getaways and authored or co-authored more than 35 books, including best-selling Moments Together for Couples and Staying Close. He is also the original daily host of the three-time award-winning radio program FamilyLife Today®. He and Barbara have been married since 1972 and love laughing with their six children and growing number of grandchildren. The Raineys still serve with Cru. You can follow their work at

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