Give Him Your Undivided Attention.
Jennifer notes, instead of multi-tasking, "when your husband is speaking to you, make a point to lay other tasks aside, look into his eyes, and listen to what he is saying with the goal of understanding and remembering his words.
James 1:19 - This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger.
Philippians 2:4 - Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interest of others.
Sometimes not multi-tasking can be a huge challenge for me. And I mean HUGE. I am constantly doing two things at once or at least thinking or planning in my head. This means truly listening can be a little hard.
I have found over the past week that a few things really work for Hubby and I.
- If we are both driving home from work, we talk on the phone. Yes, I am driving, but I am still able to really listen to what he has to say.
- We have started walking/running together. While I am still able to breath, we can easily talk without distraction...and when I am hyperventilating all I can really do is listen! ;)
- We attend church 45 minutes from where we live. This means that any time we go to church or a church-related activity we have at least a good hour of talk time if not more. Most of our serious conversations happen during this time - we just have to be sure to turn off the radio or I catch myself singing instead of listening.