Monday, April 19, 2010

30 Day Husband Encouragement Challenge - Day 11

Today's lesson is one that I have learned through our first year of marriage.  RESPECT.  Men need respect like women need love.  Every eye roll, sarcastic comment, or action of the like shows hubby that I don't respect him.  I tend to have the attitude that I survived for 25 years of my life just fine doing things my way, and that your way may might be fine, but mine is better.  Yeah, that doesn't work when you are a wifey.  Unless you have a very submissive husband, I guess.  I am learning that even when I know he's wrong, that if I go along with him, he will eventually realize (but not always admit) that I was right.  It's something that I work on each day :)  Anyway, here is our lesson -

Day 11 -

"Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord" Ephesians 5:22

Women who are constantly negative toward their husbands-especially by speaking evil of them to others-show great disrespect.  Determine not to do that today (or ever!).  This challenge to encourage is closely connected to submission.

Men respond to women who respect them.  What do you respect about your husband?  Part of that respect includes submission to his authority.  Let your husband know how respecting him makes it easier to submit to his leadership.  Show your respect in public by listening to him and smiling to him when he speaks.  Place your hand in his as you walk together.

If you feel there is nothing to respect, search harder...nearly every man has some core characteristic that can be nutured and respected.  In any case, you must still cultivate a submissive spirit to his position of leadership..."as to the Lord".

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