The boys and I were at the store the other day getting several items, one of which was some candy for dh to give someone at work as a partial “repayment” for some of what he has eaten over the last six months. As we were looking for what he wanted, I was telling the boys, “…because daddy is such a slacker”…which if you knew our family – we joke like that. However, I looked up to find a man looking at the candy near by too. My heart sank!
Why did my heart sink? Two reasons. The first is that I would NEVER want that comment to be taken as the real thing as my dh is anything but a slacker! And the second is because the Lord has opened my eyes to how men in general need to be lifted up in our society, instead of put down (as is often the case these days).
For some time afterward, I was thinking and praising the Lord for the changes He has made in my hear and my life! When it comes to having a “happy home” He has taught me SO MUCH about what MY part is within the dynamics of our home. I have a looonnnng way to go yet but I do appreciate where He has brought me so far.
Here are some of the verses that come to mind…
“The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish pulls it down with her hands.” Proverbs 14:1
“Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates.” Proverbs 31:30-31
“Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” Genesis 2:24
“Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.” Ephesians 5:33
“There is a difference between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman cares about the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit. But she who is married cares about the things of the world—how she may please her husband.” 1 Corinthians 7:34
The Lord has really impressed it upon my heart that we are to follow His word (no matter how hard it may be). It is my job as the wife / mother to follow my husband – he is the leader of our family. It is my job as the wife / mother to show respect to my husband. It is my job as the wife / mother to speak positively of my husband…and men in general, since I have two boys we are raising for the Lord.
Here is to all of you other women out there who are struggling and succeeding in growing in Christ to lift up our husbands and our sons.
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Have a wonderfully blessed day!