3 Simple Tips for Investing in Your Husband

BY: - 12 Oct '17 | Faith

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They say that behind every great man is a great woman. I like to take it one step further and say that behind every great man is a wise woman. But I didn’t make that up. Dating all the way back to Biblical times, and specifically Proverbs 31, we see the tremendous value a wise woman is to her husband. Having his back is about more than just showing him support. To be sure, support is essential. But the wise woman goes above and beyond being a cheerleader. She understands that making her man great requires not only her support, but her investment.

So, what does it mean to invest in your husband? While there are a slew of things I could come up with, I chose to defer to the Proverbs 31 woman and take three lessons from her playbook.

Invest in Yourself

“Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.” Proverbs 31:11. A wise woman knows that in order to prop her man up, she has to be well put together. She is aware that he needs her in more ways than one, so taking care of herself should be her first priority.

  • She protects her relationship with God
  • She takes pride in her appearance
  • She pursues her own ambitions

By investing in herself, her happiness is not solely dependent on her relationship with her husband. As a result, he can feel free to pursue God’s purpose for his life without worrying that he is leaving her behind.

Invest in His Spirit

“She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.” Proverbs 31:12. Though outfitted as the stronger partner, a man is just as susceptible to emotional, mental, and spiritual damage as his wife. To keep his spirit from falling out of her reach, a wise woman makes sure that she provides a safe place for his spirit to rest when he is struggling.

  • He may have a tough day at work.
  • He may begin to doubt his purpose.
  • He may experience failure in something he really cares about.
  • He may begin to battle with depression.

Regardless of the circumstance, a great wife who has invested in herself will be prepared to invest in her husband’s spiritual well-being.

Invest in His Passion

“Her husband is respected at the city gate where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.” Proverbs 31:23. No matter the vocation: rapper, author, speaker, architect, entrepreneur, etc., a great wife finds a way to help her husband achieve his dreams. By investing in herself and serving his spirit, she helps him enter the arena where he earns the respect of those in his field. He is able to lead from the front and she doesn’t lose her place in his list of priorities. That security prepares her for the challenges that come with the wholehearted pursuit of his passion:

  • Staying up later
  • Waking up earlier
  • A long list of meetings
  • Less time for socializing
  • Less time for the kids

These things can be a challenge to any relationship. But if she wants to invest in her husband’s passion, she takes steps to ensure they don’t cause harm to her family.

Though simple, these tips can be pretty challenging for a woman who isn’t prayed up and relying on God. But for the woman who is, greatness can be achieved for both her husband and herself. And it will be only a matter of time before she sees that her investments will be well worth it.

BMWK wives, are you investing in your husbands?

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Joann Fisher wrote 127 articles on this blog.

Joann Fisher has been a writer and editor for both print and online newpapers and magazines for the last 10 years. She now serves as a Writer/Editor at BMWK and lead Editor for The Joy Network.

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6 Prayers to Help You After Being Hurt By Someone You Love

BY: - 26 Oct '17 | Faith

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Has someone ever hurt you so badly that you just didn’t know what to do? The pain is excruciating and your mind can’t stop replaying the harsh words unfairly leveled at you by your spouse, or your friend, or your parent. You wake up each day and a million different emotions course through your body because the struggle is almost unbearable.

For some people, dealing with the pain is simply a matter of cutting the person off. For others, they sweep it under the rug and choose to forget about it until it happens again. And still, for others, all they can think of is how to curse the person out. If you’re a Christian, none of these options are scripturally viable. The Bible says that God won’t allow you to take on more than you can bear. So, here are 6 scriptures and prayers to help guide you as you deal with the pain and try to figure out God’s purpose in the situation.

God will fight for you

Exodus 14:13-14

Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

Prayer: God, I want to retaliate. I want to exact revenge on those who hurt me. Help me to be strong and allow you to fight on my behalf. Help me to be still.

You are strong enough

1 Corinthians 10:13

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

Prayer: Thank you Lord for reminding me of your faithfulness. Though this pain is overwhelming at times, I am encouraged to know that you have equipped me with just what I need to deal with it. Because of you, I can and will endure it according to your purpose for my life.

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You are not alone

Psalm 34:18

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Prayer: Lord, when I open my eyes each day, help me to feel your presence. Help me to keep in step with your Holy Spirit and be counseled by your word. My heart aches and I am worn out from crying. Please help me rise out of my hurt and sorrow.

God is your strength

Psalm 62:5-8

Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God ; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.

Prayer: Lord, when I have no where to go, I turn to you. You are the rock that I stand on so help me to find my strength. I am weak from suffering and I have no where else to turn. Only you can restore honor to my name as I have been falsely accused. My spirit is shattered but help me to find hope in you.

God will use this for your good

Romans 8:28

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Prayer: Lord, I don’t know why this is happening, but I pray that through this situation, I can lead someone to you. I pray that you use me any way you choose so that your name may be glorified even through this dark situation.

Bless those who hurt you

Romans 12:14

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.

Prayer: God, I won’t lie. I want to curse like a sailor. I am so angry and hurt and disappointed. But, I trust in your unfailing love and know that you desire to see everyone in a right relationship with you. So, I pray for the one who hurt me that you will bless them and help them to come to know you through my example.

In Jesus’ name. Amen.

BMWK, are you ready to pray when you have been hurt and falsely accused?

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Joann Fisher wrote 127 articles on this blog.

Joann Fisher has been a writer and editor for both print and online newpapers and magazines for the last 10 years. She now serves as a Writer/Editor at BMWK and lead Editor for The Joy Network.

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