Husbands: 5 Ways to R-E-S-P-E-C-T Your Wife

BY: - 13 Apr '18 | Marriage

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In a recent article, I offered up five ways a wife can show respect to her husband. Well, now, it’s the men’s turn. As it stands, respect is a two-way street. However, the look of respect from man to woman has somewhat of a different feel. As previously quoted from Ephesians 5:33, a husband “must love his wife as he loves himself.” Ultimately, that love shows up in a variety of ways including these five ways to R-E-S-P-E-C-T your wife:

Lead her up

One of the most important ways to lead your wife in a relationship is to humble out when you’re wrong. The popular belief that admitting one’s fault is a sign of weakness is absolutely not true. Personally, I count it as a strength of character when a person in authority can own up to his or her mistakes and humble out. Similarly in marriage, when you humble yourself and admit your mistakes to your wife, you convey how much you respect her.

Related: Wives: 5 Ways to R-E-S-P-E-C-T Your Husband

When the head of the family honestly and willingly takes responsibility for his mistakes, whether done intentionally or not, he demonstrates how much he values and respects his relationship with his wife.

Size her up

What wife doesn’t like to be gawked at by her husband? A great sign of respect to a woman is when her man appreciates her sexy. Making your wife feel admired for her appearance is a way to demonstrate respect. In an odd way, you further solidify the trust in your marriage as she sees your admiration as a contributing fact to your fidelity. She feels you only have eyes for her because your actions say so. You make her feel adored, secured and respected and even more so in public places.

Build her up

Paying full attention to what your wife has to say and putting away any form of distraction during a meaningful conversation with her shows how important what she has to say means to you. If you respect her, you will also try not to cut her off during conversations. You will give her room to express her thoughts. This ensures her that you understand her and respect her opinions, ideas, thoughts, and feelings.

Additionally, making time for your wife consistently no matter how busy your schedule shows that she comes first, everything else is secondary. This action backs up your words of how much you love and cherish her as commanded by God. By taking the time to build her up as a priority in your relationship, you effectively strengthen the bond you formed when you said: “I do.”

Talk her up

There are times in a marriage when misunderstandings arise and the temptation to say nasty things about her behavior is strong. But speaking ill of her in the presence of family members, friends, or acquaintances is great sign of disrespect. It doesn’t matter if it was done in her absence. Complaining and making bad jokes about her simply shows how low you place her. No matter the level of misunderstanding you have, public affirmation of your wife depicts her importance to you and your respect for her.

Pray her up

This is simple. Your wife needs your prayers. She needs you to fight for her spiritually because yes, she gets weary. Take her dreams, her fears, her wants, and her needs to God on her behalf. Your relationship will grow so much stronger because there is a respect she will feel knowing you don’t see her as weak and needy, but human. When you have given her everything you have to give, prayer lets her know you respect her enough to give her even more.

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There’s no doubt that the respect a man has for his wife is tied up in how much he loves her. Still, according to Ephesians 5:33, that’s exactly what God intended.

BMWK husbands, are you ready to r-e-s-p-e-c-t your wife?

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Joann Fisher wrote 150 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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4 Ways to Remain Thankful in Marriage in Trying Times

BY: - 19 Apr '18 | Marriage

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Here’s a revelation. Marriage is not always a bed of roses. Couples face challenges in their relationship that can take a toll on their emotional well being…especially their sense of gratitude. At times, these hardships can either leave you stronger or weaker. Mentally and spiritually, the weight of these difficulties can leave you feeling down and possibly advance into a state of depression. As a way to combat trying times in your marriage, it’s important to remain thankful and do things that make you happy and keep you healthy and sane.

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” Colossians 3:15

Trying times in your relationship offer opportunities for reflection and a chance to improve the areas that need to grow in your character. By showing gratitude to God for how far He has led you in your marriage, you are able to redirect your focus from the problem to the One who can solve them. Remember, God created you and won’t allow you to face more than you can handle.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

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When life seems overwhelming, rather than slide into a pit of despair, switch your thoughts to happy times in the marriage and remain thankful as written in the Scripture.

In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18

With that in mind, here are four ways to remain thankful in trying times in your marriage:

Write down things you’re thankful for each day

Remember God’s goodness and faithfulness in your life and write down five things you are grateful for. When you sense yourself slipping off into a sad or depressed mood, this exercise can help to bring you back to reality. The act of writing down God’s daily blessings in your life is a way to change your mood from discouraged to thankful in a heartbeat.

Share the things you are thankful for with others

I have a friend who, when asked how she is doing says “I’m great and grateful.” The ability to remember God’s blessings in your life and share them with others has its way of stirring up gratitude in your heart. It leaves you with awe-filled memories to worship Him, and helps to keep the complaining to a minimum.

Engage in activities that give you peace and keep you thankful

These are moments when you absolutely absorb yourself into an experience by completely engaging your mind in whatever it is you’re doing. Activities like artwork, writing, and sports have a way of distracting your mind from and keep your face from being downcast. They also help you to lose yourself and enjoy what you are doing. These moments allow you to open up and move toward peace. The more active moments you engage in, the happier and more thankful you’ll become.

Study God’s Word on being thankful

While this is last on the list, it is certainly not least. Strengthen your faith with God’s word; meditate on scriptures regarding thankfulness and commit to them to memory. They will help you to always be grateful to God no matter the circumstances. Remember, without expressing thanks to God, it is difficult to lift your heart from despair to worship.

When marriage is difficult, your emotions can get out of control. Gratitude for as many things you can think of, including your spouse can not only ease your pain but give you hope that a better day is coming.

BMWK, what are you grateful for?

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Joann Fisher wrote 150 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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