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Godly Wife: How Do You Make Your Husband Feel?

February 20th, 2007 Visited 6474 times, 1 so far today
This entry is part 11 of 18 in the series Godly Wife

It’s really interesting being a new dad– more so being a new mom, I can tell– but as any “new” parent knows (whether it’s your first or your fifth) that new “bundle of joy” brings a lot of attention. No, not the “changing diapers, up all night, and you have to feed me now” kind– that’s not what I was talking about. I mean, now people that may never have said “boo” to you before want to come up and comment on the baby and talk to you about everything to from if she smiles to who she looks most like.

This makes the parents feel proud– God did the work, we can take the credit. The question, Godly Wife, is how do you make your husband feel? In Proverbs 12:4, Solomon talks about just how much control you have over how your hubby feels:

A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.

Yikes! Obviously, there’s a lot that goes into the first one. A crown can mean many things. In my mind, it first means that you can make him feel like a king. Obviously, a crown does not change the person’s position. Just look at the story of the Prince and Pauper (been reading the Mickey Mouse version of this a lot to my oldest son). The Prince was still the Prince, even in the Pauper’s clothing. But it’s the way that the crown carries authority. Are you magnifying his authority– making him feel like the king?

Do you adorn him? I’m not asking if you’re trying to be a “trophy wife”, but when they look at you do they exalt him? Do you build him up or bring him down.

The second part of the verse is scarier than the first. I hope that none of you bring your husband shame, and yet it is so easy to get caught up in what we’re doing that we miss what the other is trying to do. Whether it’s in our plans, in our idle conversation, or in the manner in which we treat one another, we can bring shame on our spouse. As wives, it’s important to remember that what you do (especially in public and in front of the children) has an effect on your husband, and you should avoid shaming him, as it is as rottenness in his bones. No amount of milk will fix that!

Question Idea taken from Questions for a Godly Wife

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  • Deborah says on: February 20, 2007 at 2:48 pm

     

    Alright…I’ll be first on this one, dragging my feet! lol That Proverbs 12:4 passage has always hit me hard…and no, I’ll be the first to admit I’m not always a ‘crown’ to my husband. I have struggled with this my entire marriage. No, I don’t shame him in public or talk down to him around others. I’ve always tried to ‘lift him up’, honor and respect him in front of others. But it has been very difficult in private and God knows I struggle with this! For me, those passages that speak about honor, respect, obey and Sarah calling her husband ‘Lord’ are a weakness in my own private, personal life. I don’t know if my husband even knows how much I struggle with this. But, God is working in me and I am changing. Praise the Lord!

    Thank you for the heart check! We all need a reminder every now and then where we stand in our own personal growth! Deb

  • MInTheGap says on: February 21, 2007 at 8:35 am

     

    It’s an every day process to get closer to God that we’re engaged in until He takes us to be with Him. I’m glad that I can be an encouragement as you try to be more like Christ in your marriage!

  • Bethanie says on: February 21, 2007 at 12:32 pm

     

    It is an every day struggle. I wasn’t taught any of those things and I have to make a decsion all the time, not to shame my husband. I have to rethink everything I’m going to say before I say it. Especially when I am around others.

  • MInTheGap says on: February 21, 2007 at 1:19 pm

     

    The nice part, Bethanie, is that over time and with practice we can get into the habit where it’s not as hard to say the right things at the right times. It’s getting consistent with checking our thoughts about the person (because our tongue only says what our hearts think) and, like you said, making sure we think about what we are going to say and the impact it will have before saying it.

  • Deborah says on: February 21, 2007 at 4:14 pm

     

    Bethanie,

    A book that really helped me is called ‘Created to Be His Helpmeet‘, by Debi Pearl. It can be ordered at ‘No Greater Joy Ministries‘, on-line, which is where my daughter bought her copy. I read my friends book this past fall. When I first started reading, I felt some anger toward the book, (if that makes any sense!) But by the end of the book, Debi really kind of put it all together. The overall picture of the book was very helpful. There are a couple things that I had a little trouble with, but overall it really taught me the importance of respecting your husband as your leader and protector, because this is God’s plan for us as women. It is in our best interest. I’m a very strong-willed person, so it has been a struggle for me, (and I’m sure for my dear husband). But, God gave me a very patient and generous man.

    I will be praying for you, Bethanie! I know that other’s prayers for me have really changed my life! Deb

  • Bethanie says on: February 22, 2007 at 10:42 am

     

    I liked “Created To Be His Helpmeet” too. Thanks for the prayer!

  • Larry Eiss says on: March 2, 2007 at 9:29 am

     

    A book that my wife really got a lot out of is entitled “The Excellent Wife”. It’s written by Martha Peace.

    I also benefited greatly from this book as it impacted how my wife made ME feel 😉

    So much did I appreciate the changes that I read the companion book for husbands entitled “The Exemplary Husband”, by Stewart Scott.

    Both are available at ChristianBook.com.

    –Larry
    http://www.LarryEiss.com

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