Over the last four weeks I've been able to attend a study, taught by Judy Slaughter, called "To Love Their Husbands". It's been both challenging and encouraging. I don't think I gained any new insights about what my weaknesses as a wife are, as they're pretty obvious. However, it was great to be reminded of the importance of my role as a wife, the significant influence I have in my home, and the consequences, both positive and negative, of the choices I make in my relationship with Tim. I'm going to share some highlights in the hopes that they'll encourage or challenge some of you.
* Titus 2:4 Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children. No matter how old you are or how long you've been married, you are an older woman to someone. There will always be women younger than us, chronologically, spiritually, or maritally, who are watching what we do.
* Ephesians 5:22, 33b Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. The wife must respect her husband. God has placed Tim in a position of headship in my life. Do I submit to his leadership? Do I respect the position of headship that he holds? When submission and respect are hard to demonstrate, do I find myself adapting God's word to my life or seeking to adapt my life to God's word?
* My motive for working on my marriage needs to be to bless God, to be obedient to His word, and to bring glory to Him.