This is a follow-up to my popular post on 5 simple ways to be a Great Husband. As a disclaimer, I’m a GUY writing this, but I’m doing my best to base it on the example of my amazing wife, Ashley, and some timeless truths from the Bible.
I believe every married woman wants to be the best wife she can be, but it’s hard to have a clear picture of what that really means or looks like.
The media seems to bombard women with conflicting messages about what the “ideal woman” is all about. One moment you’re being told to starve yourself and spend all your time in the gym and salon so you can always look like an airbrushed model on the cover of a magazine. The next moment your role model is a CEO mom who is making millions and still “having it all” by being a wife and mommy too. You flip the channel again and you’re told that an ideal wife makes her own clothes, churns her own butter and home schools her 20 kids.
So which one is the “right” picture of womanhood? I believe that God made every woman masterfully and beautifully unique, so you never need to get caught up in the comparison trap by thinking your life needs to be measured against anyone else’s. I hope that helps you breathe a sigh of relief!
As you live out your beautiful uniqueness in your marriage, here are a few truths that can equip you to take your marriage and family to a new level of health and happiness. While every wife is unique, I believe these truths below apply to everyone, and if you’ll apply the five principles below within the context of your own personality, I believe you’ll become an even greater wife.
This is not a comprehensive list, but these are five very practical areas where you have the power to improve your marriage:
1. Give respect to your husband.
We husbands don’t like to admit it, but we are absolutely desperate for your respect! When we believe that you believe in us, we feel like we can conquer the world, but when we believe you don’t believe in us, we can barely get through the day. Even in those moments when your husband doesn’t “deserve” your respect, give it anyways, and your actions will actually help shape him into the courageous man of character God intended for him to be.
“So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.” Ephesians 5:33