I have had many, many difficult times in my marriage with Mr. Q. I have had so many things to learn and so much growing to do. Many times the growing has been painful, as it seems I have had to learn things so quickly that I wasn't ready for them. I have had to try to be a different kind of wife than what I saw growing up, as my husband just would not tolerate some of the things I witnessed my own mom do. Many things I am still learning and adjusting to.
Ideally, we all have a wonderful example in our mothers growing up. A wife who honors, respects, and submits to her husband. But sometimes one, or all, of those elements are missing, and we have a distorted view of marriage and "wifehood". So how do we learn it? Of course we read the Bible and see our instructions there, but, how do we put it into practice? What does respect look like...how do we actually show it? And submission, what is that funny word?
Oh, what? You can't be serious!
I remember in one of the women's Bible studies I took part in early on in our marriage (I was a new Christian). The subject of submission came up. It was a foreign concept (and word!) to me. As the ladies talked and laughed and gave examples of how they had to just be quiet and patient when their husbands made decisions they didn't agree with, I looked with shock from face to face, trying to determine if they were serious. Of course, there it was in the Bible, so I had to learn a new thing that almost seemed laughable to me at first!
But what if you could have a mentor, or several mentors, showing you examples and encouraging you to be a good, pleasing wife to your husband? If you do not/did not have one physically present with you, my review this month for the Gabby Moms will direct you to some wonderful resources.
The Marriage: To Have and to Hold Bundle from Eternal Encouragement is something I would recommend to wives or wives-to-be, both young and old. If you are completely new to the roles of a Christian wife, or even if you are a long-married woman, I am pretty sure you will find many things that could be beneficial to you in this package.
I thoroughly enjoyed this resource and felt so blessed to be able to review it for the Gabby Moms. There are so many good things about this bundle, it would be hard to name them all. Lorrie cuts straight to the heart of our role as wives, and how we can be a benefit to our husbands instead of a detriment. We can only change ourselves and not our husbands, and this bundle is a wonderful learning experience to do just that. Lorrie has been married for 25 years and draws on her own experiences as well as the experiences of other women with lasting marriages, and of course the Word of God.
Loving Your Knight in Shining Armor Even When He Doesn't Shine. This ebook will show you how to strengthen your marriage, even if your husband is not working on his part.
The bundle includes audios, ebooks, ebooklets, and even a couple of TEACH magazine back issues that have great marriage helps. You have the option of purchasing either the digital or shipped version of the bundle.
Here is what is included (prepare to be amazed!):
- 5R's Session 2 - Rekindle
- One Life to Live, One Man to Love
- Loving Your Knight in Shining Armor Even When He Doesn't Shine
- Roadmap to a Marvelous Marriage
- Marriage Tidbits to Treasure
- Quotes Not Quibbles
- Marriage Report
- 31 Daily Biblical Prayers for Wives to Pray for Their Husbands
- Encouragement Report
- Don't Settle
- What God Says about Marriage
- 75 Inexpensive Romantic Rut
- It Happened One Afternoon
- 2001 Summer Issue TEACH Magazine "Loving Your Husband"
- 2009 Spring Issue TEACH Magazine "Marriages Made Marvelous"
* I received this product for free in exchange for my honest review from Gabby Moms and Eternal Encouragement Magazine. All opinions expressed are solely my own.
Here's to blessing your marriages!