Our Mate for Life by Jennifer Waddle

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Our Mate for Life
Series: All My Ducks in a Row - Living Under the Imprint of God
Jennifer Waddle
Ephesians 5:22-24

Our culture says we need to put ourselves first. If we don't take care of ourselves, we won't be able to take care of others. And there is some truth in that, but I'm afraid the world has taken it way too far. According to nearly every modern magazine out there, we are to make sure we are in tip-top shape, look the part, spend money we don't have, and most of all love ourselves. Even as I write this, I realize how ingrained these things have become. Part of me wants to agree with the culture, but the wisdom that comes from God disagrees.

''Wives submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, His body, of which He is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.'' (Ephesians 5:22-24)

I know we've heard this dozens of times. And I know some of us want to stop reading right now. But before you go, please re-read that first statement in the verse above.

''Wives submit to your husbands as to the Lord.'' (emphasis mine)

As daughters of God, we long to trust and obey Him. We want to submit to His will for our lives, right?

So why is it so difficult for us to want to submit to our guys?

Ladies, I believe it is crucial for us to gain a better understanding of what it means to be a godly wife. This duck is out of place in too many of our lives, and it has a negative effect on the whole family. The word submissive has adopted such a negative connotation through the years, and it is highly rejected in our world.

In fact, I just watched a well-known doctor on national television state that, nowhere in the Bible does it say that wives should submit to their husbands. And the audience cheered.

I get it. The strong, leading woman in me wants to have control and be subject to no one. (Just saying…)

But what if submitting to our husbands as to the Lord became a beautiful act of worship unto God, and deep honor of our men? What if this one thing became a form of security for our children and stability in our homes?

If you are struggling in your marriage, or feeling discontent, angry, or fed up, please consider viewing your husband with new eyes. Ask God for the desire to submit and commit to your man.

One of the most profound books I've ever read is called, The Marriage Builder, by Dr. Larry Crabb.

Now I admit, the first time I attempted to read it, I wanted to throw it across the room. No lie! I felt angry with Dr. Crabb because I felt like he was trying to get me to ignore all of my needs, wants and feelings, and simply cater to my husband. Take a look at what I mean.

''A wife who feels desperately insecure is quite capable of giving herself ...

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