"Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord." (Ephesians 5:22)
Women who are constantly negative toward their husbands--especially by speaking evil of them to others--show great disrespect. Determine not to do that today (or ever!). This challenge to encourage is closely connected to submission.
Men respond to women who respect them. What do you respect about your husband? Part of that respect includes submission to his authority. Let your husband know how respecting him makes it easier to submit to his leadership. Show your respect in public by listening to him and smiling at him when he speaks. Place your hand in his as you walk together.
If you feel there is nothing to respect, search harder . . . nearly every man has some core characteristic that can be nurtured and respected. In any case, you must still cultivate a submissive spirit to his position of leadership . . . "as to the Lord"
* The past year has really brought about a difference in our marriage. I have always tried to show respect to Charlie in front of other people but have became so much better at it in the last few years. We have went through so many struggles that God has pulled us through and we have learned that we are so much better together. We always back each other up in decisions and in disciplining our children. I do not want our kids to see us argue and fight because I am unsubmissive. As long as I am submissive to Charlie, God has his protective hand on our family. When I am outside of that authority the protection is not there. I do not want to live unless I am under God's authority and protection and that means I must be submissive to Charlie. He is a wonderful man to be submissive to, though! I love holding his hand in public and showing my respect to him. It makes our marriage so much happier and stronger! He loves it and I love to make him happy!
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