Today is Day Fourteen of “The Respect Dare” and we are challenged to treat our husband as the man God created him to be.

“She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.” ~ Proverbs 31:12 NIV

Oh, I am ashamed to admit how well I could relate to the story in the book. I spent years following the examples I’d seen growing up and treating my husband like an incompetent fool. It is an area that I still sometimes struggle with unintentionally, but I am confident that the Lord will get the victory in this area too.

How about you? Are there things that you can do to benefit your husband’s manliness the most?

Ladies, God made our men in HIS image. I know that I grew up dreaming of my knight in shining armor who would ride in and save the day and take me off to dreamy lands of great adventure. But I often squash that very vision in my husband by not letting him lead the way. Really, so what if we get a little lost on the way or he doesn’t do it exactly the way I had it all planned out. Most of the adventure is found in trusting him and discovering the unexpected fun along the way.

Today, we are off to spend the day at a local theme park with our children. They earned free tickets for their reading during the homeschool year. I am looking forward to enjoying the day with my strong and capable man. I am not going to tell him how to drive, or where to park, or which way to walk. I am just going to enjoy holding his hand, taking lots of pictures of us and the children, and having fun together.

How about you? Are there things that you can do to benefit your husband’s manliness today? Our men are different. Study your man to see what he finds encouraging in this area. Then, do these things without any expectation.

Lord, I can think of nothing better on earth than being my husband’s Lady. I am so thankful that today he is still my knight in shining armor. Sure, his armor has a few dings and dents in it. But, my gown is a little more tattered and worn too. He cherishes me and still makes my heart beat faster when he holds me. Help me to encourage him to be my man.

Please forgive me for treating him like a child or sissifying him through my actions or attitudes. Help me to let him step up to the plate and be all that You have called him to be. Please remind me to step out of the way and know that You are more than capable of finishing what you’ve started with him. You didn’t call me to be his mother. You called me to be his wife… his helpmeet.

In Jesus’ Name… Amen!

If you are just joining us, I am doing “The Respect Dare” 40 day challenge along with the ladies at Unbroken Woman and others.

I pray each of you have a great day and also make sure you are visiting The Unbroken Woman to enter to win gifts and be entered to win the Kindle Fire. Check out the following two links specifically:

I Dare You!

and

What to Expect When You Are Respecting: The Respect Dare Bible Study

Also, please check out the author’s blog at http://ninaroesner.com

DAY 14 STUDY LEADERS’ LINKS

Unbroken Woman

Peaceful Wife

Forgiven Wife

Broken But Not Forgotten

Marriage Is Your First Ministry

Feel free to email me if you have any questions or private prayer requests.

Godspeed… ~ Tiffani

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