“The man who finds a wife finds a treasure, and he receives favor from the Lord”

Proverbs 18:22

What an exciting past few weeks it has been as I’ve been on my ONE Marriage Series. And with the Marriage Encounter last weekend, I really believe God is at work in marriages and families all across this church. Along with the excitement has been some tremendous heaviness as I’ve felt the burden of guilt and shame that so many couples have been carrying – some for many years! Let me be clear: You are not alone in your struggles and there is Hope that is stronger than anything this world has intended for destruction!

This week, I talked to the ladies about what it takes to be the treasured wife that God would have for your husband. Every man is wired to receive respect. By contrast, men can tell when they’ve been disrespected. Thus, a treasured wife is a respectful wife. (Check out 1 Corinthians 7:2-5)

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3 Keys to Being a Treasured Wife

Respect with your mind.

How do you think about your husband? See Philippians 4:8, Romans 12:2. Think of ways you can encourage your husband. Pray and thank God for him each day, even when things aren’t going so well. Spend some time journaling. These are all great ways to adjust your thoughts when you feel overwhelmed with negativity.

Respect with your heart.

How do you feel about your husband? Jesus says that, “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” If you want to change the outside attitude, you have to address what’s in your heart. I’ll admit that when your heart is hurting, it’s hard to love. Let God mend those pieces.

Respect with your hands.

What do you do for your husband? I’m not talking about doing the laundry, or cooking, or cleaning – even though those are great things to do. I’m talking about the special things. What have you done lately that made your husband feel special? See Genesis 2:18

In my years of ministry, the number 1 place that the enemy takes Christians down is in the home – in the family. That’s why I believe this Sunday’s message is going to set marriages free from the grip the enemy has had for so long over so many of you. This Sunday is for you and it’s for your neighbors and it’s for your coworkers. Don’t miss it and invite someone with you!

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