Nurturing a Strong Relationship with Your Husband – Part 2

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Last week we embarked on a study of the Proverbs 31 woman. This week we will continue to see how we can implement her strategies, as we strive to be a godly wife that nurtures a strong relationship with her husband.

She knows that her words have great power in his life

A strong woman knows when her husband is downcast in his soul and needs uplifting. She also knows that her words of encouragement are life-giving and can turn the tide on the events in his life. If your husband is like mine, he won’t show his fear or give you reason to believe that he is downcast. You will have to sharpen your discernment to know when you need to speak life and peace into a circumstance that is causing him to become battle-weary. I have learned to inquire of the Lord about who my husband is and what he is called to do. Then, when he becomes battle-weary, I am able to point out the tactic the enemy is using to bring or pull him down and, instead, remind him of what God has said about his future. “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver” (Proverbs 25:11 KJV).

She knows how to keep an orderly home

A strong woman knows that a clean and orderly home is a place that her husband can retreat to at the end of his long work day. Proverbs 31:27 says: “She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness” (KJV). This is a tough battle for women who work outside of the home, as I do. Having gone through recent health challenges, fatigue is a constant battle for me, and I have to regularly monitor my energy level in order to finish my day strong. I have learned to get rid of clutter so as to minimize my energy output when cleaning my home.

She knows how to administrate the finances

A strong woman also knows how to administrate the finances and make each dollar work hard for the family. She understands finance and knows that money is her servant – not vise-versa. She is conscientious when purchasing for her household and does not spend her valuable resources on unnecessary items. I have learned to research my best product options on the internet before venturing out to the stores so that I can maximize both my time and money.

Join us next week for the conclusion of this three-part study on Nurturing a Strong Relationship with your Husband.

Nurturing a Strong Relationship with Your Husband – Part 1

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The Proverbs 31 woman is a strong and powerful woman. She has crafted a life of skillfully managed priorities, productivity, and relationships – especially a healthy and rewarding relationship with her husband. Whether a woman works outside the home in a career or job, or works within the home raising children and tending to the home, she has to know how to skillfully prioritize her life in order to nurture a fulfilling and strong relationship with her husband and children. If a woman’s husband and children feel neglected because of work or other activities she is involved in (no matter how noble the activities may be), they will begin to resent and pull away from her.

So how does this woman accomplish all of this? Join me as we explore how to nurture a strong relationship with your husband and still manage to keep a level head.

She knows that she is her husband’s helper

A strong woman knows that God created Eve as a “help meet” for Adam. This is one of our primary functions as a wife – to be a helper to him and serve his needs in this fashion. There is no job, career, or other family obligation that negates this function. The wise woman knows when to pull away from an activity to support her husband’s needs so that he does not feel like he is left alone. In Genesis 2:18, God said: “…It is not good that the man should be alone…” And, He continues with a solution: “…I will make him an help meet for him” (KJV). The solution? You!

The Beauty of Prayer

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The beauty of prayer is that it is God’s desire for us to come near to Him. It is that intimate call from our Abba Father to draw near to Him, to spend time with Him, to come to Him as His cherished daughter. The Amplified version of John 6:44 says: “No one is able […]

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As wise and beautiful women who allow our footsteps to be directed by the Lord, we need to search the Word and find out what God has to say about health. Is it His will that we be in good health? How do we obtain it? Will it benefit our lives on earth? It is […]

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Prayer Warrior

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Prayer is not a passive activity. It is an offensive strategy designed by God to destroy the works of the devil (see Ephesians 6:10-18). However, too often Christians perceive prayer as merely a reverent petition and they limit the power of prayer. We have become passive, spiritual hostages, while biblical values are attacked and immorality […]

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The King’s Daughter – Part 1

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During my 34 years of full-time ministry, I have seen a great need among women to realize who they really are. We are given so many mixed signals from society and the Church. My heart has ached as I have seen women confused and left with very little self-esteem. If we are Christians, and we […]

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Your Life: A Mosaic Created by God

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Several years ago when I was first filled with the Holy Spirit, an increasing desire to know the destiny and purpose for my life began to grow within me. I became desperate to understand what God had in store for my life, but only found myself frustrated. When I looked at my life, I imagined […]

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Dear SHINE Magazine, I am writing to tell you how much I have been enjoying the 9th Edition of SHINE. Of particular inspiration to me was the article about Corrie ten Boom (“An Extraordinary Light”) and Sarah Nollola’s “Purpose in the Desert” piece.  I truly appreciate the issue’s overall emphasis on dreams and purpose. The photography, inspirational quotes, and scripture keys throughout the magazine […]

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