All marriages go through some form of temptation. Some people pursue money, career, other friendships, or even church work to fill the void of marriages that just don’t fulfill their expectations or needs. And many are tempted to enter extramarital romances. The question is: What do you do with the temptation?
Jealousy! A terrible trait that destroy homes and marriages. Can we overcome it? Can it be dealt with? Michael and Wanda touched on it in their post on Christian Marriage Today and I was blessed and wanted to share with you my friends.
Do you struggle with jealousy in your relationship? If so, then overcoming jealousy must become one of your top priorities. Why? Because jealousy can destroy your relationship. Imagine for a minute how your jealousy makes your spouse feel. They probably feel as if they are constantly walking on egg shells; knowing that the slightest little thing is likely to send you into a tail spin.
A man who can cry is a man who has learned some secrets about intimacy. But sadly, for many men it takes something tragic or life-changing before they understand this truth. Here are a few ways you can tell if the man you love has trouble with intimacy or struggles to open up:
- He’s unable to discuss his feelings.
- He’s determined to avoid his feelings.
- He’s unable to express love, sorrow, or pain.
- He’s unable or unwilling to cry.
- He’s determined to make all situations into a joke.
- He’s determined to lighten the mood or change the topic when emotional issues are discussed.
- He physically leaves the room when emotional issues are discussed.
- He’s insensitive to the emotions of those around him.
Excerpt from "The Power of a Woman" by Barbara Rainey You have the power to protect your husband from temptation by making sure his sexual needs are met by you and you alone. I have a good friend who said it this way: "If you don't want to do his laundry, your husband can take his clothes to the cleaners. If you decide you don't want to cook anymore for him, he can go out to any number of great restaurants to eat. But if your husband isn't getting his sexual needs met at home with you, and he goes somewhere else, God calls that a sin." Don't misunderstand what I'm saying. If your husband sins in this way, he's responsible before God. But at the same time, understand that you play a powerful role in helping him not yield to temptation. God created us as men and women with profoundly inherent differences. If you love him, you'll want to protect him from the limitless temptations that the enemy of his soul floats by him day after day. You are most powerful as a wife when you become a student of what your husband likes and then use that knowledge and your feminine skill to protect him from temptation and sin. Keep Him for Life When we stated our vows at the wedding altar, most of us repeated the words "to have and to hold" and "till death do us part." We signed up for life. But have you ever thought about what it means to "have" and "hold" your husband? To have implies a possession. It means he belongs to you and no one else. He is your responsibility, and you are his. Are you fulfilling your sexual responsibility? For frequency? Creativity? Have you turned him down more often than you have invited his love? Do you put his needs before or after those of your children or your work? To hold means to keep or bond, much like a magnet. A magnet has the power within to pull another polar opposite to itself. My husband and I are virtual opposites in nearly every way. It's what attracted us to each other in the first place. But I must continue to be a magnet in his life if I am to keep him. Too many women would love to have him if I let him leave home for work or travel constantly in a state of sexual deprivation. First Corinthians 7:5 (NKJV) tells us, "Do not deprive one another except with consent for a time, that you may give yourselves to . . . prayer; and come together again so that Satan does not tempt you because of your lack of self-control." This may come as no surprise to you, but most men want—really want—their wives to passionately desire them. And when you express sexual longing for him—whether verbally or non-verbally—your husband is unlikely to refuse your magnetic power. Excerpt from Barbara Rainey "The Power of a Woman" from the book Rekindling the Romance by Dennis and Barbara Rainey. #countdowntoFebruary14th PS: NHN Couture is exhibiting Fouad Sarkis Collection at the Lagos Fashion International Fair- February 10-12, 2015. Wholesale and Retail Buyers are welcome. See details HERE