The Heartbeat in the Home — A Vital Force

And the LORD God said,
“It is not good that man should be alone;
I will make him a helper comparable to him.”

Genesis 2:18

LORD Jesus we praise You for building our home and for watching over it. Forgive us, O LORD we pray, whenever we do not submit to Your Will. Open our eyes and let us see what it is that we could do, and reveal to us the things we should do inside of our home. Enable us to live our life so that it is pleasing to You, and guide us in our role so that we may walk according to Your Word. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.

Do you believe that you are making a difference in your man’s life? Why, or why not?

There are many examples, good and bad ones, throughout the Bible that tell us that a wife has great influence on her husband. She does, indeed, make a major difference, and he will listen to her in one way or another.

The cleaning of his home and the cooking of his favorite food might play a big part in your man’s life, but that is not all there is to it. He could hire a cleaner and/or a cook anytime. Well, depending on the amount of money he is making, and willing to spend, he could get himself more or less decent experts to get the jobs done around the house. Surely this would only help him in part.

The Heartbeat in the Home — A Vital Force

I was SO touched a few weeks ago about an email my friend’s widow has sent to us. That time there was a lot going on in his life. All of the sudden he had to deal with many issues regarding his home. “These are the times I really miss her,” he wrote. She would have sent him off to his study and told him not to worry, and she would have dealt with the looking after the household. I believed him the moment I read his email. In fact, I could literally see my friend how she would have managed all that was going on that time.

Yes, your man is the head of the home, and you ought to be subject to your own husband in everything. Yet, you are the heart of the home — a vital force that needs to be right there to help him.

Your husband needs you. Think of ways you can help him today.

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The Heart of the Home and Her Household

She is not afraid of snow for her household,
For all her household is clothed with scarlet.
She watches over the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.

Proverbs 31:21,27

Last week, in Monday’s blog post called The Home, I mentioned how the LORD must build our home or else we labor in vain. He is also the One who has to watch over and protect it. In the follow-up named The Head Of the Home I challenged us to ask ourselves why the husband-wife-relationship is so important and answered with a comment made on Ephesians 5:23 by F.B. Meyer. This week’s posts will be about the heart of the home.

The Heart of the Home and Her Household

I have chosen theses verses of Proverbs 31* to point out two things:
1) We are not to be afraid, and
2) We ought to be in charge.

Take note, please, that these verses (and that’s my point) are talking about the (virtuous) woman and her household and not about headship. She is not the head but the heart of her home. Her role, however, is not at all less important. To the contrary, there is a lot that is being asked of her. Her role requires her to remain confident and be able to keep a good eye on how things are running inside of her home.

The virtuous woman is not afraid because she knows that her household will be taken care of by God. She does not use that as an excuse, though, to become lazy. No, instead, she wants to make sure that she will be a good steward of the resources and talents that God is giving her to look after her household. She gently and lovingly takes charge over what is flowing into her home and what is flowing out of it. In other words, she is the heart of the home.

Don’t be afraid. Trust in the LORD to provide for you and your household today.

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*Looking for a more detailed study of Proverbs 31? Then you might want to consider this one: Bible Study for Women on Proverbs 31:10-31

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The Head of the Home

For the husband is head of the wife,
as also Christ is head of the church;
and He is the Savior of the body.

Ephesians 5:23

LORD Jesus we praise You for You are the Head of the Church, the Body of Christ, Your People. Forgive us, O God we pray, whenever we are taking this relationship too lightly. Give us the wisdom and the power to understand the importance of it. Open our eyes to see Your Beauty and give us ears to hear Your Word. Guide our hearts to acknowledge You as the Head of the Church and also as the ultimate Power and Head in our Home. In Jesus’ wonderful name we pray. Amen.

In Monday’s post I emphasized that God must be the Builder of our Home. Unless the LORD builds the house, the Bible tells us, we who build it will labor in vain. And, unless He guards it, we will stay awake in vain.

One of the ways to guard our home is by watching over our marriage. Each part of it, the husband as well as the wife, plays an important role. The other and even more important way to guard our home is by letting the LORD have the final authority in it.

In this blog post, let’s ask ourselves: Why is the husband-wife relationship so important?

Listen to what F.B. Meyer comments on today’s verse:

“Our earthly relationships are similitudes and emblems of sacred realities, and the more we can import into the time sphere the inspiration and virtue of the eternal, the more transcendental and beautiful will they become.”

Verse 24 says that wives should submit in everything to their husband just as the church submits to Christ. Whenever others are watching us, the married couple, what do they see? A husband who loves his wife as Christ loves the church, and a wife who submits to her husband just as the church ought to submit to Christ?

Submit to your own husband as to the LORD today.

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