A few weeks ago Hubs and I were out randomly roaming around. We were kind of listless and had no definitive plans. All of us were in a pretty foul mood. Naturally we decided to take a two hour drive cooped up together to the Lifeway Store. It was not a pleasant ride. Of course God is always working. Always showing us something.
Hubs sent me out in the store by my onsies to peruse in peace while he watched Little Bit. I love bible studies. I guess the teacher in me is really drawn to those cute little workbooks. The helpful guides that put you on the right path and reveal things you need to work on.
After such a miserable day I was looking through the workbooks on marriage. I need to change I thought. More likely God was whispering, err shouting it in my ear. I found a workbook by Shaunti Feldhahn entitled "For Women Only: the Bible study." I have seen the actual book on the shelves before and I know Shaunti is a respected Christian author so I began to look through the workbook.
"For Women Only: the Bible study" takes a one sided approach. It is a Bible study that focuses on how women can change their attitudes through prayer and study to be better wives (just plain old better humans as well). So I picked it up and found Hubs again. He is an inquisitive soul so he wanted to see what I had gotten. I showed him but made it pretty clear this was a personal book. Not something I was ready to share the contents of with him quite yet.
It has been a week and I have certainly garnered some valuable information from this study. The biggest aha! moment came from Ephesians 5:33
"To sum up, each one of you is to love his wife as himself, and the wife is to respect her husband."
There is one little word in this verse I must have conveniently overlooked. That word is respect. The Lord gave us this verse and told our husbands to love us. What did He tell us to do? Respect.
If anyone is interested in getting "For Women Only: the Bible study" and doing a Bible study with me that would be fantastic. Has anyone ever gone through this study before? Have you ever really studied Ephesians 5:33 and dissected its meaning?