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To Love and to Cherish ... 365 Devotional Readings for Wives

Marriage…Sometimes romantic, sometimes not-so-romantic, often challenging, always filled with highs, lows, and lots of in betweens—we wouldn’t trade it for anything. But wives are often in need of a little inspiration, a little comfort, a little encouragement—a much-needed spiritual boost.

This daily devotional offers just that, and will meet you right where you are in life. Whether you’re experiencing a wife-of-the-year day or an I-feel-like-the-world’s-worst-wife day, To Love and to Cherish will refresh your spirit and remind you that you aren’t alone on the journey.

Love and Respect
However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.
EPHESIANS 5:33  NIV

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Husbands are called to love.  Wives are called to respect.  Why the distinction?

What does R-E-S-P-E-C-T mean?  Aretha Franklin emphatically defined the word in her 1960’s song by the same name.  According to Webster’s, to respect someone means:  To consider worthy of high regard; to esteem; to refrain from interfering with.  Maybe loving our husbands would have been easier!

Respecting our husbands means we value what they say and what they stand for.  We hold their opinions in high regard.  We ask for their counsel because we truly believe it is wise and astute.  We do not attempt to circumvent their plans or ideas.  There is no room for manipulation or deception, conniving or contriving to railroad our agenda.

As wives we yearn to be loved by our husbands.  In the same way our husbands yearn to be respected by us.  That’s God design.  When our husbands are truly respected, they will be more compelled to respond with love toward us.  God has a plan for marital relationships.  Let’s do our part by respecting our husbands.  When we do, our marriages will thrive!

Dear Lord,
forgive me for not respecting my husband as I should. Teach me how to esteem and value him. Amen.

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Author:  Julie Rayburn (co-author)
Formats:  Paperback
Retail Price:  $9.97
Publisher:  Barbour
Resource Type:  Julie Rayburn Devotional
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Julie’s blog posts and devotionals are an extension of her journaling that begun after returning from a medical mission trip to Guyana, South America over 15 years ago. While “out of her comfort zone,” she heard the Lord speak very clearly. Upon returning, she yearned to discern His voice amidst the clamor of everyday life. Julie embarked upon a journey to listen and recorded spiritual insights gleaned from God’s Word in her journal. That journey continues today as she encourages and inspires others to listen and apply God’s truth.