Cultivating Friendship in Marriage – Hf #65
Marriage has been a hop topic around the blog lately. We’ve been discussing how you can encourage your husband to lead with love and I even brought Jason on the podcast to share his advice on leading your family from an easy going husband.
This week I am so excited to brining on the expertise and wisdom from two fabulous ladies: Jolene Engle from JoleneEngle.com and Lisa Jacobson from Club 31 Women. They each have their own approaches to sharing about marriage but they both have the Bible as their basis and their own way of encouraging wives.
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The Foundations of a Good Marriage
The last few weeks we’ve been discussing a lot about respect within in marriage and today we are going to talk about how that can lead to a deeper friendship in marriage. Lisa is going to share some great encouragement for developing that deep friendship and Jolene is going to get practical (and real) on what to do when you don’t respect your husband.
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When Marriage is Rough
I know that sometimes it’s hard to talk about marriage because from the outside, it can seem like everyone else has perfect and deep marriages. Maybe you are struggling today and don’t know where to turn. Maybe you are angry and upset and don’t want to respect your husband.
I want to encourage you to scroll back up and listen to Jolene in the video or audio podcast. She’s been there. She knows that struggle in marriage and she is going to give you some Biblical advice on how you can move forward.
The following clip is a sneak peek into Jolene’s full course within My Homemaking Mentor, our online training academy for Christian women. I really appreciate her open and honest look at marriage while always pointing us back to Christ and God’s Word!
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Learning to Respect
As wives, we know that we have a lot of needs. We want to be loved, we want to be cherished, we want to feel close and connected to our husbands, and often we want some form of romance or another. But our husbands have needs as well. And one of those biggest needs is that they want to feel like we are respecting them.
In Jolene’s clip from the video or audio, she shares what can happen when we don’t feel like respecting our husbands.
If you want to dive deeper into this topic, I recommend you check out Jolene’s full course within My Homemaking Mentor and also dive into these past podcast episodes:
- Becoming Your Husband’s Cheerleader (Even when marriage is hard!)
- Loving Your Husband Like God Does
- Encouraging Your Husband to Lead with Love
- Advice on Leading Your Family From an Easy Going Husband (co-hosted with Jason my hubby)
I think this is the heart of where most women want to go in their marriages. We want that deep and close friendship with our husbands but after years of struggle and distance, it can be hard to know where to start.
In her course, Lisa shares some great encouragement on friending your husband and how to cultivate a deeper friendship. Make sure to listen to to her clips from the video or audio above because she has some really encouraging things to share.
A deep friendship doesn’t happen by accident. We have to be intentional and work at it. Some things that can make a marriage richer and closer include better communication, respect, and then cultivating that friendship with your husband.
In Lisa’s full course, she goes in depth into these topics and it’s so encouraging! She covers: Loving your husband, communication, respecting your husband, and friendship in marriage. Here’s a sneak peek of her course inside My Homemaking Mentor.
It’s so easy to let our friendships with our husbands go by the wayside when financial struggles creep in, when kids come along, when you face one sleepless night after another, through job loss, and so much more that we face throughout our lives. Even the every day busyness of marriage can choke the laughter and the fun out of marriage.
So we need to fight to get that laughter and the fun back. And at first, it might feel forced. It might be awkward. But it’s so worth it in the end. To cherish your husband, to view him as a best friend, and to cultivate that deeper friendship within marriage!
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