Portrait of a Godly Wife

Bathsheba, The Influential Wife

One day last week, I had one thing left on my to-do list: go to Sam’s. My husband had one thing on his to-do list: go to the gym. In an effort to spend more time together as a family, we decided to complete our to-do list together. Well, you can guess how the story ends. We stayed at the gym longer than planned. By the time we got in the car, Sam’s had closed and my to-do list was [Read more...]

What to Do When Your Spouse Goofs

What to Do When Your Spouse Goofs is part of an ongoing series, Portrait of a Godly Wife Everybody messes up from time to time. It is never fun when someone points out our mistakes or shames us for it. Marriage is a fertile ground for such finger-pointing. We are so familiar with one another that we don’t think twice about berating our spouse for their errors in judgment. Elizabeth provides [Read more...]

Following Noah

Following Noah is part of an ongoing series, Portrait of a Godly Wife.  A handful of years ago, my husband got an unsolicited job offer that would require us to move. We lived in our hometown in a big house that we built on family land near grandmothers, aunts, uncles, cousins, and lifetime friends. When David first approached me about the offer, I shared my thoughts: We are where we are [Read more...]

Say What You Need to Say

Say What You Need to Say is part of an ongoing series, Portrait of a Godly Wife. Several years ago, a repeating scene played out at our home almost every week. My husband would ask if I minded if he played tennis. Being the godly, submissive wife, I almost always said yes. While he was away I would brew and stew about it. Didn’t he realize I needed time out? Didn’t he know that I needed him [Read more...]

Leah the Unloved Wife

Leah the Unloved Wife is part of an ongoing series, Portrait of a Godly Wife Light began to peek through the seams of the tent. Morning was inevitable. Leah knew Laban’s charade would soon come to a heartbreaking end. She drew the blanket close to her chin, savoring the warmth and misdirected love of her husband, Jacob. As soon as the light from the sun hit her homely face, her heart would [Read more...]

Abigail: The Wife of a Fool

On his best day, a husband is a night in shining armor. He sweeps you off your feet with flowers, dinner, and sweet talk about how you complete him. You end the night cuddling by candle light, so glad you married such a dear. Then there are the not-so-good days. Like that time he gave you tips on loading the dishwasher–the one he loads twice a month while complaining. Or that time he played [Read more...]

Rahab, Wife With a Past

Rahab, Wife With a Past is part of an ongoing series, Portrait of a Godly Wife. I love a good heroine. I gobble up books with strong female leads. I also love stories of redemption, second chances, and true love. In the book of Joshua, we get all of that in the story of Rahab, the wife with a past. We meet Rahab in Joshua 2 as the children of Israel position themselves to take the Promised Land. [Read more...]

Esther, the Praying Wife

Esther, the Praying Wife is part of an ongoing series, Portrait of a Godly Wife As a young bride, it was a surprising thing to learn that I was not my husband’s Holy Spirit. I considered myself his burning bush, his Jeremiah, his high priest. Wrong on so many levels, I know. It has been a hard lesson to learn, but praying for him is the best way for me to see God move in his life. Esther is [Read more...]

The Excellent Wife of Proverbs 31

The Excellent Wife of Proverbs 31 is part of an ongoing series, Portrait of a Godly Wife. While on the campaign trail, George Bush and his wife, Barbara, stopped at a gas station to refuel. The First Lady recognized the gas station attendant as an old beau and stepped out to speak to him. When she returned to the limo President Bush remarked, “If you had married him, you would be the wife [Read more...]

The Shulammite Woman

The Shulammite Woman is part of an ongoing series, Portrait of a Godly Wife. The Song of Songs is a saucy book of the Bible.  It contains the romantic, intimate exchange between King Solomon and his beloved Shulammite woman.  Through their flirting, love making, and pillow talk, we can explore ways to honor God through our sexuality within marriage. This is a topic we don’t visit often on [Read more...]