January 9, 2013
We are commanded in the Bible to be respectful and submissive wives. But much of what I read and heard placed a woman in the role of a second-class citizen in her relationship with her husband. To honor God, surely I was not meant to give up the hopes and dreams I had and live out life as a diminished person! Much of the advice dealt with not correcting one’s husband or not disagreeing with him. When I applied this advice, it frustrated both of us. I found no formula for a happy marriage. But when I learned that God, in the Bible, described wives with the exact same word as he used for the Holy Spirit, I started to understand what God intended for his daughters who choose marriage. When I realized that God has given us all a spirit of power, love, and self-discipline—and not one of timidity (1 Timothy 1:7)—I started experiencing the privilege of being a wife, as opposed to the drudgery of being one. I wanted to do something for the many women who loved God as I did and wanted to serve him, yet struggled with his biblical instructions for wives. I wanted to empower them in their relationships. I sensed that the fifteen years I had spent training other trainers and delivering training myself utilizing the most successful life-changing methods available were all for this purpose. I quit my job, and Daughters of Sarah was born. From The Respect Dare, copyright ©2012 by Nina Roesner. Published by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission, all rights reserved.