Finding Joy in Being a HelpMeet to Your Husband. Christian Marriage, Biblical Wifehood (Reclaiming Hope & Joy in your Marriage)

Finding Joy in Being a HelpMeet to Your Husband

Have you ever thought it was possible to find Joy in Being a Helpmeet to Your Husband? ~Let me tell you my story.  

Twelve years ago…

I (Christia) was a newlywed.

I was living in a city where I knew no one.

My husband was away working all day and most weekends.

To say I was lonely is an understatement.

To top it all off, I was a brand new Christian.

So here I am alone, friendless, and not entirely sure how to be a Christian much less a Christian wife.

As I look back on the early years of my marriage, I sometimes cringe.

I was anything, but a Biblical wife.

In fact, I was the foolish women tearing my own house down with my own hands like in Proverbs 14:1.

Proverbs 14:1 A wise woman builds her house

I was lucky that my husband stayed and did not take Proverbs 21:9 literally “Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and nagging wife.”

I tell you this because I know what it is like to not be the wife God created me to be.  To not live out Biblical Wifehood.

And I can also tell you how I turned this all around.

Ready to learn more?

What is a Helpmeet?

Helpmeet comes from Genesis 2:18

Genesis 2:18 I will make him a help meed for him

The only thing in creation that God said was not good was for Adam to be alone.

As a sociable creature, God created Eve to be Adam’s companion.

With Eve, Adam would be complete.

God created Eve to complement Adam. Women are different than men. 

No matter how much society tries to say that we are the same, I stand by the word of God that God created man and woman differently.

I love this quote from Women in the Scriptures:

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What is Our Role as a Helpmeet?

The role of a helpmeet will look different in every marriage, but the goals will be the same.

Every marriage and human being are unique so of course, there is not a one size fit all answer.

As you continue to read, you will see how to apply these particular roles into your specific marriage.

#1 Fulfilling Sexual Needs

With a rough history, it has taken a long time to see God’s picture of sex in marriage.

I was raised in the mentality that sex was wrong and bad, and it never left my mind.

As I have been married longer, I have come to learn the value of sex in a marriage.

In a marital relationship, the spouse is the only one that can meet this need.  Therefore, it should be of our utmost importance.

This means that we make time for it, find ways to enjoy it and we engage in the activity often.

I know what it feels like to be so tired and so over anyone touching me.   As a mom of 5 children, I get it!

But I also get the fact that my husband needs me in this way!

When you start to view sex as one of your roles as a helpmeet, it becomes easier to find time to make it a priority.

(To Learn about talking to sex with your kids, read: Resources for Talking to Your Kids About Sex and How to Talk to Your Kids About Sex.)

#2: Always Showing Respect

Respect is the only love language I think men have.

Honestly, my husband says that men have two needs: sex and respect.

Men need to be respected at home.

There are times we as women feel more qualified to make a certain decision, but we should never step over our husbands and take the lead. In less of course, our husband’s ask us to do so.

This is super tough!!!

My best tip for showing your husband respect is to always ask for his opinion.

Examples: It is wise to ask for an opinion before:

  • Committing to a big purchase.
  • Making big decisions.
  • Resolving issues that arise with your children.

All of this makes your husband feel respected and included.

While there are many times that my husband simply agrees with me, it is still important to our marriage that I ask his opinion.

Then, it is even more important that I listen to him.

As the man of the household, the husband is the leader.

In biblical order, it goes God, husband, wife, and children.  Many marriages could be filled with joy and saved if they kept this biblical order.

It is not my job to coerce my husband into making a certain decision, that is God’s job.  My job is to respect my husband be including him in decisions and listening to his answers.

#3: Being His Biggest Cheerleader

Biblical wives should ALWAYS be our husband’s biggest fan.   He should know without a doubt that we are behind him 110%.

Early on in my marriage when I was so lonely, I would complain about my husband’s work schedule.  Over time, I realized that this was tearing him down. I certainly was not respecting or cheering him on.

Our husbands need our encouragement.

Instead of complaining, I now find things that make his work day better.

  • Pray with him each morning before he leaves the house.
  • Keep a joyful spirit so he will look forward to returning to me.
  • Send him little texts throughout the day
    • That I am thinking of him
    • And I am so thankful he provides for our family

These simple things go a long way with letting our men know are their #1 fan!

#4: Having a Servant’s Heart

This is one that will look different for every family.

As a SAHM I take care of pretty much everything that goes on within the walls of our home, including cooking, shopping, and cleaning. Also, I homeschool the kids and obviously, take care of them.

This is sort of my domain. My husband has given me these responsibilities knowing that they will be completed and done.

Now, this does not mean that every once in awhile things are a little out of control or we have to eat out every once in awhile. That happens and it is ok!

But I take my role in the home seriously. It is my God-given job to take care of my home and family.

I view it as a job. I serve my husband and my children in that order.

My kids know that daddy comes first. I teach the kids how to serve their father as well.

Jesus was the ultimate servant. If our goal as Disciples is to grow more and more like Jesus every day, then we have to serve our husbands.

When I keep the mind of Christ and his role as a servant, it is easier to complete the cooking and cleaning and laundry because I know I am serving my husband.

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What I Wish I Knew Then

As a young newlywed, I wish I would have:

  1. Realized the importance of my husband’s sexual needs.
  2. Understood the value in showing respect.
  3. Been my husband’s big cheerleader.
  4. I wish I would have served him more.

I did none of these things early on in my marriage.  But after a few years, God changed my heart. I studied His word, read Christian marriage books, listened to podcasts, and surrounded myself with godly women who had a heart for God.

Over time, I started to do these things without even thinking.

You too can change and you can start today.

It is never too late to be the helpmeet your husband deserves.

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Wow, what beautiful Picture of God’s Grace to grow us in this journey toward Biblical Wifehood.

 

Thank you, Christia Colquitt.  Learn more about Christia’s passion toward Faith Filled Parenting here!  You can find Christia all over the internet on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.  

 

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Christia Colquitt

Christia  is a homeschooling mom to five children. She is the proud mommy of 4 boys and 1 girl! Her house is loud, fun, filled with laughter, and of course, super sticky floors!

Yet, this was not always the plan! After receiving her degree in Biochemistry from the University of Tennessee, she planned on going to dental school. God had other plans, and Christia has never looked back.

Christia is married to 12-year NFL veteran player Dustin Colquitt. They make it their life mission to inspire and help others from all walks of life.

Christia wants to share her triumphs and struggles in parenting, marriage, and how to make it all work on her blog Faith Filled Parenting.

Her hope is to encourage you to live with intention, while growing a more intimate relationship with Jesus. While neither Dustin or Christia claims to do this perfectly, they pray to grow together with you on this journey of life.

Faith Filled Parenting is all about setting goals, having dreams, and seeing it all happen by planning with intention. The parent’s role in a child’s life is so important that we need to know where we are going! We are not just going to get there. We have to be intentional.

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