New International Version (NIV)
22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her26 to make her holy, cleansing[a] her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— 30 for we are members of his body. 31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”[b] 32 This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.
Marriage is a covenant between a man and a woman. A Christian marriage is a covenant between a man, a woman and God.
When my husband and I got engaged, I began reading the book, “Power of a Praying Wife,” by Stormie Omartin. The book gave me so much insight into the biblical, spiritual, physical and emotional role of a wife. It helped me understand why my role is so important to my husband. I truly believe that being a wife is a calling. I believe, with all my heart, that I was called to be my husband’s wife.
There is also a book for the husbands entitled, “Power of a Praying Husband.” The book is also written by Stormie, but her husband Michael wrote the Forward section of the book.
No matter where you are in your marital journey, I would recommend that you and your spouse, or spouse to be, read these books. Make it a time of daily or weekly devotion with each other. Allow the books to facilitate prayer, conversation, and learning. I also recommend that you each start a journal to document your journey together.
May God continue to bless your marriage and may you always keep each other first. Be vigilant in loving, respecting, honoring and protecting each other. Ask God to help you to continue to learn each other and grow. Nothing should come before your spouse, except for God.
I love you with an amazing and everlasting love.
Rev. Marcia Davis