I cannot claim credit for the catchy post title today. I stole it directly from my morning devotion app, GIG, Girlfriends in God. The very gifted Sharon Jaynes penned the devo, AAA Club of Marriage, and it really spoke to my heart today; my husband heart.
Jayne states that the AAA of marriage is adoration, admiration, and appreciation. While she does say that these things need to flow both ways, her focus is on how a wife can build up and love her husband by living those three principles on a daily basis.
Ephesians 5:33 has this to say:
“33 However, let each man of you [without exception] love his wife as [being in a sense] his very own self; and let the wife see that she respects and reverences her husband [that she notices him, regards him, honors him, prefers him, venerates, and esteems him; and that she defers to him, praises him, and loves and admires him exceedingly].” -Amplified Version
I’ll be honest, I have always chafed quite a bit under biblical directives to submit to the husband. I come from a long-line of strong matriarchs and slide into the role of domineering wife easily. I am letting God work on me in this area; softening the rough edges and sharpness of tongue. However, this is not what this verse focuses on. It is lifting up the virtues of adoration, admiration, and appreciation, for both husband and wife. Continue reading