This is a guest post from Darlene Schacht
I’m so blessed that Amy has allowed me the opportunity of being a guest blogger on her site. I was fortunate to have met Amy a few years back when CWO (my magazine at the time) had a writing contest. I was in tears when I read Amy’s article (Celebration of Life), amazed at her ability to draw people in with the warmth of her words. Amy and I have worked on a few projects together, but these days while she’s over here, I can be found lost in the scribbles and sketches at Time~Warp Wife.
It’s a blessing to be able to step past the boundaries of my website and share my message with you.
Through this ministry of mine, I encourage women to love and respect their husbands, because in doing so we become the radiant bride we were fashioned to be. I honor God when I honor my husband. I’m a crown of great worth when I’m intimately connected with him. And I radiate love when I live out my purpose, which is that of being his helpmeet.
Does your husband deserve your respect? Not necessarily. He might be annoying, rude or obnoxious for all I know. But God definitely deserves our respect and it’s His will that we bless our husbands through the way that we live. God desires that we are a helpmeet, and has equipped each and every woman for the job.
When I wrote “Reshaping It All” with actress Candace Cameron Bure, I went into it with the initial expectation of being a co-author in every sense of the word. But when I deeply considered what was best for the book, I knew that it was necessary for me to step down and let her take the lead. It wasn’t that she was more important than me, or that I was of less importance in the project, it simply meant that God designed each of us with different talents, and in order for our partnership to function at its best, I let Candace take the lead.
By being second in command I’ve discovered a joy in working with her. I won’t be sitting on the couch with Oprah or Tyra, but I’ll be applauding if she does.
In the same way, I happily choose to be second in command when it comes to my marriage. I love that my husband is my provider, my protector, a godly example and wise leader.
A husband’s job is to love his wife as Christ loved the church; that’s an enormous responsibility on the shoulders of man.
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her. ~ Ephesians 5:25 (NIV)
We don’t teach men to be examples, to show integrity, or use wisdom of speech. Yes, we encourage them by example, but the grace of God does the teaching:
For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age. ~ Titus 2:11-12, NIV
Thanks for the opportunity of being a guest blogger, Amy. I continue to pray for your family asking that God would grant you wisdom in mending young wounded hearts. I’m forever blessed by your friendship. *Thank you, Darlene. It was your belief in me that gave me the confidence to pursue this blogging thing. I am grateful to God for using you as a tool to reach my heart. You pioneered the way for so many of us in online ministry. I appreciate you, my friend!About the author: Darlene Schacht is a mom to four children, help-meet to her husband Michael, and co-author of Candace Cameron Bure’s new book, Reshaping It All: Motivation for Physical and Spiritual Fitness. You can find her sketching and scribbling over at www.time-warp-wife.blogspot.com If you would like to have Darlene Schacht as a guest writer on your site, please contact her at: darlene[at]darleneschacht[dot]net