I’ve been talking with some guys lately who are also in their first year of marriage, and one of the struggles I keep hearing from them is that they all recognize they need to grow in spiritual leadership. I guess this is pretty common among first-year Christian husbands.
I shared last Monday how my spiritual walk has been dry lately, and how God has been pressing me to repent and return. One of the unintended consequences of that dryness is that I have been failing to encourage and nurture the spiritual growth of my wife.
She is a born-again daughter of God; she has a relationship with Christ that does not rely upon her relationship with me. But part of my responsibility to her as her husband is to help strengthen and cultivate her spiritual life–to wash her with the water of the Word, so to speak. If I am to help her grow and flourish as a person, I cannot ignore this aspect of her life.
I know I haven’t been leading well in this area, because I haven’t really been growing lately in this area. I’ve repented of this, and want to grow, but I would like some advice on how to strengthen her spiritually.
So, fellow believers, can I ask you for some ideas? How do you encourage and support your spouse’s spiritual life and growth?