Encouraging your Man to Grow in Faith

Inside: Why should we encourage our husband’s spiritual leadership in the home? Every relationship is based on his faith and relationship with God.

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Helping Your Man Grown in His Faith and Spiritual Role. Why should we encourage our husband's spiritual leadership in the home? Every relationship is based on his faith and relationship with God. #leadership #mansrole #mensgifts #gifts #men #christiangifts

You need a present for someone special, but they are always so hard to buy for. You’ve been thinking, pouring over magazines and perusing the Amazon website and you still have no idea what to buy this person.

The gift-less person is your husband.

I don’t know about you but I want to buy my husband gifts that he wouldn’t necessarily spend the money for himself. I’m looking for gifts to grow him and encourage him as my husband, father and Christian man.

Husband’s Spiritual Leadership in the Home

The Bible clearly says the husband is to be the spiritual leader in the home in 1 Timothy 3. Our husbands are responsible to God for those under his care. Do you want to answer to God about this someday?

Let that sink in for a moment…

As wives, our expectations of how our husband does this job might result in unloving actions. Maybe we try to push them into a relationship with God that isn’t there, criticize their leadership or even expect that they should be at the same level of faith as us.

Do you drop hints or let unkind words from your mouth about this topic? Can I be honest? These words and hints move him more away from God then draw him near. Click To Tweet

Perhaps we never witnessed a godly couple encouraging each other in marriage. How a wife treats her husband affects every role in their family, including his spiritual leadership in the home.

(Ephesians 4:29, NLT).

29 Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.

Helping Your Man Grown in His Faith and Spiritual Role. Why should we encourage our husband's spiritual leadership in the home? Every relationship is based on his faith and relationship with God. #leadership #mansrole #mensgifts #gifts  #men #christiangifts

Our Husband’s Faith is His Own

The truth is, your husband’s relationship with God is his relationship. We can’t force it or knock it. Click To Tweet

What we can do is bring our concerns to him like Esther did in the Bible. She arranged a banquet and got on her best clothes, loving gestures toward her husband, and then told her husband her concerns.

3 Queen Esther replied, “If I have found favor with the king, and if it pleases the king to grant my request, I ask that my life and the lives of my people will be spared. 4 For my people and I have been sold to those who would kill, slaughter, and annihilate us. If we had merely been sold as slaves, I could remain quiet, for that would be too trivial a matter to warrant disturbing the king” (Esther 7:3-4, NLT).

Did you notice, she didn’t nag or criticize but talked to her husband in love?

“Behind every great man, there’s a great woman.” ~Author Unknown

Encouraging our Husband’s Spiritual Leadership

How do we cheerlead our husband on in his spiritual growth?

  1. Wordlessly show Christ to him daily.
  2. Pray.
  3. Speak love to him and encourage him.
  4. Trust God to grow his relationship and faith.
  5. Offer patience to him in the growth process.
  6. Leave resources available to him to grow and learn more about Christ.

As our husband grows in faith, our marriage, parenting and all other relationships in his life get better. As you can see, becoming closer to Christ benefits everyone.

I’ve put together a gift guide to bless our husbands with resources to learn more about God and grow in faith. We can show our husband’s our concerns by lovingly blessing them with one of these gifts!

  • Act Like Men: 40 Days to Biblical Manhood
  • Jeremiah 29:11 Keychain
  • One-Minute Prayers for Men
  • Strong to the Finish
  • Faith Mug
  • 2" Wooden Cross Key Chain
  • Man Up
  • The Richest Man Who Ever Lived
  • Every Man's Bible
  • Wild at Heart

For my other gift guides:  10 Thoughtful Gift Ideas for Grieving Loved Ones

Supporting your Anxious Loved One’s Gift Guide

To read my other posts in my Christmas series, HeartBreak Holiday:

Dysfunctional Disaster Holiday 

It’s the Wonderful Time of the Year

 A Barren Womb at Christmas

 Finding Joy in the NICU at Christmas

How to Choose Joy When Deployment Separates Us

Joy In A Hot Christmas Mess

I Feel So Sad And Lonely This Holiday Season

The Empty Seat

32 thoughts on “Encouraging your Man to Grow in Faith

  1. Such a great post! I do my best to encourage my husband and to let him know I love and respect him. Especially his love for God and his desire to lead all of us in deeper faith. Wild at Heart is an amazing book for both husbands and wives! Thank you for the gift ideas!

  2. If husbands have mentally exhausting jobs, it’s hard for them to have the space in their lives to spend time in the Word. If we excitedly share what God has been teaching us, they can glean all the best juicy bits and contribute spiritually to us by adding or putting together the things we’ve said in a way that is surprising and leads us closer to Christ.

  3. I love this post Julie! I think it’s so important for the husbands to lead but at the same time I’ve learned to stop pushing cause it does not work! With prayer and encouragement I’ve noticed a difference in his actions as the family leader. Prayer is powerful!

  4. We as wives are called to be our husband’s spiritual cheerleaders! We are their helpmates and constant encouragers. I loved all of your tips, but number 3 really spoke to me. I strive each day to do this, but sometimes life gets in the way. Thanks for this reminder 🙂

  5. As wives we want the best for our husbands. It’s a challenge not to “meddle” with his walk. I remember one time when I told my husband, “You’re a good man, ” the Lord whispered to my heart: “It’s a lot more difficult being a good man than being a good woman.”

  6. I love this!! I loved how you showed us that Esther came to her husband in love, making herself beautiful and brought her concerns with respect. I have never thought about that. You have su h wisdom. I have been blessed

  7. Encouraging our husbands and cheering them on in all areas, is so important! as ladies, we often cheer one another, but the guys don’t really do that, so if we’re not encouraging him, it’s not going to be good. We can so easily forget this though!

    Thanks for the reminder!

  8. Great gift ideas here, Julie. I loved the book Wild at Heart. Your suggestions are good too. I also think it can be easy for women to “judge” their husbands as “less spiritual” simply because they are less expressive about it, or live out faith differently…I’ve noticed respect and affirmation encourage my husband so much. 🙂

  9. I find myself trying to purchase my husband gifts that challenge him to be the person that that item represents; or, I buy him gifts that I know encourage him in an area he is already vocal about working on.

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