Friday, June 15, 2012

For Wives Only

A beautiful friend is getting married soon.  As we who love her gather 'round to help her prepare, we are reminded of our own vows.  The promises we made.  The road we've travelled since.  Reminders are good.

I had an opportunity to speak a blessing at her wedding shower.  The words I was inspired to speak stirred my own heart, stirred others...perhaps you might be encouraged too?

When  God created Adam He said, “It is not good that man should be alone, I will make him an help meet for him.”

Not a “helpmeet”.  A help.  Meet for him.  Two words.  Describing words.

The Hebrew word that has been translated “help” is a beautiful word.  It doesn’t mean “picker-upper-of-dirty-socks or scullery maid” it means to “aid, succour, comfort”.  It is only used to describe a wife…and to describe the kind of help God gives.  Only.  Pretty powerful, isn’t it?

God will help you as you help your husband.  All the resources of heaven, yours.

The word “meet” is an old English word that means “suitable, fitting.”  So God designed a wife to be “just right” for her husband.  There may be days in which you wonder if you’re doing anything right…remember that when God created you He said you were just right.  Don’t be afraid.  Ask Him to help you be all that He created you to be.

More modern translations render this verse:  “The Lord God said, It is not good for the man to be alone.  I will make a helper who is just right for him.”

That’s you.

Anything else is a lie.  If you're feeling inadequate or like a miserable failure, lean into the arms of the Father and absorb His strength.  Look into His eyes and believe the promise.  Listen as He tells you that he made you just right for the job.  He will help you to be all He created you to be.

God said it is not good for your husband to be alone.  He made YOU a helper who is just right for him.

We put our hope in the Lord.
He is our help and shield.
In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.
Psalm 33:20-21


  1. good heavens Michelle how is it that you're always able to do that on the very day I require it...sheesh
    sheesh and thank you.

    1. :-) You know that moment right before you hit "publish"...the moment when you feel sickeningly self-conscious and totally vulnerable? Comments like yours make it all worthwhile. We journey together, cheering each other on.

  2. Okay, I'm choked up... and you quoted our wedding text... thanks once again for your words.

    1. :-) Remembering...He knew we would need it. My text was "Be kind to one another." I often need to remember...