As wives, we each are called to be our husband’s helpmate. I regularly live this out in my home by managing the day-to-day tasks of running a household and caring for our children. But being a helpmate is about much more than making sure the kids are alive and there’s food in the fridge.
It’s about lightening my husband’s load so that he’s free to carry the burden of leading and providing for our family. It often involves being a listening ear, a wise voice, and an encouraging cheerleader. At times I may be a buffer in a difficult relationship, a sounding board for work-related ideas, or an advisor when a situation seems unclear.
But other times, a seemingly impossible situation will be placed in my husband’s life, and I’ll feel like a very helpless helpmate.
Even though I may be my husband’s trusted friend and advisor, there are some burdens I simply cannot carry. Whether the situation is personal, relational, professional, or spiritual, some things must be struggled through. I still can be a listening ear, but my words seem to lack the necessary wisdom. The easy answer to the problem at hand doesn’t come so easily, and I may begin to feel a bit hopeless.
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