“The head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God…for man is made in God’s image and reflects God’s glory. And woman reflects man’s glory. For the first man didn’t come from woman, but the first woman came from man. And man was not made for woman, but woman was made for man..But among the Lord’s people, women are not independent of men, and men are not independent of women. For although the first woman came from man, every other man was born from a woman, and everything comes from God.” 1Corinthians 11:3,7-9,11-12
Welcome to Joyfully Submitted! I know that for some of us that may sound like an oxymoron, but trust me, that could not be further from the truth. I remember when my amazing husband and I were married 17 years ago, (and he really is amazing) the very idea of the words ‘submit’ or ‘obey’ actually being included in our vows was a secret source of nausea for me. I had been a sincere Christian for five years by the time I found myself at the alter repeating those words, and can actually be seen on the wedding video stumbling over them, something that caused a chuckle from those in attendance. You may think that I must have been…at least a moderate feminist to display that response, but if I was I wasn’t aware of it. I was simply a 21 year old young woman who had grown up in church and had absolutely no idea what the concept of Biblical submission really was. And what I had been told by those ‘older than me in the faith” did not make it any more appealing. Don’t get me wrong, the femininst agenda had its tentacles attached, but the Holy Spirit had taken up residence in my heart…and the war was on! One of the things I hope to chronicle for you with this blog is my journey to break free from the lies and misrepresentations presented to all of us, male and female, by the world that we live in. God has been so gracious towards me…and patient with me. And so has my husband. For those of us who have traveled, or are beginning to travel this road, we can be an awesome source of encouragement for eachother. For those of us still wavering on the whole submission thing, prayerfully you will experience the grace of our Lord as he gently leads you by the hand as he has done, and still does for so many of us. While the Cuture screams at us that “It’s a woman’s world” and that “we don’t need a man”, there are some of us (and the numbers are growing) who choose to believe that marriage between a man and a woman is a relationship most valuable in God’s sight, and the love and respect shown within this relationship has the power to send ripple effects of revival and change throughout generations as of yet unknown. While the culture does everything it can to cause us to dishonor, disrespect, undervalue and demean men in general, but for the married woman, our husbands more specifically, we choose to believe that men were created in the image of an amazing God, and deserve our respect and honor, particularly if that man is the one we have chosen to spend the rest of our lives with. I truly believe that true honor and respect are found within Godly marriages, and true joy in marriage is only found in submission…to God first, and then to our husbands. With a focus on Biblical Womanhood and Service/Ministry at Home first, I hope this page is a true blessing to you.