Women are the source of great mystery to us guys – they’re a puzzle that’s difficult to solve. And just when you think you’ve got it all figured out everything changes. The original quote is from Winston Churchill.

This idea was fed to me by JR (he likes sending me stuff to write about, and has become very good at it!), and was also inspired by “dhugs” (she has a knack for it too!!).

I’m sure it feels the same way for women who have the challenge of figuring us guys out… it seems we’re just wired differently. I admire married couples that are able to work through challenges and stormy seasons together. It requires a lot of commitment and dedication, as well as teamwork.

Aside from that, here’s what I believe that it’s all about:

If you read Ephesians 5:22-33, it says that husbands should love their wives and wives should submit to their husbands. Love and Respect pretty much says it all. If you can keep that, and center your marriage on God, everything else seems to fall into place. Paul, the writer of Ephesians, relates this relationship to that of Christ and the Church. And if you back up one verse, to 5:21 you’ll find: Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. And that to me says Love and Respect needs to go both ways, that both the husband and the wife have a responsibility to provide each of these to one another.

So it’s really not about solving the mystery or puzzle. We may never get there. Love, Respect and God.

Sounds easy, doesn’t it?