10 Ways a Wife Can Influence the Heart of Her Husband by Jolene Engle

10 Ways a Wife Can Influence the Heart of Her Husband

I was in a room filled with women as we sat chatting about the Bible and that’s when it happened…

A woman from across the room responded to my comment when she said, “Your husband actually listens to you?”  Mine doesn’t listen to me!  I’ll tell him he should do certain things, but he doesn’t listen.”

I could tell based on the look in her eyes and the sadness in her voice she wished her relationship with her husband was different.  But because of the setting I was in, I couldn’t exactly go into a teaching on a wife’s influence- how she could use it or how she could lose it.

10 Ways a Wife Can Influence the Heart of Her Husband by Jolene Engle

Then I came home and shared the scenario with my man.  I asked him some questions so I could get a better understanding of the male gender.  I talked with him about influence, more specifically, what does a wife do (or not do) that stirs up the husband’s heart so she’s able to make a positive impact on his life.

“Why is it that I’m able to influence you, I asked.  What are those little things I do that cause you to take note in what I say?”

And so he shared with me the following:

10 Ways a Wife Can Influence the Heart of her Husband

  1. Be a wife he can trust.  Influence comes from trust and without trust, there is no influence.
  2. Be kind and gracious to him. He feels welcomed by this.
  3. Stand in his corner and fight with him against the world, rather than back him into a corner.  Every man wants a woman who is on his side when they’re in the midst of a trial.  Be the kind of wife who cheers him on so he can win the battle.
  4. Support him in his endeavors.  By believing in him and following him, this makes him feel like he can conquer anything.
  5. Esteem him in public.  There is no higher compliment in his eyes.
  6. Be a safe place for him.  Accept him for who he is rather than judge him for his shortcomings.
  7. Let him know you’re praying for him.  This shows you care about his spiritual well-being.
  8. Be a passionate wife.  Pursue him intimately.
  9. Put him before the children.  Show him you respect him by teaching your children to respect him.
  10. Choose to be a joyful wife. Be content with life rather than gripe about life.

An excellent wife is the crown of her husband.  Proverbs 12:4

An excellent wife is a wife who seeks to use her influence to bring glory to God rather than glory to herself.  To learn more about this important marital principle of a wife’s influence, go here!

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  1. says

    This was perfectly timed Jolene. My husband has been giving me a million excuses why he’s not looking for work and I feel he’s leaving all the responsibility on me to bring in an income. I feel so frustrated. Maybe if I try following these 10 things, he’ll be more inclined to want to contribute to our family.

    • Jill says

      These are excellent ways for a wife to seek to influence her husband in a godly way….if he is willing to listen and himself is seeking the Lord and desiring to be a godly man and husband. Not every husband is, and many are quite the opposite, abusive, dismisssive or otherwise refusing to listen, despite his wife’s influence, and no amount of effort on the wife’s part will change that. These types of suggestions, while very biblical, helpful and encouraging in an otherwise healthy marriage with normal ups and downs, do not address how to motivate and influence another type of husband who requires outside intervention for the support and safety of the wife, who finds herself in a destructive, not just simply perhaps a disappointing marriage, while getting the husband the outside “influence” he needs to change.

  2. Candace says

    This is great advice! I was wondering if I could use this article in our MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group monthly newsletter?

    • says

      Hi Candace, yes, you can use the article. If your newsletter is on-line please provide a link back to my site. If your newsletter is in print, make sure you add my website address to the article. Please don’t make any changes to the existing article, and my name as the author is given for copyright purposes.

  3. says

    my married life is in trouble now a days. after reading your articles i learned how can i safe my relation. please pray for me for a happy married life.

  4. Destiny says

    What if your husband dose not let you be a safe place for him or support him? What if your husband dosent let you be the best wife you can be.

  5. Ayanda Shayi says

    I just love what I just read and it touched me deeply. Though for e it might be a little too late. Bu still I remain in faith

  6. says

    this is so true, me and my hubby sat down as well he expressed the same. We also did the five love languages, so that I can speak that love to him. Found out we both want words of affirmation, to be regarded highly in each other’s eyes. We have been working on it for a few weeks. Wow the transformation. I believe, Our marriages can truly be beautiful and blessed by God. I also understand women’s frustration when they try and hubby is not interested. I know how hard it can be to see through all of the mud. But God changes hearts, he soften the hearts of kings, he can do the same for us. I know one has heard it before. But it’s our hearts that needs to change towards our husbands. We must be the change we want to see. Even for us to get to that place is difficult, but prayer and talking to your spouses will break that chain. I promise you. God will revive the marriage and the love you feel for each other will be more deeper and intense. I pray for every marriage, that we will not be blinded by Santans tactics in our marriages. Filling our minds with doubt and all the questions we might have. But we will soften our hearts and hear Gods voice. That we will push through as we want to bring healing to our marriages.

  7. says

    Ok. I know I am a lousy wife for my husband, and this raises my counchousnes about it. I really wonder. When you are talking about cheering at your husband and all that 3, 4 and five-stuff, what if you in example think he is wrong? What if his battles are on the wrong areas?

    I feel that the only way for someone like me to really respect him, is to be me. The intelligent, critical, strong me, the wooman he married. I know he sometimes wish I was blind and obedient, always cheering for his every fart, but I am not.

    Should I be someone I am not, just to please that immature side of him? Is that really respect?

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