In Part 3 of my interview with Dennis Rainey and Bob Lepine on Family Life Today, we talk about respect and what that looks like to a man.

Just last week, my husband cranked up Aretha Franklin’s        R-E-S-P-E-C-T and danced around the kitchen with the kids.  Not-so-subliminal message?

Guess he’d like some RESPECT from me and the munchkins!

As wives, we have a great position of influence in our homes.  You’ve probably heard the saying, “He may be the head, but I’m the neck.”

Bob Lepine says this in my book,

Mary Ann laughs that she wants me to lead as long as I do exactly what she wants me to do.  What she’s really saying is I want to lead.  I want you to be the one out front doing it, but I want to control things behind the scenes.  I think that’s an issue for a lot of women.  They think they must be in control of their environment and circumstances in order to be safe.  That’s an illusion in the first place.  You’re never in control of your environment or circumstances.  Even if you were in control, that doesn’t mean that the decisions you make would be the right one or the safest one.

Isn’t that the truth?

God is the one who is ultimately in charge.  And if you’re married, God has given you a leader in the form of your husband.  He’s not perfect (and neither are you) and he’ll make an error in judgment from time to time.  But that doesn’t change his need for your respect.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T…find out what it means to your man.

Ask your husband tonight, Do you think I respect you?  How do I show you respect?  How can I respect you more?

Listen to the radio interview on Family Life Today for more encouragement if you’d like a happier husband and a happier home!


Arlene Pellicane

Send this to a friend