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Loving Your Wife With Your Words

Loving Your Wife With Your Words

Update: 2024-06-03
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Ryan Frederick, author of "How a Husband Speaks," joins Focus on the Family to discuss the importance of communication in marriage, particularly for husbands. He argues that communication is the linchpin of a successful marriage, and that husbands have a responsibility to cultivate a healthy communication culture within their homes. Frederick emphasizes the need for husbands to shift from the toughness they may exhibit in the workplace to a more tender approach with their wives, seeing them as gifts to be cherished. He highlights the "husband paradox," where men are expected to be tough in the outside world but tender within their families. Frederick also addresses the biblical roles of husbands and wives, emphasizing that submission is not about power or worth but about fulfilling God-given roles for the flourishing of the marriage. He encourages husbands to see communication as a skill that can be learned and mastered, and to avoid blaming their wives for their communication shortcomings. Frederick uses the analogy of climbing Mount Foolish, a peak where nothing thrives, to illustrate the dangers of pride and the importance of humility in learning to communicate effectively. He emphasizes the importance of responding to wives with love and humility, rather than reacting with anger or defensiveness. Frederick also highlights the power of compounding communication, suggesting that small, consistent changes over time can lead to significant improvements in marital communication. He encourages husbands to develop a shared language with their wives, fostering a healthy communication culture that benefits both partners and their children. Finally, Frederick uses the analogy of a daredevil jumping off a cliff into a river with a log jam to illustrate the dangers of allowing communication breakdowns to fester in a marriage. He provides tools for breaking these log jams, including prayer, confirmation and clarification of meaning, overlooking annoyances and offenses, and using manners while being honest in communication. He emphasizes the importance of sending clear signals that are not lost in the noise of anger or defensiveness. The episode concludes with a call to action for listeners to seek help from Focus on the Family if they are struggling in their marriages, highlighting resources such as a free marriage assessment and Ryan Frederick's book.

Outlines

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Introduction

This Chapter introduces Ryan Frederick, author of "How a Husband Speaks," and the topic of communication in marriage. It highlights the importance of marriage as a foundation for family life and the need for couples to work on their communication.

00:02:23
Ryan Frederick's Journey to "How a Husband Speaks"

This Chapter explores Ryan Frederick's personal journey to writing "How a Husband Speaks." He shares his own struggles with communication in marriage and his desire to help other men avoid similar challenges. He emphasizes the importance of learning to communicate in a way that honors God and strengthens the marriage.

00:04:20
Communication as the Linchpin of Marriage

This Chapter delves into the crucial role of communication in marriage. Ryan Frederick argues that effective communication can overcome many challenges, while poor communication can lead to bitterness, anger, and even infidelity. He emphasizes the responsibility of husbands to lead in communication, drawing parallels to the biblical account of Adam and Eve.

00:06:05
Biblical Roles and Communication in Marriage

This Chapter explores the biblical roles of husbands and wives in marriage, emphasizing the importance of complementarity and submission. Ryan Frederick clarifies that submission is not about power or worth but about fulfilling God-given roles for the flourishing of the marriage. He addresses the cultural challenges to this perspective and encourages couples to trust God's design for their relationship.

Keywords

How a Husband Speaks
A book by Ryan Frederick that provides guidance for husbands on how to communicate effectively with their wives, leading and loving them through godly communication. The book explores various aspects of communication, including the importance of tenderness, humility, and understanding biblical roles in marriage.

Ryan Frederick
A Christian author and speaker who focuses on marriage and family ministry. He is known for his books, including "How a Husband Speaks" and "Fear's Marriage." He is passionate about helping couples build strong and healthy relationships based on biblical principles.

Communication in Marriage
The process of exchanging thoughts, feelings, and ideas between spouses. It is a crucial aspect of a healthy marriage, fostering intimacy, understanding, and problem-solving. Effective communication involves active listening, clear expression, and a willingness to compromise.

Husband Paradox
The concept that men are expected to be tough and assertive in the workplace but tender and loving at home. This paradox can create challenges in communication, as men may struggle to shift between these roles. Ryan Frederick encourages husbands to embrace tenderness and vulnerability in their relationships with their wives.

Biblical Roles in Marriage
The roles that God has assigned to husbands and wives in marriage, as outlined in the Bible. These roles are based on complementarity and mutual submission, with husbands called to love their wives sacrificially and wives called to submit to their husbands. These roles are not about power or worth but about fulfilling God's design for a flourishing marriage.

Mount Foolish
An analogy used by Ryan Frederick to describe the pride and arrogance that can prevent men from learning to communicate effectively with their wives. He encourages men to descend from this peak of self-sufficiency and embrace humility in order to grow in their communication skills.

Compounding Communication
The idea that small, consistent changes in communication over time can lead to significant improvements in marital relationships. Ryan Frederick encourages husbands to focus on making small, wise changes each day, rather than trying to fix everything at once.

Shared Language
The unique way that couples communicate with each other, developing a shared understanding of words, gestures, and expressions. This shared language can foster intimacy and connection, but it can also lead to misunderstandings if it is not nurtured and maintained.

Log Jam
An analogy used by Ryan Frederick to describe the communication breakdowns that can occur in marriage. He encourages husbands to identify and address these breakdowns, one log at a time, in order to restore healthy communication.

Focus on the Family
A Christian ministry that provides resources and support for families, including marriage counseling, parenting advice, and educational materials. They are known for their radio broadcasts, television programs, and online resources.

Q&A

  • What is the main message of Ryan Frederick's book, "How a Husband Speaks?"

    The book emphasizes the importance of husbands taking responsibility for communication in marriage, advocating for a shift from toughness in the workplace to tenderness at home, and encouraging men to see their wives as gifts.

  • What is the "husband paradox" and how does it affect communication in marriage?

    The "husband paradox" refers to the expectation that men should be tough and assertive in the outside world but tender and loving at home. This can create challenges in communication, as men may struggle to shift between these roles. Ryan Frederick encourages husbands to embrace tenderness and vulnerability in their relationships with their wives.

  • How does Ryan Frederick address the biblical roles of husbands and wives in marriage?

    He emphasizes that submission is not about power or worth but about fulfilling God-given roles for the flourishing of the marriage. He clarifies that husbands are called to love their wives sacrificially and wives are called to submit to their husbands, not out of obligation but out of trust in God's design.

  • What is the analogy of "Mount Foolish" and how does it relate to communication in marriage?

    Mount Foolish represents the pride and arrogance that can prevent men from learning to communicate effectively with their wives. Ryan Frederick encourages men to descend from this peak of self-sufficiency and embrace humility in order to grow in their communication skills.

  • What is the concept of "compounding communication" and how can it benefit marriages?

    Compounding communication refers to the idea that small, consistent changes in communication over time can lead to significant improvements in marital relationships. Ryan Frederick encourages husbands to focus on making small, wise changes each day, rather than trying to fix everything at once.

  • What is a "shared language" in marriage and how does it impact communication?

    A shared language is the unique way that couples communicate with each other, developing a shared understanding of words, gestures, and expressions. This shared language can foster intimacy and connection, but it can also lead to misunderstandings if it is not nurtured and maintained.

  • What is the analogy of the "log jam" and how does it relate to communication breakdowns in marriage?

    The "log jam" represents the communication breakdowns that can occur in marriage. Ryan Frederick encourages husbands to identify and address these breakdowns, one log at a time, in order to restore healthy communication.

  • What are some practical tools that Ryan Frederick suggests for improving communication in marriage?

    He suggests tools such as prayer, confirmation and clarification of meaning, overlooking annoyances and offenses, and using manners while being honest in communication. He emphasizes the importance of sending clear signals that are not lost in the noise of anger or defensiveness.

  • What resources does Focus on the Family offer to couples who are struggling in their marriages?

    Focus on the Family offers a free marriage assessment, as well as counseling services and other resources to help couples strengthen their relationships.

  • What is the main takeaway from this episode of Focus on the Family?

    The main takeaway is that communication is essential for a healthy marriage, and that husbands have a crucial role to play in cultivating a positive communication culture within their homes. Ryan Frederick provides practical advice and encouragement for husbands to improve their communication skills and strengthen their relationships with their wives.

Show Notes

Ryan Frederick helps you as a husband learn how to better love your wife in the way you speak with her. From seemingly small efforts like thinking before you respond and asking insightful questions to building a shared language, you’ll pick up some great tips on how to better communicate for a stronger bond with your wife.

 

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