I asked some questions yesterday of the ladies – here are some of the wonderful responses I received. Thank you, ladies, for taking the time to answer these questions and for your comments!
We are celebrating a few extra special days of “Men Appreciation” around here. 🙂
If you would, please answer one or more of these questions for me.
1. The things I admire most about men in general are –
2. (If you have a special man in your life) The things I admire most about my man are –
3. What I find most fascinating about masculinity is –
4. Masculinity helps me to better understand the nature of God because –
I like men a lot! I like when men take charge and plan things and when they surprise you. I really like it when a guy comes to my house and picks me up and takes me somewhere new. Trying new things is always fun. I like that guys are taller and bigger and stronger. I like strong arms and hands. I like men that dress nice and have great manners and are gentlemen. I like men that have integrity and men that are not afraid to love Jesus and be a leader. I like men that stand up for the truth and treat all women with respect and care. I think men are pretty awesome and handsome.
1. The things I admire most about men in general are – Godly men are stable, born-leaders, has a sense of humor and has good focus on things and issues one at a time.
2. (If you have a special man in your life) The things I admire most about my man are – Trustworthy, transparent, honest, direct and straightforward, wise and teacheable
3. What I find most fascinating about masculinity is – it protects and shields and it is powerful whenever it is empowered by Christ!
4. Masculinity helps me to better understand the nature of God because – I can thank God as the great Creator of human beings. Masculinity’s big difference from femininity amazes me on how God can bring each other together and complement! God is truly wise in all things and on matters of the heart and relationships!
I think the two people in my life, are reality-based, very polite, and have perspective, charm, and wit, and really try to be prepared and helpful. My dad is really a strong figure in my life, and are very unique thinkers, both of them. It’s something I enjoy being around.
I admire guys for thinking differently and for being real, being witty/charming, and being helpful.
Masculinity helps me to understand God because while guys are somewhat angry, it’s a controlled anger, and a controlled passion, it reflects God’s passion for us as the church, and reflects His wrath in dealing with sin, but also, fairness and mercy in dealing gently with us, In being forgiving. Most of them are loving, just often times still have their own human flaws, which is why we need to trust God and believe in them, “cheer for” them as much as they do us, It’s why we need to go to God.
Even though I’m single without a man in my life, The things I admire most about men in general are how they conduct themselves as God-fearing gentlemen with respect, dignity,
and real love about being men the way God would want them to be.
1. They tend to be courageous.
2. My father and brother are hard-working and inventive.
3. It’s tough yet gentle.
4. It’s beyond what makes sense to me personally. It’s different from my nature and can do different things.
HERE ARE SOME ANSWERS FROM WIVES ON www.peacefulwife.com
1. Men are BEAUTIFUL and FASCINATING creatures to watch.
2. My husband is The Primo Alpha Male. He doesn’t back down from me. Through his leadership and dominance, he patiently teaches me submission.
3. It is wild and undomesticated that says, “Women and children first!”
4. I’m more balanced when I take into consideration both sides of God’s personality. Being female, I tend to lean naturally on God’s feminine qualities, which brings me to the image (which I’m sure you’ve all seen) of Jesus carrying the little lamb: relationally nurturing. However, there is the flip side to the God coin, the masculine. If it wasn’t for my husband’s interpretation of David and his Mighty Men, I wouldn’t understand the warrior heart of God, you know, “The God Who wars” and “God-of-angel-armies” –yes, God’s heart of vengeance.
1. The things I admire most about men in general are – the way that they are so protective of women in general. It is in their nature to protect.
2. The things I admire most about my own husband are – He is an amazing father. He works so hard to provide for our family. He works overtime so that I can stay home with my baby because its what feels right for us. He balances me out and makes me feel safe. He is also a wonderful leader for me and put family.
3. What fascinates me about masculinity is –
How different it makes men. There is such a difference between men and women.
4. Masculinity helps me to understand God’s nature better by showing me – Strength. Men just seem to have a strength about them. Physical and emotional. They use their strength to be strong for others.
Hi April, Great idea.
1. I admire the way they think, so methodical and focused, and of course their masculine bodies! I even like the way they (blush) smell!
2. It would be a very long list if I wrote everything I admire about my husband, but mostly it’s his patience, and perseverance. He does not quit. He’s also a brilliant man to have around in a crisis. He stays calm and takes charge with grace and finesse..makes everyone feel better. I love that he’s a brilliant man, with a very creative mind, that makes our life so interesting and exciting… I can honestly say because of his mind and dreams , in 40 years of marriage it has never been dull and I’ve never been bored.
3. Great question! What fascinates me about masculinity is focus. We woman can be great multitaskers, but I love the calm steadfast focus of a man at work. It inspires and touches me…
4. ..how steady and reliable, and faithful and consistent God is.. How safe are the arms of God.
Hi, April! I love what I’ve learned from your blog about how men mirror the role of Jesus and women the role of the church. It has changed the way I think about gender roles in my marriage. Just one example: it is true that my husband gets a thrill out of providing for me! I used to feel guilty, or not worthy of, receiving things like an expensive dinner out or what we call “frivolous” money, but he is happy to give those things to me, so I have learned to accept the gift with graciousness and enjoy it! That’s not to say that I deserve God’s gifts to me; it just illustrates that sometimes there really is a “free lunch”–I don’t have to do anything to be good enough for it.
One thing I admire about men in general is that (in my observation, anyway) they are less likely than women to do things out of guilt. They seem pretty clear about the boundaries on their time and relationships, so they don’t have the hand-wringing, “I don’t WANT to but I SHOULD” episodes that women can have regarding extra commitments and unhealthy “friendships.” I like how straightforward men can be about keeping those things in check.
I will be sharing some of my answers to these questions. Thank you for joining me in showing some respect, admiration and appreciation for our brothers in Christ, ladies!