What’s the Key to a Man’s Heart?



manners in marriage

love and respect are the keys

to open our hearts

Wendy / 2016




Whenever I see someone casting for fish, I’m instantly transported back in time to when I’ve been fishing with my dear husband or my late dad. This young man was kind in allowing me to photograph him, and he even gave me permission to post these on the internet.

I rarely photograph strangers, but this fellow looked so peaceful and picture perfect in his fishing outfit as he stood there in front of an autumnal backdrop, that I had to click a few shots. Unfortunately he needed to let the fish go as it was the wrong kind of salmon. He was hoping to get a Chum and this one was a young Spring.




One of the things I’ve noticed about men is they respond generously to respect.

I’ve learned the hard way what happens when a wife doesn’t give her husband unconditional respect. It’s difficult for a man to respond to contempt with love. Only Jesus can love perfectly.

I’ve written about this topic before because it’s near and dear to my married heart. And if you’re curious to hear what “dead mouse tea” has to do with this topic, click on the link at the end of this post. It opens in a new window and takes you to my podcast page on HopeStreamRadio where you can find my Love and Respect post in the #5 position on the list . (It’s another one of those humbling memoir style stories of mine…blush.)

However, each one of you must love his wife as he loves himself,

and the wife must respect her husband.

Ephesians 5:33 NIV

Love & Respect Blessings ~ Wendy

Here’s the link: Walking with Hope/Love & Respect





18 thoughts on “What’s the Key to a Man’s Heart?

  1. So very true Wendy…and sometimes such a challenge. But I believe when we make that decision to love in spite of, the Lord does the rest and brings peace and harmony to the marriage. I know I battle my stubborn spirit. Thank God He is not finished with me yet:)

    1. Dear Susan, I understand well the “stubborn spirit”. It has its good side, but the bad side of mine drives me to bite my tongue and drop to my knees. Yes, I’m glad God doesn’t give up—ever. <3

    1. Thank you, dear Theresa. I was such a stubbornly slow learner. It’s the honesty in other people’s stories I heard through the Love & Respect Ministry that helped me see the Light. My aha moment is forever etched in my thankful mind. <3

  2. Sometimes, young couples don’t understand the importance of building your marriage on Biblical principles. My husband and I have been married for 39 years this year. We married young and had a lot of clashes growing up together, but through our relationships with God, He taught us how to love and respect one another – as one

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