Protecting our wives spiritually is not as daunting a task as it may sound. God has already given us the tools to do this. Most of us know that there are dark forces that seek to wreak havoc on our marriages and destroy them. By doing our part in defending our marriage from these dark forces, we close the door on things that seek to destroy us and open up the door to many blessings in our lives, helping our wives and hence our marriages thrive.
There are several ways that we can spiritually protect our wives. Not allowing anything impure into our lives and homes is a great start. When I speak of impure, I mean anything immoral and lustful. Pornography, for instance, should have no place in our marriages. The destructive influence it has on marriages is becoming much more documented and they shouldn’t be thought of as the ranting’s of some zealous “holy roller”. Unfortunately, many husbands and wives can testify to the damage it has done to their relationships. Spiritually it changes the way men view women, and the way women view themselves. When a husband allows this, it opens up the door to more sinful activity including full-blown adultery.
One thing to remember is that your body is for your wife, and her body is for you. No one else’s body or image has any place in your marriage. Jesus said is Matthew 5:27-28 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” This pretty much means that anytime we look at someone other than our spouse with lust or sexual desire, we are committing adultery in our hearts. Looking at pornography is looking with lust, and it also opens up our homes to spiritual attacks and further depravity.
Another way to spiritually protect our wives is by keeping bad influences out of your marriage. One of the biggest influences we have in our lives is our friends. You want to be sure that you surround yourself with friends who will influence you to do the right thing when it concerns your wife. If you argue, they should encourage you to work it out. If there is something you should be doing to bless your marriage, they should be encouraging you to do so. You should have friends who are going to be for you and your wife, not someone who assists in damaging your relationship. Any so-called friend that goes out of their way to talk bad about your spiritual protection, or put your spouse in a negative context is not a friend you should have. The influence of other people falls under a spiritual context because they can affect our thoughts and behaviors. Remember, surrounding yourself with people who are for your marriage no matter what is a good way to safeguard both you and your wife from spiritual attack.
5 Cool Window Covering Designs For Your Basement
Are you planning on replacing the windows in your basement? It’s worth the hassle if you find a modern design you love, but it costs lots of money. You’ll need to find a way to improve the look of your room while you save up.
Let’s discuss a few window covering designs that will help them look bigger and fancier. It should please whoever is sleeping in your basement at the moment. You’ll be able to recreate one of these ideas over the weekend.
1. Add Trim To Your Windows
If you browse the designs available at Canadian Choice Replacement Windows & Doors, you’ll notice everything looks good. Windows without trim look like little holes in the wall. It’s not something you’d find in a real bedroom.
You’ll discover lots of window molding options in your local Home Depot. Don’t worry about messing up when trying to attach the trim because it’s pretty cheap. Your basement windows will automatically look expensive.
2. Make Windows Appear Bigger
If you attach recycled shutters below your Peterborough windows, it will make them appear much bigger. Unless someone is looking at them closely, it will look like the shutters are covering the bottom half of your windows.
You might need to add a little trim when working on this idea. If you use your imagination, I’m sure you’ll think of other ways to make it look like your windows run further down the wall. Sadly, it won’t let more light inside.
3. Playing Tricks With Mirrors
Mirrors will also trick people into thinking your windows are larger. It will only work if you hang them directly above your windows. You can use trim to make them look like they’re part of the overall design.
Even though people won’t be able to see outside when looking at the windows, it will appear as if you can look through them, but you’ll only be looking at the basement. Rooms will look brighter because sunlight bounces off the glass.
4. Angle Windows For Extra Light
You can angle the drywall so it comes down like a slope, which will allow more light into your basement. It will feel like the window is a lot bigger, but it will look a little unnatural compared to the windows upstairs.
It’s maybe not the best idea if you plan on replacing your windows soon, as you’ll need to put a bit more work into it. Your drywall will need to be pulled down and replaced once the framing has been changed.
5. Hang Long Drapes From Windows
Long drapes will make the windows appear taller, but they could make your basement look strange. You will need to find a way to cover the walls below your windows. We’ve already mentioned shutters, but there are easier ways.
You could put a desk under your window, which wouldn’t be a waste of space if the basement dweller used it for work. If you have beds on either side of the window, you can put a table and lamp underneath it.
It’s Only A Temporary Solution
These ideas are great if you want to improve the look of old and tired basement windows, but you should save for new windows as soon as possible.