Five Signs of a Good Man

5 Signs of a Good Man

I love lists and matchmaking is no exception. For years I imagined my perfect man would be tall, brown-eyed and owning his own business by the time he was twenty-five. We’d farm, throw out the tv and sell our belongings to buy the plane tickets to become oversea missionaries.

You can imagine my surprise when God sent the opposite my direction. Now, 20 months into one glorious, beautiful marriage with my best friend, I’m so thankful I wasn’t allowed to hand-pick my man.

Because, #tbh, I would have married at least five different blokes before I made up my mind. 😉

Marriage has taught me a few things and today I want to share five signs of a good man.  The list is extremely simple and exceptionally old fashioned but I’ve found that simple is most often best — even in marriage.

Visible Love for the Lord

Before you ever say “yes” to a first date check the guy out. (And I don’t mean his bod, gals.) 😉 Check his life out. Ask his friends, authorities and family questions about who he is. Take the time to see if his profession of Christianity is fruitful; does his life speak of a genuine love for the Lord? This is the time to play detective, girls.
Before my Beloved ever asked me out I listened closely to what others said of him. I asked questions. I took a look into his reputation. The results encouraged me to allow Dalton to pursue me — everyone said that he was quiet with a quirky personality and that he was known for being hardworking, dedicated to purity, pursuing Christ and filled with a generous soul.
I definitely liked what I heard! 😉
Humility
I never knew how integral humility was until my Husband apologized to me for the first time. Immediately I sensed that he was far more concerned with loving me than his pride.
Ladies, you will be marrying a man who will sin (even if he’s your Prince Charming!). Look for a man who is willing to confess his sins to the Lord and ask your forgiveness when he’s wronged you.
Now, I’m not talking about looking for a man you can manipulate into saying he’s sorry for any thing. I mean finding a man who is serious enough and humble enough to recognize that he needs his Savior every day and who acknowledges that he makes mistakes.
Humor
This may seem like a petty thing to look for but it’s a lifesaver! Schedules can be exhausting and days are long. Look for someone who will laugh with you even when life feels like it’s swallowing you up.
Of course no two senses of humor are alike but finding a man who can pray with you one moment and then dance the tango with you next is a delightful treat.
Honesty
So. Important.
Finding a man who is brave and loving enough to speak the truth is a true treasure. I love that I can rest in knowing that Dalton and I have no secrets and that his word is solid. I mean, I value his word more than buckets of gold. He’s proven himself true … even when it hurts.
Of course, an honest man will not always say what people want him to hear; however, I’ve found that a man who speaks the truth because he is loving and honest will never intend to bring harm with his words. He will simply speak the truth gently and confidently.
Work Ethic
Finally, one last quality I believe marks a good man is a strong work ethic. Look for a man who not only works to provide but who enjoys working for works sake. This looks different for all men and may take time as they discover their talents and skills. However, finding a man who chooses to joyfully provide for his family is an awesome thing!
Authentic Virtue Blog // Martin Luther Marriage Quote

 

I by no means want this to become “your checklist” or guide in relationships — please don’t do that! Instead I want to bless you with a bit of insight on five things that make marriage really tick.

I know I have been extraordinarily blessed by these five traits and praise God He sent me such a gem for a husband.

What do you think makes a good man? If you’re married tell us what trait you found delightful in your husband!

With love, blessings and coffee!

Frannie

photo credit belongs to the beautiful Amelia Protiva Photography

 

5 thoughts on “Five Signs of a Good Man

  1. This is a wonderful list!! One of my half-finished blog posts that’s been sitting there for weeks is about how confusing it has been to suddenly be thrown into living life alongside single men … it’s hard sometimes to tell when my brain really thinks that I’d like to get to know a man better, and when it’s just my lonely old heart leaping at a chance not to be single anymore. 😉 Thank you for the timely reminder to be circumspect and wise!!

    Love and hugs!
    Vicki

    1. I would *love* to read this post sometime, Vicki! It sort of makes me laugh to hear your thoughts because I have/can/do relate to it exactly! It can be really confusing (so I will refrain from laughing).

      I love you!

  2. Frannie, dear girl, I loved the list. While I was reading it I kept checking off the list in comparison to my man. He passed every one!! =) Isn’t it wonderful to have such godly, wonderful husbands? One thing I love about mine is how he always makes me laugh. He has a good sense of humor and has me laughing one minute and serious the next. I love it! God bless you and your marriage. Lots of love, Diane (Horner) Weaver

    1. Oh, DIANE! Hello, hello, hello!!

      First, you have been on my mind so much, wondering how your beautiful marriage is going and all the sweet things it brings! 🙂 Second of all, I miss you!

      I love your good thoughts about your hubby. God has been SO GOOD in giving us men who love Him above all. We are blessed women!! 🙂

      I love and miss you, sweet lady! I’d love to figure out a way to talk sometime … I wonder if that’s even possible?

      Anyways, love to you!

      1. I miss you too, dear Frannie girl! I wish we could talk but that feels highly impossible because we don’t have phone service at our house and the only time I have internet is when I go to check emails and then it often is in a hurry.
        Someday soon I will send out an update and catch everyone up on my life again. I’ve been busy since we are married.
        Merry Christmas, my dear friend!!!
        Love you very much!!

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