The Strength & Dignity eCourse is a deeply personal journey
through the rugged terrains of life that builds a woman’s:
relationship with God
godly trust, esteem, & belief in herself
skills & abilities to handle her relationships
What one Strength & Dignity Journey Taker has said via comment on Nina Roesner’s “Why he disrespects you” blog post:
My husband used to yell at me, my kids used to yell at me…everybody yelled at me and treated me like their slave, and I foolishly did nothing! Thank God that now He is showing me a new way – with the help of your course! I had already been trying to respect myself more when I stumbled upon your course, but it is really helping me grow in leaps and bounds! ~ Jeanne, class member
And here’s a beautiful testimony of what one of our class members said after sticking with the course for a few months:
I have been searching for years for the material you have here, the way God is leading us through you. And honestly it’s an incredible relief. The work is hard. It’s a faith journey. But this is the true gospel here.
I’m falling more in love with Jesus. And I’m letting Him love me. This course is reaching the deep places of my heart.
I have a history of sexual abuse. As much as I believe in Jesus there has been a wall even between Him and me for years. I had a moment in prayer the other day where I was in a bed chamber of a beautiful old castle. I opened up an intricately carved wooden wardrobe. Inside was the most beautiful white dress with gold and green designs along the sleeves and down the front. In an instant it was on me. Jesus stood behind me and put His hands on my shoulders. In a soft whisper He said “I will never defile you.” I bawled like a baby. And was able to share some deep seated fears with a very trusted friend. I am believing for the restoration of my marriage but I’m finding more than anything I’m discovering a much deeper relationship with Jesus and daily my shift seems to slowly turn to “how can I serve Jesus/my husband so he can have this healing too?” and that’s not religious phony talk. Only He could change my heart away from self. Only He could make dying to self, loving in the face of such hurt and disregard, such a noble joy filled calling. ~ Nicole, class member
A note from Nina:
For some of us, we’re not sure how to follow God’s Biblical plan for marriage and respect and submit to our husbands without being doormats and opening ourselves up to being controlled or even abused.
The words, “respect,” and “submit” can cause us to recoil or even want to bolt.
It’s okay. I hear you. I’m with you, and I understand. But please, stick with me for a moment.
Maybe you have done The Respect Dare but unlike many of the men whose wives “do the dares” – your husband didn’t respond. OR he did, by taking you for granted instead of responding with greater love.
Or maybe you are afraid to learn about respect and submission because you are concerned that your already controlling or verbally aggressive or unloving husband will respond by taking advantage of you or that his verbal dismissals, discounting, and disrespect of you and/or your kids will get worse.
Maybe you think those Bible verses don’t apply to you…maybe you think you need to build up your own self-esteem before you try them, but you’ve felt so discouraged for so long that you don’t know what to do.
We can help.
We have been at this since 2005. We have studied the research and seen the outcomes.
We have found a way to help you not only save your marriage if it is possible to do so, but regardless of what happens, help you develop the skills, esteem, and relationship with God to be confident in His plan for you AND be seen as a person of worth by yourself and others around you.
And it’s all Biblical.
Yes, it does include respect and submission.
The truth is, if the words ‘respect’ and ‘submission’ scare you, even anger you, you’re in the right place. We want to help you understand them in a new way that takes your fear, which is never from the Lord, and replaces it with quiet confidence in HIM.
And you’ll get to understand how to act as a woman of strength and dignity when interacting with a man who won’t change and is consistently difficult to deal with.
The smallest thing you’ll get out of this class is greater respect for yourself and others and from yourself and others.
You might be worried you could be in an abusive marriage and confused about how to handle it. We know God hates divorce but we also know that He calls us to live a life worthy of the Gospel. Maybe our husbands can treat us in a way that feels harsh and unloving, undignified. Maybe we respond in kind, convinced that this is the way we must stand our ground as women.
Maybe we see men as enemies of women in general and we feel obligated to fight a war against men on behalf of all women everywhere now and in the future.
The messages of the culture, psychology and even the church are swirling in our heads, filling us with confusion and ultimately fear, shame and despair. We have no idea what to do.
Just FYI, here’s a few things you need to know before we begin:
- I’m assuming you aren’t being battered. If you are being hit, pushed, held against your will, or if he is doing this to your children, please contact your local domestic violence folks. Those things go far beyond the scope of this course.
- I don’t know if you have kids, but verbal aggression in your home communicates to your kids that one person matters and the other (or others) don’t.These marriages are not about “one-ness” and they don’t bring glory to God or the church. A man who is harsh with his wife is not “living in an understanding way” nor is he treating her as an “equal heir” (1 Peter 3:7) nor is he loving her as Christ loves the church (Ephesians 5:25). When we respond in kind, we are dishonoring God as well.
- While what many Christian authors have written for Christian women dealing with verbal aggression is true, I’ve talked with a number of the authors of these materials and their success rate of turning a marriage around is less than 2%. So without being respectful, kind, gentle, AND speaking the truth in love, and addressing his sin against you Matthew 18 – style, you may end up out of the hell you are living in, but your marriage is unlikely to be saved.
- Lastly, your self-esteem may be so tanked that you doubt yourself. So that needs to be improved – that’s where we start.
At Greater Impact Ministries our prayer is that God would still the chaos and His voice would be the loudest as He leads you through this process of learning how to respect yourself and your husband in a new way. We will learn specific tools to handle emotions, stress and conflict and implement boundaries in our marriages to keep them holy.
Those are some of the things we address in Strength & Dignity. We will show you how to take the road less traveled and do things you dared not to do before. We believe in God’s word and cling tightly to HIS promises!
No, it won’t be easy. But it will be worth it.
Much of what we’re going to address will be in learning how to have healthy, God-honoring boundaries.
Yes, I said, “BOUNDARIES.”
Doesn’t that fly in the face of submission? No. We don’t believe it does. We believe in BOTH. We think the Bible clearly says “both.” We even believe Jesus did both.
Here’s why “boundaries” are a topic of great importance:
By not having boundaries, or using them incorrectly, we essentially destroy the opportunity for others to easily respect us.
We make it harder for them to treat us well.
We make it easy for them to treat us like a doormat.
In the eCourse, we’ll be teaching you how to set boundaries.
If you want more from your marriage and want to stop feeling like a doormat, please join us in the Strength & Dignity eCourse. If you do it alongside the Respect Dare book, you’ll also improve your marriage in a dramatic way.
Do more than protect yourself – birth JOY into your marriage by fully honoring and obeying God.
Love to you,
What we offer is not available anywhere else.
A unique and proven discipleship method that leaves over 95% of our class members with a deeper connection with God.
Biblical truth to build your relationship with yourself & others in a way that gives you a gentle, but strong & dignified (not prideful) sense of who you are.
Proven tools of interaction with yourself and others that create mutual respect and the potential for greater love & joy in your relationships!
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