~ By an Anonymous Contributor,
My husband and I have been married thirteen years, most of them quite unhappy. We had been separated three times and I had decided to leave him for the last time. I had given up on him. About the time I had decided to leave him for the last time, I heard about Fascinating Womanhood. A friend of mine tried to encourage me to find a class and take it. I told her that nothing could be done for that stubborn husband of mine and I might as well give up. She begged me to take it. By then we actually had separated.
I don’t know if you know how a person feels when they are going through a separation, but it is worse than miserable. I lost eight pounds. I did not care to eat but forced myself to, so I wouldn’t become ill. I had to find employment. Food tasted the same—beans, chili, whatever—I didn’t even bother to heat it up. I didn’t care. A numbness went through me. I may as well have been dead.
I prayed as I have never prayed before. I prayed that God would help me through each minute, each hour, and that I would depend entirely on Him to lead me through this as I didn’t know where to turn. I prayed that my husband would want to see me and talk to me. He did.
At first it was accusations and bitterness. Then it was just quite talking and understanding. I decided to take him back but was afraid. After all, this was the third time and how was I to know it was going to work? I asked my husband if he cared if I took a course called Fascinating Womanhood. He asked me what it was about. I told him all I knew was that it was supposed to make a marriage happier and a better wife of me. He told me to go ahead and was very enthusiastic about it.
At the first class, the teacher told us to compliment our husband on “his manliness, his muscles, etc.” I didn’t think I could bring myself to say something like that. Finally, just before the next class I knew I had to do something because the teacher would ask about it. So I waited until we were in bed and the lights were out. I thought I would faint. Finally, I told him how I appreciated him and how hard he worked for us. I told him what beautiful muscles he had.
After I said it, he took me in his arms and kissed me over and over. This is when our new marriage began. My husband said he would have paid many times more for the course.
I was told not to expect material rewards but a happy marriage. I received both. In the short time since I took the class, in addition to our marriage becoming strong, some of the things my husband has bought me without asking are: a beautiful nightie, a trip to Hawaii, a new kitchen stove, table and chairs, couch and chair recovered, bedroom carpeting, perfume, flowers, and others I can’t remember. I have truly received rewards beyond measure.
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