We listened to an excellent sermon on marriage recently that focused on the role of a husband. The text was familiar, but I had missed an important piece. We went all the way back to the beginning with Adam and Eve. Did you know God allowed Adam to be the one that named Eve? He says it right after they had both eaten fruit from the tree. “The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.” (Genesis 3:20). We see that husbands have been given an incredible opportunity to speak and affirm identity. They know us best and can see past our insecurities and baggage into our hearts. And the days when we forget, he can step in as a defender that reminds us of what is true. Other times he can act as protector. When the outside influencers hold up unrealistic measures and expectations, we are tempted to try harder by pushing past healthy boundaries. We end up exhausted, defeated and unable to care for the living. I do not know about you, but this made me extremely grateful to be loved and with even more appreciation for what I have received.