How To Get Your Husband Off The Corner of the Roof

Before I introduce this blog post, I’d like you to try an experiment. Follow these simple instructions:

  1. Fill up your kitchen sink till one quarter full.
  2. Leave kitchen tap just open enough to keep dripping at 10 second intervals.
  3. Pull up a chair, and sit in front of your kitchen sink for 60 minutes.
  4. Note your observations of how the dripping of the tap affects you.

This experiment may seem completely futile, yet within your very home, this may be a reality on a daily basis without you even noticing. I’m not referring to a plumbing problem, but rather a Proverbs 21:9 existence.


There are two scriptures that you and I, as wives, need to remember and internalise. They’re not pretty, but necessary for our self-examination and for fixing our marriages:

A quarrelsome wife is like the 
dripping of a leaky roof in a rainstorm;
Proverbs 27:15
Better to live on a corner of the roof 
than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.
Proverbs 21:9

I must confess that I was dripping like a leaky roof in my marriage for far longer than I’d like to admit.

You see, my friend, this is the way I saw the situation:

  • My husband had weaknesses/sins.
  • I was given divine wisdom from God to identify his issues and know the perfect solution to each.
  • It was my God-given duty to change him by pointing these out  – repeatedly.

But alas, guess what? None of my nagging, cautious reminders, or blatant demands for him to change actually worked! In fact, if anything, my constant trickling had the opposite affect; In some cases my husband withdrew, in others he almost purposely continued in the ways that were bothering me, while in others, he tried in His own might to change (for my sake), only to come against a wall of frustration that he simply didn’t have the ability on his own to alter his ways.

Would you call my strategic mission successful?

Not at all. For my poor husband, often it would have been more bearable to sit on the corner of our roof than listen to me (yet again)! Not a scene I’m proud to admit that I almost led him to pursue :-(.

How To Get Your Husband Off The Corner of the Roof

So, after taking a good look at our marriage, and assessing the situation, some divine wisdom finally DID sink into my thick skull.

  • I am not able to change my husband
  • My husband is not able to change himself
  • The only one that I am able to control is myself
  • The only One who can change both my husband and I is God Almighty

Beloved, when you and I focus on nitpicking the thorns that we see sticking out of our husbands character, we are distracting ourselves from observing the obvious massive planks in our own eyes.

As our Lord clearly commands in Matthew 7:3-4:

Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, 
but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 
Or how can you say to your brother, 
‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ 
when there is the log in your own eye?

Well, I made a decision. It wasn’t any more spiritual than that, I’m afraid.

I decided to leave my husband be! I made up my mind not to remind him to do the things that I knew he knew he had to do. I purposed not to point out the habits I would rather he didn’t have, and the qualities I thought he should do without.

I just stopped being the plugged up the leaky roof. Abruptly!

And alongside that change, I began to pray. Fervently!

Did he notice at first? Nope. Did it matter? Nope.

There are two significant others who did notice. That was God, and me.

How Have Things Changed Around Here?

I can’t tell you that I’ve seen spectacular changes and turnarounds in my husband yet, but I’ve certainly started noticing minute little ones. I can testify, though, to a harmony and peace in our marriage that I don’t recall being there before. My husband has shared that he feels so much more respected and esteemed in our relationship. And I feel so much more freed up to actually talk to him about something other than my own complaints at his (relatively few) weaknesses.

Bottom line is that if God’s Word warns of plumbing issues in our marriage, they are worth heeding and applying. Tweet that

So, you have my permission to bypass that first experiment, and just delve right into drawing your husband off the corner of that roof, and into your arms. Ask the Lord for the self control you need, and for your focus to be on Him rather than on bothersome issues in your significant other. If even I can do it, you can, too!!!

Do you fear that if you stop mentioning certain issues, your husband will never change? What little actions can you take today to step off the nagging bandwagon and obey God’s Word in your marriage?


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Tehila is an Israeli, God-loving, husband-serving, child-nurturing mom of five sweet little ones whom she homeschools. She resides in beautiful New Zealand from where she blogs at Women Abiding – Encouraging women to abide in God and His Word.

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Tehila is an Israeli, God-loving, husband-serving, child-nurturing mom of five sweet little ones whom she homeschools. She resides in beautiful New Zealand from where she blogs at Women Abiding – Encouraging women to abide in God and His Word.
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8 Responses to How To Get Your Husband Off The Corner of the Roof

  1. Starla J says:

    Love this. So encouraging and true.

  2. Thank you, Tahila. I needed this 🙂

  3. Esther Joy says:

    We’ve been married nearly 45 years, and I still have to remind myself of the things you said!

  4. Jen Ferguson says:

    I agree with you. Often times I find that God wants to change something in me and as He does this, I am better equipped to deal with things that my husband might do that I don’t just love.

  5. Joe Pote says:

    Trying to change a spouse is almost always an exercise in frustration. I’ve concluded that I have more than enough challenge just working with the Holy Spirit to change myself.

    Thanks for sharing!

  6. Very good post, seen from a man’s perspective.

    However…when a husband finds that his wife is becomeing critical or quarrelsome, he has the responsibility to look at the situation, and past it, because that kind of change in behavior is a sign that something’s wrong.

    It may be that the criticisms are unjust…and that means that the problem isn’t about the husband, but are either internal for the wife, or are ‘takeaways’ from other parts of her life.

    If the issues are valid, a man has to really look at himself, and listen both to what’s being said AND what’s not being said. The most basic issue in criticism is “you’re ignoring me”. A man HAS to recognize that when it comes up, because it can grow into something that cripples a marriage.

    Obviously, the same goes for wives…no, wait. It doesn’t, because men are really a lot more elemental, and most men lack subtlety. To put it mildly.

  7. April says:

    I can honestly say that nagging has never been an issue in our marriage or my attempt to change him. During marital counseling there was really only one thing that has always stuck with me, and it meant so much when it was asked in premarital counseling: “If he never changed from the man he was today, could you love him for the rest of your life?” Thank God (because He was the only one who could do it) that my husband has changed, but it took me a few weeks to be able to say “Yes” to that question. I had to think about him as a person and as the person that I had envisioned, someone not particularly in front of me. I had to think of all of his promises of what he said he would do to change and wonder if those would come to fruition. I can’t say it’s been easy because when I want things to change, I realize I can’t tell him to do something. There have been many occasions when I want him to do something, I end up doing it myself instead. Although more than half the time, he steps in and finishes because he knows that’s what he’s supposed to do. But it’s not done in anger from either of us, and it’s part of our silent communication. I’m so glad you shared this with us. It is a great reminder.

    Your co-host from Creative Style Link Up, ~~April~~

  8. Jann Olosn says:

    Nagging never moved anyone, but love sure does! Great post!! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

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