Is this a curse or blessing? I was thinking about an incident that happened, and why I reacted like I did. I cannot remember a time when there was a male Christian in a role of spiritual "leading" in my house. When I had children and began following the Lord, I naturally had to take that position as the only Christian in the household. When I moved onto the same property with a married couple, I considered us two households. However, about a month or so ago the couple and I had a discussion about prayer for my daughter and the bit of conversation that caught me was when he said: "as the head of this household it is my responsibility to..." As that sunk in, it was an unbelievable weight lifted that I didn't even know I was carrying. It was such a relief to hear him, in a form, take responsibility for the spiritual leadership. I went home and thanked God...PROFUSELY! In my mind it fused us as one family on a spiritual level, and that was cool too. But the main thought was "YAY! It's not all on me anymore!" I consider it a major blessing, and one I didn't realize I was in such need of, as I was so used to doing everything myself. It never occurred to me how big the responsibility of spiritual leadership really is. So my vote is for blessing. Now, why did I feel that way? I suspect it's because that is how the scriptures set up things to work, and that God made women to be naturally inclined to follow the leadership of men in regards to spiritual matters as far as the family is concerned. Lest anyone mistake what I'm saying, I don't think that means we can't discuss or debate spiritual matters in general, especially with people on this board, male or female.