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Candace Cameron Bure Talks Marital Submission, Shares Secret To Successful Marriage

( [email protected] ) Jan 15, 2015 04:45 PM EST

Candace Cameron Bure and Family
Candace Cameron Bure pictured with her family in 2014. Photo Credit: Mikel Healey

Former "Full House" actress and outspoken Christian Candace Cameron Bure recently opened up about her belief in marital submission and shared the secret to a successful marriage.

Bure, who has been married to Valeri Bure for 19 years, addressed the controversial statement she made last year about being submissive to her husband.

"My husband is not a dictator," she told Yahoo Parenting, "We work together but I don't want to dig my heels in and I have no aspirations to be the ruler of my family. We are two equal people but I love my husband and I want him to lead. I trust that my husband has our family's best interests at heart, so I wouldn't fight him on that. And when I feel strongly about something, he agrees with me. It goes both ways."

She added, "I honor my husband and encourage him to the best man and father he can be. I put him on a pedestal so he can grow. And he does the same for me. Men and women are different in how they want to feel love and respect. To go back to the Bible, men are told to love their wives and women are told to respect their husbands. When a man feels respected, that is love to him."

Over the past several months, Bure has been busy working on the upcoming Hallmark Channel series, "Aurora Teagarden: A Bone to Pick," which will air this spring. However, the actress and her husband work to spend intentional time with one another as well as care for their three children, ages 12, 14, and 16.

"Friendship is the foundation of marriage but you also need private time," she explained. "You need that intimacy-not just romantic but also through conversation. It's easier for my husband and I to have dates now that our children are older ... it's worth it to make it a priority, otherwise, you see how it affects a marriage."

Bure has previously discussed the importance of raising her children Biblically-centered home. In a 2014 interview with Huffington Post, she asserted, "The values I want to pass on to my children are to love the Lord with all their heart first and foremost, to be kind, loving, respectful, to have a servants heart and put others before themselves."

Bure has written two books highlighting her experience as a mother and wife, Balancing It All: My Story of Juggling Priorities and Purpose and Reshaping It All: Motivation for Physical and Spiritual Fitness.

Hallmark Channel's "Aurora Teagarden" is based on series written by author Charlaine Harris and is slated for spring release.