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Praying on Purpose
It's Wife Wednesday again! I hope you've had as great of a week as I have (*wink).
Last week, we jumped into a challenge together. . . and, my oh my, what a challenge it was! Over 100 of you jumped on board and decided to take me up on my suggestion to bless your man like there was no tomorrow! Did you miss it? CLICK HERE to take a peek at last week's post.
Oh, how I wish that you and I were together right this very minute; sitting across from each with a couple of piping hot vanilla lattes and warm chocolate chip cookies. The fellowship would be sweeter than the snacks that's for sure! And while we'd have to be careful and respectful about how much we shared with each other (don't want our husband's ears burning too hot, now do we?), we'd no doubt be able to tell from the look on each others faces how our week's challenge went.
To be clear, I know it wouldn't be all smiles. Sure, there'd be lots of those too but undoubtedly there would be many stories of disappointment and/or lost opportunity. I want you to know that I heard the heartbreak in some of your comments last week. As I read your sentiments on this very important topic, I hoped that each of you is rooted in a healthy church with mature spiritual authority who can help to walk you through any major frustrations that need to be straightened out.
It's important enough to talk to someone about.
Hear that again: Intimacy in marriage is critical! Talk to someone if your marriage is in trouble.
Another issue that is important to the health of any marriage is high-lighted by a great post that my friend and co-worker Katie wrote about her own parents. Read this . . . and then accept the challenge. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
My parents have been married for almost 33 years even though they were not saved when they got married. A few years into their marriage my mom accepted Christ into her life. My dad and mom both struggled a lot with addictions with drugs and alcohol. They both had tragic deaths in their family, and without God, turned to anything they could to fill the void of the pain. Once my mom accepted Christ, she was ready for my dad to be on board as well. So instead of praying for his life change, she often decided to "help God out a little".
I was only three when I remember her giving me her Bible and saying, “Go to your daddy and ask him to read this to you” My dad always knew that my mom sent me and he was not happy about that. He one day told my mom, “ You know I would actually maybe go to church with you if you just left me alone ” My mom very quickly learned that as a wife, the best thing she could do was pray and let God handle the rest.
Needless to say, she began praying and. . .long story short, my father's life was drastically changed and he became a missionary and a pastor. To this day, my mom gets up at 3:30AM before she has to leave for work to say her prayers. I AM NOT JOKING!! She makes the daily sacrifice because she believes in the mighty power of prayer.
As a wife, whatever it is that you are praying about for your family, don’t give up. Keep praying! And know that the One you pray to hears your prayers!
Today, I want to offer you another challenge. Every day for the next 7 days let's commit to praying for our spouses. Each day choose one area of his life that you want to take to the Lord in prayer.. . instead of taking to your husband in conversation :)
Ask the Lord for his protection and favor in your man's life.
The benefit of your fervent prayers will be profound.
If you're on board for this challenge please leave your initials below! Tell us what you are praying about and we'll join in prayer with you!!
Over 100 of you signed up for the intimacy challenge last week. .. I'm hopeful that even more of you will be on board for this one as well.
You are loved sister!
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