Friday, December 31, 2010

Day 24



Pray that your husband will have a balanced life—that he will balance work and play. Pray that he will fear God, but also gain favor with people he knows at work and church.


"Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard." -Proverbs 13:15



Thursday, December 30, 2010

Day 23

Pray that your husband will be a good father—disciplining his children wisely and loving them unconditionally. If he is not a father, pray that he will find a young man to mentor in the things of the Lord. 




"1Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
 2And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also." -2 Timothy 2:1-2
"Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged." -Colossians 3:21






Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Day 22

Pray that your husband will practice forgiveness in your relationship and with others. Pray that he will recognize any roots of bitterness, and yield any resentment and unforgiving attitudes to the Lord. 






"And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you." -Ephesians 4:32
"Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;" -Hebrews 12:15

Checking in

The challenge is almost over. How is it going? I don't know if anyone is doing it with me, but I know that I've grown closer to my husband during the course of this challenge. There's something about praying for you're husband that just seems to draw you closer together.

I guess the same could be true about praying for your future husband too. I'm sure that it would work in the same way and how blessed would some young man be by the prayers of his future wife helping him stay pure along the way.

If you haven't already started the challenge with me it's not too late! I would love to hear from anyone who has been doing the challenge. Just leave a comment and I'll be sure to reply.

Blessings,

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Day 21

Pray that your husband will learn how to relax in the Lord and, in his greatest times of stress, find joy and peace in his relationship with God. Pray that he will submit his schedule to the Lord.



"Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore." -Psalm 16:11


Monday, December 27, 2010

Day 20

Pray that your husband will yield his mind and thoughts to the Lord. Pray that he will not entertain immoral or impure thoughts, and that he will resist the temptation to indulge in pornography. 




A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished. -Proverbs 27:12
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; -2 Corinthians 10:5

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Day 19

Pray that your husband will be patient and a man of peace. Pray that he will not give in to anger, but will allow the Holy Spirit to control his responses.

Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.-Romans 14:19
Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. -Psalm 34:14


Saturday, December 25, 2010

Day 18

Pray that your husband will have an eternal perspective—living in light of eternity. Pray that he will reject materialism and temporal values and put God first in his life.



But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. - Matt 6:33
And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.- Deuteronomy 6:5
So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. -Psalm 90:12

Friday, December 24, 2010

Day 17

Pray that your husband will enjoy his manliness as he patterns his life after Christ and strong men in the faith. Pray for his physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual strength. 




That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man -Ephesians 3:16

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Day 16

Pray that your husband will choose healthy, God-honoring activities. Pray that he will not live in bondage to any questionable habits or hobbies, but that he will experience freedom in holiness as he yields to the Spirit’s control.




Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. -1 Corinthians 10:31
No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. - 2 Timothy 2:4

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Day 15

Pray that your husband will choose his friends wisely. Pray that God will bring him men who will encourage his accountability before God, and will not lead him into sin.






He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed- Proverbs 13:20
Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. -Proverbs 27:17


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Day 14

Pray that your husband will speak words that build you and your family, and reflect a heart of love. Pray that he will not use filthy language.




Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. - Proverbs 18:21

Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. -Ephesians 4:29


Monday, December 20, 2010

Day 13

Pray that your husband use practical skills to build your family and make wise decisions for your welfare. Pray that he will serve unselfishly. 





3Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
 4Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. -Philippians 2:3-4




Sunday, December 19, 2010

Day 12

Pray that your husband will yield his sexual drive to the Lord and practice self control. Pray that your sexual intimacy together will be fresh, positive, and a reflection of selfless love. 








I am my beloved's, and his desire is toward me -Song of Solomon 7:10

Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband. -1 Corinthians 7:3




Saturday, December 18, 2010

Day 11

Pray that your husband will have a humble, teachable spirit and a servant’s heart before the Lord. Pray that he will listen to God and desire to do His will






The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility. -Proverbs 15:33

Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; -Ephesians 6:6

Friday, December 17, 2010

Day 10

Pray that your husband will cultivate strong integrity, and not compromise his convictions. Pray that his testimony will be genuine, that he will be honest in his business dealings, and will never do anything that he needs to hide from others. 




The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him. - Proverbs 20:7

Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. -1 Timothy 3:7


 10Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
 11Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
 12For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. -Epeshians 6:10-12

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Day 9

Pray that your husband handle finances wisely, will have discernment concerning budgeting and investments, and will be a good steward of his money in regard to giving to the Lord’s work. Pray that money will not become a source of discord in your family. 



 4Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.
 5Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven. -Proverbs 23:4-5

Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. -Romans 12:13

Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. -Hebrews 13:5


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Day 8

Pray that your husband will work hard to provide for your family, to the best of his ability. Pray that the character qualities necessary for a successful career and ministry will be a growing part of his character—persistence, decisiveness, strength, an analytical mind, organizational skills, positive relationships with people, determination, etc.





Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; - Romans 12:11
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. -1 Corinthians 15:58

Day 7

Pray that your husband will safeguard his heart against inappropriate relationships with the opposite sex. Pray that his heart will be pure and undivided in his commitment to you.


23For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:
 24To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman. -Proverbs 6:23-24

For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: and the adultress will hunt for the precious life.- Proverbs 6:26

But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof. -Romans 13:14





Day 6

Pray that your husband will love righteousness and hate wickedness, especially the evils of the culture. Pray that he will recognize and avoid wickedness in his own life, and if necessary, take a clear, strong stand against evil.


A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished. -Proverbs 27:12

I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. -John 17:15


 12Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.
 13There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. -1 Corinthians 10:12-13


Day 5

Pray that your husband will be faithful to his wedding vows. Pray that he will have a desire to cultivate your relationship as a sign of his loyalty and commitment to you, and as a picture of Christ’s love for the Church.




Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find? -Proverbs 20:6

Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. -Genesis 2:24


Day 4

Pray that your husband will grow in leadership skills in your relationship—protecting and providing for you. Pray that he will lead you wisely and love you sacrificially, so that God will be glorified in your marriage. 



25Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
 26That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
 27That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
 28So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
 29For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: -Ephesians 5:25-29


Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them. -Colossians 3:19

Day 3

Pray that your husband will be humble and quick to agree with God about his sin. Pray that his heart will be tender toward the voice of the Lord.



2Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
 3For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.
 4Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. -Psalm 51:2-4

He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? -Micah 6:8


My Apologies!

I am so terribly sorry I have not been keeping up with the challenge. I've been sick and haven't even been on the computer. I will catch up the posts with he challenge today and be sure to finish it out! Again I am so sorry.



Thursday, December 9, 2010

Day 2

Pray that your husband’s relationship with God and His Word will bear fruit in his life. Pray that he will be a man of wisdom and understanding, fearing the Lord.


Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. - Proverbs 3:7
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. - Proverbs 9:10
Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments. - Psalm 112:1



Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Day 1

Pray that your husband will grow spiritually and consider his accountability before the Lord. Pray that he will guard his heart by developing spiritual disciplines—Bible reading and study, prayer, meditation, scripture memorization, etc.


But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen. - 2 Peter 3:18
Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. -Proverbs 4:23

Monday, December 6, 2010

A song that's on my heart..

I Need Thee Every Hour

Annie S. Hawks/ Robert Lowery (1872) 



I need Thee every hour, No tender voice like
Thine can peace afford.
I need Thee, oh, I need Thee;
Every hour I need Thee;
Oh, bless me now, my Savior,
I come to Thee.
I need Thee every hour, stay Thou nearby;
Temptations lose their pow’r when Thou art nigh.
I need Thee, oh, I need Thee; Every hour I need Thee; Oh, bless me now, my Savior, I come to Thee.
I need Thee every hour, in joy or pain; Come quickly and abide, or life is vain.
I need Thee, oh, I need Thee; Every hour I need Thee; Oh, bless me now, my Savior, I come to Thee.
I need Thee every hour; teach me Thy will; And Thy rich promises in me fulfill.
I need Thee, oh, I need Thee; Every hour I need Thee; Oh, bless me now, my Savior, I come to Thee.
I need Thee every hour, most Holy One; Oh, make me Thine indeed, Thou blessed Son
I need Thee, oh, I need Thee; Every hour I need Thee; Oh, bless me now, my Savior, I come to Thee
 
  1. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.- Hebrews 4:16



31 days of praying for your Husband



I found this 31 day challenge at www.reviveourhearts.com. I don't know about everything on this site but the challenge looks good! Its written by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. 



Bless your husband by praying for him! The Apostle Paul instructed all Christians to pray for one another. 
Ephesians 6:18 "
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;"



This includes wives’ responsibility and privilege to pray for their husbands. Earnest prayer for your husband is good for him, for you and the spiritual health of your home.

Proverbs 31:11-12"
The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life."
Satan desires to destroy your husband, especially his character and his leadership in your relationship. Trust God through prayer as you daily surrender your husband and marriage to the Lord’s wise, loving care.


As I begin this journey I pray that the Lord will help me to be a better wife and reveal to me what my husbands needs are that I can actually fulfill. I will post the Scripture reference and the message from the site for each day of the challenge, if you decide to join me please leave me a comment :o) 





Wednesday, November 24, 2010

One Flesh



The second and third parts of the video series, "How to be Happily married", focused on the roles that women and men have in marriage. Men are called to love their wives, women are called to submit to their husbands. That's made clear all through scripture so I won't go on and on about that. I want to discuss something else that really stood out to me.

Dr. Williams started out talking about how a man and a woman become one flesh when they get married. How man is to leave his parents and cleave to his wife. We all know the Bible says this, its not a foreign concept. But just how serious is God about what He said? How literal did He mean it?  An example I never would have even realized comes from the story of Job!

In Job 1, Satan goes to God and receives permission to tempt Job to curse the Lord. But not with out one stipulation in verse 12. "And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord."

Satan could do anything but put forth his hand on Job. After this Job looses everything, except his life and his wife. Job's wife is barely even mentioned through out this book, but we know she lived. He needed her to have his second set of kids! To have taken her life would of been the same as Satan putting forth his hand on Job, which he was not allowed to do. Job lost everything, his world was devastated. But he had his wife. Was she a good wife, did he love her as Christ loves the church? I can't say. But what we know is that she was his wife, and therefore bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh.

There are a lot of verses that discuss the marriage relationship. But still in a story where it could so easily be missed the Lord planted a little seed. He painted a powerful picture that shows just how serious he was that a husband and a wife are indeed ONE FLESH.



"Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder." -Matt 19:6

Monday, November 22, 2010

The Rock

My husband and I have started watching a video series by Dr. Tom Williams called "How to be Happily Married". So far its been good, but we've only watched the first DVD. Something that stuck with me from the first video was his reference to Matthew 7:24-27 and how that applies to marriage. 
24Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
 25And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
 26And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
 27And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it."
This passage could be applied to many aspects of our lives and its always the same Rock we need to stand on; Jesus Christ! If the foundation of our marriages is Christ then what more do we need?  



My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly trust in Jesus’ Name.

When darkness seems to hide His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace.
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.

On Christ the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

His oath, His covenant, His blood,
Support me in the whelming flood.
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my Hope and Stay.

On Christ the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh may I then in Him be found.
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.

On Christ the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand;
All other ground is sinking sand.
On Christ the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

As we continue this delightful series I will post the different things the Lord has laid on my heart. May you and yours be blessed!

Monday, November 15, 2010

A song that's on my heart..

Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy
Joseph Hart

Come, ye sinners, poor and needy,

Weak and wounded, sick and sore;
Jesus ready stands to save you,
Full of pity, love and pow’r.



I will arise and go to Jesus,

He will embrace me in His arms;
In the arms of my dear Savior,
Oh, there are ten thousand charms.



Come, ye thirsty, come, and welcome,

God’s free bounty glorify;
True belief and true repentance,
Every grace that brings you nigh.



I will arise and go to Jesus,

He will embrace me in His arms;
In the arms of my dear Savior,
Oh, there are ten thousand charms.



  1. Come, ye weary, heavy-laden,
    Lost and ruined by the fall;
    If you tarry till you’re better,
    You will never come at all.
  2. I will arise and go to Jesus,
    He will embrace me in His arms;
    In the arms of my dear Savior,
    Oh, there are ten thousand charms.
  3. View Him prostrate in the garden;
    On the ground your Maker lies;
    On the bloody tree behold Him;
    Sinner, will this not suffice?
  4. I will arise and go to Jesus,
    He will embrace me in His arms;
    In the arms of my dear Savior,
    Oh, there are ten thousand charms.
  5. Lo! th’ incarnate God ascended,
    Pleads the merit of His blood:
    Venture on Him, venture wholly,
    Let no other trust intrude.
  6. I will arise and go to Jesus,
    He will embrace me in His arms;
    In the arms of my dear Savior,
    Oh, there are ten thousand charms.
  7. Let not conscience make you linger,
    Not of fitness fondly dream;
    All the fitness He requireth
    Is to feel your need of Him.
  8. I will arise and go to Jesus,
    He will embrace me in His arms;
    In the arms of my dear Savior,
    Oh, there are ten thousand charms.




Friday, November 12, 2010

Secret to Happiness

I was struggling with something today. I needed the will and strength to overcome, move on, and forgive. So I cried out to the Lord. I need Him. I needed to find comfort in His word. As always He is SO FAITHFUL! I am so thankful to have such a wonderful and loving heavenly Father! Thank you, Abba thank you! Here is the passage He gave me. Its called the secret to happiness on my Bible 911 index. 



12Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
 13Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
 14And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
 15And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
 16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
 17And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
-Colossians 3:12-17

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Obedience

I haven't been writing much about the scripture that the Lord has been pressing on me so I guess this is long over due! 


I just finished reading Created to be His Help Meet by Debi Pearl. I highly recommend this book but I also caution that you need to review things mentioned in your own Bible and pray on it with the Lord. The Pearls are human and can't replace the Bible. Ok now that, that is out of the way. I loved this book! I found myself cringing at times because of how convicting it was. I had to put it down and take a break from time to time. Normally I devour a book that I really enjoy. But this one took me months to read. I had to soak it in bit by bit and at times I had to wait until I was ready to admit my faults. 


Something that really stood out to me was the concept of obeying our husbands. Everyone may not agree that we are to obey our husbands but:



4That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
 5To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. -Titus 2:4-5


If the older women are to teach the younger to be obedient to their own husbands then clearly the Lord wants us to obey our OWN husbands. I hope I'm not over simplifying this.


Even if that's not enough to "persuade" you then think on your wedding vows. Maybe you didn't have "to obey" in yours but mine did. So if I agreed to do the things in my vows I must then obey my husband. 


Boy oh boy! I am not very obedient. I'm definitely a do it my way kind of woman. But I promised God and my husband that I would obey. In striving to be a godly wife I am commanded to submit to my husband as unto the Lord, YIKES! I've only been married a short while. I've read in my Bible how I am to submit, I more or less know the things I'm supposed to be doing. But how do you put this into action? It seems I could read all day, and study all night but when it comes to actually doing....well, let's just say I struggle. I think I submit to my husband. But I've found its easier to submit, or obey, when I agree than when I don't agree! But I'm not called to submit only when I agree, I'm called to SUBMIT period. 


My prayer right now is that I can learn to live out the admonishment from the author of 1 Peter 3:1-11. 


 1Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;
 2While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.
 3Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;
 4But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
 5For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands:
 6Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.
 7Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.
 8Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:
 9Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.
 10For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:
 11Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.



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