Friday, October 24, 2014

Life After "I Do"


We're in the home stretch of this 31 Days to a Stronger Marriage series. I hope that by now you have been able to start implementing truths from God's Word and that you are seeing His Word bring to fruition what it has set out to accomplish.

God's Word is powerful and the results are unpredictable because we never know just how God is going to accomplish His wonderful and awesome plan in our life when we are committed to following His ways.

Proverbs 24 reminds me that my home needs to be an area of my life that I daily surrender to His service.

"A house is built by wisdom and becomes strong through good sense. Through knowledge its rooms are filled with all sorts of precious riches and valuables." Proverbs 24:3-4

While I am here on earth, I have the privilege and joy of serving my husband in the practical and sometimes, mundane tasks of life.

But those behind-the-scene necessities of life are actually creating the most beautiful picture I ever could have imagined. It's a picture of a home that is filled with wisdom and good sense and as such, becomes a beacon on a hill in this dark world we live in.


When a wife puts her energy into building her home and filling it with wisdom and knowledge, it becomes a place of peace and rest that others want to be a part of.

Marriage is a picture of Christ and His bride, the church. As believers, we are to put aside our own desires and serve Christ. When we lose our own life, we find the life Christ intends for us to live. And when we find our life in Christ, others will want to find theirs, too and the body of Christ then begins to grow.


I can only imagine what kind of life I will find when I lose my own. I desperately need the help and wisdom of Christ to see just what that looks like for my home.

And isn't it so freeing to know there isn't a checklist for how to have the perfect home?

The truth is, I just need more Jesus.  

"As we know Jesus better, His divine power gives us everything we need for living a godly live. He has called us to receive His own glory and goodness!" (2 Peter 1:3-4)


Do you want to be a peaceful wife? Get more Jesus

Do you want to be a loving wife? Get more Jesus.

Do you want to be a wise wife? Get more Jesus.

Do you want to be an honorable wife? Get more Jesus.


"Make every effort to apply the benefits of these promises to your life. Then your faith will produce a life of moral excellence. A life of moral excellence leads to knowing God better.
Knowing God leads to self-control. Self-control leads to patient endurance, and patient endurance leads to godliness. Godliness leads to love for other Christians, and finally you will grow to have genuine love for everyone. The more you grow like this, the more you will become productive and useful in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ." (2 Peter 1:5-8)


A Prayer:

"Being a wife is so much more than saying "I Do" and slipping a ring on my finger. It's about making a godly home for my husband. Please help me to build my home with wisdom and to make it strong by using good sense. Help me to acquire knowledge to fill our home with precious riches and valuables that are eternal."

Join me tomorrow as we study Proverbs chapter 25. Just getting started on the series? Catch up with all the posts on my landing page between now and October 31.





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Thursday, October 23, 2014

A Prayer for My Husband



Oops. I wrote about the wrong Proverb on the wrong day. I'm sure God knows what He's doing even if I don't. :) So, instead of Proverbs 23 today, we'll be going over Proverbs 22.

In my journal, I focused on verse 14 of this passage, and chose to write out a prayer for my husband based on the verse. I encourage you to pray however the Lord leads you, but I want to give you a suggestion in case you're new to praying and don't know where to start.

Dear Heavenly Father,

I pray that my husband would walk in your ways so that he would guard himself against the immoral woman whether she be on-line, in print or in person. Please help him not to fall into the deep pit of immorality and that his heart and mind would be restrained from following sin and instead constrained to following Christ. I pray that whatever he does will be because Christ's love controls him. (Proverbs 22:14 and 2 Corinthians 5:14)

In Jesus' Name,

Amen

Praying Scripture is one of the most powerful and effective means of praying because it's praying back God's words on the matter.

It is such a helpful format because as I am reading Scripture, I can simply pray those words back to God on behalf of my children or husband or whomever else the Lord lays on my heart.

If you are interested in other passages to pray that pertain to your husband and children, here is a list I compiled back when I was a newbie blogger. :) Or, you can even use your laundry to help you pray for your family.

I hope that you are seeing God do a work in your marriage as a result of this study. Our family will continue to pray for you.

Join me tomorrow as we study Proverbs chapter 24. Just getting started on the series? Catch up with all the posts on my landing page between now and October 31.



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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

How to Do a Relational Heart Check



Proverbs 23:27-28 "A prostitute is a deep pit; an adulterous woman is treacherous. She hides and waits like a robber, looking for another victim who will be unfaithful to his wife."

It's easy to read over this verse quickly because I have deceived myself into thinking it can't be talking about me. In fact, I usually think of a woman who is hanging out on a corner in the rough part of town or perhaps the woman on the front of a magazine.

But I would be wise to check my own heart to make sure it has not strayed from my husband.

We should ask ourselves:


Are there any unbiblical relationships I have established that need to be severed? Keep in mind, they may be "only" emotional in nature, but even those kinds of relationships can drain a marriage dry. The dream world of living with someone else will always look and seem better than your real life because it is clouded with the wishes and desires you have projected onto it.

Am I setting my gaze on things that I shouldn't? Perhaps you allow yourself a secret "eye candy" board on Pinterest. (I think just the fact that it is called "eye candy" is covering the true destructive nature that it is.) Comparing our husbands who faithfully work to provide for our families to a dude that works out at the gym 8 hours a day is totally not fair. (And, mercy, don't compare me to some chick that works out that long either!)

Is my body language and dress specifically chosen to draw the attention of a man other than my husband? If so, we need to prayerfully consider some serious wardrobe changes.


I'm sorry to say, friend, that while many in the world find it permissible, normal or what everybody does, anytime my heart strays from my husband and towards another man (whether he be real, in a movie or in a book) I am not being faithful to my husband.

The truth of the matter is, my heart mind and body need to be focused on loving and serving the man I am blessed to call my husband. He is my ministry and I am his helper.

Today's Challenge is a Prayer:

God, please help me to keep my mind, heart and body only for my husband and please help him to be faithful to me with his heart, mind and body. Amen.

Join me tomorrow as we study Proverbs chapter 23. Just getting started on the series? Catch up with all the posts on my landing page between now and October 31.








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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Am I Contentious Towards My Husband?




Today's post is going to be short and well, short. Not sure I can call it sweet because Proverbs 21 has a few tough verses to swallow.

For example, if I am going to be contentious towards my husband, it would have been better for him to have remained single than to marry me.

Verse 19 doesn't leave it with just living alone though. It adds "in the desert." Hmmm...so what it's saying is, that if I am contentious, my husband would be better off in a barren, hot, parched land living in alone in a tent than he would be with me in a beautiful, comfortable, furnished home with running water.

I'm guessing most of us aren't contentious 24/7, but I bet we do have our moments.

When those moments come, try to remember that even if you feel like you'd like to send your husband off to be a tent dwelling nomad, you really don't want to make him feel like that would be a better life than one with you.

Remember, it's about progress and building our homes rather than tearing them down.

Join me tomorrow as we study Proverbs chapter 22. Just getting started on the series? Catch up with all the posts on my landing page between now and October 31.




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