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Praying for Him

How often do you pray for your husband, or do you? As the leader of the family, husbands have incredible responsibilities weighing on them. Rather than nagging, complaining or criticizing, praying for him daily is key for any Christian wife.

There are so many different things to pray about: health, work, knit-picky things that would drive any woman crazy. Don’t stop there. Have you thought about praying for his integrity and reputation? It is often the husband’s reputation that sets the status for the family. A good reputation can take years to build, yet it only takes an instant to tear down.

Dear God, May he trust in You and not be afraid of what man can do to him. (Ps.56:11)

Do you pray for him to be strong and able to flee temptation? We would be naive to think that our husbands will not face temptation. Evil is all around, so pray he will be able to take a stand against whatever temptations are thrown at him, and that he will see the way out that God will provide.

“The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” 1 Cor. 10:13 NLT

What happens when he fails? Too many times, wives are quick to point out the failure over and over. Instead, he needs love, forgiveness and support from his wife.

“Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32 NLT

Do you pray for your husbands relationship with God, his spiritual journey?

Dear God, Your word says that those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please you. (Rom. 8:8) So I ask that you would help my husband walk in your spirit and produce fruit of the Holy Spirit in his life: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Gal. 5:22,23) Let him follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of his life.

These are only a few topics to pray about; the list could go on and on. To see change and growth in your husband, you and your marriage, daily pray for him.

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Camp and Tear-Filled Water Balloons

Reflections of the past week are full of so many thoughts and emotions I hardly know where to begin.  It was a hot week at camp with a couple water balloons filled with tears thrown in.

Studying the Beatitudes and Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount really challenged us to check our ‘tudes (attitudes). I don’t know how anyone could return home without a deeper understanding and desire to make some personal changes.

I was especially challenged with the Lord’s Prayer.  Our speaker acted out a dialogue between himself and God. As he was praying, God kept interrupting with comments and questions. This illustration was to prompt us to seriously think about our prayers. Some questions I have asked myself are:

When I pray…
Do I really esteem God as Hollowed or Most Highly Honored?
Am I more concerned about myself than others?
Do I seek my will or “Thy [God’s] will” to be done?
Do I genuinely forgive others in the same way I want God to forgive me?

These questions definitely are causing me to pause when I bow my head.

Now for the water balloons filled with tears. Early in the week with camp not yet half over, I received two texts alerting me of not one, but two family tragedies.  The first was that my son-in-law’s Mother had a stroke, and the situation was very grim. She has not even celebrated her 50th birthday yet! The second message declared my cousin and baby both died due to complications with childbirth. This dear girl leaves behind a husband and two small children.

My heart breaks for these families, and there was and is nothing I can do except pray.  This was my opportunity to practice what I was encouraging my Jr. High girls to do. Always go to God first! Then if you need to do something or talk to someone, go. Too often we run to our friends first, but God wants to be the first one we take our troubles to. Pray, I did! With the reminder that life can be snatched so quickly, I was all the more diligent to make sure my camp girls understood that Jesus came to save the lost, and we are all lost to sin until we accept his forgiveness and let him be Lord of our life.

Although the past week had some tear-filled water balloons thrown, God is still the same yesterday, today and forever. May He be glorified!

 

I Prayed for Rain

After a couple beautiful days in the 70s, these cold damp days are not so welcomed.  Yet this is what God has blessed us with. Blessed? Yes, blessed.  In our dry and thirsty corner of the state, damp is better than hot wind, and although I prayed for rain, wet snow melting-where-it-lands is better than nothing.

Still we are ungrateful and complain.  My own complaint is that I’m chilled to the bones. Other grumblings I heard while out and about today were:

  • It’s so gloomy out.
  • Now I’m going to have to wash the car.
  • It’s only enough to make things messy.
  • There’s not enough moisture to amount to anything.
  • It’s miserable out.
  • I had to pick up the kids. They couldn’t walk home in this.
  • Ugh! I just wish winter would go away.

Shame on us! We can be such ungrateful spoiled brats.

Father God, Forgive us for our ungratefulness, for our grumbling and  complaining. Thank you for the moisture you have blessed us with these past 2 days. I know you are the one true God who has the power to say to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth,’ and to the rain shower, ‘Be a mighty downpour.’

Valentine Show and Tell

It’s show and tell time, and I have several things to show you.  Mr. Postman delivered my Valentine packages, so as promised last week, I can now share the results of those crafty inspirations.

First, I thought of my three girls, and their beautiful diamonds, engagement and wedding rings given as a token of love and commitment. I sorted through my jar of buttons, and glued a border on a small picture frame.  I also attached a dangling hook, and wrote a little verse.

Just a little something
Made with love
To hold your diamond ring
While you scrub

photo(6)Won’t these be handy by the sink?

Next, I thought of the four guys.  Hubby and I made a list of character traits for each one.  Then I wrote them on individual construction paper hearts and stuffed them in an envelope.

DSC01338It’s a good kind of heart attack!

I could not leave out our grandson.  He is getting pretty good at putting puzzles together. So I printed a silly picture of Pops and Mema, glued it to cardboard and cut out puzzle pieces.  I don’t know how long the puzzle will last, but I’m sure he’ll be able to put it together at least a couple times.  I can almost hear him exclaim, “Pops and Mema!” as it gets put together.

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Gift giving does not have to be expensive, and there are many things to do or make especially if  one is on a tight budget. I personally enjoy the time it takes to craft a gift, because I also use that time to think of and pray for the recipient.

“Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”   2 Corinthians 9:7

Be Careful What You Ask For

Patience is a virtue; catch it if you can.

Have you ever had a day that seemed like everyone was pushing your  buttons? A day full of stress? Did you pray God would give you patience? I’ve done that before, and it really didn’t make things any better. In fact, it may have actually gotten a little worse. My prayer went something like this: “God, will you give me patience today.”  I know, I know; some of you are wondering, “What’s wrong with that prayer?” Well, you didn’t read it in the right tone of voice. Read it again, this time with an impatient, exasperated, begging tone. “God, will you give me patience today, PLEASE!”

Over the years, I’ve formed an opinion about patience, and you may or may not agree with me. My opinion is that patience is not merely given; it is taught. (Pause and ponder if you must.) Would you like to know how I figured that out? Okay, I’ll share my enlightenment.

First, I must confess that I am a slow learner.  You see, each time I would pray my prayer of desperation the day would go from bad to worse. It would be one thing after another that would try my patience.  Like I said, I’m a slow learner so it took awhile for me to figure out what was happening. Then, one day, as if a light bulb came on, I realized the days that were filled with patience-challengers were the days I asked God for patience.

Once I recognized the pattern, I began trying to figure out why. I began to realize, I wasn’t striving to attain the virtue, patience. I was just wanting rescued when I was at the end of my rope. That’s when I recalled a phrase I heard over and over as a child. Practice makes perfect. To be a patient person, I needed practice. Whenever, I asked God for patience, He made sure to give me plenty of opportunities to practice.

Over the years, I have learned to attain patience, I must be teachable and willing to practice being patient. Now when I have a trying day, I try to remember this is my opportunity to practice this virtue. When I am patient, I show love. In 1 Corinthians 13 it says “Love is patient.”

Remember, be careful what you ask for. If you ask for patience, you will be given opportunities to practice.

“Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.”   Ephesians 4:2 ESV

Praying for Haiti

Oh what a Saturday! Hubby is in Haiti so I’ve been holding down the fort. I thought I was getting a good start by heading out to chore before 8:00 this morning. However, by the time I hauled bales for cows and heifers; loaded the water tank, filled it and then emptied into the bulls’ tank, and got the cows off the stubble field it was nearly noon. For some reason these tasks take me longer than for Hubby. I didn’t mind though. It was such a beautiful morning, and I thoroughly enjoyed the serenade of birdsong.

When I got back inside, I was delighted to find an email from my Dear Husband. He and 3 others arrived in Haiti Tuesday evening. The primary job is helping some Haitians build a roof for one of their churches. Wednesday they assessed the church and put together a materials list. The following is a portion of Hubby’s email this morning:

They got the metal to build roof trusses, but had nothing to cut it with.  We looked for a metal blade for  a circular saw but could not find any, I’m not sure there is such a thing, but we were hoping so.  We ended up getting some hacksaws and cutting the metal by hand.  Maybe next time we’ll bring a sawzall and a bunch of metal blades.  There were several men from the church there helping so it really was not too bad.  They said they will have a welder there today.  At least that is how we understood them.  If so we should be able to get some trusses built.  I keep reminding myself we are here to help work WITH the local people , not do it For them. 

Sounds like they are off to a good start. I’ll be eager to hear how much can be done before Hubby comes home.

Over the next several days, I’ll continue to feed the cattle, but more importantly I’ll be praying for my brothers and sisters in Haiti.

I fall to my knees and pray to you, Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from your glorious, unlimited resources you will empower these dear people with inner strength through your Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in their hearts as they trust in him. May their roots  grow down into your love and keep them strong. And may they have the power to understand how wide, how long, how high, and how deep your love is. May they experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then they will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from you. Now all glory to God, who is able, through your mighty power at work within them, to accomplish infinitely more than they might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen. (Taken from Ephesians 3:14-21)

 

Twas the Night Before [Christmas] Wedding

Twas the night before Christmas Wedding when all through the church
Everything was in place every step was rehearsed.
The lights were hung by the rafters with care
In hopes that Thomas Albert soon would be there.

The Bride was home all snug in her bed
While visions of ‘I Dos’ danced in her head.
Dad’s suit was all pressed along with my dress
And as Parents of the Bride we’re trying not to be stressed.

When out in the garage there arose such a clatter,
I ran down the stairs to see what was the matter.
The Brothers were there planning out a surprise
For the Bride and her Groom on their most special night.

I went up to my bed, but could not fall asleep.
I tossed and I turned then counted some sheep.
Instead of wasting time I decided to pray
And ask my Heavenly Father to bless the Wedding Day.

“Dear God, you gave this Daughter to me
To love and hold and teach her of Thee.
Now you are asking me to let her go
To a land far away with the man she loves so.

I’ve prayed and prayed since she was li’l
For a man who loves You and seeks Your will,
To love her and cherish, lead and provide
And Thomas is the one for this Precious Bride.

Give me the courage to set her free
To become the wife you’ve designed her to be
To submit to him as unto You
And to be his helper in all they do.

As dawn is dawning, please pave the way
For the most beautiful and blessed Wedding Day.
May you, God, be glorified in all that’s said and done
So all guests may see that You’re Number One.”

Today, I do not lose a Daughter, but rather, I gain another Son. I love you both!
Start the music and let the ceremony begin!