Tuesday, November 15, 2016

You May Be the Only One (Marriage)

When a new couple goes into marriage you want to share with them how not only to avoid pitfalls, but to begin a path that will be different that anyone else...solid...stronger.

I wanted to share a pivotal moment in our marriage....one thing that changed things for us...permanently.

A few years back I started focusing on prayer in my personal life.  I had read the book "The Circle Maker" and though didn't see everything the same way as the author, I stood convicted that my prayer life needed greater dedication.

As I spent hours talking with a friend of mine, she shared memories of her marriage...of emotional abuse and unfaithfulness.  She had read, since her divorce, a book called "The Power of a  Praying Wife".

Then she said something that kicked me in the gut.  She said she wished she had read this while she was still married.

The importance was glaring.  As I immediately read through this book, something hit me.  No one else may be praying for my spouse but me.

Think about that.  I'm assuming you have seen the power of prayer and just how vitally important prayer cover is.

No one else may be praying for your spouse but you.

Deep breath...

Does the weight of the responsibility hit you like it does me?

Our casual prayers...or prayers in times of trouble...those just aren't enough.

We are in a battle ground for our spouse.

Those two books convicted me, the way I should have been convicted by the Bible years before.  The Bible gave me the importance of prayer, but I hadn't seen just how important.

I created a prayer journal with each member of our family in it.  Each time I told a friend I would pray for them, I would write it down.

What if we were the only one praying, petitioning for our spouse (and family)?

Thomas has a pretty big section of my prayer journal.  He has big responsibilities and huge things on his shoulders.  In some areas of my journal I may have a sentence from the book above.  In some places I have heart felts prayers and wishes for my other half.  In some place I've photocopied a prayer I thought was right on the mark.

What other guarantee do I have that anyone else prayed for him today? Tonight?

It makes a difference.

Our oldest daughter felt the difference.  It created a difference in me in not only my relationship with God, but with my husband as well.  I saw him differently.  I saw him for what he does for our family.  Not only that, but I saw God answering...some over time...some immediately...and some by changing me.

Friends, praying for our spouse needs to be top priority and  is an important and weighty responsibility.  It is not to be taken lightly.  It cannot be taken casually.  We are warring for our spouse in prayer.  We are loving them in prayer.

If you want books that may help you on your way to a deeper prayer life, both "The Circle Maker" and "The Power of a Praying Wife" are great starts.  There is also a book called "The Power of a Praying Husband".  (I have not read the last one.)

I share this hoping even one person is convicted...even just one can see a responsibility that WILL change your life and perspective. I may not be able to see the future, but I know what doing this one thing will do and how it will change your life.

May your prayer life blossom friends with a beauty you may never have known is possible.

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.  I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength  he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms,  far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come." Ephesians 1:17-21

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Immanent Prayer Request:   
*Sarah is considered in early labor.  It can last a day or weeks (though we expect it won't be that long).  PLEASE pray for her health and that of baby Isabella.  There were
a few concerns this week and we just ask for continued prayers.  We ask that IF it be God's will, Isabella comes soon (and very healthy).
*Can you please pray for discernment for this trip to PA  in about five weeks ($500-$700 or whatever the exact amount God knows we need)?  Could you pray for direction, if we are to
go to an organization for help?  Thank you!
*Please pray for our last adoption paper to come in now. :-)

Our Prayer Requests:
*Please pray for our continued adoption journey.  Please pray protection over our family and the ever expanding number of children (here and across the world).  The master of lies loves to mess with anyone trying to follow God.
*Please pray for a financial way.  Continue funds for the adoption and many unusual expenses that happen...some only every five years.  They just happen to have happened all at once during back to back adoptions.  We are taking a deep breath and trusting God. 
*Please pray for our beautiful pregnant daughters  (one is a daughter-in-love, but I love her like one) and one precious extended family member who is expecting.  Our daughter Sarah is due any day and they have a lot of things they are trying to figure out. Please pray for discernment, direction, and blessing for Sarah and Ivan.   Please pray for all three of the babies and their health...and health of the mommies.
*Please pray we GLORIFY GOD in ALL THINGS.  This is the most important. 

Our Friends:
*Please pray for an extended family member's mother Laura.  She has cancer and it isn't good.
*PLEASE pray for a young teen named Alyssa.  She has brain cancer and has had many brain surgeries at this point.  They just found cancer at the base of her spine.  PLEASE pray for healing.  (She is the daughter of two friends from college.)  Please also pray for her family.
*Please pray for my husband's friend at work.  He lost his mother-in-law two weeks ago. (The Windom family)
*Please pray for my friend Elizabeth, as she they have found cancer on her foot.  Please also pray for insurance to approve this quickly!
*Please pray for K and G.  They have just lost their precious baby.

PRAISE:
*God has answered our prayers and October 31st we were able to complete another big step in our adoption.
*God has answered our prayers for the next funds due for the adoption (due within two weeks)
*God answered the prayers for the deposit on Jael's wheelchair.  It left me speechless and in tears.  

Know if I'm praying for you, I have not forgotten.  If I don't have your permission to put it here I won't in order to make sure it is only shared if you would like us to.

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