From Our Hearts to Yours
Have you ever had a conversation with a woman who, by the way she is talking, you can’t tell whether she is married or single? Sure, she has a ring on her finger. But as she talks, everything she says is “my daughter,” “my house,” “my last vacation.” I always wonder, Hey, aren’t you part of a married couple?
A mentor of mine taught me the lesson of speaking in the plural. She married for the first time at age 47. Immediately, she went from being an independent woman and CEO to being a wife. And amazingly, her language changed overnight. Everything in her life became “we.” For instance, when someone asked her “Where do you live?” her answer was “We live in San Diego.” The more time I spent with her, the more I got the “we” message!
You and your husband are a couple. Your life now has a partner. You now have joint interests. So it’s “our house,” “our daughter,” “our vacation.”
Say along with Joshua: “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15). Then back up your talk with your actions. Worship together, pray together, and serve together. Walk through life arm-in-arm, facing and enjoying life’s challenges—as one. That’s exactly where you want to be.
In 15 Verses to Pray for Your Husband you’ll discover key Bible passages you can use as a springboard for lifting your husband up to God. Praying these is powerful because you’re praying what God desires for your spouse.
From the beginning of time God gave a divine principle for marriage: “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh” (Genesis 2:24).
Leaving and cleaving is always a test of faith for a wife. It tests her …
- Obedience to God’s Word and His way.
- Faith in God’s leading through a husband.
- Trust in her husband’s leadership.
- Commitment to her husband.
Are you a wife? If so, is your husband the Number One person in your life? Is there stress and conflict surrounding your marriage and your parents? Maybe it’s time to realize and embrace your status as a wife—that you are no longer accountable to your parents, that you are free to be bound joyfully and securely to your husband.”
Are you a mother of married children? If so, have you released them to follow God’s leading with their mates?
Start or end your day with the powerful reminders of God’s work in One Minute With The Women of The Bible. You’ll find encouragement in these devotions for your own faith journey as you meet women such as…
- Eve, who reflected God’s beautiful image to the world
- Leah, who was remembered and blessed by God in her sorrow
- Deborah, who became a humble and godly leader in battle
The choices you make as a wife make all the difference. But the good news is that, as God’s child you have the indwelling Holy Spirit. He will produce in you His fruit of the Spirit as you walk in obedience to Him. You can oh-so-subtly slip into nagging, whining, complaining, arguing, and criticizing until, over time, you actually become a “contentious” wife. Or you can daily aspire to be the excellent, noble, virtuous, worthy wife God describes and exalts in the book of Proverbs.
Today, as you pray for yourself as a wife and for your husband as someone God asks you to love (Titus 2:4), choose to be God’s kind of wife. Choose to put your husband first. Choose to bless him, nurture him, build him up, and help him—to love him to pieces.
Open your soul and pray for him and his day.
Open your heart and love him with Christ’s love.
Open your eyes and see him as God’s perfect gift to you.
Open your mouth and praise him for his strengths and diligence.
Open your hands and tend to his care and needs.
Open your arms and embrace him as your teammate and leader, your best friend, your partner for life.
Make your marriage a good thing.
A woman’s day is full of challenges and opportunities. Let the wisdom of God show you how to thrive through it all in Elizabeth’s book, Proverbs for a Women’s Day.
How can you know God’s will? As you pray, seek to live according to what is revealed in God’s Word, and search out godly counsel, you’ll discover God’s specific will for you—your greatest treasure.
Follow these ABCs based on God’s will for Rebekah and how His will for her was revealed.
- A – Ask God. Abraham’s servant prayed fervently and specifically about finding the right wife for Isaac.
- B – Be faithful. Rebekah was led to the next phase of God’s will for her life while she was faithfully serving her family in the details of daily life.
- C – Consult others. Rebekah’s father and brother were involved in counseling her and agreed to her marriage to Isaac.
- D – Decide for yourself. Family members agreed, God’s will was evident, but Rebekah had to choose to follow God’s plan.
- E – Execute your decision. Rather than lingering, Rebekah acted immediately and began her journey of faith … by faith!
Ask God to open your eyes and your heart to His will for you. And don’t be surprised when you discover it’s right in front of you!
Start or end your day with the powerful reminders of God’s work in the lives of women in the Bible in Elizabeth George’s book, One Minute with the Women of the Bible. You’ll find encouragement for your own faith journey