Kate says . . .
Side note: It has taken me awhile to respond to Brad’s post because we had dear friends of our staying with us for a few days. This friend is so special to me, she is an amazing woman of faith and her value is beyond words. Having precious time with her, reminded me to encourage all of you wives to seek out those ladies in your life who can pray for you and uplift you in your marriage. So here I am having had, four wonderful days with my dear friend, but behind in my blogging.
- Our One Flesh Union
- Areas of struggle
A word of caution for those of you who are struggling with where your husbands are at in life: Do not get stuck in praying solely for “change” in your hubby. Instead pray for that God’s will for your husband be done. That not our will as wife, but Jesus’! While change might be needed and we should certainly share that with Jesus, we want to remain open to how God wants to work in the heart of our husband. When I am frustrated and want to see change, I like to pray; “Lord work in Brad’s heart and Brad’s life, lead him Lord. And work in my heart and life as well.”
So what about praying for yourself!?! Sound kind of selfish and maybe even a little silly. I used to think praying meant-praying for others. Not myself. Of course I would pray for my struggles and would ask God to help me overcome them, but other then that I never really prayed for me. I think as wives, this is something we need to change! Praying for yourself, chatting with God about you, listening to God’s heart, seeking Him in every part of your life and marriage is so vital. It is not selfish, it is smart. You are nurturing and cultivating your relationship with Jesus and you are in communication with Him about yourself. This is how we understand and learn more about ourselves. This is how we become in tune with what God requires of us as wives.
In order to help organize my prayer life I have come up with a weekly prayer schedule. One day I pray all for Brad, one day I pray for all of extended our family, one day I pray for our country, one day I pray for our kids, one day I pray for our friends, one day I pray for rest and worship and one day I pray for ME! My whole prayer that day is dedicated to me and everything about me. My ministries, my struggles, my responsibilities, my roles (child of God, wife, mommy, daughter, sister and friend).
So while you are spending time praying for your amazing hubby, take sometime to stop and pray for yourself too. I have grown so much in my time with God since I have taken the time to pray for myself, to chat with God about where I am, where He wants me to be and how I am going to get there. Both are of great value, to your hubby and to your marriage, and to you as a special child of God.
The power of God to work through a praying wife . . . should never be underestimated!