#stopdropandpray

So within the Holy Yoga family (and the world of Instagram) many of my fellow yogis participate in something called #stopdropandyoga. The premise is this: you're tagged. you stop what you're doing. you do some yoga (usually just a pose... we're not like, randomly breaking out into a full Son A or anything). then you snap a photo and share it on Insta... and of course, you tag others to join in on the fun. I love it. I always want to be tagged. I beam with excitement when I do get tagged. But I think many would join me in saying that we don't always just stop what we are doing and do some yoga. I know I think about the pose I want to do, and find a time that is convenient for me to do all of the various steps.

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Now, on to my next thought.

The other day one of my sweet little nephews couldn't be found by his parents. They were at a week long event, with campsites and RVs and all the people. Sweet little 5 year old rascal wasn't in his usual playing spot and so began the prayers.

I texted my closest circle of warriors to pray. I prayed. And I prayed some more.

Then they found him and we all breathed a sigh of relief. And I returned back to the task at hand-vacuuming. 

Did you notice what was not included in the post-finding of said rascal? A prayer of thanksgiving. Isn't that such a sucky thing to realize about yourself?

So I continued to think about this while I vacuumed. Step after step I pushed and I pondered, all the while never heeding the Spirit's direction to turn the damn machine off and say thank you.

Finally, like a silly little child, I did what I should have done 6 minutes earlier. I hit that red button, knelt on those steps, and prayed a prayer of mighty thanksgiving for His mercy and favor on that sweet boy, on our family, and on me in the midst of my disobedience.

As I began to vacuum again I thought, "hey. Why don't we stop, drop and pray?" Because if we are all really honest with ourselves, I think we would find that we pray when it's convenient or when we are in need. And seldom do we come back to thank Him for bending down to listen and respond.

So here's what I propose:

Let's make #stopdropandpray a thing, ok?

If you're tagged, let that be a nudging on your soul. Stop what you're doing, whether at that moment or some time throughout your day, and pray. Literally stop. Drop something if you need to, or better yet, drop to your knees, and then pray. Pray for someone. Pray for something. Pray for the person you tag. Just pray.

Then later, when it's convenient, post a photo of what you prayed for. Then go ahead and tag a few people. People you know or don't know. People who you prayed for. People you know are prayer warriors. Tag away. And make #stopdropandpray a thing. Because how could we not benefit from broadening His kingdom by submitting to the nudging? He's always nudging, and we are [almost] always too busy or distracted to respond.

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So yeah. Make it a thing.

#stopdropandpray 

Day 40: 40 Days of Praise

Really, that's what we've been doing these past 40 days... Praising. One of the (many) definitions of praise is, "the offering of grateful homage in words or song as an act of worship." Our words have been worship to His ears. Today, Caitlin and I really just want to offer Him praise for ALL that He has done, is doing, and will do. I know we all have stories of His gracious handiwork in our lives through this journey, and tonight we just want to share a few of them with you. So as you read of all He has been doing, let your heart rest in His goodness and give Him praise.

[If you read my blog you know I'm all about anonymity and initials so that's what we are sticking to with these]

"Over the past 40 days of praying for my husband I have experienced great blessing in my own heart as well as in my marriage. Through Laura and Caitlin's posts and beautiful prayers and also through my own time with the Lord, God has shown me different areas to be praying for my husband and specific areas of his life to become more in tune with. My husband and I have had growth in our marriage and our communication which as a result has strengthened and deepened our bond." -K "I'm so glad God put the 40 days of prayer in my path. With a husband that is often gone with work I am always seeking ways to pray over him and his safety. What a blessing it was to dedicate 40 days to just that. While praying, a sense of calm was given to me. I was able to give my worries and concerns for my husband over to my Heavenly Father who knows how to love and protect him so much better than I can. I thank Jesus for using these ladies to speak His truth in my prayer life for my beloved. Prayer is powerful, praying for my husband is a joy, thank you Father for the reminder." -L "I am praising God so much in the area of the man I am married to. It started before the 40 day journey... it started 9 years ago when we got married and I started praying more fervently for him. I've prayed for specific things that I have just seen answered recently - the last few months. NINE years of prayer. It would have been so easy to just stop, give up, and say "to heck with it, Lord! There's no fruit!" And I did get discouraged, many times. But I was reminded over and over by the Lord and women like you, that God IS faithful and He is in the business of answering prayers and changing hearts. I FULLY praise Him for all the work He has done in my husband's heart in the last 3 years! -D "I feel as if my husband and I have grown closer. I talked with him last night, asking him if he felt different since I had been praying for him, and he said he feels better at seeing my emotional needs. We struggled with a lot of spiritual warfare during this journey but I know it's because God was working good in us. My hubs even stepped out last night and decided to make a permanent time every night for us to pray together. Praise God for His work in our hearts!" -Caitlin For me, God has been doing the muscle work of digging these roots down deep into the earth. He moved some mountains after I did this last year, and I feel very much that this journey was all about the roots. I've seen a wisdom and a maturity in my husband that I've not seen before. But it's a maturity of steadfastness. His heart is becoming more and more steadfast in his God. His faith is becoming his own. I have shared emotions with him that I would've been insecure to show before now, allowing him the ability to see the rawness of my heart for my God. While being apart makes communication all the more difficult, we've really done all that we can to share what really matters in our hearts, and a lot of the time that is simply Jesus.

The most exciting thing to me about this day is that it is like that last second that your toes are touching the diving board before you spring off into the sky and fly exhilaratingly into the blue below. This is the springboard--just the beginning. Because the reality is, He has always been working for, seeking out and loving on our husbands and us. He has now gotten our attention and removed the scales from our eyes so we can see how He really works.

So wives, joyously leap off that diving board tonight! Lay your head on your pillow KNOWING that YOUR GOD IS NOT FINISHED! Oh praise Him!

Image-1 (18) "For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wastelands." Isaiah 43:19

Peace and joy to all of your sweet, loving hearts tonight. We have been so blessed going through this journey with you. Until next year.

-Laura and Caitlin

*Remember, these prayers will always be available to you. If you ever feel like you would like to repeat this journey PLEASE don't hesitate! Just obey!*

Day 39: Proclaiming His Faithfulness

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As we wrap up our journey tomorrow I can't help this insatiable need to praise His faithfulness. Whether He has already begun it, or has simply been putting the final touches on a big move, He has been moving and has been faithful these past 39 days. What's so magnificent about our God is that He works far beyond the confines of committed prayer journeys or bible studies or retreat weekends. He's always moving, proving His faithfulness. Things like this are merely an opportunity for us to open our eyes and our hearts to the True God we serve and love.

So let's pray Psalm 146 today, and with all of our hearts proclaim His faithfulness and goodness to us and to our husbands. He's doing a greater work in us and in them than we could ever begin to dream up on our own, and we praise Him for that!

-Laura

 

Hallelujah!

Oh my soul praises You God! All my life long I will praise You, singing songs to You as long as I live. Lord, I will not put my life into the hands of "experts" who know nothing of True life; salvation life. Mere humans don't have what it takes; when they die their projects die with them. Instead, God of Jacob, I get help from You! I put my hope in You and because of that I know real blessing! God, You made the sky and the soil, the sea and all the fish in it. You always do what You say You will. You defend the wronged. You feed the hungry. You free the prisoners. You give sight to the blind and lift up the fallen. God, You love good people and protect strangers. You take the side of the orphans and widows and you make short the work of the wicked. God, You are in charge-- ALWAYS! My God, the God of Zion, is God for good! 

Hallelujah!

(Prayer adapted by me from the Message version of Psalm 146)

Day 38: Humbled Before the King

20140323-211500.jpg "Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because 'God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.' Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares you."

-1 Peter 5:5-7

For awhile now, I've been praying that my husband could find someone to guide him. I know that we are very capable of doing this life thing on our own--of connecting with God, of being saved, and walking the walk. But you know, it's so much better when there is someone who has gone before you and can mentor you in your walk.

But I also know, it's extremely hard to humble ourselves and say yes, I would like advice/help/guidance.

Or at least I find that hard in my walk, so I can only imagine my strong, masculine husband struggling with seeking someone to show him the way.

But God says that when we humble ourselves before Him. When we cast all our anxiety on Him, he will offer us grace and lift us up. I know very well that my husband is capable of many things, and part of the reason I love him is because he dabbles in hobbies, he works hard for our family, he chases his passions, and he loves his God with his whole heart. But I also know that he is human, and his flesh is weak, and his heart is deceitful. Just like me.

And so tonight wives, my prayer is this: That my husband would humble himself before the Lord being willing to accept guidance of those who have gone before him. That not only would he a strong, Christian, masculine mentor enter his life, but that my husband would throw away his pride and humbly accept him. For I know then that God will lift him up in his walk and help him to live that full life.

-Caitlin

Lord above,

I come before you tonight a humble servant--a sinner broken but redeemed by your grace. Father, I cannot thank you enough for this journey you have brought me on. This journey of prayer, of love, of dedication, of joy, of Christ, and of change. You are working wonders in our everyday, and I thank you so much for hearing these prayers. Tonight, God, I come before you once again lifting up my husband. As he walks beside You, I pray for guidance. That you Lord, would not only speak to his heart, but that you would bring someone older, and wiser into his life to offer advice on his journey. So many times I feel he makes decisions on his own and wrestles with what you are calling him towards and tonight I pray that you would help him in those moments. Speak to his heart Lord during his time spent with you, as well as through the council of others. I pray that my husband would also learn to humble himself before you Lord, that he may willing accept this council and throw away his pride. That his humble spirit would be pleasing to you and lead him down a path of righteousness. Lord, may his humility seep out of his spirit in his days so that as he grows older, you would be willing to use him to council others. May he be receptive to what and how you are speaking to him so that his life may be well and full in you. Thank you so much, Father, for his spirit. May it be humble and grace filled as you change him. In your most Holy name I pray, Amen

Day 37: Silence

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We live in a terribly loud world. Radios quietly on in the background, televisions playing in the corner, children talking/yelling/crying/singing... and that's just the audible noise. The "noise" constantly produced by our minds can be deafening at times. Maybe this is why we like to have some static in the background... something to drown out what's really driving us crazy-- our own thoughts.

Here's the thing though; God never intended for us to be in a constant state of noise. While we've been given the gift of music and voice and all of these other things that produce sound we cannot forget the beautiful gift of silence. When we are silent, truly quieting the audible and inaudible in our lives, we can enjoy His presence.

Guys, this is not easy. As I am learning through training this is something that must be practiced, but it's worth all of the effort. I have to believe that, each and every second (literally, second by second) that I have to reel my thoughts in and quiet them in the name of Jesus, that  is one step forward in my journey towards quiet.

"But the Lord is in His holy temple; let all the earth be silent before Him." Habbakuk 2:20

By the victorious death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we are now His temple. He is IN His holy temple, and we must take time to be silent before Him.

Our husbands have busy lives; working, providing, loving, caring, delighting, fighting... the actions never end, just as ours don't either. But let's ask God to provide them with a space of silence. A place where they can quiet their hearts, even for a moment, to remember that He is in His temple-- in them. Whatever noise may come, whether from sugar-spiked children or the weight of worry, they might be able to draw close to the Father in His temple and enjoy the gift of silence. There is so much waiting for them there.

-Laura

Jesus,

You taught us how to withdraw from the noise; from the crowds and the demands of life. You showed us this often. Thank you for making this a very clear matter of importance in our relationship with you. As you knew you needed to be with your Father, you had to turn from the noise to truly do so. Help myself and my husband to recognize when the radio needs to be turned off. Or when we need to choose some quiet with you over the numbing of the television. Give us the strength to believe that what you can provide in those moments can and will fill us more than any noisy distraction could. Grow us both in the ability to recognize and cherish silence before you for the gift that it really is. Give us grace each and every time we have to bring our busy minds back to quiet, and remind us that there is  nothing but grace there-- no expectation or disappointment--only love. Thank you, Jesus, for giving something as simple as silence so much value! Help us to grow and challenge each other in this practice of being present.

In your most Holy name,

Amen.

Day 36: Thanks in every moment

20140321-213937.jpg I don't know about you ladies, but my heart is often full of thanksgiving for my husband. Sometimes I cannot believe the blessing my God has gifted me. So tonight, tomorrow, and in every moment, let us lift up our gratitude to our God. -Caitlin

Lord above, Thank you--thank you so much for the blessing of life you have given me. This life and this love is so unfathomable. That you would shower grace on me--a broken sinner-- and redeem me for your good amazes me. Too many times I come before you with wants and requests. Never enough do I simply thank you. And so, as this 40 day journey starts to close, I simply want to thank you for the husband you have placed in my life. Thank you for his love. Thank you for his heart. Thank you for his willingness to lead, to provide, to protect, and to encourage. Thank you for saving him and for leading him to me, that we may wildly show the world your love. Thank you for the good and glorious times we have, and thank you for the obstacles and the grief. Thank you for our times together and our times apart. For you work all things together Lord for your good, and in all of these times I am learning to give thanks. Thank you Lord for every moment we have and will have together. Thank you for us. But above all, thank you for your Son. In His most holy name I pray, Amen

Day 35: A Prayer Of Protection

Image-1 (14) In the book of Joshua, we find Joshua bringing the Israelites together once more to renew their covenant. Joshua tells them to choose, once and for all, who they will worship; the God of the universe, the gods of their fathers or the gods of the Amorites. And here is the verse we are all so familiar with: "But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord." (Joshua 24:15)

What I would like to point out is the following verse, one that might not get as much fanfare but brings to light the state of the hearts of the Israelites-- they were not always as aloof as we sometimes might remember them to be.

"Then the people answered, 'Far be it from us to forsake the Lord to serve other gods! It was the Lord our God himself who brought us and our fathers up out of Egypt, from that land of slavery, and performed those great signs before our eyes. He protected us on our entire journey and among all the nations through which we traveled." (vs. 16-17)

Even before Jesus came and brought with Him the new covenant, God actively protected those he loved from the dangers of this world. His protection did not first come with the anointing of the Holy Spirit from Christ's death and resurrection. In John 17 we see Jesus praying for protection over the followers God gave Him during His time on earth. Jesus protected them while He was here, and is now calling upon God to protect them once He has gone. So again, even in the new covenant we see our Mighty God actively protecting those He loves. In verse 13 Jesus clarifies why He is saying the things He's saying... "so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them." He said it that they might hear and believe that the God of the universe will protect them, because His very Son asked Him to.

Today, I pray a prayer of joy and thanksgiving that my Father loves my husband so much that He will never leave him unprotected. That no matter where he may be-- at home under "my protecting arms" (yeah right!) or far from my reach or influence-- God is before him, with him and behind him, keeping him safe and within His merciful and gracious will for his life.

Just think: as desperately as we strive to keep our husbands in our arms, safe, healthy and happy, God desires all the more to see those things manifest in their lives. He just has a different way of achieving that end goal. We must relinquish our desire for control and let God protect and care for his precious sons, knowing full well that He has promised to protect them and keep them safe in His arms.

Our God does not break His promises, dear daughters. Believe Him.

-Laura

Mighty God,

You are the God who has protected Your people for countless years, and You are not about to change now. Thank You for knowing us- our need for reassurance. For knowing that there would be many, many times that we would need to cling to Your promise of protection in the scary times in life. Thank You for not leaving us to fend for ourselves in this dark world, but for supernaturally interceding on our behalf in times when our security in You is threatened. We are never far from You, and the blessing from that is boundless. It continues to pour over our entire lives, each and every day, allowing us to live freely and without fear or worry. God, I lay my husband and his safety and security down. I unclench my fingers and willingly hand it over to You because I know that You love him more. You are even more interested in seeing his life be glorifying to You and so I choose to stop trying to influence it and drive it in the ways I believe are best. God, as he faces dangers in this world, physically and spiritually, I believe that You have already gone before him, allowing what is necessary to glorify You and grow him, and keeping him from anything that will harm him and the purpose You have called him to. God, thank You for loving him so. My soul is blessed and at peace knowing that there is Someone who loves him even more than I. You are Lord over all, and there is nothing that brings You fear. We find such peace in Your presence today.

In Your name, Jesus.

Amen.

Day 34: A Tender Heart

20140319-210649.jpg"Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves." -Philippians 2:1-3

I don't know about you, wives, but my heart rejoices knowing that my husband delights in me. Our story is long and winded, but it's full of God's grace and divine appointments. This year we will celebrate our fourth year of marriage, and in the last few weeks we have stepped out in leading a marriage Bible study where we've had the great joy of mentoring a few newlywed couples.

Oh how God is using our story! The last couple of sessions we have been learning about how a wife feels loved and how her husband can energize her spirit. One of the sticking points for me has been how much I (and we as women) need tenderness.

I know for many facts that my heart itself is a tender thing. When I married my husband, I gave it to him for safe keeping and care. And in these last few years he has done a wonderful job of speaking to me and loving me in the ways I need. But I also know, that he is the one who can hurt me the most without ever meaning too.

I'm not confessing anything here or speaking bad about him as he is wonderful and I love him beyond words--but as we've been learning in our group we are different when it comes to this marriage thing. It's the obvious difference I'm talking about--he is a man and I am a woman--and in God's beautiful entity of marriage we (man and woman) are loved and love differently. In his manhood and in his act of being my husband, the way he reacts to things or even says them in his different way can hurt my heart terribly because I hear them differently.

For that reason, there is much to be done. See, as wives, we are loved with love. But as husbands, they are loved with respect. And in fact, God commands us to this type of love in Ephesians 5:33 So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. In that beautiful symbol of marriage, we as Christ bride's respect our husband and Christ, the husband, loves his wife, the church. That husband then, being like-minded in Christ, finds tenderness and compassion to make the joy of his wife complete.

Men are not tender creatures--not naturally anyway--and in the way God has designed them, they are not built to be nurturing, tender creatures. Yet, as God commands them to love their wives, they are to become like-minded in Christ which means taking on tenderness in order to show love.

I don't know about you, but those tender moments my husband expresses either through words or actions, simply melt my heart and propel me through my days. They encourage me to respect him more and show him love in the way he feels it. And when I am loved and I respect him, we go round and round in a energizing circle, encouraging each other in this beautiful thing called marriage.

I could undoubtedly type up our whole Bible study here but I won't. Instead, I challenge you to read Love and Respect by Emerson Eggerich and perhaps join a study on it if you have the chance. And tonight as we pray for our husbands to keep delighting in us, let's offer up a prayer for tenderness as it doesn't come easy for them--but it's something that undoubtedly brings joy to our marriage.

-Caitlin

Heavenly Father,

Tonight I simply continue to offer up thanksgiving for my husband and this journey of marriage you have called us on. Our story has been written by you and in these moments, both good and bad, you are here. You have given us the chance to delight in each other, and to walk alongside each other when the world drags us down. Lord, you have created us so differently, yet so perfectly that the way we fit together speaks only of you. As we learn  how to love one another as each new day passes, may we follow your commands. I ask that you would help me in respecting my husband, in showing him love in the way he needs, and in understanding that though he is different than me he isn't wrong. Help me to offer up forgiveness for those moments that pull at my heart and understand that his love for me does not waiver, but that in fact he is simply loving me in the way he knows how. In that I lift him up to you Father. I ask that you would instill tenderness in his heart for the moments I need it most. Help him to be like-minded with you, showing tenderness and compassion to me in my moments of weakness and brokenness and need for love. Help him to speak to me and to love me with a tender heart, and help me to be patient with him as he learns this way of loving. There are so many things in life that do not come easy to any of us, but Lord you offer to show us how. I pray that he would seek you for guidance as a husband and listen to the whispers of advice you offer him. Teach him to be tender towards me--and teach me to notice.

I ask in your most holy name,

Amen

 

Day 33:To Delight In His Wife

Image-1 (11) "May your fountain be blessed and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth. A loving doe, a graceful deer-- may her breasts satisfy you always, may you ever be captivated by her love." -Proverbs 5:18-19

This topic has been on my heart for awhile now. Life happens, and consequently both man and wife will grow and change from the person they were on that wedding day. In our marriage, I praise God that we have grown and changed. While I adored him then, I love him, respect him, and cherish him more today.

Sometimes life is not so kind, and it will bring with it distractions. My prayer today is that his eyes would be delighted and his heart enriched by the wife sitting before him. That he would be reminded of my charms that won him over in the beginning and be able to see that I am still that young woman who swoons at his love. I would like to simply share a bit of a commentary on this passage and leave you to explore this prayer more on your own with your specific marriage in mind.

Blessings to you, beauties.

-Laura

"Let him that is married take delight in his wife, and let him be very fond of her, not only because she is the wife that he himself has chosen and he ought to be pleased with his own choice, but because she is the wife that God in His providence appointed for him and he ought much more to be pleased with the divine appointment, pleased with her because she is his own. "Let thy fountain be blessed"; think thyself very happy in her, look upon her as a blessed wife, let her have thy blessing, pray daily for her, and then rejoice with her... Mutual delight is the bond of mutual fidelity." - Matthew Henry Commentary On Proverbs 5 (emphasis mine)

Gracious God,

Thank you for choosing the two of us to be together. I love us together. Sometimes it's hard, and requires more effort; other times it is simply divine. Thank you for being in both of those moments, and every one in between. You have a great purpose for this union and I truly believe one of those is to be able to truly delight in one another each and every day that we are together... Even on the not-so-good days. As I lift him up to you and strive to be the wife you ask me to be, I pray that he would see nothing but you in me. I pray, Lord, that his eyes would look upon me with the same love they did the day we promised our love to you and each other. Draw us to one another, more and more, that no distraction of this world would be worth severing the love that we share. Thank you for completing our love , and for always working to show me more of who you are through the man you've partnered me with. He's a blessing to my heart and I promise to be committed to him forever. I vow to love and serve you always by loving and serving him. Create a desire in his heart to do the same.

Jesus, in your Name,

Amen.

Day 32: Real Rest

20140317-204719.jpg "Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest." -Matthew 11:28, MSG

Sometimes friends, we simply need to rest. Maybe that rest comes in the form of binge watching Netflix over a weekend, or taking a vacation. Perhaps it's an evening of riding our bikes, or time curled up reading a book. Or just maybe that rest is a fit of laughter that releases our souls.

You've been there, right? Moved by something someone has said or an action that has happened and you're doubled over in a fit of joy inducing laugher. You can't breathe and your abs ache, but when all is said and done you feel clear in a sense. Relaxed. Rested. Cleansed.

In fact, a bout of laughter is so good for us because it literally releases endorphins (or the happy chemical) causing us to feel a burst of joy and release. In those moments of unstoppable laughter, I often think that is how it feels to rest in God. To be so out of control yet carefree and recovering a part of our life that has been misplaced by the throes of this life. That's what it's like to rest in Him friends and oh do we need it.

May we not only find ourselves resting in Him during this journey, but praying for moments that our husbands can simply get away with Him so they too can feel rested, relaxed, and renewed.

-Caitlin

Heavenly Father, I come before you tonight with thanksgiving that you have chosen each one of us to be yours. You love us so dearly that you sent your Son for us. In our broken, ragged, sin-filled walk you continually offer us Grace because you want us. Lord, in that grace you offer us real rest from this burdened world. You give us a chance to escape with you and recover life. Tonight, God, I pray over my husband for that rest. Wherever he is in his walk, and wherever he is quite literally in his day, bring him that rest. Offer him the chance to sneak away with you so that he may feel cleansed of his work and his day and his struggles and feel renewed in life. For only you can offer it. God, help him to see this road he is on is not in vain, but that you are using it for good and are there to carry the burden when he is ready to let go. Your grace is our rest Lord. May we surrender to you and feel the joy that will follow. In your most Holy name I pray, Amen

Day 31: Predestined To Be His

Image-1 (10) The prayer of my heart today comes from several places in the Word, speaking to one incomprehensible truth. Journey with me to this revelation for your husband and for yourself. But be ready, because it's a doozy and worth all the time you can give to let it truly soak into your entire heart, soul and mind.

"What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it -- we're called children of God! That's who we really are." 1 John 3:1 (MSG- emphasis mine)

Me, you, your husband, my husband... we were chosen. We've already talked about this a few times but I think the magnitude of this merits a lot of time to be meditated on. We are His children-no matter our sin;  past or present. Before any of our decisions were ever made, He had already decided He wanted us. It brought Him immense joy just to think of it.

"In love, He predestined us to be adopted as His sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will -- to the praise of his glorious grace, which He has freely given us in the One He loves." Ephesians 1:5 (NIV-emphasis mine)

Before He knew my husband's mess-ups and shortcomings, He put in the "adoption paperwork". We currently know a family who is in the process of adopting a little peanut from Poland and they've been asking for prayer support, having garage sales to raise money, and preparing their other children for the welcoming of a 6th family member. There is so much passion and love for this little person that they don't even know yet, but they know that she is a beautiful creation of the Creator and they can't wait to love her with all they have in their hearts. Now with that vivid picture in your mind I want you to think of the Father and His Son. They wanted you. They wanted your husband. Enough that Jesus, with the same sensations and feelings that you and I have, endured the cross.

We often ask why He did that? Why He didn't just call angels or say He couldn't go on. It has recently come to my very humbled attention exactly why He pressed on when He even asked His Father for another way: He went on "for the joy set before Him". Guys, that "joy" was us.

He knew the adoption was on... that there were souls so desperately loved by Him and His Father that He had to pay the price. They wanted us to be a part of their family.

Hebrews 12:2 "... who for the joy set before Him endured the cross..."

Above all of the prayers for peace, or strength, or faithfulness or obedience, today I want to pray for eyes open. Hearts softened. Minds welcoming. Because this Truth is a doozy- and it is what pours over everything else we could ever ask or hope for for our men, ourselves or our children. To know that before the foundations of the earth were laid, He had already decided He wanted us. Man, how incredible is that?

May that carry you through the next month and a bit as we prepare to celebrate the price paid for each of our hearts, that we may truly be His children.

-Laura

Father,

You are a tender, loving God. You are a mighty and just God. You have moved mountains and parted seas that those you chose could be called yours. Please, Father, soften my husbands heart, from a heart of stone to a heart of flesh, that he might begin to comprehend this truth. Lord, there is nothing in this fallen world that cares for him or desires to love him relentlessly, which is why the beauty of your adoption is so magnificent. Thank you for loving us personally, not like faces in a crowd but individuals that you paid a lofty price to make a part of your family. I pray that this truth, as it seeps more and more into his soul, would drive him to turn from the empty and heavy things of this world. As a father picks up his child each and every time they stumble and fall, continue to pick him up and cover him in your love. And in each of those moments graciously remind him of how proud you are to call him your son. Thank you, Jesus, for enduring all that you did just for us. Truly, we will never be able to understand that kind of love, but we will continue to offer our lives to you in obedience and gratitude for all that you are and have done for us.

In your mighty Name, Jesus, I pray.

Amen.

Day 30: Fighting the Reflection

20140315-131152.jpg"Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known." -1 Corinthians 13:12

Yesterday, friends, I talked about grace. I challenged us to humbly bow before the Lord, flee the devil, and quietly say "yes, Lord. I am here."

Wives, can I say I am so proud of you? I am so proud of you following Laura and I on this journey of lifting our husbands up. Of loving them so boldly and desperately that we are humbly coming before our God asking Him to move. You--we--are doing such a brave thing. And today, I feel that we should chase that bravery into prayer and pour out our weaknesses so that we all may know grace. You see, my thoughts come from 2 Corinthians 12: 9-10 (MSG):

"My grace is enough: it's all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness. Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ's strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations cut me down to size--abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become."

I don't know about you, but I have struggled for so long fearing that I am never good enough. A good enough Christian. A good enough wife. A good enough teacher, or writer, or [enter label here.] I know I'm not the only one with this struggle because in a world that labels us according to our careers, and our money, and our hobbies, and in a world that freely invites us to share our perfect or not-so-perfect lives with everyone--it's hard for anyone to "measure up."

And I wonder, what is this doing to our marriages? For I know my struggles, whether in body image or role, play a part in the beautiful, intimate thing we call marriage. Over the years, I have watched my husband struggle too.

The enemy weasels his way into the smallest of insecurities and uses our big 'ole world of propaganda, and social media, and salary tiers, and even our brothers and sisters to tell us that we aren't good enough. I look at my husband who is a Godly and artistic, passionate, determined, hard-working wonderful man and there are days I see the weight of the world pushing on his shoulders... The enemy whispering in his ear telling him he has failed... He is a failure... He will never measure up... And those lies begin to be the "poor reflection as in the mirror" my husband sees staring back at him. 

The world--the enemy-- telling him he is not good enough.

And then those three little words born of a lie--not good enough-- begin to root themselves into his daily walk. His school. His job. Our marriage. His confidence waning and his spirit shrinking. And if I, too, am carrying the burden of that lie, then the intimacy God wishes for us to experience in His sacred marriage is lost, and we start to focus on the limitations and handicaps in our life: things the enemy uses to tear us apart so that God's work will not be done.

But friends, the redeeming part of this story--my story, my husband's story, your story--is that in our weaknesses GRACE is found.

For we are told that God's grace is enough for us, and that in recognizing our weaknesses we become stronger than we ever thought. In His grace, those thoughts of not good enough are thrown away, unimportant, forgotten because in grace, "we'll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us"

We are good.

We are chosen.

We are loved.

We are fully known.

And we measure up in the fullness of His grace to the person HE has created us to be.

Today wives, my prayer is for all of us---for us as women to turn away from the poor reflection in the mirror and understand how loved we are by our God and our husbands. And just as importantly--that our husbands would find strength in their weaknesses. That in those moments of not good enough, they would find strength from Christ to throw off the weight of the world and see themselves as God sees them: His son, destined to be brave and courageous, respected and honored, a wonderful husband and father,loved by their God and loved by us. Fully known growing stronger through their weaknesses.

And above all--good.

-Caitlin

God of grace,

You meet us every moment we come to you offering love and grace to cover our multitude of sins. You willingly fight for us as we battle this world, passing time before we can enter your perfect kingdom. This battle is not easy Lord as the enemy wants for nothing but to sever the ties we have to you. He throws everything he has at us to falter your kingdom work. One of his greatest ways is to skew the reflection we see staring back at us everyday. Lord God, though I struggle with my own insecurities, today I come before you with my husband on my heart. This world so easily will tell him he is not good enough. It will beat him down and burden him with insecurities. But Lord! You see him as good enough! I pray so desperately today that he would see himself as you see him. That in his weakness he will be made strong and that skewed reflection become clear. I ask Father, that my husband begin to understand that your grace truly is enough-- and how you see him is the only way that matters. Please take his burdens from him and the lies born of the reflection. Open his eyes to you, God, and to the image you have of him. May my husband begin to see himself as good, and may my words and love for him do nothing but encourage. I lift these in your most holy name, Amen

Day 29: A Quiet Yes

20140314-224303.jpg Tonight, wives, I lift up a challenge. Come before God. Read this scripture both in the NIV and amplified version and sit or kneel or move into child's pose for three minutes (or more) letting His word soak in your heart and speak to you. Say a quiet yes to Him and only then, once you have felt His grace, lift up your husbands. Your heart will know what to say. -Caitlin

"But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: ' God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.' Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before The Lord, and he will lift you up. " -James 4:6-10, NIV

The Message version: "And what he gives in love is far better than anything else you'll find. It's common knowledge that 'God goes against the willful proud; God gives grace to the willing humble.' So let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and he'll be there in no time. Qui dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it's the only way you'll get on your feet. "

Giver of grace, I am here, bowed out humbly before you. Speak to my heart. In these moments I present my husband before you. Direct me in the way I should pray. Reveal to me the ways I can be his helpmate. Help us to humbly come before you, resisting the enemy so that you can work your will in us. Let our quiet yeses be enough. Full us with your grace. We lay ourselves before you. Amen

Day 28: The Goodness of His Word

Image-1 (9) "With my whole heart I have sought You, inquiring for and of You and yearning for You; Oh , let me not wander or step aside [either in ignorance or willfully] from Your commandments... I will meditate on Your precepts and have respect to Your ways [the paths of life marked out by Your law.] I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word."  -Psalm 119:10,15-16 AMP

I can safely say that as I have brought myself to God's Word, laid my selfish heart and bustling mind before the Lord, and let the words ruminate and change me from the inside, I have experienced an intimacy that I've not found anywhere else. That's the thing about God's Word -- it's the only book that will physically, emotionally and spiritually change you through and through. The thing is, it's not magic. It's not a quick fix, like we westerners like so much. That's the draw of so many books these days. How to get a better husband, how to overcome past hurts, how to find intimacy with the Savior... well, I've got news for you- the answer to everyone one of those things begins in your heart and are found in God's word.

I think this passage in the Amplified version is so beautiful. There's an eagerness there, like a child who delights so purely and unashamedly in the words of their parent. In verse 16, the word "delight" means to blind oneself or to smear eyes shut. Think about a time when your husband might have said to you such loving words that your face flushed and you placed your hands over your eyes because you just couldn't even believe they could be true. You delighted so much in hearing of the adoration he had for you that you had to close your eyes to take it in, even for just a split second. To this day, when T tells me how beautiful he thinks I am, I cannot help but to squeeze my eyes shut to take it in and delight in the reality that it's true. This is how the psalmist delighted in God's word. How cool of a picture is that?

My prayer for my husband and yours today is that they would grow to deeply love the Word of God. There is no fulfillment in anyone else's words but His. May they develop in them a ravenous hunger for His Word and an ability to chew it over and let it seep into the deepest parts of their souls. That the greatest delight in their life would be spending time getting to know Him through His Word.

May you yourselves develop a ravenous hunger for His truth too, dear wives.

-Laura

Father,

Your words are beautiful. Never will there ever be words as life-giving as yours. With them you have presented all of your children the opportunity to delight in how loved they are. It is the loveliest of love letters, the most cherished of laws and the glorious life-changing message of salvation. God, there is such an opportunity to fall deeply in love with you found in those words and today I ask that my husband would see that and grab hold of  it. Lord, continue your relentless pursuit of his heart and allow him to know that love by knowing your word. Show him how to slowly chew it over, allowing his soul to taste every bit of it and to digest it into every fiber of his being that he would be strengthened by it. Allow that strength to prepare him to bring your word out into the world, continuing to build that solid foundation in him. And in the quiet moments when he may feel you are distant, allow that truth to speak loudly, reminding him of how deeply and truly you love him. Breath your life into him, every day, as he carries himself and his sins and burdens to the foot of the cross, and show him the delight he can have in your truth, because you delight in him. Father, we will never be able to thank you enough for the gift you have given us in your word, but forever we will try. We just love you so much, and are so thankful for everything that you are and have done for us. We offer our lives, our marriage and our family to you, Lord. Please Father, be glorified in them all.

For Your name, Jesus.

Amen.

Day 27: To Know Shalom

20140312-180000.jpg"You're blessed when you feel you've lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you."

-Matthew 5:4, MSG

I fully believe God has ordained every step of this prayer journey. It never seems to fail that Laura and I's heart have been seeking the same sort of prayers for our husbands, even though we haven't planned out these prayers days in advance. Then there's the fact that we're both in Holy Yoga training and just happen to be studying the same scriptures during the week which I firmly believe God is speaking through. 

I feel--in my heart--that God as we have prayed about suffering and healing, He also wants us to know shalom this week. 

In the study and origin of scripture, shalom means "the absence of strife." Oh! If we could find ourselves basking in the serenity of shalom everyday! But this shalom--this serenity-- is not something we humans can attain. Instead, we find ourselves in mourning during our life here on Earth. In my lifetime, I have come to associate mourning with death for there has been far too much of it that I have seen. And yet, I believe mourning can take place over many other things besides death. Yes, the loss of a loved one is heavy on our hearts, but some days we lose our dreams. We lose our way. We lose our hope. 

But we can never lose His Grace. You see--in order to understand His peace that surpasses all understanding, we must realize that shalom exists only when we surrender to God--when He is in control. To be able to understand the blessing that comes in times of mourning is to know shalom--to have surrendered to God so that we are wrapped in His comfort: in the absence of strife.

Wives, I know that not all of our husbands may be in mourning of something at this particular time. But may we still arm them for when the moment comes? May we pray for the time when we can let go of ourselves and let God take over? So that when the time of mourning comes, we can be blessed by His shalom.

-Caitlin

Father God,
I come before you tonight a broken sinner who often loses my way. But I know, Lord, that you will always guide me home. You have told us this life will not be easy, and that we may suffer and feel persecuted, and fill our days with mourning. But there will be a day of Glory where none of those will exist. We will feel your peace. Your shalom
Today, Lord, I pray for that. I lift up my life and my husband to you in this moment, in this day, of imperfection. Help us to see you and know that you will heal us and bless us during this time. I specifically lift up my husband tonight, that you would help him to seek you in his strife. Take away his mourning Lord and help him to see that you are wrapping your arms around him. I pray that he would find strength in you to completely surrender in these moments. That your 
shalom would wash over him as he lets go.
Father--his mourning may not be as deep some days as others, but you know his heart. You know the strife that plagues him. But you also promise a life brimming over with blessings. I praise you for the peace he will feel when he lets go. May he surrender to you today and in days to come, letting go of anything worries or sadness or strife so that your blessing can settle in. 
I ask of these in your Son's name,

Amen

 

 

Day 26: He Will Heal And Make Whole

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"'I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security,' declares the Lord." Jeremiah 33:6

We have been given the above verse in our Holy Yoga Training to meditate on and bring with us to our mats this week. As it has been ruminating in me these past few days, I've felt a tug to bring it with me in my prayers for my husband.

It's of no coincidence, as our God is crazy Sovereign, that Caitlin's prayer yesterday was that we would be sensitive to the suffering's of their hearts. God, in His sovereignty and mercy, will not leave us without necessary hardship in our lives, and we are not in want of examples of this in scripture. This passage in Jeremiah takes places when God has done some sifting. He has shaken things up because of the people's sinful actions and hearts. They were far from Him and He needed to take action to remind them of who He is and the reality that they must die to these sinful behaviors and serve Him only. He does this to me too. He does this to my husband, and your husband and you. He sifts out the bad in us, in an effort to bring us back to Him, and this is never an enjoyable experience.

Today, I'd like to offer up a prayer of praise for the promise that He has given; that He will heal his heart and mine. That He will bring health and wholeness to our lives. As the Message translation says, He is "going to show them life whole, life brimming with blessings." He is "working a true healing inside and out." Friends, we are never promised that our lives will be without hardship- until the day we see our Savior face to face we will always struggle with the realities of this fallen world, as well as the refining of our Father. But I believe, with every fiber of my being, that there is a way to still experience wholeness, peace, and joy in these things. If we allow Him, He will do a mighty work, inside and out, allowing us to live a restored life. So whatever the hurts of his heart may be-whatever the wounds in his heart may speak- may he know that his God has promised to do a mighty work there, to bring healing and the promise of a life brimming with blessings.

-Laura

Beautiful Father,

Man, what an image you have given us in this- a life brimming with blessings. Jesus, your sacrifice alone should be blessing enough to carry us through this life in sacrifice to you, but you have chosen to give us even more. Thank you for being an active Father, one who takes so much interest in not only our outside actions but our deepest insides too. Lord, you know his deepest insides. You know where he hurts. Holy Spirit, I ask you today to whisper to those areas a promise of hope and healing. Lord, in the quiet of his day, softly remind him that you are there, doing a good work, that will carry him through these days of mountaintops and valleys. I ask that the healing you bring him would be unbreakable- a true healing that would not just patch up but would fill up and make new these hurts of his heart and mind. That they would be impenetrable to the enemy, who would so love to add them to his tiresome playbook of schemes. God, you have given him victory, and so today I thank you that he has such a beautiful opportunity to bask in your healing love and move forward in grace. Begin in him the journey towards wholeness in you, and show me where I can be a blessing and a support to him in it. Use me, Lord, in whatever way you can to carry him when he may feel unable to travel this road on his own. And in all of it continue to remind him to yoke himself, and all of the burdens that come with him, to you, for your yoke is easy and your burden is light. 

Thank you for loving him so much. For your Name I pray.

Amen.

Day 25: Suffering and Sharing in Christ

20140310-172135.jpg"We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me." -Colossians 1:28-29, NIV

Wives. This morning I sat meditating on the word and something about the scripture I was reading stuck out at me. I'd like to share The Message version with you and let the words speak to you today. I feel as if my thoughts have been so focused on this scripture today, and yet I cannot put the pen to paper and explain what I am pulling from it. I have a heart feeling with the Lord's word tonight, and I would simply like to encourage you to mediate on this scripture for your husband and let it speak to you in the way God wants it to speak.

I have bolded the parts of scripture that spoke deeply to my heart today, revealing some things in my own life and inspiring prayers for my husband and the suffering he experiences, and the servitude and glory that awaits him. May His words speak to your heart tonight and guide your prayers.

-Caitlin

"I want you to know how glad I am that it's me sitting here in this jail and not you. There's a lot of suffering to be entered into in this world--the kind of suffering Christ takes on. I welcome the chance to take my share in the church's part of that suffering. When I became a servant in this church, I experienced this suffering as a sheer gift, God's way of helping me serve you, laying out the whole truth. This mystery has been kept in the dark for a long time, but now it's out in the open. God wanted everyone, not just Jews to know this rich and glorious secret inside and out, regardless of their background, regardless of their religious standing. The mystery in a nutshell is just this: Christ is in you, therefore you can look forward to sharing in God's glory. It's that simple. That is the substance of our Message. We preach Christ, warning people not to add to the Message. We teach in a spirit of profound common sense so that we can bring each person to maturity. To be mature is to be basic. Christ! No more, no less. That's what I'm working so hard at day after day, year after year, doing my best with the energy God so generously gave me." -Colossians 1"24-29, The Message

 

Lord God,

You offer us so much hope and wisdom in your words. This night we come before you lifting up our husbands, praying for their lives, hearts, and souls. I ask that you would use your words to reveal to me the heart of my husband. Help me to see into his suffering and meets his needs to help him through those moments. Make me his encourager, offering up your hope that the suffering in our life can be turned into your glory. Father, I pray your words over my husband tonight that he would become mature in you--understanding he needs no special actions or ways to get to you, but instead basic faith in loving and accepting your Son as the sacrifice for his sins. Continue to give my husband an energy from you so that he may speak your word and spread your joy, turning his bad days and his moments of discipline into your glory. I ask of these things in your precious Son's name,

Amen. 

Day 24: To Proclaim His Name

Image-1 (7) "Then the high priest and all his associates, who were members of the party of the Sadducees, were filled with jealousy. They arrested the apostles and put them in the public jail. But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail and brought them out. 'Go, stand in the temple courts', he said, 'and tell the people the full message of this new life.'" Acts 5:17-20

Upon reading this section of scripture today I take such comfort in the men and women who have gone before me. The ones who have gone out again and again, in the face of such opposition, to proclaim His Name because He is worthy. I encourage you to read the entire chapter but I will just explain this specific moment here because I think it is triumphant. Peter, who had just confronted a man and woman in their own sin, been proclaiming the Name of the Lord in the streets and performing many amazing miracles, was showing the lost how they could be saved. Souls were being won... and people weren't happy about it. So they were put into prison, but what happens next just floors me! An angel, for Pete's sakes, comes, breaks them out, and then tells them to keep proclaiming... to keep telling everyone of the full message of this new life. AND THEY DO IT!

We have the privilege of being able to see the whole story; of being able to know from thousands of years of testimonies, of the Truth that is Christ. These people, who were jailed and stoned and hung and burned and ridiculed... they did not. And yet they kept doing it. Isaiah 66:19 says, "I will set a sign among them, and I will send some of those who survived to the nations... They will proclaim my glory among them." We are still here... we re the "survivors". If you read the middle of verse 19 there you will see a list of countries, that commentaries say are representative of the far away places, the dangerous places, the places no one would ever go unless sent.

God has our men in places that maybe no other Christian has been sent. Maybe there is a man in his life whose heart is that far away land, that if it weren't for your husband, the word of God would not truly be brought. Matthew Henry's commentary on Isaiah 66 says, regarding verse 19: "Those that escape the power of those prejudices by which the generality of that nation is kept in unbelief shall be sent to the nations to carry the gospel among them, and preach it to every creature. Note, those who themselves have escaped the wrath to come should do all they can to snatch others also as brands out of the burning. God chooses to send those on his errands that can deliver their message feelingly and experimentally, and warn people of their danger by sin as those who have themselves have narrowly escaped the danger."

Today let's pray for their willingness to leave the prison they have been placed in by others and to keep proclaiming His Name. And let's pray that we all would find comfort and peace in knowing that He will be the one to change the hearts, we are to just proclaim the freedoms from the dangers of sin we ourselves have narrowly escaped.

Peace to each of you today, lovely wives. His Name is great!

-Laura

Mighty Father,

It is for your name alone that we live and breath. God, because of your mercy we have been saved from the continued dangers of a life ruled by the flesh. I pray that you would allow that to become a fragrant aroma to those around us. Lord, I know my husband has men and women around him that need to hear your Name proclaimed; that need to see your message feelingly and experimentally. Please fill him with your Strength to continue proclaiming your glory. I ask that in situations where he may be imprisoned by people around him who insist on keeping you out, that you would bring an angel to break him free. When someone comes up against him to try to break him down and take away his voice, provide another who would lift him up and allow him to continue on in your work. Father, for both of us, I ask for a steady flow of your strength over our hearts, that the passion you have placed there would be protected and that the attempts from the enemy would not be able to take away from the fullness of that passion. That we would both have steadfast hearts and minds in your Truth. When you ask us to go, you have always gone  before us so that we are never left without you, and we praise you and thank you for that.

For your Name I pray.

Amen.

Day 23: Living Passions

ams "It is in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for." -Ephesians 1:11, MSG

This morning, my husband left for his Spring Break Restoration week. Going to a Christian University has it's perks--two Spring breaks after all--except this one is more of a week of evangelism. He's on a choir tour in the South singing his heart out at churches, spreading the gospel.

Most days I wish I could be as passionate as him. Willing to drop my fears and own dreams and serve the Lord in the capacity of ministry. I started pursuing Holy Yoga training two weeks ago, so who knows, maybe the Lord is working in my life for me to have some sort of ministry, but the idea of Kingdom work still scares me.

Yet, I watched my husband's excitement grow this week as this morning drew closer. He is so passionate about music, and worshiping the Lord through song and art comes so naturally to him. I see the joy of the Lord in him when he leads our church on Sunday mornings, and I so wish I could be at each stop this week to watch him. He made it a point to tell me they would be recording at least one night so I could watch the performance when he got home.

Too often I feel as if the men of this world have lost or be unable to find passion. It's one thing to be the provider for a family and simply work hard for a living. But it's completely different to pursue it with passion. I also know that not every man has the ability to have his passion and job align. For that reason, I want us to lift our husbands tonight in a sense of thanksgiving for their willingness to perhaps work a job that provides for our families, but isn't the easiest on them. And though I pray the man in your life can meld that passion with his work, I know that isn't always possible. So for that, I invite us to pray that our husbands can find a passion so deep inside of them for something in life--an activity, a hobby, a connection--and be able to pursue it all for the Glory of God.

For in Christ, we know who we are, and in Him our souls awaken.

-Caitlin

Giver of life, I come before You tonight with thanksgiving in my heart. Thank You Lord for leading me on this journey of prayer--for meeting me here. But more than that, I thank You for the opportunity to pray. I thank You for the husband you have placed in my life and for his willingness to pursue with diligence the curse You have bestowed on all men. I know there are days when this daily work  drags him down, and it is not always, nor ever, his passion. But Lord, I pray for strength in this work and in his days. That each morning as he wakes up, he would come to You for strength and guidance. That he would obey Your command and work the ground beneath his feet for You and only You. Lord, as his work continues daily, I pray You would awaken his soul to a passion that would give him fulfillment. We know who we are in You Lord--we find ourselves in You! And today, I pray that my husband would feel the passion You have given him and pursue the time to find it. Lord, bestow in him passion for an activity, or hobby, or simply time spent with friends so that he has more in his life to pursue than just daily work. Awaken his soul to things of this life that can put a smile on his face and be something that glorifies You. May he seek You with all of his heart, soul, mind, and strength, finding Your glory, Your guidance, and Your love. As these days linger and the year moves forward, begin to work in him, Father, and place a passion on his heart he can righteously pursue. Awake his soul!

I ask of these in Your precious Son's name,

Amen