Friday, July 25, 2014

40 Prayers to Pray Over Your Husband

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We have such a huge impact on our husband's life and our family's legacy by simply turning to prayer; the all powerful, life changing, uninterrupted connection to our Lord and Savior, so below you will find links to 40 prayers to pray over your husband. >>TWEET THIS<<

I wish I could wrap it up, slap a bow on top and give it to you in person, because simply putting them here in this numbered row, on this cold stark screen, does not do justice to how I feel about them or how I would like to give them to you. .....maybe I should put them in a book..... that dream still seems so far away. Yet, it is a dream and someday it just might just might happen!

In the meantime, this little tech-illiterate Amish girl with peck them out on her keyboard and trust someone will be blessed by them. All the while knowing, He will reach who needs reaching, send who needs sending, and bless who needs blessing, in His time and in His way.

I love these prayers and what they have done for us. Namely, how my heart has softened toward my husband. They are heartfelt, written with lots of love and care, prayed with deepest sincerity and faith.

So today, if you are here struggling in your marriage, feeling a disconnect somewhere, maybe a wall is under construction or maybe that wall has been there for years, whatever your story, I trust that with your faithfulness in turning to unrelenting prayer, you will first be transformed and then see your marriage transformed into a beautiful testimony for Him.

1. His Wife
2. His Walk
3. His Work
4. His Talk
5. His Faith 
6. His Mind
7. His Attitude
8. His Choices
9. His Finances
10. His Heart
11. His Hearing 
12. His Eyes
13. His Feet 
14. His Marriage
15. His Fatherhood
16. His Obedience
17. His Love
18. His Joy
19. His Peace
20. His Patience
21. His Kindness
22. His Goodness
23. His Faithfulness
24. His Self-control
25. His Wisdom
26. His Integrity
27. His Honesty 
28. His Spiritual Leadership
29. His Trust
30. His Health
31. His Example
32. His Friends
33. His Repentance
34. His Protection
35. His Courage
36. His Humility
37. His Emotions
38. His Habits
39. His Past
40. His Future

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Five Minute Friday: Bloom of Iron

Over at the fabulous Lisa hosts a weekly blog party called Five Minute Friday.

The rules are simple:

  1. She decides on a one-word writing prompt. This week it is "Bloom".
  2. Bloggers everywhere set their timers for five minutes.
  3. Our pens fly....can you hear the frantic scritchety-scratch? 
  4. We publish our five-minute masterpiece & share with the world. 

Bloom....Flowers....."Bloom where you are planted."

Those are thoughts that came to mind at first.

But, that's what most others thought, too. So that was too easy. Too mainstream for me. (smile)

Yes, I want to bloom where I'm planted. I also want to my children to bloom where they are planted...graciously, peacefully, beautifully. But also strongly, firmly and courageously.

Then a bloom of iron came to mind.

   iron bloom

An iron bloom is the mass of iron left over after iron ore has been smelted. After enduring the fire and the oxides have been  removed, this iron bloom can then be heated and shaped into tools, sculptors, towers and building material. The iron bloom after being heated, shaped and pounded becomes wrought iron. Wrought iron will last virtually forever if painted and maintained regularly. (1)

Like all raw iron ore, we have impurities in our soul. When we come under fire, the trials of life, we must persevere and endure, so the oxides, impurities of our souls, are slowly removed and we become a mold-able spirit.

Like the iron bloom, when in the fire we are being shaped into whatever the Master Crafter has in mind.

Like the iron bloom, we will emerge stronger, becoming a wrought iron pillar of faith leaving a legacy that will endure throughout generations.

Although wrought iron is used less today than it was in generations past, wrought iron sculptors and towers are still standing today. The most famous would probably be the Eiffel Tower, standing since 1889.

I want to bloom where I'm planted. But, I don't want to be like a flower whose beauty lasts only a few days, or wilts in the heat of the day.

I want to be like the iron bloom, mold-able, enduring, and persevering. Emerging  from the fires a strong, sturdy, immovable, intimidating, unyielding, stout-hearted bloom of iron; a flower of everlasting faith.

"You made me bold and stouthearted."
~Psalm 138:3~

"Surely he will never be shaken;
a righteous man will be remembered forever."
~Psalm 112:6~

He alone is my rock and my salvation;
He is my fortress,
I will not be shaken."
~Psalm 62:6~

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

40 Prayers for my Husband: His Future

...sigh...we have come to day 40. I'm sad. But, I don't plan to stop praying for my husband today! He has experienced so many benefits from this prayer challenge. Not to mention, or make it all about me, have I!!! (smile)

I hope these 40 days have strengthened your resolve to pray for your husband daily. It sure has mine! I trust you have seen an answer to many of these prayers and your own, more personalized prayers, either the day you prayed them or progress in the area we prayed for.

What an awesome ride this challenge has been for us! Most days it seemed the prayer of the day was exactly what needed to be prayed over that day. Here are a few of those times:

1. My husbands business future looked bleak and we were needing to pinch pennies. The day I prayed the prayer for His Work, He got 3 calls establishing enough work to provide finances for most of the summer. It didn't stop there. He has been getting regular calls ever since. How awesome is our God!

2. The day I prayed over His Wisdom he made some of the wisest choices in his life. His future and our families future will be forever impacted by his wise standing.

3. The day I prayed over His Patience was a challenging day of parenting. I was exhausted emotionally and physically. He stepped in and dealt patiently with his children and his tired wife. What a blessing!

4. The day I wrote, (not the day I posted) but the day I wrote and personally prayed for my husbands Spiritual Leadership, he expressed a desire to be more diligent in doing family devotions. Praise the Lord!

These are only a few!

Whether or not you have seen or heard an answer, He hears you when you pray. Do not lose heart. Continue praying faithfully. He will not let you labor in the spirit for your husband's soul without a good and abundant return. He is faithful and just. Always. 

We need only be patient and let Him work His perfect will in His perfect timing. 

Blessings to you and your husband!

Prayer #40. His Future

Father, thank You for this man You have set in my life to lead me and our family. I pray you will give him a clear vision of what Your plan is for him. I pray that he will not pursue things of his own will but seek You first in all things, so he can lead us in the way that is good, right and beneficial to each member of our family.
Instruct him, Lord, even as he sleeps in the way You would have him go. Stay at his right hand so he will not be shaken. (Ps.16:7) You have promised to give to each person that which he has done. I pray my husband will be a man who persistently seeks to do good so that he may inherit eternal life. (Romans2:6-7)
Father, surround him with Your mighty wings, illuminate the path You would have him walk, strengthen him to march courageously onward, whether the storm is favorable or unfavorable, always willing to obey You. May he make his plans by seeking advice from You or sound counsel from godly men. (Pr.20:18) I pray he would always be careful to live uprightly and act wisely, never letting an opportunity to bring glory to You go to waste. (Eph.5:15-16)
Lead him ever in the way that is right, so that it may go well with him, his marriage, and his descendants. In Jesus' precious name. Amen.

"Whether it be favorable or unfavorable,
we will obey the Lord our God,...
so that it may go well with us"
~ Jeremiah 42:6 ~

I wonder if you too had profound answers to the daily prayers? I trust you did or will in the future. I'd love to hear your story!

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

40 Prayers for my Husband: His Past

A man's history can have an incredible hold on the way he sees life and responds to its challenges. Whether its something that happened in his childhood or is a more recent happening, today we pray for him to be released and set free from any bondage that may have set in.

To have his wife pray for him to be freed from past hurts, heartaches or sin, will open opportunities for him to walk through that door of complete freedom. We know the human mind cannot willfully forget, but we can pray that he will choose to let it go and forgive those who hurt him. For him to chose to be set free, will not only benefit him, but his marriage, his children and generations to come.

Prayer #39. His Past

Dear Jesus, You are our Healer. Thank You that You are able to set us free from all things past and present. You heal the brokenhearted and bind up their wounds. (Pr.147:3) You have made a way for us to experience true freedom, and for that, I humbly thank You.
Bind up my husbands wounds, Jesus. Soothe his heart. Pour grace and mercy into him so that he can forgive those who have hurt him. While it may be hard to forget what has been done to him, or what hasn't been done for him, I pray he would not lose heart, but be renewed day by day. May he see that his troubles on earth are but momentary, so he can fix his eyes on You and cling tightly to Your great promises. (2Cor.4:16-18)
Father, You have told us to let go of former things and not dwell on the past. (Is.43:16,18-19) I pray my husband will not live in the past, or let it dictate him in any way. Instead, heighten his ability to do better for his children than was done for him. Strengthen him to stand against any generational sins that may be holding onto him. Help him see that You have a great and wonderful plan for him and all generations following him. Show him that he is the one You are calling to set a new direction, a new and worthy heritage for his descendants; that You are capable of renewing all things, establishing a way through the desert of generational bandage and making streams of life flow through wastelands of sin and pain. I stand against any powers and principalities of darkness that have been making him believe otherwise, and proclaim my husband is an over-comer and though thousands fall around him, he will not be shaken.
Father, I pray that through his complete deliverance, he would grow to have an appreciation for his past. Match and multiply the days of his gladness in proportion to his affliction. (Ps.90:15) May his past serve only as a reminder of what he has overcome, and result in great praise to You for his healing and growth. May only peace, joy, thankfulness and greater faith come from the pain he has endured. In Jesus' name. Amen.

"do not lose heart....
For our light and momentary troubles
are achieving for us an eternal glory
that far outweighs then all.
So we fix our eyes
not on what is seen,
but on what is unseen."
~2 Corinthians 4:16-18~

Monday, July 14, 2014

40 Prayers for my Husband: His Habits

"for a man is a slave
to whatever has mastered him."
~ 1 Peter 2:19 ~

Be it a substance addiction or a habitual activity that consumes him, today I pray that my husband will not be mastered by anything on this earth.

Prayer #38. His Habits

Father, You have sent Your Holy Spirit to live in us. Our very bodies are His temple. I pray my husband will let nothing consume his body, mind or time that would destroy him. For you have said, he who destroys Your temple You will destroy also. (1Cor.3:16-17)
I pray he will not be addicted to any  food or substance that is harmful to his health, not participating in drunkenness or gluttony. I pray he will not be tempted to sin against his body, Your temple, by using and participating in pornography, sexual immorality, orgies or the like. Keep his mind pure. Do not let him fall into the habitual ways of thinking that come from jealousy, anger, dissensions, witchcraft, idolatry, or dissensions. Remove any tendencies to gratify the flesh or seek self satisfaction. (Gal.5:19-21) Do not let him be a man mastered by sinful desires. (2Pet.2:19) Instead, establish in him a clean heart with pure motives matched by the will and strength to stand against the enemies temptations. 
I stand humbly before You, Lord, asking that You keep my husband from willful sin. Do not let him be ruled by his flesh. (Ps.19:13) Surround him with Your mighty protection. Lift him when he stumbles, carry him when he is weak. Strengthen him when he is tempted, convict him to persevere in what he knows is good, for this will establish a greater faith in him. (James1) Remind him to be careful how he lives-not as unwise but as wise, making the best choice in every situation. (Eph.5:15) After he has persevered, may he praise You knowing he can do all things through Your Son who gives him strength.(Phil.4:13) In Jesus' precious name. Amen.

"Keep your servant from willful sins;
may they not rule over me.
Then will I be blameless,
innocent of great transgression."
~ Psalm 19:13 ~

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

40 Prayers for my Husband: His Emotions

"He who trust in his own heart is a fool,
but he who walks on wisdom is kept safe."
~Proverbs 28:26~

Praying for my husbands emotions, doesn't occur to me very often, but it is a very vital prayer. This prayer will open paths for him to experience peace beyond understanding, helping him know that its okay to be human and have feelings. It will also help him express his emotions without feeling ashamed.

Prayer #37. His Emotions

Father, thank You that You have given my husband a sound mind and teachable heart. You are the great Instructor. I pray You would instruct my husband regarding his emotions, letting him know that its OK to feel and its OK to express. Free him to be able to express his emotions in healthy ways and not bottle them up inside. Let him not be ashamed to show sorrow. Help him also smile and laugh, so he isn't always weighted down by seriousness.
I pray You would far remove any diseases of the mind or unhealthy emotional behaviors like anger, depression, indifference, fear, hopelessness or suicidal thoughts. Deliver him from any negative ways of thinking. Help him not be anxious about anything, but in everything give thanks. (Phil.4:6-7) When he feels depressed, remind him to call upon Your name and You will give him peace that passes all understanding. You will supply him with great joy in Your presence. Redeem his soul, spare him from sinking him into despair. (Ps.30:3)
When he is angry or frustrated give him the wisdom and strength to control his words and actions. Do not let him be controlled by anger, or fits of rage. Instead renew in him a gentle, understanding spirit.
I pray he would not be a jealous man who is always seeking but never finding; always wanting and lacking contentment. Jealousy itself develops greed and frustration. Pour into his heart thanksgiving and appreciation for what he has been given.
Father, anoint him with Your oil of joy (Is.61:3) renewing him, strengthening him and empowering him against any effects negative emotions bring. In Jesus' name. Amen.

"The Lord redeems His servants;
no one will be condemned
who takes refuge in Him."
~ Psalm 34:22 ~

Saturday, July 12, 2014

40 Prayers for my Husband: His Humility

"Pride goes before destruction,
a haughty spirit before a fall.
Better to be lowly in spirit
and among the oppressed
than to share plunder with the proud."
~ Proverbs 16:18-19 ~

Pride destroys a man like no other. He may feel and look good in his own eyes, but a proud heart is sure to be destroyed and disgraced. Let's pray our husband's will walk in humility, not praising himself with his own lips, always deeming others better than himself.

Prayer #36. His Humility

Father, we know You hate the proud and love the humble. You have instructed us to not think of ourselves more highly than we ought to, but to think of ourselves with sober judgment. (Romans12:3) Make my husband a man who doesn't think himself better than those around him. Give him a heart willing to honor others above himself. Let him serve others with out ulterior motives, selfish ambitions or vain conceit, but rather be humbly and graciously willing to do for others. (Phil.2:3-4)
Father, make my husband careful of the words he speaks of himself. You do not find boasting good or of any worth. (1Cor.5-6) Your word tells us that whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. (Matt.23:12) Before a man's downfall he is proud. (Pr.18:12) Do not let my husband be a man brought to destruction, shame or disgrace due to boastful words, selfish actions or a proud heart. Let other men praise him and not himself. (Pr.27:2) Let other men honor him and not himself.
Father, You have promised to supply a humble man with wealth, honor, life and wisdom. (Pr.22:4; 11:2) So develop in him a heart that is not proud and eyes that are not haughty. (Ps.131:1) Teach him, even as he sleeps, (Ps.16:7) to be obedient, ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, showing true humility to all men. (Titus3:1-2) Teach him also, to not concern himself with things that seem great and wonderful on this earth, but instead, to still and quiet his soul before You and put his hope in You both now and forevermore. (Ps.131:1-3) In Jesus' name. Amen.

"When pride comes,
then comes disgrace,
but with humility
comes wisdom."
~ Proverbs 11:2~