Jan 13, 2013

Praying that my Marriage will become all that GOD Intended it to be!

Our Wedding Photo
November 15, 2003
Navy Base Chapel at Port Hueneme
Proverbs 31:10-12 (NKJV) 
The Virtuous Wife
"Who can find a virtuous wife?
For her worth is far above rubies.
The heart of her husband safely trusts her;
So he will have no lack of gain.
 She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life."

Recently, I stood in a Christian bookstore combing through several bookshelves. I was searching for something that could teach me how to become a more virtuous wife.

I considered myself a God-fearing woman. Still somehow, I couldn't fully submit my heart to my husband. For me, this meant that I often found myself trying to control my marriage and along with it, my husband too. Sadly, each time my husband acted in a way that I disagreed with, I questioned whether or not we were both walking along the same Christian path. "After all," I reasoned, "he still hasn't changed his past ways."

I had picked up several books and began to read, yet none of them spoke to my heart. So, I took a moment to pray. "Please God, help me find a book that will change my heart and save my marriage." Immediately after, I felt an urge to bend down. On the bottom shelf, I discovered a small book approximately the size of my hand. The small book was called "The Power of a Praying Wife," by Stormie Omartian. I quickly pulled the book out from the shelf, open the pages and began to read the first prayer.

"Lord, help me to be a good wife. I fully realize that I don't have what it takes to be one without Your help. Take my selfishness, impatience and irritability and turn them into kindness, long-suffering, and the willingness to bear all things. Take my old emotional habits, mindsets, automatic reactions, rude assumptions and self-protectiveness and make me patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle and self-controlled. Take the hardness of my heart and break down the walls with Your battering ram of revelation. Give me a new heart and work in me Your love, peace and joy (Galatians 5:22, 23). I am not able to rise above who I am at this moment. Only You can transform me."

Tears overflowing, I walked to the check out counter and purchased the book. I promised to begin praying for my husband nightly. I recently began keeping my word.

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Proverbs 31:10-31 (NKJV)

The Virtuous Wife

"Who can find a virtuous wife?
For her worth is far above rubies.
The heart of her husband safely trusts her;
So he will have no lack of gain.
 She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life.
She seeks wool and flax,
And willingly works with her hands.
 She is like the merchant ships,
She brings her food from afar.
She also rises while it is yet night,
And provides food for her household,
And a portion for her maidservants.
She considers a field and buys it;
From her profits she plants a vineyard.
She girds herself with strength,
And strengthens her arms.
 She perceives that her merchandise is good,
And her lamp does not go out by night.
She stretches out her hands to the distaff,
And her hand holds the spindle.
She extends her hand to the poor,
Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.
She is not afraid of snow for her household,
For all her household is clothed with scarlet.
She makes tapestry for herself;
Her clothing is fine linen and purple.
Her husband is known in the gates,
When he sits among the elders of the land.
She makes linen garments and sells them,
And supplies sashes for the merchants.
Strength and honor are her clothing;
She shall rejoice in time to come.
She opens her mouth with wisdom,
And on her tongue is the law of kindness.
She watches over the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children rise up and call her blessed;
Her husband also, and he praises her:
“Many daughters have done well,
But you excel them all.”
Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
Give her of the fruit of her hands,
And let her own works praise her in the gates."

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