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Monday, January 30, 2017

Through the eyes of His Love...praying for that man I adore

Your eyes saw my unformed body; 
   all the days ordained for me were written in your book
   before one of them came to be.
 How precious to me are your thoughts, God! 
   How vast is the sum of them!
 Were I to count them, 
   they would outnumber the grains of sand—
   when I awake, I am still with you.
Psalms 139:16-18

Today marks three weeks of sacrificial prayer for my husband. Today’s prayer is that my husband’s self-image would be a reflection of the Lord’s thoughts toward him.  If you’ve ever mothered a child, this concept is simple…remember how you loved everything about that little person long before you ever held them that first time? 

Today’s challenge for all of us is to love ourselves and one another the way we are loved by God 
Today’s challenge for all of us is to see, to love ourselves and one another the way we are loved by God…that we might see our beauty, our potential, our unlimited opportunities through Grace.  What’s your self-image? Is it Divinely inspired? If it’s not, you’ve got some work to do, and all the inspiration you might need is in The Book.  

Psychologists teach us that people will treat you the way you treat yourself. Hmmm.....


Sunday, January 29, 2017

beware of strange women....yup, still praying

He who walks with wise men will be wise,
But the companion of fools will be destroyed.
 A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children,
But the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.
Proverbs 13:20, 22

Three weeks tomorrow of sacrificial praying for my husband.  Today’s charge--that my beloved be kept safe from “strange women and evil men.” We’ve been laughing about THAT one ALL day. 

My husband keeps wise counsel.  It’s who he is.  He is the one to whom friends go for sober, thoughtful guidance, and he gets as good as he gives.  His children have inherited from him; even as young people, they are the sober balanced voices among their peer groups-it is a weighty mantle to be worn by those so young, but it is their inheritance.  It’s a legacy inherited on both sides….we are the advice people, more so because we listen more than we talk…there is also wisdom in silence….the ministry of listening.

Lord, I thank You for the company of wise counsel with which You’ve covered my husband (and us all) throughout our lives…diverse communities of faith that enriched and enfolded us; delivering us daily from evil.  Keep him (and us) forever in Your Path, we pray.

And by the way, I am certainly the strangest woman my husband knows…and we both like it like that.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

On the 19th day of sacrificial praying for my husband...

Listen, my son, accept what I say, 
   and the years of your life will be many.
 I instruct you in the way of wisdom 
   and lead you along straight paths.
 When you walk, your steps will not be hampered:
   when you run, you will not stumble
Proverbs 4:10-12 (NIV)

This one’s easy.  On the 19th day of sacrificial praying for my husband, I pray God will continue blessing my husband’s leadership of our family in spiritual growth, worship, and corporate prayer.   

Every morning when we part, I utter to, or over My Beloved, "God's Peace be with you." Even on days when I'm annoyed, and not saying it to him directly. It is the legacy of our years worshiping in the Anglican church. (yeah, I'm Baptist, he isn't. Good Anglican wife that I am, my husband will be Anglican wherever and however he worships for the rest of his life. We know God. That is all that matters.)

I am grateful for the lessons he teaches and lives, and pray that no matter how marvelous things are, or not, he will continue to lead us in steadfastness of Faith.

And that is my prayer for him today and always. In Jesus' Name, Amen. 

Friday, January 27, 2017

Today’s prayer, on the 18th day, is that my husband will fulfill the Great Commission

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
Matthew 28:19-20

In “Walk this way,” I wrote about my husband, who learned by observing his father.  And so he teaches our son.   Today’s prayer, on the 18th day, is that my husband will fulfill the Great Commission.  My husband instructs in silence.  He is the quiet teacher. 

When our son was little, we dressed him for church in comfortable clothes; khakis, button downs, polo shirts and sweaters.  He looked smart, a little preppy, but relaxed and put together.  Once he was old enough to develop a voice and a perspective on fashion, he insisted on wearing ties to church.  Why? Because that’s how daddy dresses.  By observation he learned what was appropriate. 

It’s not easy finding straight ties for a little boy, particularly for one with good taste.  Early to develop his sartorial perspective, he was no longer satisfied with clip-on ties.  Daddy didn’t have any.  Why should he?

Every minute of every day, each of us teaches.  For most of those teachable moments, we are caught unaware.  What are you up to when you’re not sure anyone is watching?  When our son was born, his older sister was three and a half.  Within days of bringing him home from the hospital, while going about my day, I distinctly remember having to step out of the room-briefly.  Baby was safely nestled on the sofa, too young to move.  I sat my big girl carefully down, and explained that I needed her to keep an eye on him, though I’d be right back.  I couldn’t have been away more than 10 or 12 seconds.  When I returned, I was stunned into silence.  My baby, herself only three, leaned over her newborn brother to sweetly sing him a lullaby.  I remember crying…thinking back to the poem that every child of the 60s grew up with, a message so ubiquitous, baby formula manufactures produced and distributed posters emblazoned with its message…Children Live What They Learn, and being enormously thankful and proud.

Therefore, Go.  Not just because you never know who’s watching….but because that’s what we’re made to do.  GO.  NOW.  

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