Monday, March 20, 2006

TFY: Book review

I have been reading an excellent book called: "Becoming the Woman of His Dreams" by Sharon Jaynes..... If you have never read it, I highly recommend it!!! 
      The first part section is about prayer. I talks about how we are created as prayer warriors or intercessors for our husbands, and how prayer should not be our last resort, but first line of defence [and only hope]! Then it talks about praying for ourselves to become the woman of our man's dreams.... and how our goal for praying for our husbands should not be to get them to do what we want, but for them to do what God wants.

        But the part that really spoke to my heart in a deep way, was the Wife's Prayer paraphrased from I Corinthians 13.  As I read it, I felt the Lord prompt me to read it to my hubby... and as I did, I actually started to cry..... Was it because I don't love my husband?  No! (I absolutely love him to death!!) -- It just made me realize [even more], just how imperfect I am, and how much more I could be doing, to show my love to him! 

      I Corinthians 13 - A prayer for a Wife... If I teach Bible study classes, volunteer for women's ministry
      and sing in the choir, but do not love my husband, I am only as
      a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have a college
      degree, high-paying job, and successful career, but do not love
      my husband, I am emotionally and spiritually bankrupt. If I
      have faith so I can remove mountains , am quick to pray for
      those in need, and even have half the bible memorized, but do
      not love my husband, I am disobedient and do not please God.
      If I keep a spotless house, maintain a well-manicured lawn,
      and prepare nutritionally balanced meals, but do not love my
      husband, it is all for naught. Hired hands can do as much.

      Lord, help me to be patient. Help me to be kind. I pray that I
      will not envy others who have seemingly happier marriages &
      husbands who are more helpful around the house or thoughtful
      or romantic. I pray that I will never try to lift myself up by put-
      ting my husband down. Lord, I pray that I will not be a proud
      women who refuses to listen to her husband, who always has
      to have the last word, who always thinks her way is best. I
      pray  that I will not be rude to my husband with curt com-
      ments, disregard his needs, or be ungrateful for all he does
      and is, but treat him with respect and honor that the king of
      the castle deserves.

      I pray that I will not be self-serving, always thinking about
      what is best for me, but thinking of what would be best for
      my husband. I pray that I will not be angered easily, not hold
      a grudge, keep a record of wrongs, not plan ways to retaliate,
      and not use my tongue as a weapon to cause pain. I pray that
      I will not rejoice and say "I told you so" when things don't
      work out they way my husband hoped.

      Love, above all, I pray the my husband will see me as his chief
      cheerleader who desires to rejoice with him in his victories,
      both big and small. That he will see me as the one who longs to
      protect our marriage and our love. Help me create a warm and
      loving environment in which he feels safe, wanted, and revered.
      I pray that you will give me endurance when things get tough.
      Help the words "divorce" to never enter my mind or cross my
      lips as an option. Lord, I know that love never fails and that You
      never fail. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and give me the endur-
      ance to stand up under trails and love my husband as You
      would have me love him -- till death us do part,

                    In Jesus' name, amen

        God bless all you wives out there, who also strive to be the woman of thier man's dreams!

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