The following excerpt is taken from the book: "Becoming the Woman of His Dreams" by Sharon Jaynes. Every time I read it, it resounds so deeply within my heart... it nearly moves me to tears. I actually have it printed off, and taped to the inside cover of my Bible, so I can read/pray through/think on it often. It's a beautiful reminder that, above everything else this world has to offer... our purpose & priority as Godly wives, should be to love & honor our husbands. -- be their biggest cheerleader, chief adviser, most trusted confidant, best-friend., & helpmeet. ~ Enjoy!
A Wife's Prayer - paraphrased from I Corinthians 13
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 those 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 putting 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 comments, 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.
Lord, 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 endurance to stand under trials and love my husband, as you would have me love him -- till death us do part,
~ In Jesus' name, amen ~