Thursday, August 26, 2010

All the days of her life... really?

Proverbs 31:12 She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.

Well, this one could be a toughie. You've all seen the I Love Lucy reruns on t.v. I'm sure. They are hilarious, the things that woman would get herself into, and a lot of times at her husbands expense. I admit I am guilty of laughing my "you know what" off at the misfortune of poor Ricky on more than one occasion. Granted it would usually backfire; like the time she wanted to test his love for her by pretending there had been a break in. Check this out

I doubt any of us have gone to that length to bring our husbands harm, but what have we done? Have we nagged them with the list of things we want done around the house? Have we focused on the negative things in their personality as opposed to following the Biblical standard of Philippians 4:8 "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things."

Let's make it personal, have I done all I can to uplift my husband? A fabulous place to start is to be in prayer for him daily. Stormie Omartian (I always think of her as an alien) has a great book and devotional "The Power of a Praying Wife" that can guide you in how to pray for your husband. Everything from his job, relationships with others and his walk with Christ. I recommend this book to any wife!

Secondly, put those prayers into action! Allow God to mold you into the wife he has planned for you to be.  We can see in Titus 2 what a great wife is made of. "3Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. 4Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, 5to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God." It's a hefty responsibility but definitely possible with the help of the LORD. 

More again later, hopefully God will let me skip over the whole "gets up while it is still dark" part... but we'll see!

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