If you pay attention to the news, then you are likely overwhelmed with the evil and tragedy in this world today. I know we are. Each time we hear of another earthquake, famine, tragic act of violence, or other painful event happening to mankind all around us, we wonder when all this will stop. When we will all live in harmony with one King? How long will this last? When will You come for Your bride, Jesus? There don’t appear to be breaks in the pain humans are experiencing anymore. We hardly have the time to fully grieve when yet another situation unfolds. Are you overwhelmed with the events unfolding before your very eyes? Do you fear? Or are you strategically handling each and every situation with delicacy and wise decisions?
Most of us are pretty aware of the 10 commandments, and even try really hard to keep them all to the best of our abilities. But what about all of the other commandments God gives us in the Old Testament? What about the ones Jesus gives us in the New Testament? In this area, many of us struggle sometimes–either because we don’t know what they all are, or simply because they are really, really, hard. Right now we face a time of open persecution of Christians all over the world. Every day Christians are being burned, crucified, and beheaded simply for being a follower of Jesus Christ. In our western world, we fervently hope and pray that their persecution would end–and that they would be strong and brave in the midst of it. But Jesus asks more of us.
We’ve all been there. Some of us more often than others, but nonetheless, we all share this dreadful, agonizing experience… We’ve all been attacked. As women, it doesn’t matter how we’ve been attacked or by whom, it turns emotional more than anything. But as Christians, we are called not to act inappropriately with those emotions. One of the fruits of the Spirit is self-control. However appropriate it may be to feel and experience our emotions, when walking in obedience, we must try to control those emotions.
Another month, and another area of prayer focus for our husbands. If you are just joining us, we are committing to chose an area of focus and key scripture to pray over our husbands each and every day for a month at a time. This series is for single women, engaged women, and married women alike. If you would like to go back to the beginning of this series, you are welcome to start here. Also, if you want to pick from a list of prayers we have done so far, check here (though they won’t be in order). It is not necessary to start anywhere specific. If you would like to you can start right here today, and continue to follow along by email (I’ll talk about that later). The most popular prayer for our husbands so far, (in traffic, in Facebook posts, Twitter, Pinterest and by Google search) is Praying Over Your Husband’s Career and Work Ethic. We’ve transitioned away from praying over this area, but I strongly feel it’s time to visit it again with a new focus.
How often do you repent? I mean really pray for forgiveness, vow to do everything in you to stop, and ask the Lord to help you stop? How often are you completely turning away from your sin? This concept evaded me as a new Christian. Wasn’t admitting I was a sinner and accepting Jesus’ sacrifice as payment for my sins enough? Wasn’t that the end of the road? Well, that’s enough to be saved from hell. But I want more. I am ever so grateful to be pardoned for my past sins and accept Jesus as my Savior which affects my eternal existence. But I want to be affected now. I want more than to stumble frustrated and lonely every day through this desperate and broken world waiting to be in His Glory. I want something now—a relationship that gives the joy I need to live the physical life I have been given now. I want to walk with Jesus now. But as the saying goes, Jesus will not walk with you when you are holding the devil’s hand.
A family’s structure can be weakened by a husband who, although he may be of godly character, lacks full trust that it is God who is providing for His family and not merely his own independent actions. Likewise, when our husband’s confidence of the Lord’s hand in making sure he provides for his family is unshakable, the entire family structure is strengthened. It sounds so easy, but in reality this world is full of unemployment, rising healthcare costs, cars that break down, clothes that wear out and homes that must be kept up. A man’s role as provider for his family can be the number one stressor in his life if he lets it. “Let go and trust God” is much easier said than done most of the time. So what is a wife to do to ease his burden?
I came across a scripture in my studies this morning that I know we are all familiar with. Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Matthew 9:35-38 Dear strong and faithful Christian woman, it made me think of you. Could it be that 2000 years ago Jesus told His disciples […]
A husband is the head of his family. It doesn’t matter how old he is or how mature, this is the position the Lord gives him. Some husbands are ready for this role. Life has molded them into leaders. They have been given opportunities to lead—growing up in their family, at school, at church, at work. Perhaps they have had as many failures as they have successes, but they have had experience. Stepping into a leadership role once married may be a thrill or it may be awkward—but it isn’t their first rodeo. Other men perhaps have shied away from leading. It may not be because they are “bad” at it, but perhaps they have just preferred to stay “under the radar.” It’s entirely possible that men who have natural leading skills have simply been too shy, humble, or even busy to take on leadership abilities.
Compassion is sometimes a less understood attribute. Kindness, gentleness, or even a smile could all be mistaken for compassion. Even the tendency to keep one’s mouth shut during a negative conversation could also be an act that causes someone to be labeled as compassionate. While all of these things could stem from compassion, they could all also come from a person who is not compassionate at all. Kindness, gentleness, smiling, and keeping quiet can all be automatic learned responses. It is very possible for a person who exhibits all of these responses to be quite uncompassionate. How then, would we define compassion and why would it be desirable in a husband?
Friends, if you’re just joining us, I want to welcome you to our journey. We’re encouraging every single, betrothed, and married woman to devote a part of every day to pray for your husband. We’ve picked 12 key areas to focus on this year, and we’re alternating his earthly physical needs with his relational needs with Christ each month. (You can go here to start at the beginning if you’d like, or join us this month.) This month we’re praying over his evangelism. Have you been with us for the journey? If you have, I can imagine that you (or someone else) is seeing a change and/or strength in your husband. Keep up the fight, warrior women–you’re strengthening your men for their daily battles.