Giving Up vs Gaining

Daniel FastThis morning as I emptied the dishwasher, my mind started dwelling on tomorrow. The first thought that came to mind was, tomorrow I say no…I say no to coffee, cookies, pasta, chips, and all the other yummy things that my taste buds go crazy over. Before I could finish that thought, God stopped me. He said“instead of thinking you are saying no to everything, think about what you are saying yes to! Yes to spending more time with Me, yes to peace, patience, and understanding, yes to spiritual growth, yes to prayers being answered and yes to healing and health!”

If you have started the Daniel fast or starting it soon, instead of thinking what you are giving up, ponder on what you are gaining!

“And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” Matt. 6:16-18

Praying for Your Husband

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

As I iron my husband’s work clothes this morning I say a prayer over him. It is crucial we pray for our spouse everyday. Our husband carries a weight we will never know and the devil is ready at anytime to bring him down (Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Peter 5:8). For he knows if he can take down the husband he can take down the family!

When I pray for my husband I like to start where the biggest battles are fought, their mind. Some of the things I pray for are pure thoughts, discernment and wisdom. I continue down his body and pray for his ears to hear the voice of God in his daily walk with Him. I pray his mouth would be used to encourage and strengthen others. I pray that his shoulders would not carry heavy burdens, but that he would place them in his Father’s hands. When I get to his hands I pray over his job, the company and the role he plays. The heart can also be a place of battle, during this time I pray for our marriage and God’s protection over it. Then I continue on and pray that his legs stay strong so, that his body can continue doing the work God has called for him. Last, but not least, I pray that God guides his feet daily. These are just a few examples of things I pray when talking to the Lord about my husband.

Your prayer doesn’t  need to be the same, just praying over your spouse is the key.

As a teacher leads a class, a sergeant leads men into battle, and a pastor leads a church, so our husbands lead our family.

God help me to continue to be a praying wife. Help us to see the importance of praying for our spouse daily. For as we pray for them, we are praying for ourselves…for we are one. Let us also remember to be thankful for our spouse and their relationship, in your mighty name. Amen.

Just a Little Prayer…

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6

It’s that time of year again, crazy shopping, crazy sales, crazy people! Last week I took part in some of that. I wrote my list and checked it twice. The main mission for the errand run was to find a slim tree for our family room. Like always, I had my four little blessings with me, or on this day my four little elves. As we pulled into the parking lot I told them let’s say a prayer. We asked God to help us find just the right tree, not to small, not to big, one that was slim and was a good price. Some might laugh at the thought of praying for a tree or they might think it is ridiculous and selfish but I believe we should pray about everything.

Picture with me your child running to the kitchen, they have imagined a great master piece in their head that they must draw, so they ask for a white piece of paper. Yes, it’s a simple request for you but a request that means a lot to your child, so of course you would want to give them this paper. In the same way a parent cares about every aspect of their child’s life even more does our Heavenly Father cares even more for us.

When we invite our children to be a part of the simple daily prayers they will have the joy of experiencing God’s realness as He answers them and they will also see the heart of our Heavenly Father and his amazing love for us.