10 Scriptures To Pray For Your Husband

One of the most important things you need to know about marriage before entering into it is what God's purpose for marriage actually is. But what about after you are married? What, as a wife, should we be doing for our husbands? Take a look at Proverbs 31:11-12.

Verse 11 talks says "the heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain." One important thing that comes to my mind with this verse is that we must always talk good of our husbands

It is so easy to fall into habit to "talk" with our mothers or girlfriends or sisters about our marriages, and specifically, our husbands. But that "talking" can often turn into complaining and negativity towards our husbands. Sure, there are times when we feel we need to vent, but we need to remember that we need to protect our husbands, need to not cause any harm to them. We need to always talk good of our husbands. We need to be their biggest fans!

Another thing that sticks out to me in the above verse is that "she does him good...all the days of her life." So, how can we do that?

I think one of the most important ways we can do that, as wives, is to always be in prayer for our husbands. Prayer is the biggest, most powerful tool we have! I challenge you to start praying specific scriptures for your husband and just watch what it does for your marriage! Below, I've gathered 10 of my favorite verses that I can pray for my husband.

1. That he would trust in God's plan for him.

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." {Jeremiah 29:11}

2. That he would be strong and courageous.

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go." {Joshua 1:9}

3. That he would always lean on Christ in times of trial.

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." {Psalm 46:1}

4. That he would always strive for peace.

"So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding." {Romans 14:19}

5. That he would always hope in God.

"Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful." {Hebrews 10:23}

6. That he would follow God's will.

"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect." {Romans 12:2}

7. That he would trust God with his finances.

"And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus." {Philippians 4:19}

8. That he would seek wisdom from God.

"If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him." 

9. That he would be prepared for every opportunity.

"Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you out to answer each person." {Colossians 4:5-6}

10. That he would always be aware of the company he keeps.

"Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm." {Proverbs 13:20}

What are some other verses that come to mind when praying for your husband? Share below!

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I'm Still Here!

Wow ~ I can't believe we are already into March! I'm hearing that in Michigan this week, we might just be getting a much needed thaw out! I'm totally past all this snow and am looking forward to some spring walks on the boardwalk.

I just wanted to drop a HUGE apology for not being all here this past month. I started off great in January with the Intentional in 2015 series, but February and the beginning of March completely got away from me. From birthdays to my little ones nasty cold, the excuses could be told, but plain and simple, I just couldn't be here. So I apologize for that!

BUT, I definitely will be picking up the series again, along with a few reviews this month, and a variety of other posts :) Because February was Being Intentional About Your Marriage, and I only managed to get one post out, Marriage and Family will be combined this month.

Intentional in 2015

Thank you all for your wonderful comments so far and for being patient with me as I learn to balance blogging and motherhood. It is definitely a challenge, but this is something I truly love and hope to be able to continue doing!

Marriage - What Is It Really About?

Marriage. Wikipedia defines marriage as a socially or ritually recognized union or legal contract between spouses that establishes rights and obligations between them, between them and their children, and between them and their in-laws...it is principally an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually sexual, are acknowledged. What a worldly definition, and a sad one.

Two things that jump out to me with the above definition of marriage are 'rights and obligations' as well as the comment about how it is an acknowledgment of a sexual relationship. That's not what marriage is about! For one, I don't consider myself as having any 'rights' or 'obligations' in my marriage. It's about a partnership - becoming one. Secondly, marriage isn't just an acknowledgement of a relationship, more so, that of a sexual relationship. This being said, what is marriage really about?

Marriage: What Is It Really About?

What we really have to look at is what God's purpose is for marriage. A quick note - the below is what my husband and I discussed through pre-marital counseling {almost 3 years ago!!}. It was one of the best things we did in preparation for marriage and we still carry those lessons with us to this day.

Let's look at the beginning:
"Then the LORD God said, 'It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him." (Genesis 2:18 ESV)
We were created for Companionship! A loving relationship; a relationship where we can freely express our love for each other.

Look at that verse again:
"...I will make him a helper fit for him." (Genesis 2:18 ESV)
We were created to Complete each other. This doesn't mean we have rights and obligations to each other. In marriage, we become one.
"Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh." (Genesis 2:24 ESV; emphasis added)
 Most importantly, though, we were created in the Image of Christ.
"Then God said, 'Let us make man in our image, after our likeness'....So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them." (Genesis 1:26, 27)
We need to remember that God's primary marriage is for us to be more Christ-like. I love the image of a marriage illustrated as a triangle. The husband and wife are the two base points, with God at the top point. In marriage, the closer a husband and wife moves toward God, the closer they draw toward each other. Christ needs to be at the center of our marriage.

Let's not let the world define our marriages. I love this definition of marriage:
"Marriage is a covenant between a man and a woman in which they promise to be a faithful husband and a faithful wife in a new one-flesh union as long as they both shall live. This covenant, sealed with solemn vows and sexual union, is designed to showcase the covenant-keeping grace of God."
Let's remember that marriage is a model of Christ and the Church.

What does a biblical marriage mean to you? Pleas share in the comments below!

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Growing Your Faith: Storing God's Word In Your Heart

The three things that I am working on being intentional about this year are being in God's Word daily, being in prayer always, and lastly, storing God's Word in my heart.

Psalm 119:11 - Why We Should Memorize Scripture

I would be the first to say that I am absolutely horrible at memorization! I grew up going through the AWANA program - which is all about memorization of scripture. But I became the pro at short term memorization!

This is such an important aspect to our relationship with God though, and needs to be a priority in our lives. It needs to be something that we are intentional about doing, along with devotions and prayer.

As you can probably tell, I am a big fan of the Desiring God website - I've referred to it quite a few times over the last month on being intentional about growing your faith. There is a great quote I came across this week on why we should memorize scripture from Dallas Willard, a professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern California (emphasis added by me):
"Bible memorization is absolutely fundamental to spiritual formation. If I had to choose between all the disciplines of the spiritual life, I would choose Bible memorization, because it is a fundamental way of filling our minds with what it needs. This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth. That's where you need it! How does it get in your mouth? Memorization!"
I love that - it being a way of filling our minds with what it needs. I love when a verse comes to mind just when I need to hear it, and this only happens through memorization. Be sure to check out the entire article by John Piper - it lays out a few great reasons why memorization of scripture is essential to our lives. Here's another good article on scripture memorization by Jon Bloom.

The one thing with memorizing scripture is that there is not one way to do it better than another way. You just need to find out what works for you. Here are a few tips that I have found helpful:

1. Write It Out

For me, repetition is key. Whenever I have needed to learn something, if I write it out a few times or more, I tend to be able to recall it better. Just the simple act of putting pen to paper a few times really helps me out.

2. Surround Yourself With It

Write out the verse or verses you are working on memorizing on index cards and place them in key spots. In your house, in your car, on your desk at work, on your mirror in the bathroom. Anywhere you might come across it throughout your day.

3. Take Advantage of the Tools You Have

Pretty much everyone I know has a smartphone nowadays. Or a tablet or computer. Use it to your advantage! It is so easy to take a picture and add text to it - set it as your background or screensaver. Every time you look at your phone or computer, you will first see the verse!

4. Speak It Out

Not only does it help me to write it out, but as I come across the verse(s) in the key places I have set it, whenever I see it, it helps to speak it out too.  The visual and oral aspect of it is really helpful!

Wondering where to start? Pick a few of your favorite verses to start with, I find that this makes it easier to ease into the process of memorization. After that? There are lots of books out there, or even websites, with lists of some great verses for memorization. Even further - memorizing a big chunk, or even a complete book? I came across this tool that was recommended in quite a few articles I read: An Approach to Extended Memorization of Scripture by Dr. Andrew Davis {PDF}

What are some ways that you find helpful in memorizing scripture? Share below!

Growing Your Faith: Storing God's Word In Your Heart

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Growing Your Faith: Being In Prayer Always

Last week we talked about how to grow your faith by being in God's Word daily. Another very important way to be intentional about growing your faith is being in prayer always.

Growing Your Faith: Being In Prayer Always

I would have to say that my prayer life was strongest when I was in high school. Our youth group had a prayer night that met weekly. What a lesson in prayer that was! One of the messages that I learned back then that has stayed with me is found in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 - 'pray without ceasing.'

Growing Your Faith: Being In Prayer Always

We lead busy lives. There is always something vying for our attention. We live in a world where we can be contacted wherever and whenever by a phone call or text message. As easy as it is for us to contact others, so often, we fail to realize, fail to remember, that 'contacting' God is even easier! There are three ways I feel we can pray without ceasing each day:

1. Whisper Prayers

Whisper prayers are those that are little, quick prayers that you can lift up as you go about your everyday life. These are prayers that as I am going throughout my day and something or someone comes to mind, I lift it up to God. Giving thanks for something or someone, lifting up a quick prayer as something is pressed on your heart.

2. Everyday Prayers

I consider everyday prayers as those before a meal or before digging into God's Word. They are a little more formal than whisper prayers. These also include those items or people on your prayer list.

3. Dedicated Prayers

These are the prayers where there is such a tugging on your heart that you can't help but find a quiet place to sit down and spend some time in dedicated prayer. Times when you feel the Holy Spirit urging you to slow down and drawn near to God.

The one thing we must remember with prayer is to not forget to pray in the good times. We are never not in need of drawing near to God in prayer. I love what Timothy Keller has to say in his new book, Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God:

Don't fall into the trap of going lax in prayer when things are going good. There is always something right around the corner, and you need to be prepared for that. The only way to do that is to draw near to God in both the bad times and the good times!

The one thing that I will leave you with today is to use what is available to you out there to help you remain in prayer daily. Keep a prayer journal, download an app to keep your prayer time organized, set alerts on your phone to remind you to take time to pray. There are so many tools out there nowadays - make them work for you!

Is there an app or other tool that helps you stay in prayer daily? Please share below!

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