The hard part about being a praying wife, other than the sacrifice of time, is maintaining a pure heart. It must be clean before God in order for you to see good results. Writing down what I'm thankful for in Bill did just that…it's hard to harbor ill will toward someone when you are being reminded of the good things about them. Cleaning our hearts of things that can betray us toward our loved ones helps our hearts to be pure.
Have you ever prayed, "Lord, change him now!"? I did just that many times before realizing I wasn't helping Bill or myself. I was coming before God with a dirty heart. How do I know? My attitude was bad and I was expecting God to perform a miracle without accepting that I wasn't any better than him.
This reminds me of Matthew 7:13, "Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?" Plank!!! I had a plank in my own eye...it was easy for me to bring to God all that Bill was doing wrong while leaving myself out of the equation. This isn't what God wants from us. As wives, we need to come before God each day and confess any sin we have in our hearts.
Can I encourage you? Correction is always good when it comes from our Heavenly Father.
Heavenly Father, create in us a clean heart and renew a steadfast spirit within us. Remind us in those moments when we feel our husbands have more work to do in their walk than we do in ours that our hearts need to be right before You. That You love them even more than we think we can. Thank You for the husbands you have given us. Help us to remember that we are nothing without Your Spirit within us. In Jesus' Name we pray, Amen!! :o)
Cherie is the wife of 17 years to her Navy Man. Mommy to 4 blessings and Grandma to 1. She is one of many daughters of the Most High King. She loves Jesus, her family, friends, hot tea and flowers. Cherie's passion is to see marriages strong and vibrant and shares her walk with God and her marriage with women every where. She is the co-founder of The Imperfect Wives. You can check Cherie and the rest of the wives out at www.TheImperfectWives.com
Cherie, what timely words of wisdom! What better way to love and cherish our husbands than by first cleaning out our own heart. Good words my friend! Thank you for sharing with us today...I can't wait to see what God does with the Imperfect Wives site in 2011.