Sunday, June 17, 2007

Husband Encouragement Challenge : Day 17

Today's challenge asks, 'Are you a wise woman, and is your husband a wise man?'. It also asks us if our husband has a vision for our marriage and for our home. I'm not quite sure about a vision for our home, and I haven't had a chance to sit down with Stew and have a heart to heart chat, but I plan to as soon as the opportunity arises. As far as being a wise woman, again I am convicted of my tongue. I am definitely realizing how often I speak and how often times it is without wisdom. So, yesterday while I was reading Sarah's blog, I saw that she had a link to another challenge that is being hosted by Fruit in Season. I have decided to do that as well. It is a weekly challenge that is posted every Monday. She has asked us to make goals for ourselves for each week.

My goals this week are:
~To listen earnestly when Stewart speaks.
~To take some time to think before speaking.
~To find three things each day to compliment Stewart on and to voice that praise TO him.

I am also realizing how important prayer is in our marriage. Reading Christine's challenge today I found this prayer that she had written down:
God of renewal, everywhere your Holy Spirit breathes new life into creation. As I undertake this day to bring glory to you by honoring my husband, I ask you to be present in my marriage. Guide me to know in which things I should ask forgiveness, in which things I should change, and in which things I should ask for the grace to let go. Show me new ways to respect my husband today and open my eyes to all that you have made him to be. I trust in your goodness and in the covenant my husband and I made with you and each other on our wedding day. Through Jesus Christ I pray, Amen.*
I am also going to make it my goal to pray this prayer every day.

*Adapted from a prayer by Jennifer Phillips


blackpurl said...

How great that you are 17 days in! I am just getting started!!

Christine said...

Great to have you join the challenge! Our husbands will benefit from this, and so will we!

Melanie said...

I'm in on this challenge too.
Glad to see all who are joining.
You have some great goals!

Jthemilker said...

Thanks for sharing that prayer. I am going to print it and tuck inside my Bible for reference in my daily devotions.