My husband and I attend a local community church and between that and just word of mouth, we get brought in to help and encourage folks who are struggling in their marriages.
This last year we saw a handful of marriages turn around for the good. Marriages that would not have survived or would have continued to struggle found a good deal of breakthrough. I’m blessed to have been a part of that process, but I want to point out something that continually stood out to me.
Prayer played a significant role in each of the turnaround marriages. I don’t mean to down play the effort of the spouses involved or others that helped, encouraged and counseled, it’s just that I noticed that something wonderful was happening. I saw changes that were bigger and more significant than people can make in their own strength and ability. I spent a good part of this last month just cheering God for pulling off several miracles. It was simply beautiful. Amazing.
Those couples won’t have to face the pain and mess of divorce (and neither will their children, extended family and friends). Couples will continue to grow and get stronger and better and, here’s the kicker, in that strength they will go on and, in their own giftings and abilities, impact the world around them in incredible ways. Instead of sowing destruction, they’ll be dancing in His plans and purposes for their lives. Talk about ripple effect.
So … I have an idea.
On the first day of each month I’ll remind those who have a wedding anniversary that month to post your first names, date, how long you’ve been married and then tell us something you absolutely love about your husband. The rest of us can enjoy the encouragement and pray for your marriages. (I’ll remind the list at the beginning of each month as we go through the year.)
To get us started, I’ll share:
Paul & Lori
January 18th (27 years)
My husband loves adventure. He makes me laugh and keeps me young.
If you have a wedding anniversary in January, just scroll down to the comment box and add your info (it may take a bit for your post to show up as I have to approve first time posters). If you are reading this elsewhere click on this link and then scroll down to the comment box.
The greatest thing anyone can do for God or man is pray. S.D. Gordon
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I was very encouraged by 48 Days recent post ~ These “winds” are helping me.
Need help figuring out how to pray for your husband? The Power of a Praying Wife (aff link) This is a nice resource with encouragement and sample prayers (which is great if you’re feeling a bit clueless).
Be generous! Lori <><