Friday, June 1, 2012

Prayer: The Ultimate Love Language

With the season change, collegiate ministry focus changes. There are still a handful of students here, but during the summer our focus shifts, putting our ministry partners in a more prominent role. I'm excited for these two and a half months to hear what God is doing in the lives of each one of you. To swap stories of God's provisions, love, and comfort even amidst heart-ache. We could not do this ministry at SDSU as effectively without your prayers and support. God uses you in a mighty way.

While thinking and praying for my ministry partners, I easily tend to forgot to pray for my most prominent ministry partner. My husband Ryan. That being said, I really want to use this next month to cultivate my prayer life for him and our marriage so it will weather the trials of life and ministry come next fall. I encourage all of you wives out there to join me this month as we pray for our husbands.

When I first got married I was given this book. "The Power of a Praying Wife". However, it looked so out of date that I never gave it a second glance. However, one year I was visiting my old roomate Becca in Denver and I noticed this same book in her living room. I asked her about it and she mentioned she had just started reading the book, but it seemed to be a pretty solid read so far. (not her exact words, but that was the main gist). At this time ministry and life had begin hacking away at the 'honeymoon' period of our marriage and I really trusted Becca's insight, so I decided to give it a try.

WOW! I cannot communicate in words how thankfully I am to the Lord for Him showing me this book as a tool for strengthening our marriage. That being said, I would strongly recommend this book to any women no matter what stage of marriage they are in. Like all books, I don't agree with every sentence and thought, but God has used this book in a big way to show me the power of prayer, no matter how cliche that sounds.

That being said, I began this 30-day journey through this book this morning. The line this morning that spured me on is as follows:

"The point in all this is that as husband and wife we don't want to be taking separate roads. We want to be on the same path together. We want to be deeply compatible, lifelong companions, and have the love that lasts a lifetime. Prayer as the ultimate love language, can make this happen." -Stormie Omartian

I'm excited as I begin this month long journey, and I hope some of you wives will join me in this jouney as we pray for our husbands, our marraiges, and us as wives.

Pr 31
A wife of noble character who can find?
    She is worth far more than rubies.
Her husband has full confidence in her
    and lacks nothing of value.
She brings him good, not harm,
    all the days of her life.

"I believe the most important "good" a wife can do for her husband is pray. Shall we?"
-Stormie Omartian

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