Good afternoon! For those of you who have been working through our series 30 Days of Praying for Your Husband, I’d like to give you a heads up.
Starting today, we’re doing something a little different.
For the remainder of the series, we’ll be posting 2 days at a time, which will bring us up to Father’s Day (yup, it’s that close!). This is not to say that we need to double up our prayer time, unless you’d prefer to do that, but it does give you options.
Option 1 – You don’t have to, but you can pray for both areas each day. I know, with busy schedules and perhaps summer vacations coming up, some of you will do that. That’s fine when it encourages you to keep praying sincerely daily! 🙂
Option 2 – You can print out each post, keep them together, and then pray through them as you can. OR
Option 3 – You can sign up here TODAY to receive them all, one at a time, as a daily devotional later this year. Just prior to Thanksgiving I’ll be releasing them individually as part of a special Thanksgiving series we’re planning. They will include bonus material, links and resources and you will NOT want to miss it!
Whatever you decide is fine, but I’d recommend option 3 🙂
And can you believe we’re half-way through our month already? Are you seeing any fruit yet? If so, all the praise goes to the Lord, and it’s certainly an encouragement. If not, don’t be discouraged, God’s timing is perfect and holy, and He promises to bless our obedience, so stay strong!
Day 15 deals with our husband’s reputation.
To paraphrase something I read somewhere once: it takes a lifetime to build a reputation, but only a second to destroy it. Although we should never live for man’s approval, as believers, we should live in a manner that gives glory to God and blesses His name. So let’s guard our man’s (and our!) reputation, ladies!
Read Chapter 15 – “His Reputation” from PPW
Questions for thought/journaling:
- Read Proverbs 22:1. Why do you think God puts such a high value on having a good reputation? What are some ways our reputation can be ruined?
- Do you feel you and/or your husband’s reputation has been damaged in any way? Whether anything like that has happened to you or not, ask God to either restore your good name, and then keep this kind of situation from happening in the future.
- Read Proverbs 31:23. Do you think a virtuous wife automatically deserves a husband who is respected, or does she have an important part to play in that happening? What part does she play?
- Read Psalm 17:8,9. In these days of frivilous lawsuits, it is worth your time and effort to pray that such things never bring destruction upon you or your husband. How could you pray this Scripture over you both?
- Reputation can be easily damaged by gossip… If gossip has been an issue, ask God to silence those voices and be your Defender. Also ask Him to help you and your husband forgive those who gossip about you…
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This has been a wonderful study for me. Although I’ve read and prayed through this book before, God never ceases to amaze me in opening up new things to see and learn as I am ready. I’ve really become convicted about how important my role is in helping my husband maintain an honorable reputation! Not that I should lie or gloss over things, but I do need to watch what and to whom I share things. Thinking positively, and speaking with grace and kindness go a long way. I need to constantly THINK before I speak!
Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies, Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Romans 8: 33-34
Day 16 deals with our husband’s priorities
At first glance that topic appears to have little to do with reputation, right?
However, I think we all can agree that we actually build a reputation partly because of our priorities. For example, when they prioritize family time, my husband may becomes known as a family man; and I may feel that my guy is a good husband because he makes a point of prioritizing our time together. But it’s so hard to “walk the talk” sometimes, isn’t it? Our husbands are often so busy slaying dragons and providing for us that we may feel relegated to the back burner…
Or do you find yourself doing that to the ones you love at home? In this busy society, we find so much pulling at us – out of necessity or distraction, that it’s sometimes hard to keep things in a God-glorifying order! Let’s keep this area in the forefront of our prayers today – and don’t get distracted ;-)!
Read Chapter 16 – “His Priorities” from PPW
Questions for thought/journaling:
- Read Matthew 4:10. What should be the top priority in your husband’s like? In your life? Do you feel your husband’s priorities are in the right order?
- Can you think of ways you could set aside time for you and your husband to be alone, doing something he would enjoy? Write some of them down…
- Read Philipians 2:4. Does your husband look out for the interests of his fmily before himself? Do you feel he puts the intersts of other people before those of his own family? Explain. How does that affect your family? Write a prayer to God about it.
- Don’t forget to pray out loud the prayer on page 129 inThe Power of a Praying Wife, if you have it. If not, remember to close each day specifically lifting up your husband and any issue he may be dealing with regarding the daily topic. If there doesn’t seem to be any “challenge” in that area, thank God for that, and ask for His continued protection and covering over your husband.
Whether you’ve been with us since Day 1 or just getting started, I’d love to hear how some of you are growing through this study, and what fruit you’ve seen in your husband’s life and/or your own. Please consider sharing in the comments below…. Thanks!
Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Matt 6:33
In this 30 Days of Praying for Your Husband series, we will be covering the following areas: His wife,Work,Finances,Sexuality,Affections, Temptations and Trials, His Mind, Fears, Purpose, Choices, Health, Protection, Integrity, Reputation, Priorities, Relationships, Fatherhood, His Past, Attitude, Marriage, Emotions, Walk, Talk, Repentance, Deliverance, Obedience, Self-Image, Faith, Future
Interested in the going through the complete series? Find the whole study here.
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