This topic is very similar to last week’s, but let’s take a different approach. Last week, we made sure our outer appearance was acceptable. This week, let’s focus more on what is inside.
I have this cool little tract entitled “My Heart Christ’s Home” by Robert Boyd Munger. It relays how Christ takes over our heart like Christ coming into a home and making changes. The Study is the mind, and Christ comes in and changes the reading material and encourages focus on Him, The Dining Room is where the heart feeds on appetites and desires. Christ comes in and shares the feast that is God’s will. The Living Room is for intimate company, and in the tract, Christ waits every day for sweet fellowship together. Are we meeting with Him each day? The Workroom is where the life produces fruitfulness, and Christ comes and uses the skills available. The Rec Room is where enjoyments take place, and Christ wants to be there too. Lastly, Christ finds the Hall Closet which has some rotten smell emanating from it. Reluctantly, the owner of the heart/home allows Jesus to clean out the closet. Lastly, the person relinquished their entire heart and life to Jesus by giving Him the title-deed to their home/heart. Have you given your entire heart and life to Jesus?
The chapter we read from The Power of a Praying Wife this past week was “His Affection”.
Things that touched me:
- Stormie brings up that “men often see sex and affection as being the same”. Usually, women would rather have the affection than sex. I did say “usually” 😉 We need to pray that there is a balance.
- In the prayer at the end of the chapter, it says, “Help us to not be cold, undemonstrative, uninterested, or remote.” That prayer applies to both the husband and wife. Do we really expect our husband to be fawning over us with love and affection when we are cold, rude, and nagging? Just a thought.
Things I respectfully disagree with:
- Stormie shares a story about a husband who is not affectionate and how his wife struggles with the issue. She writes, “When she totally submitted to God regarding this and started doing the things He had been telling her to do, she began to feel better about herself and realized that she deserved to be treated affectionately by her husband.” First off, it is amazing how much better we feel when we are in obedience to God and in accordance with His will. I disagree that it is important that she “realized that she deserved to be treated affectionately.” I take issue with the fact that I don’t have to earn affection from my husband. The Scriptures says in 1 Corinthians 7:2-4 “Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband. The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife.” Affection or sex are not things that are earned but rather are “due”. In other words, affection or sex should be give whether or not is it earned by either the husband or wife. I also take issue with the fact that we should ever focus on what we “deserve”. I don’t believe this is at Christ-like attitude. Philippians 2:3-8 “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. (4) Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. (5) Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: (6) Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: (7) But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: (8) And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”
Proverbs 31:14 “She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.”
Hmmmm, she brings food from afar, huh? What could this possibly mean for me? I should order all my food from Europe and pay expensive shipping to have only the best? Well, maybe not. 🙂
First, I can learn that she considers her family’s needs carefully and provides them with what is needed no matter the effort it takes. When Proverbs was written, there were no modes of transportation besides two feet or maybe a large animal like a camel or horse to ride. She also didn’t have a fast food restaurant to run and pick up dinner.
Second, she had to have great patience to wait for the food she wanted or needed. I often order food from a food co-op that delivers once a month. It is hard to wait and not purchase the items, in the mean time.
Your assignment for week 7: Read Chapter 6 of The Power of a Praying Wife “His Temptations”. What touched you? Any disagreements? Pray that God will keep your husband from temptations and that when temptation arise that your husband will have the fortitude to resist. Also, study and ruminate on Proverbs 31:15.