Today we are focusing on the mind, so let’s focus on God’s Word. It is a great way to get our minds off of the troubles of this life and onto Jesus. Romans 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
The chapter we read from The Power of a Praying Wife was “His Mind”.
Things that touched me:
- Stormie writes, “Even the strongest man can get exhausted, overwhelmed, burdened, desperate, or caught up in things that keep him away from the presence of God.” No man is above being tempted in his mind, and we need to pray that our husband will be able to push aside discouragement and look toward Jesus.
- “Let’s pray for our husbands to receive the mind of Christ and bring every thought captive under God’s control. Who doesn’t need that?” This is from 2 Corinthians 10:5. Yes! I pray that God will change our hearts and minds and make us more useful for His purposes.
- Stormie says, “Depression, bitterness, anger, fear, rejection, hopelessness, loneliness, rebellion, temptation, evil, and many diseases all begin in the mind. These things can control your life unless you take control of your mind.” The cliché, “A mind is a precious thing to waste” holds true. We cannot be moving forward in Christ when we allow ourselves to be weighed down with all this garbage.
Things I respectfully disagree with:
- Stormie writes, “By speaking God’s Word, you can reveal wrong thinking and it will lose its power. If your husband won’t do it for himself, you can speak the Word of God over him, either in his presence or alone in prayer, and see positive results. I’ve done that for my husband countless times and he will attest to the power of it.” First off, let me agree in the mighty power of God’s Word! God says in Isaiah 55:11 “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” When God says it, he does it. Hebrews 4:12 says “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Absolutely, let us always have Scriptures in our minds and on our lips. What I take issue with is the “speak the Word of God over him”. This is similar to my disagreement in the “His Wife” chapter. The Word of God is definitely more powerful than just my words, but do God’s words hold more power when they are “spoken over”? Is it just me or does this sound like a magic spell? I know that the Word of God is useful in defeating Satan. Jesus used Scripture to defeat Satan, when he was tempted in the wilderness (Matthew 4 and parallel passages). If our husband is a believer, he is not possessed. If he isn’t a believer, let him “without the word be won” (1 Peter 3:1). I can’t imagine a non-believing husband would appreciate you casting a “Scriptural spell” on him? The Word of God can be used to exhort each other. 2 Timothy 3:16 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” I completely think that praying the Word of God is great. If you pray the Scriptures, you know that you are praying His will. I say that with some reservation, of course. If I pray, “And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself” (Matthew 27:5), is this God’s will? Maybe for Judas? I just don’t see where this idea of “speaking over” comes from in Scripture. Please enlighten me, if you know. I’ll end this rambling with a quote from Joni Eareckson Tada:
“The Bible is our prayer book, and we’d be remiss to neglect its riches. It holds the key to finding God’s will when we pray, providing balance and meaning. Great themes abound–God’s holiness, wisdom, faithfulness, sovereignty, love, and mercy–all of which beautify our praises, adorn our intercessions, embroider our petitions, and give weight and significance to every supplication. Most of all, using the Word of God in prayer is about as close as we can get to the Living Word, the Lord Jesus. If we’re going to pray in His name, it makes sense to speak in His language.”
- In the prayer at the end of the chapter, Stormie prays, “You have given me authority ‘over all the power of the enemy’ (Luke 10:19) By that authority given me in Jesus Christ, I command all lying spirits away from my husband’s mind”. I would caution ever trying to command evil spirits in your own power. As Luke 10:17 says, “even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.” It is Jesus that will scare those spirits, not us.
Proverbs 31:16 “She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.“
The first thing that I notice in this verse is that she is wise with money. Let’s think a little behind the scenes here. We know her husband is respected (Prov 31:23), but we don’t know whether he is wealthy. Remember from Proverbs 31:11 that her husband trusts her. So, he allows her to make decisions with the money because he trusts her. I’m sure she didn’t run out and buy this field without her husband’s knowledge. I think the conversation would go something like this:
Virtuous woman: Have you seen that great piece of property down by the river?
Husband: I hadn’t noticed it; what do you think about it.
Virtuous woman: It has a source of water and food. It would be a great place to plant a big garden or maybe a vineyard. I’m thinking we have a enough money saved to buy it.
Husband: Why don’t you gather a little more information, and we’ll definitely consider it.
After much pondering and research, she gets the go ahead and buys the field.
This definitely wasn’t impulse buying or a spending spree. She wasn’t making herself feel better with “retail therapy.” Property is an investment that will bring a return.
For those of us without the means to buy a piece of property, we still have a lot to invest. We can invest our time and efforts into worthwhile investments like family, friends, studying God’s Word, educating our children, learning new ways to nourish and protect our families, etc,
Next, she plants a vineyard. The King James says “fruit of her hands”, but many translations say “earnings”. In other words, she is able to plant a vineyard because she has earned money.
How did she earn this money? Well, we already know from a later verse. Proverbs 31:24 “She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.”
What!!!! I have to be a happy, industrious wife and make money too! This lady is too much! Okay, let’s take a deep breath.
This isn’t as difficult as you may think. I know many a stay at home mom who are able to make extra money. I know moms who cut hair in their garage, babysit, tutor, or make crafts and sell them on Etsy. I am able to do bookkeeping, sell stuff on E-bay, and teach childbirth classes all from my home. Feel free to let me know what things you have done or do to make a little extra income.
Now that your mind is reeling from this. There are other ways to produce an income of sorts by simply saving money. You could become an “extreme couponer”, but I might argue that free food is not always the most nutritious. You might get a small amount from your husband each month and be able to set a little aside. Maybe you could do without the hair style, pedicure, or spa day.
After she has made some money, she decides to plant a vineyard. Doesn’t she know how much time and effort this takes? Wait, this is the virtuous woman. She’s not scared of hard work.
The vineyard will eventually produce grapes that she can sell, thus insuring another form of income.
With all her investing and planting, she has her families best interests in mind. She may have realized that her dear husband won’t be around forever and she wants to make sure her family will be well taken care of, if he dies. A virtuous woman thinks of the future.
Your assignment for week 9: Read Chapter 8 of The Power of a Praying Wife “His Fears”. What touched you? Any disagreements? Pray that your husband will trust in God and not be afraid. Also, study and ruminate on Proverbs 31:17.