Nagging doesn’t work, but being a good example does. Are you feeding your families healthy meals? I bet hubby won’t complain (too much). Do you hand out the daily vitamins? Are you regularly exercising? Your family’s health is important.
Things that touched me:
- Stormie shares about how she nagged and begged her husband to do something healthy, but then she says, “Then one day I got the brilliant idea that if praying worked for other parts of his life, it might work for this, too.” How many of us have “gently encouraged” our husbands to do something healthy? Stormie has a point! Prayer just might work!
- “Your husband’s health is not something to take for granted, no matter what his age or condition. Pray for him to learn to take proper care of himself, and if he becomes ill, pray for him to be healed.” Am I the only one who worries about what would happen if my husband wasn’t around? I pray that he is around for many, many years to come.
- Stormie writes, “It seems to me that God is interested in healing, and He didn’t put a time limit on it; only a faith limit (Matthew 9:22).” I agree with Stormie that the gifts of the Spirit are alive and well today, including healing. I encourage you to look up these verses to do further study: 1 Corinthians 12:4-11, Mark 16:15-18, 1 Corinthians 1:7-8, John 14:11-12, Romans 11:29, Hebrews 13:8, and 1 Corinthians 13:8-12 (Consider verse 10 and when perfection comes).
- Stormie gives us an important reminder. She writes, “Remember, however, that even though we pray and have faith, the outcome and timing are God’s decisions. He says there is “a time to heal” (Ecclesiastes 3:3). If you pray for healing and nothing happens, don’t beat yourself up for it. God sometimes uses a man’s physical ailments to get his attention so He can speak to him. Keep praying…”
I didn’t find anything in this chapter that I respectfully disagree with.
Proverbs 31:20 “She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.“
Some of you may have seen this, but let us consider the poor and needy this year.
James 2:15-16 “If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, (16) And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?”
During these trying economic times, I don’t feel like I have much to give. Did you know that an American dollar can do a lot? In Romania, a dollar can buy a loaf of bread, and that is the equivalent of an entire days work for a Romanian worker. I know you have many charities to consider this season, but let me share where my heart is.
This is a link to the blog page of some personal friends in Romania. Your money will not go to any administrative fees 🙂
Okay, let’s dig a little deeper into our verse. It’s not all about the financial realm!
#6041 Strong’s `aniy – Poor
1) poor, afflicted, humble, wretched
a) poor, needy
b) poor and weak
c) poor, weak, afflicted, wretched
d) humble, lowly
#34 Strong’s ‘ebyown – Needy
1) in want, needy, chiefly poor, needy person
2) subject to oppression and abuse
3) needing help, deliverance from trouble, especially as delivered by God
4) general reference to lowest class
Notice that the definitions mention nothing about monetary goods? I confess that I don’t know many who are without food, clothing, or shelter (Does that make me snoody?). Maybe you do, and you should reach out your hands to them. If you don’t know many, like myself, it doesn’t mean we are off the hook. Do you know someone who needs help or deliverance from trouble? Do you someone who is depressed, struggling, lonely, and maybe even considering suicide? These would be included in the “poor and needy” category.
The Proverbs 31 woman isn’t just mailing off money to a nice charity. She is actually touching a life. She is using her own two hands. Have you reached out with your own two hands lately?
This song helps us realize that God loves us despite all our short-comings. We are asked to love others in the same way. Ephesians 5:1-2 “Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; (2) And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour.”
It is time for us to venture out of our comfort zone and touch those who are dirty and unloved.
I challenge you to go and do just that!
Your assignment for week 13: Read Chapter 12 of The Power of a Praying Wife “His Protection”. What touched you? Any disagreements? Pray that your husband will be protected from danger and harm. Also, study and ruminate on Proverbs 31:21.