The chapter we read from The Power of a Praying Wife was “His Priorities”. Fittingly, this chapter turned into a discussion of the wives’ priorities.
Things that touched me:
- Stormie reminds us “If you want your husband to place you as a priority over work, children, friends, and activities, you need to do the same for him. If God and spouse aren’t clearly top priorities in your life, your husband will have less incentive to make them so in his.” I guess you would call this a classic case of hypocrisy, if we expect our husbands to do something we aren’t doing.
- Realizing that some of us are already objecting to her point that we must make our husband a priority, Stormie says, “When it comes to your husband, it’s not so much a matter of how much time you take, but that you do take time to make him feel like he is a priority.” Just because you spend more time taking care of small children doesn’t mean that your husband isn’t first in your heart. On the other hand, if you ignore his needs completely, he’s not making it onto your priority list.
- Stormie shares some ideas on how we can make time for our husbands. She writes “Priorities have to do with the position in the heart. Planning times for just the two of you– a date, a night or two away, a dinner alone, time in the home without any children or friends—-communicates to him that he is a priority in your heart. If you want your husband to love you more, you need to love him more. It always works, especially if you’re praying about it as well.”
- Stormie again anticipates that we are full of excuses and writes, “If you feel that you just don’t have the time and energy to put your husband first and still do what’s expected of you, ask God for a fresh filling of His Holy Spirit. Seek Him first and He will help you get your priorities in order. If your schedule doesn’t allow time to be with God and draw on His strength, then rework your priorities and make a new schedule. The old one is not working.” I think she said it well!
I didn’t find anything in this chapter that I respectfully disagree with.
Proverbs 31:25 “Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.”
She wears strength and honor
I looked up strength, and this is what I found:
strong, mighty, vigorous, forcible, hard, adamantine, stout, robust, sturdy, hardy, powerful, potent, puissant, valid., resistless, irresistible, invincible, proof against, impregnable, unconquerable, indomitable, dominating, inextinguishable, unquenchable; incontestable; more than a match for; overpowering, overwhelming; all-powerful, all-sufficient; sovereign., able-bodied; athletic; Herculean, Cyclopean, Atlantean; muscular, brawny, wiry, well-knit, broad-shouldered, sinewy, strapping, stalwart, gigantic.
Do you think that she is an amazing body builder who can lift cars with her bare hands? Doubtful unless the car is a Matchbox 🙂 Really though, where does her strength come from?
Exodus 15:2 “The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him.”
Job 36:5 “Behold, God is mighty, and despiseth not any: he is mighty in strength and wisdom.”
Next, she is clothed with honor.
account, adoration, adulation, aggrandizement, apotheosis, approbation, attention, canonization, celebration, confidence, consideration, credit, deference, deification, dignity, distinction, elevation, esteem, exaltation, faith, fame, fealty, glorification, glory, greatness, high standing, homage, immortalization, laud, laurel, lionization, notice, obeisance, popularity, praise, prestige, rank, recognition, renown, reputation, repute, reverence, tribute, trust, veneration, worship, wreath
1 Chronicles 16:27 “Glory and honour are in his presence; strength and gladness are in his place.”
1 Chronicles 29:12 “Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.”
This wonderful lady does not clothe herself with her own strength and honor. She has the strength and honor that only our Almighty God can provide.
I have jokingly mentioned that this lady’s perfection is annoying. The truth is that she isn’t perfect. She is human. Her God is perfect, and she is just standing and basking in His glory. Like my dad has said many times, he wants to be at the spout where the glory comes out (I’m not sure where the original quote came from). This beautiful, capable woman has simply placed herself so close to Jesus that she is reaping the benefits of being “at the spout where the glory comes out”.
It is for this reason that she has nothing to fear in the future. In fact, she is able to rejoice in what is to come.
She, of course, is not sitting back and just allowing life to pass her by. She is using all that God has given her to His glory.
Your assignment for week 17: Read Chapter 16 of The Power of a Praying Wife “His Relationships”. What touched you? Any disagreements? Pray that your husband finds good Godly friends and family members who lift him up in Christ. Also, study and ruminate on Proverbs 31:26.