The chapter we read from The Power of a Praying Wife was “His Past”.
Things that touched me:
- Stormie writes, “The past should not be a place where we live, but something from which we learn. We are to forget ‘those things which are behind’ and reach ‘forward to those things that are ahead’ and we’re to ‘press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus’ (Philippians 3:13,14).” She makes an excellent point! Many times it is easy to dwell on our past mistakes and kick ourselves for them over and over again. We need to learn from them and press on toward what God has for us next.
- Stormie explains, “We can bequeath a heritage of divorce, anger, anxiety, depression, and fear, to name a few. Whatever you and your husband can free yourselves from will mean more freedom for them. As long as you dwell in the past, you not only lose some of what God has for your future, but for your children’s future as well.” Your children learn by your example. If they see you worrying or angry, they will have a tendency to repeat that behavior. Of course, they have free will and can choose to break free of that. Let’s try to be a good example to them though.
- Stormie reminds us, “God says we are to cry out for deliverance, walk in His ways, proclaim His truth, and then we will find freedom from our past.” Lamentations 3:22-23 says, “It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.”
I didn’t find anything that I respectfully disagree with.
Proverbs 31:28 “Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.”
In my mind, every other accomplishment pales in comparison to this one. Oh how wonderful it would be to be praised by our children and our husband.
My husband is generous with his praise, but the children are not. 🙂 Children, as a rule, are more truthful. I think there is definitely something lacking in my Proverbs 31 woman qualifications.
On the other hand, other translations of the verse say “Her children rise up and bless her; Her husband also, and he praises her, saying:” (NAS). If we go with this translation, my children bless me on a regular basis. They are still little. The oldest is 6, but they bless me with smiles, hugs, and even help with the chores.
In my mind, being blessed by my children depends on my attitude, most of the time. The Bible calls children a reward (Psalm 127:3). Do I see them that way? Honestly, sometimes I just see them as an annoyance, but that is my bad attitude. If I wasn’t such a grump, I would see what sweet, precious children I have who love their mommy very much.
Those closest to you are the ones who really know you (the good, the bad, and the ugly). If they are able to praise and bless you despite your many short-comings, you must be doing something right. The other alternative is that they are just trying to be extra nice to you so that you will change. This is not as likely as the first. It is only by the grace of God that any of us does anything right to receive praise!
The opposite of this woman who is praised is the odious woman.
Pro 30:21-23 “For three things the earth is disquieted, and for four which it cannot bear: For a servant when he reigneth; and a fool when he is filled with meat; For an odious woman when she is married; and an handmaid that is heir to her mistress.”
Odious means “1. deserving or causing hatred; hateful; detestable. 2. highly offensive; repugnant; disgusting.” Please, Lord, help me to not be that woman!
Your assignment for week 21: Read Chapter 20 of The Power of a Praying Wife “His Attitude”. What touched you? Any disagreements? Pray that your husband will perceive his world with a Godly attitude. Also, study and ruminate on Proverbs 31:29.