Wednesday, 2 January 2008

Challenge - Day 2

Day 2
"...through love serve one another." Gal. 5:13b

How did you do yesterday with your first day of blessing and encouraging your husband? Was it easy? Was it hard to hold your tongue when you wanted to say something negative? We hope you're off to a good start. (If you blew it, don't give up - start again today!) There are so many practical things you can praise, if you look for them.

Today, find some way that your husband is serving you or your family. Does he help around the house? Take care of the car? Fix things that are broken? If your budget allows, give him a new, small tool with a big bow attached. But make sure he doesn't think it's part of a "Honey Do" list!

Maybe your husband's not a handyman, but does he run errands for you? Let you go first? Take care of you when you are sick? Help you make decisions? Praise him for his willingness to serve others. Let him know that you see his unique service as a great strength.

Prayer - Day 2
Pray that your husband will use practical skills to build your family and make wise decisions for your welfare. Pray that he will serve unselfishly.
Gal 5:13 You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.
Phil 2:3-4 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.

My prayer for Nathan
"Lord, I thank for the incredible husband you've blessed me with. I am grateful for how hard he works so I can have the priviledge of staying home with our girls. Thank you for his willingness to do whatever he can to make things easier for me - whether it's making breakfast on the weekends to taking the girls out to give me a break to vacuuming the house. Help me to show and tell him how much I appreciate him and not to take him for granted. Continue to guide him and give him Your wisdom as he continues to lead with a servant heart. Amen."

Just a side note: I have taken the liberty of re-arranging the prayers to coincide better with the challenge for the day. Some still don't really relate exactly, but a lot of them do and I thought it would work out better this way. So - if you're following along from the pdf files, that's why the prayers are going to be different from now on.

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