2/11/10

A Praying Wife

Several months ago I wrote a post about not doing my part in marriage and putting the burden on Luke to carry us both spiritually which is unhealthy for us both.

Well since that time I have been working on it, and I started reading the book Power of a Praying Wife.

I haven't finished it yet, but since this is Valentine's weekend I thought it would be a good time to do a "mini review" of the book.

I am more than halfway through the book and I really like it and agree with almost all that is in the book.

Reading this book has really opened my eyes about how important it is to pray for Luke, in every area of his life.

It seems like such a simple thing, and how could something so simple like that slip my mind, but the book made me realize that I don't spend enough time praying for specific areas of his life.

In September I showed you my prayer journal that I "made" basically I cute up some paper and stuck it in the clear pockets, but all creative minds have to start somewhere right?

Well I made a tab for Luke not really knowing what I would do with it.

Then I figured out what I could do with the "Luke" tab.

After each chapter I read in The Power of a Praying Wife I write down an area I can be praying for Luke and then put it behind his tab.

For example, there is a chapter about his mind. So I wrote down specific prayers I can pray about Luke's mind.

Like that he wouldn't lose his mind when I go shopping and spend more than the allotted monthly budget.

I kid, I kid.

So now I can open up the journal flip to his tab and start praying for specific areas of Luke's life.

Luke and I were talking about it the other day and he says he can tell a difference when I am praying for specific areas of his life. The power of prayer is amazing.

We decided not to exchange Valentine's gifts this year, as we are hoping to make a BIG purchase soon (a home) but I know that this is one of the best gifts I can do for Luke and for our relationship.

And by no-means do I say this all of this to "toot-my-own-horn", I never want to do anything that involves tooting.

But I find encouragement and gain ideas through so many blogs so I thought that maybe this could be beneficial to somebody out there.

Especially during the month of love, which we all really know is the month of the February Funk.

And even if you aren't married, in my opinion, it's never too early to pray for your future spouse out there!

And eat some valentines chocolates while you are at it.

True story, Luke and I bought a box of chocolates tonight and finished it tonight.

I may make a tab to start praying for our metabolism. It needs to stick around a bit longer.

30 comments:

Melissa said...

I agree. I can always tell a difference when people are praying for me! Always! I've heard that is a great book!

Heather said...

Good for you Megan, that's awesome! Prayer is powerful and amazing. I just started prayer journals for my kids, maybe I will do one for Matt. Way to go girl! Love that book!

Alex and Jill said...

That is such a good book. I need to re-read it! Alex prays over me and Amelia before leaving each morning and I need to remember to pray for him as well. Since having a baby - I've been slacking!

"And by no-means do I say this all of this to "toot-my-own-horn", I never want to do anything that involves tooting." BAHAHAHA!! You're a hoot.

Tillie said...

I'm going to have to totally check out that book...thanks for the recommendation. I have been slacking in that way in our marriage lately and really need to step it up for us. thanks for the info!

Rachel said...

Never heard of this book, but I may need to look into it. I also need to begin a prayer journal and be more diligent with my time with the Lord. It's so easy to put other things first, and I hate that. Maybe if I had a pretty journal like yours, it would be easier!

Faith said...

This is so precious! I have never read that book, but have heard so many awesome things about it. I know that I need to be more diligent about praying for my sweet man....

Caroline said...

I left you something on my blog! HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!

Stolen by Mullen said...

I think that book is awesome and even though I read it awhile I ago it is still on my nightstand because I have specific prayers marked. The book I bought is a three in one with Power of Praying Wife, Mom, and Woman combined. Love them all!

Brown Girl said...

I think that's a wonderful idea! Happy Valentines Day!

THE Stephanie said...

Thanks so much for blogging about this!! This is such a good reminder for me to drag this book out again and reread it. It's so important!!

Thanks, Megan!

Stuck in the Sticks said...

It's a good one! I often pick it up and choose an area that hubster seems to be frustrated or needing prayer for, it's so great how it's categorized.

Sonya said...

I have many times thought of putting that book on my list to read and I just haven't done it. I need to soon! I love journal idea too!

Lauren said...

Wow, what an awesome gift to your husband. I need to try and do this...what a blessing you are to him.

Oh and I posted in honor of your February Funk today...giving you all the glory for the self-diagnosis!

PinkSass said...

What a lovely post. Very inspiring.

I think I will also start to right down things that I can do to encourage and help Preston more.

Classy Fab Sarah said...

I have been thinking about this a LOT lately.. although not about my husband. Cause I'm not sure he exists.

But I love the idea of having writing down specific things to focus on - that's a good idea.

Totally inspiring, thank you for sharing.

Classy Fab Sarah said...

Also, my 2nd or 3rd tab should Definitely be for my metabolism. For sure.

Ams said...

Prayer is a powerful thing.. this is a great idea:)
Have a wonderful weekend my friend!

d.a.r. said...

I love this, that was such an eye opening book!

Mrs. A said...

new follower to your blog via The Lucky Laymans I loved this post!

Lil' Woman said...

That is a wonderful thing to do and that book sounds very interesting!

Heather said...

You are so stinkin' hilarious! Your last line made me laugh out loud!! I love the idea of the "tabs" and the journal...and you are SO right...when we pray specifically for our spouse, kids, etc...it is AMAZING how we see God moving and working. I just love you, Megan! I wish I was going to the "party in the overflow" so we could meet....but we'll just HAVE to meet in OKC the next time I am there. DEFINITELY!!!

Becca said...

I did that book early on in our marriage - it made sUCH a difference!~ :-) and your last line is my favorite one ever!

anGeLine said...

It's good to pray for your couple. I will start to do it too.

Becca said...

ps - I'm linking to this post :-) I loved it

Christie said...

Thanks for this mini-review. My Mom gave me that book awhile ago and I haven't started it yet. I've been wanting to and this post might just give me the push to get reading and praying. It really is powerful.

stefanielynn04 said...

I actually own this book (I think...it might be the Power of a Praying Woman now that I think about it), but have yet to read it. This post definitely got me thinking though...I only pray for my husband occasionally, but should be doing it WAY more often. Thank you for the reminder!

Oh, and we don't do Vday gifts for each other, but I totally buy a box of chocolates for myself after Valentine's Day because they are on clearance!

Lauren Kelly said...

This is wonderful Megan. I can only imagine how much this is going to bless your marriage!!! :)

Pam D said...

So. Becca directed me over here, and I love this post. But I am waaaaay too old to be here, because my metabolism has long since vacated the building, and I can tell you now that it IS something that you need to pray for. Strongly and with great fervor. Trust me; I turn 50 this year, and if you do that with your metabolism no longer in tow, it is NOT pretty.
Seriously, I do love what you're doing for your husband. I love it for the now, and for the fact that he can TELL that you're doing it. AND, I love it for the future, when you're able to look through that journal and realize JUST how powerful prayer is. You made me smile tonight... thank you!

Amber said...

Yep, I needed to hear this. I've been awful about consistently praying for JD and I need to get on the ball! Thanks for the gentle nudge. XOXO

Laura said...

It seems a lot of your readers needed to hear this, and I am included. Thank you!

I've heard of this book, but never really bothered to get past reading the title. I am going to go check it out.

:)