I’ve never been one to make New Year’s resolutions, mainly because I am never able to keep up with them. Essentially, a New Year’s resolution is an attempt to better myself, by myself. When I am tempted to skip a workout, sleep late instead of reading my Bible, or forgo whatever resolution I have made, there is no one to hold me accountable. After years of unsuccessful resolutions, I had simply given up on making even a feeble attempt at improvement, knowing that it would never stick.
My husband, Jason, and I had been married almost four years when we were blessed with our first child, Havana, in October of 2008. Though we had not been married very long, I loved my role as a wife. I enjoyed praying for Jason and serving him in every way. However, it wasn’t long after the birth of our daughter that I realized the majority of my thoughts, actions, and prayers were now directed toward her. Of course, I still loved Jason very much, but I am embarrassed to admit that he took a backseat in our family. So when New Year’s rolled around a few months later, a friend suggested I pray very specifically each day for my husband. I made it my resolution.
Knowing that I couldn’t achieve my goal alone, I e-mailed a small group of friends to ask if they would join me in this resolution and help hold me accountable. I decided to send out a weekly e-mail that included a challenge to help me improve as a wife and a prayer for Jason I intended to pray every day that week. I had no idea how quickly these e-mails would spread. This small group of friends quickly multiplied and before I knew it, nearly one hundred women were receiving my weekly e-mails. My simple New Year’s resolution had turned into a ministry that not only changed me and my marriage, but impacted many other marriages as well. That is why I’ve created this book, in the hope that you will see God work in your marriage through this same collection of e-mails. I am so thankful that you are joining me on this journey.
In the following pages, you will find the weekly e-mails I composed. Each devotion is divided up into two sections. A “challenge” section which is aimed at us in our roles as wives. The point of this section is to highlight areas in which we as wives might be able to improve and become more like the Biblical model of wifehood. Some of these will be aimed towards marriage and others will focus on our walk with Christ. While the challenges are specific to my marriage, I hope you will take them and make them your own. My hope is that, through my suggestions, you are able to apply them to your marriage in a way that is meaningful to you.
Following the challenge is a section entitled “For the Love of My Husband.” In this section you will find a specific Scripture-based prayer that you should try to pray for your husband every day of the week. Again, these prayers are meant to be personalized or expanded upon based on your particular situation. This will help develop a habit of praying Scripture daily for your husbands and fighting for him upon your knees. Some weeks the theme for the challenge and the prayer will coordinate; many weeks they won’t. I wanted to make sure that our husbands were thoroughly covered in prayers specific to their needs as men, husbands, and fathers and often times those were not the same things that challenge us as wives.
Again, thank you for joining me on this journey! Praying the Truth for our husbands is very powerful, and I am certain that God wants to accomplish great things in our marriages. I will be praying for you, and I ask that you pray for me. Let’s do this together—for the love of our husbands!
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