Friday, March 9, 2012

A Prayer for Wives

I grew up in the bible belt. Yes I am a Mormon through and through but with my dad being a Chaplin and my friends all being evangelicals, I ended up in a lot of different religious services and came to love the music, culture, and people of the bible belt. I love the services, I love the focus on Jesus, and I love their overall goodness and devotion to the Lord. I know that we as Mormons don't typically write things as "a prayer" but I heard this on KLove the other day (Christian radio station) and had to share. It is a beautiful prayer.

A Prayer For Wives
JD Chandler

Heavenly Father, you have called me to honor and serve my husband in grace, humility and love, and yet I so often let worry, insecurity and fear overshadow that calling. Unburden my heart from worry and expectations. Teach me to relinquish control of my life and marriage to you, for only you are strong enough to carry and sustain it.
Lead me to a place of deep trust and intimacy with you, so that I would seek no emotional fulfillment elsewhere, but would bring to my relationship with my husband a rich overflow of confidence and strength, making of our home and marriage a peaceful, restful haven. Show me how best to love my husband, supporting and respecting him, praying for and trusting the work of your Spirit in his heart and life.
Give me the wisdom to value what is eternal, so that I might be truly content with my present circumstances, and not fretful or anxious over family decisions and finances. Teach me to be beautiful as you define beauty. Let me be a creative and enjoyable friend and companion for my husband, gracious and kind, gently in disagreement and quick to forgive.
Only as you lead me will I become the woman and wife that my husband needs. So lead me, O Lord. Amen.

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