I accepted the call from Amanda at A Royal Daughter to “desire to inspire”. I thought really hard about how I could use my story to inspire others. I feel God has given me my part. I have taken on the task to inspire others to pray for their husbands.
It has been my desire to pray for Hubby’s patience of late. His plate is full and his already thin patience is running much thinner. I have compiled a list of scriptures about patience and have had the good intentions of praying God’s word over my hubby.
Yes, I have had good intentions of praying for his patience… but this week God had me praying something altogether different. This week, God has had me praying for his healing.
Hubby has been sick. He isn’t the best of patients… even Big Girl made the comment that he is short-tempered when he is sick. Maybe it stems from his lack of patience. He would rather take his meds and see them work their magic and him feel 100% better within a day. But, that isn’t how it works.
At our Maundy Thursday service, we had the opportunity to pray at the altar. I tried with all my might to remember the prayer for patience I had been praying for him and just couldn’t. Instead, I was compelled to pray for his healing. I prayed for his head, that his headaches would leave and he would find relief. I prayed for his face, that his sinuses would ease up and he would no longer feel the discomfort and pressure under his eyes and around his nose. I prayed for his throat, that the pain of coughing and drainage would go away and he would be able to sing God’s praises in the cantata. I prayed for his chest, that the congestion would leave him and he would be able to breathe and sleep without problems. Then I prayed for his body, that the aches and pains would stop and he would begin to feel better.
I cannot tell you how precious it was to pray that way for my husband. How sweet and precious it was to pray for each one of his symptoms and ask God to take them from him. I was filled with love, not only for my Hubby, but for a God I knew would bring healing. MY GOD, who had already started the healing even before my prayer was spoken.
I still feel led to pray for Hubby’s patience. I suppose I have to have patience in seeing God’s work in that regard, no pun intended. But I can already see a change… a change in ME. I will speak more on that later… just for now I will continue to let God do His work in me. But, to let you know, Hubby sang God’s praises beautifully, passionately, and powerfully. And I give God all the glory!
Phil. 2:3-4, 13 (NCV) When you do things, do not let selfishness or pride be your guide. Instead, be humble and give more honor to others than to yourselves. Do not be interested only in your own life, but be interested in the lives of others… because God is working in you to help you want to do and be able to do what pleases him.