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Monday, September 19, 2016

Pray for Marriages (Change Me!)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

As you pray for your spouse, how often do you ask the Lord to change something about them?  While it may sound reasonable, what if (God forbid!) we are the ones who need to change?  Consider what would happen if you reacted differently to your spouse’s behavior, comments, or quirks?  How would their response be different if you eliminated the eye roll, the negative body posturing, the groan of disapproval, the raised voice, the accusations, the placing of blame, and so on?

Conversely, what if you suddenly decided to stop tolerating bad behavior?  What would happen?

How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove that splinter from your eye,’ while the wooden beam is in your eye? You hypocrite, remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye. Matthew 7:4-5

Lord, we will labor endlessly and without fruit if we believe we have the power to change anybody but ourselves.  Open my eyes to what I can change in my own behavior, so that my spouse may respond differently to me.  Give us each the grace to become the best version of ourselves, so that we may then live to honor and glorify you.  We are in need of your abundant graces so let the deluge begin! Amen.

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Love begins with our actions, words and deeds.  Love more! Pass it on!