Stephen, I wanted to write you a letter, honey, and tell you how often I think about you during a day, and maybe what I think, but I realized that most of my thoughts on you come to me in prayers. So, I’m writing a prayer for you instead, on our second Valentine’s Day as husband and wife. I hope you see all the love I send your way daily, and that this only enhances it and reassures you of it. Love, Jo
I pray in the utmost gratefulness for my Husband today. He is exactly the man You intended to be my partner and faithful friend in this life. I revel in the fact that I get to spend mornings sitting beside him, watching our baby sleep and reminding each other that we are the other’s best friend, as we did this morning. It is one of my life’s greatest blessings, and I know it is straight from You, Lord. Lord, I am humbled that you have seen fit to bless me so and to send me such a man. He is strong and honest, caring and willing to better himself daily. He makes me a better woman, and he works with me on renewing our spirits together in your word. Lord, I am so grateful he cares for me and my family by being a good steward of the skills you gave him. As it says in 1 Timothy 5:8 “But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” And my husband is such a believer, Lord. He cares for my family and my extended family and he puts us before his own comfort every day. Lord, as Ephesians 5:25 says, “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,” and I am flattened by the grace which has given me a husband who does love me in this way. As you said in Ephesians 5:31, he has left his former life and family and we truly live as one flesh, and I never imagined it could really be that way. Lord, you allowed that closeness and for that as well, I thank you. Lord, you have sent me a man who is gentle with me, as you ask of us in Corinthians 3:19, he is wonderful. I pray today that you would be his strength when he needs to stand against negative forces, be his solace when he needs to recover his calm and forget his anger, be his comfort when things go against him. Help him to remember, Lord, that he has a spirit identical to and one with the spirit of our Lord Jesus, as you say in your word, and allow him to dig into that spirit when he doesn’t know what to do or which path to take. Lord, I know I ask it every day, but please allow him to have a better and more blessed day than he could even imagine, allow him to find more things to be grateful for today in Your world than he can even count. Lord, I pray you are with him always, keeping him in safety and bringing him home to me and his little girl. I pray that you allow his words and deeds to be well received and remind him that as he works he needs only remember he is working for Your honor, and no one else’s. Lord, I pray you show him just where you would have him be in this world and I pray you allow us both to be each other’s pillars to hold the other up in times of strife. Remind us, Lord, to be content in any circumstances, peaceful in the knowledge that You are in control, and grateful for every challenge you send our way and every moment that stretches our patience because we know You are doing it for our betterment. I pray in such wonder that I see you leading him to where he is supposed to be to best serve you, to find his purpose in you, Lord. I pray in wonder at your Grace and with a hopeful heart that we can learn to persevere until You bring this about in Your timing. In Love, by Jesus’ Stripes, Amen.
“We tend to use prayer as a last resort, but God wants it to be our first line of defense. We pray when there’s nothing else we can do, but God wants us to pray before we do anything at all.
Most of us would prefer, however, to spend our time doing something that will get immediate results. We don’t want to wait for God to resolve matters in His good time because His idea of ‘good time’ is seldom in sync with ours. -Oswald Chambers
Patience is waiting. Not passively waiting. That is laziness. But to keep going when the going is hard and slow- that is patience. -Unknown Author
Faith is not simply a patience that passively suffers until the storm is past. Rather it is a spirit that bears things- with resignations, yes, but above all, with blazing, serene hope.” -Corazon Aquino