|picture found HERE, altered by Caravan Sonnet|
For the first couple of years of writing on this blog and I didn't write as much about singleness as I thought I would. There were a couple of different reasons for this but if I am completely honest it was because it is such a tender subject to my little heart. I think that there was a small part of me that didn't want to hear criticism from those whom I didn't know as I explored this very vulnerable subject. But, as I kept praying about this and my blog, I felt the Lord's gentle nudging to start to write more about this topic. I kept interacting with more and more singles who were struggling and I wanted to encourage them in this difficult season of waiting and life.
Last year, with the release of my new book, "Prayers for the Single Journey -for women" I made the decision to start sharing more of my heart for single gals on Monday's on my blog. As an "older" single lady my prayer is that I can offer some encouragement in this season for the difficult days and rejoice with y'all as we see the Lord work in different ways in our lives. (If you are looking for all of the posts on singleness that I have written you can find them all HERE.) I also hope and pray that we can encourage each other, no matter the waiting season that we each are in.
Today I wanted 10 things I pray for myself as a future wife:
One- I pray that I bring my future husband "good, not harm, all the days of my life". (Proverbs 31:12) One of the ways that I can do this is to recognize that my husband (no matter how special and wonderful he may be) will never be able to fulfill or be "everything". Only the Lord can do that.
Two- I pray that I will release any and all expectations of what I hope my marriage will look like, and pray that the Lord will give me a vision for marriage that is based on His word alone.
Three- I pray that I would be obedient to the ways of the Lord and that I would follow the Lord in all of His ways. (Psalm 25:4-5)
Four- I pray that the Lord will take away all of my selfish nature and replace with the fruits of the spirit which include, "love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control" (Galatians 5:22-23) Along with this, I specifically pray that I would always have life-giving and redeeming words that I would speak to my husband.
Five- I pray that I would be set free from fears that I may have- and that I would find complete deliverance from my fears in the Lord's love (I John 4:18). I pray that I would be "clothed in strength and dignity so that I can laugh at the days to come". (Proverbs 31:25)
Six- I pray that I would remain pure and would be free in forgiveness from any past decisions (Isaiah 43:18-19). I also pray that I would be free from temptation (current and in the future). (Romans 12:9)
Seven- I pray that I will live a life of forgiveness and repentance "so that my sins are wiped out, and that times of refreshing may come from the Lord" (Acts 3:19). The last thing that I want to do is to be a bitter and unforgiving wife.
Eight- I pray that my heart would be sensitive to the things of the Lord and that my talk would reflect my heart. (Proverbs 4:23 and Psalm 34:12-13) I pray that I would know my purpose clearly and where the Lord is calling me. (Psalm 20:4) I pray that even now the Lord would bless my future marriage with clear direction (Amos 3:3) and that the Lord would "perfectly join together in the same mind and same judgment" (I Corinthians 1:10) my husband and I so that we are completely united in the Lord.
Nine- I pray that the Lord would help me develop a life that develops trust in all of my relationships so that my husband may develop complete trust in me one day so that I may "greatly enrich his life" (Proverbs 31:11)
Ten- I pray that I will develop into a virtuous and capable wife (Proverbs 31:10).
Are there any specific prayers that you pray for your (future) or current spouse? I would love to know! Happy Monday sweet friends!