Archive for July, 2011

Praying for your Husband

PRAYER MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE!

Prayer changed my marriage. I have found, nagging, and controlling and trying to get my way never work in marriage, but prayer always does.  In the book “Power of a Praying Wife” by Stormie Omartian, Stormie says, “Worrying about your marriage changes nothing, praying about it can change everything.” I can tell you from experience in my own life- Pray for your husband and your marriage- Prayer works!

Below is a prayer taken from Stormie’s book. It is a prayer for your husband going through trials. I pray that as you pray for your husband, God moves in his heart and yours as well. God bless!

“Lord, you alone know the depth of the burden my husband carries. I may understand the specifics, but you have measured the weight of it on his shoulders. I’ve not come to minimize what you are doing in his life, for I know you work great things in the midst of trials. Nor am I trying to protect him from what he must face. I only want to support him so that he will get through this battle a winner.

God you are our refuge and strength, our very present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1). You have invited us to “come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16) I come before your throne and ask for grace for my husband. Strengthen his heart for this battle and give him patience to wait on You (Psalm 27:1-4) Build him up so that no matter what happens he will be able to stand strong through it. Help him to always be “rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer” (Romans 12:12) Give him endurance to run the race and not give up, for you have said that “ a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again” (Proverbs 24:16). Help him to remember that “the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord and He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the Lord upholds him with His hand” (Psalm 37:23-24)

I pray he will look to you to be his “refuge until these calamities have passed by” (Psalm 57:1). May he learn to wait on you because “those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount on wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31) I pray that he will find his strength in You and as he cries out to You, You will hear and a save him out of all his troubles (Psalm 34:6).”

(source: Omartian, Stormie Power of a Praying Wife, Harvest House Publishers, 1997)

Leave a comment »

A Praying Parent

“The righteous man walks in his integrity; his children are blessed after him.” Proverbs 20:7

(Taken in part from “Power of a Praying Parent” by Stormie Omartian)

Lord, I submit myself to you and I realize that parenting a child in the way you would have to is beyond my human abilities. Lord, I pray over my and and my husband’s heart and mind. We want to partner with You and partake of your gifts of wisdom, discernment, revelation, and guidance. We also need Your strength and Your patience along with a generous portion of Your love flowing through us- Give us a heaping portion of Your love so we can fully love our children. Teach us how to love the way You love. Where we need to be healed, delivered, changed, matured, or made whole, I invite You to do that in us. Help us to walk in righteousness and integrity before you. Teach us your ways, enable us to obey your commandments and do only what is pleasing in your sight. May the beauty of your spirit be so evident in us that we will be a godly role model to our children. Give us the skills that we must have and make us the parents you want us to be. And teach us how to pray and truly intercede for our children. Lord, you said in your word, “Whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive” (Matt. 21:22) Teach us how to pray for our children. Help us to be the parents that you have created us to be and when we fail I pray our children will easily forgive us. Never let them hold a grudge in their heart, but forgive quickly and easily so the enemy will not have a foot hold in their lives.

I pray our children only rely on you for their every need. We are limited, but you are unlimited in your love and grace and mercy for these children. May they always follow You for the rest of their lives.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.


Leave a comment »

Recommendations (books for marriage and Christian growth)

To further your Christian walk and study of God’s Word, I recommend the following books: (more coming soon)

The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman (marriage)

For Women Only by Shaunti Feldhahn (marriage)

Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian

Radical by David Platt (Christian growth)

Crazy Love by Francis Chan (Christian growth)

Forgotten God by Francis Chan (Christian growth)

So Long Insecurity by Beth Moore (Christian growth for women)

Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer (Christian growth)

BOOK REVIEWS COMING SOON- to help you see which books will help you in the area you need.


Leave a comment »

Natalie Grant: Your Great Name

Leave a comment »

Bible Study

Original Bible study coming soon. . . but if you need a recommendation on a good tool to help you study the Bible I suggest:

Beth Moore Bible studies found at http://www.lifeway.com

Any study resource from Joyce Meyer Ministries found at http://www.joycemeyerministries.com

Living Crazy Love Small Group Bible study

Not a Fan. Bible study

Leave a comment »

Keep Strife Out of Your Life

Keep strife out of your life. Whether it is personal or professional, you can’t move forward in life if there is strife or contention in your life. Anger, bitterness, and pride all brew strife. They will steal your joy and peace, but God has a better plan. He wants us to have a fulfilling life! But we can’t have the abundant life Christ talks about if we have strife. So how do we get rid of the strife in our life? Try these three things:

1. Deal with strife immediately.

Strife is like an infection or a disease that left untreated will spread and destroy. When there is a situation of strife or anger, or bitterness rising in your heart, immediately recognize it and stop it. A couple of things that help are:

a. Pray! When you have that feeling rise in you send a quick prayer to God and pray, “God help me to handle this correctly, and give me the right words and attitude to handle it.” (“Ask and it will be given to you” Matt. 7:7)

b. Forgive. If someone has done something to you- immediately forgive. (Easier said than done- I know- but with God’s help and some practice this gets easier) But assume the innocence in the situation. Maybe they had a bad day, maybe they just got bad news, maybe they are under a lot of pressure from work. Don’t take it personally and forgive. Overlook an offense. (“A man’s patience gives him wisdom, it is to his glory to overlook an offense.” Proverbs 19:11)

c. Confirm in love. “Now instead you ought to forgive and comfort him so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. I urge you therefore to reaffirm your love for him (the one you have forgiven). . . in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.” (2 Corinthians 2:7-8,11) Confirming in love that you have indeed forgiven heals the wound and closes the door to Satan to bring it up again. The truth is Satan loves to divide and conquer; God loves unity and peace.

2. Have a humble attitude.

We are to imitate the the humility of Christ: ” Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus” Philippians 2:1-5

At the heart of strife is pride. (Proverbs 13:10 “Where there is strife, there is pride, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.”) And pride gets us nowhere, humility gets you far. (“Pride brings a person low, but the lowly in spirit gain honor.” Proverbs 29:23.)

3. Crave and seek peace.

God wants you to have peace not strife. Paul referred to God in his letters to the early church as “the God of Peace”. (Romans 15:33, 16:20, Philippians 4:9, 1 Thessalonians 5:23, Hebrews 13:20)

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” Matthew 5:9

“Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.” Psalm 34:14

Seek peace with God. Stay away from those who cause contention. Surround yourself with others who, like you, seek the peace of God.  He does not want strife for you. He wants you to have peace, and for you to seek and crave it.

The truth is, we can do nothing in our own power. Jesus said, “Apart from me, you can do nothing.” (John 15:5) If we try to do these things in our own strength, we will soon fail. Being connected to the vine (Jesus) gives us the power to live a fulfilling and successful life. Study His Word, pray for help and guidance, fellowship with other more mature believers and seek their advice, worship and praise Him for His goodness, and stay connected to the vine.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” John 15:5-8

Leave a comment »

Hello world!

Hello!

This blog is to help and encourage women to live successful, fulfilling lives that glorify God through the study of His Word. On it you will see Bible studies, devotions, biblical teachings, help on issues women face in life, and encouragement in general that we all need!

Feel free to browse around the categories to the right to find what you are looking for. Soon to come are: biblical devotions and teachings, videos, and Bible studies that will help you in your walk with Christ. There is also a “search” bar where you can type in a word on a specific topic to find information on. (i.e. marriage)

Right now I am blogging through my study of the book of James. To see the posts, click on “Bible study” to the right.

I pray that as God is teaching me, I can in turn teach you and serve you in any way that I can.

Also check out my second blog http://www.prioritymaleministries.com that I do specifically on marriage with a group of amazing women! You will find great help and encouragement there! Read the blogs and share with your friends on facebook!

We serve an amazing God whose Word changes lives and sets people free! May God bless you greatly as you grow in Him and may we journey together to glorify Him with our lives!

God bless!

Cari Andreani

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

Comments (1) »