When I first heard about the book "Praying God's Word for Your Husband" I was interested and excited about the idea of doing something more deliberate to be an encourager and a helpmate in Scott's world.
I must confess, I think I was a better wife before I became a mother. Does that feel true for anybody else?
It's not that I don't want to be a good and helpful wife, it's just that on many days, when ALL else is done, it doesn't feel like there is a whole lot of time or capacity left.
However, while there are many days when I feel like there is no energy left for deep conversation, no time for the walks we used to take holding hands, no money left to buy fancy guitar or rock climbing equipment to let him know that I support his interests, and no time OR money OR the wherewithal to don the proper attire to eat at a classy restraunt....While I may not be able to do any of these things in this season of life, I can pray and I can pray deliberately and wholeheartedly in all seasons of life.
That's where this book, this incredible tool by Kathi Lipp, comes into play. What roadblock or challenge can one really concoct (aside from sitting your behind in a chair!) to keep you from committing 5 or 10 minutes a day to pray...and to pray for your husband in specific ways while you're at it!
Lipp is a writer, mom and passionate woman who I have come to admire through other books (The Me Project: 21 Days to Living the Life You've Always Wanted is one I read last year) and articles I've read. She is funny, down to earth and in writing this book provides an invaluable resources to every woman who wants to bless her husband.
Note that in picking up a copy of this book for yourself, you will be giving your husband a gift he will really appreciate.
The look on Scott's face after I told him that I was reading this new book and praying for him was one of surprise and gratitude to a degree I was not expecting. It made me realize that sometimes it's actually not the monetary gifts that matter.
"Wow, Lis. Thank you. With all you have going on? Thank you."
"No problem babe. I'm glad to be able to do it."
He's thanked me on a couple more occasions over the last two weeks as he's caught me with the book in my hands.
"Thanks again for reading that...and for praying for me."
"Of course," I say like it's not big deal. Though, as I've read this book I realize it really is. This prayer thing is something so simple... and yet...so not.
And a few words from Kathi's husband in a short foreword at the beginning of the book:
"Knowing that my day is covered in prayer-- whether I'm having a good day or a bad day-- changes how I can approach the next bad day...Through her specific prayers for me and my world, we are joined together in more intimate way. She isn't a passive bystander in my life. She comes alongside in all things, even areas where she isn't directly involved. She becomes a loving partner in all my struggles and a support in my weaknesses. I need that."The book is broken into two major parts, "Preparing for Prayer" and "Prayers for Your Husband". Under "Prayers for Your Husband" you will find fourteen different specific areas (chapters) devoted to some thoughts, scripture references and actual prayers that you can pray. The areas include; When He Feels Overwhelmed, Work Issues, His Finances, His Health and Safety, His Relationship with God, His Parenting and His Mind, among other things.
AND here is the really exciting part, because I appreciate and value the power this book can have in strengthening your marriages I purchased an extra copy to give away to one of you!!!
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The giveaway will be open until Sunday at midnight at which point I will randomly have my husband (how appropriate, right?) pick a name the old fashioned way... out of a hat (seriously! I don't get all hi-tech on these sorts of things!!).
In the meantime, here is an excerpt of one of Kathi's prayers that you can pray for your husband today....
Father, I lift up my husband to you and ask that you keep him close, protecting him physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. While he lives in this world, he faces so many trials and temptations that would be him down were it not for your faithful and abiding love. Help him to be aware of your love. Let him enjoy your love, experience your presence, participate in your peace, and glory in your grace. Reassure him that you are with him, you go before him, you surround him, and you have his back in every situation. Amen.
You can also click on this link to watch a short video from the author about the book.
(I received a copy of this book from Baker Publishing in exchange for an honest review)