Which Path Darling?

 

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I like different paths and I like lots of options.  While celebrating our 27th anniversary, my husband was commenting on how much he likes things to stay the same and how much I like change.  It’s true, and yet somehow we meet in the middle – at that happy place where I give him sameness and he gives me room for change.

I can visualize so many times when we have been walking along the beautiful path of life hand in hand, conversing and laughing, just enjoying each other’s company and all the splendor the sun reveals. Then suddenly without warning the sky becomes dark with thick clouds and the path is divided.  Which way will we go?  What happens next?

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I wonder where my desire for change comes from.  Is it from the fact that I lived in the same house for the majority of my childhood and I just want to get out as an adult and see as much as I can and even live in the midst of it if possible.

Maybe it’s from having a love for God’s beautiful creation and wanting to take in as much of it as I can.  Maybe both are true.  I suppose only God knows.  Only He really knows my heart.

I am thankful for my husband and his sameness, because when the path has divided, his sameness has served as a protection from something that could have hurt our family.  I haven’t always appreciated it as much as I do now, after being married for 27 years.  It has taken me time to realize that God is working through my husband in steadfast and faithful ways I cannot comprehend.

Now when the path divides I simply slip my arm in his and say, “Which path Darling?”.

“Search me, O God,
and know my heart;
Try me
and know my anxious thoughts;

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 See if there be any hurtful
way in me,
And lead me in the path everlasting.”

                                                                  -Psalm 139:23-24

Which is true of you?  Do you like change or do you like things to stay the same?  Do you know why you are the way you are?  I would love to hear from you and your thoughts on why some like change and some don’t.

Happy SimplyLiving!

Constance

The Power of Prayer

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I am a praying person – I pray diligently for my family and I take my time with God very seriously on their behalf.  Sometimes I send up prayers of blessing, other times I am in prayer and supplication – communing with the Lord until I have His peace. Then there are those hours of prayer where I am pleading desperately because I don’t know what else to do.

In all these circumstances, God has been with me and has heard my every word.  As I’m thinking about it now, I’m no longer concerned about how God answers my prayer – just that He hears me and that I know it by His still, small voice that gives me such peace.  I’m learning to fully trust Him to take care of the rest in His perfect way.

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Today I want to share a prayer that I pray over my husband daily.  Although it may change slightly depending on what is going on in his life – these are the basics of the prayer.  I am so thankful for him!  I want to be the blessed wife that he deserves.  I want to be a blessing to him; he has been such an amazing blessing to me and our family.

I want to be like King Ahasuerus in the book of Esther when he realizes what a blessing Mordecai has been to him.  He wants to lavish blessings upon him and tell all the people how wonderful he is.  Although I am not an earthly king, I am a child of the King of kings and the Lord of lords.   So I pray to the King on behalf of my husband.

You get the picture… but, if by chance you have never heard this amazing story, you can find it in God’s Word, in the Book of Esther, the 6th chapter – I recommend reading the whole book for good measure.

Maybe you can use the following prayer as a sample of how you might pray for your husband, wife, or other faithful people in your life.

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Prayer for A Husband

Father,  I lift up my husband to You.  Please surround him with Your angels that watch over those who will inherit the Kingdom of God.   He loves You and has placed his faith in Your Son, Jesus Christ.  He desires Your will for his life.  What a wonderful man of God he has been for our family.  He is steadfast and faithful at home, at work, and within our church.

Father, please consider my husband on this wonderful day and bless him with an extra measure of faith in Your Word.  Give him vision that he might not perish.  Give him sound mind, love, and no fear.  Give him a humble heart.  Give him a heart of solid, sure, trust in You as his Provider and Protector.

Lord, Please heal his body and keep him strong and active.  Give him a desire to eat Your good food and a desire to exercise daily so he can enjoy Your beauty out of the office walls.

Lord, please help him to sense Your pleasure in him and see Your favor upon him.  Give him a hope everlasting.  May he be protected and safe from the enemy within and without. Fix his eyes on Jesus, Your Kingdom and Your Righteousness and give him fresh opportunities to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Please bless him on this fine day as we give You praise! Amen.

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Be sure to leave a comment below and tell of your personal experience with the Power of Prayer.  God is faithful and it is wonderful to give Him praise by telling of His goodness!

Happy Praying!

Constance