Yesterday, my good friend, Cindy Beall, posted “Shut Up And Pray” revealing the power of praying for your spouse…..versus the not so easily received nagging by your spouse. It was good stuff.
There are times when issues need to be discussed. And, a long time ago, I posted “Conversations That Work,” a few lessons I’ve learned in how to communicate with my spouse.
But, not all issues really need to be confronted. Because, sometimes, those issues are our issues….not theirs. So, when we address “our stuff” with our spouse, it will usually come out in the form of nagging. I don’t always zip it, lock it, and put it in my pocket like I should. But, I really try.
One evening, a couple of weeks ago, I was just frustrated with Kris. (He doesn’t even know it….except, now he does, IF HE READS MY BLOG TODAY. Not bitter.) I made the very difficult decision of not saying a word. I went to bed….
AND, I PRAYED FOR HIM.
I didn’t even pray, “Lord, show him he needs to do this or that.” Instead, I prayed blessings over his life. I prayed that God would bless him in everything he does and touches. That He would give him peace wherever there is no peace. That any stress in his life that wasn’t from God, He would gently remove from his life.
Blessings. That’s what I prayed.
The next morning, I woke up to a different man. Or, perhaps, I woke up to a different me? I had a brand new perspective and an even greater love for Kris.
Our words are powerful. Our prayers make a difference in BOTH of our lives.
Bless your husband by praying for him. It works much better than nagging. I promise.
She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. Proverbs 31:12