Tuesday, April 18, 2006
THE TWO WEEK COUNTDOWN TO THE END OF THE SEMESTER!
Ladies... we have a GREAT opportunity and responsibility to love, care and aid our husbands during this Oh, so difficult time! I know... I have the tendency to get tired of seminary LIFE at this point. I think: " Why in the world are we doing this?" We have no money, no time together! But then .... as usual, the spirit convicts me and reminds me of the necessary sacrifice and the resulting blessing of GRACE ministry! He will be our strength and our guide... and MAY will be here before we know it!
God Bless ladies. Let's pray together that we will have the strength necessary to be SELF sacrificing and give ourselves wholly to the support, sumbmission and upholding of our precious husbands.
I am currently reading this book by NOEL PIPER, called "Faithful women and their extraordinary God"
It give a mini-biography of 5-6 women of faith. One of them being Sarah Edwards, Jonathan Edwards wife. She was the mother of 11 children. She cared for the kids, the cows, the house, and the finances while Jonathan was away ministring as an evangelist to churches. SHE did everything! And I complain when I have to make dinner and clean up too... how lazy and selfish am I! Noel basically shares how Sarah freed her husband up to do the ministry of the Lord! In so doing she impacted history forever by being "faithful in the mundane". Not to mention, that she raised 11 god-fearing children who served the Lord in various and amazing ways.
May we also followin suit. May we be willing to lay down our own selfish desires, in pursuit of God's Greatest GLORY through our precious husbands!
Thank you for your divine providence in our lives. We are forver and continually grateful for this work of grace! We come before you today on behalf of each seminary student and, if pertinent, his supporting and submissive wife.
*May these MEN have the strength and wisdom necessary to continue on to the end of this semester. May they have Christ-like love for their wives.
*May each WIFE support, love and aid her husband in the truest, purest way possible.May we offer our desires to you as a sacrifice of PRAISE. You are our GRACE!
... Father be our help and our sustainer in these weeks. Strengthen each marriage by your grace! We love you more than life!