I recently partnered with another woman to do 30 days of praying for our husbands. We are using the book "The Power of a Praying Wife" by Stormie Omartian and each day reading a chapter and praying the prayer at the end of it. I have used this book/prayer method many times over the years; this is the first time to do it in partnership with another wife.
Here is what jumped out at me from today's reading (titled His Temptations)
"The enemy of our souls knows where our flesh is the weakest and he will put temptations in our paths at our most vulnerable points. The question is not whether there will be temptations, it is how we will handle them when they arise."
wow. I read this today and although I was reading it with praying protection for my husband in mind, I realized how true this is for me too. When I feel discouraged or frazzled or worried, those are my weak moments and I need to go into prayer mode big time to see God rescue me from bad choices. I prayed the prayer in the book, once for Bruce, then again for myself.
Yesterday was a worrisome, frazzling discouraging sort of day. And my MO is often to seek comfort or distractions by losing myself in mindless shopping..... ya, good ol' retail therapy has it's moments but what I sense God teaching me is to turn to Him for comfort not the things of this world that only bring temporary happiness. It's not the shopping that is the problem, it's the turning to that instead of turning to God.
|trusty ol' Big Yellow-- how much longer will you last?|
So, girded by prayer, I have another full day of things to do. Another adventure to embark on. but today I will be ever mindful that I'm letting the Holy Spirit be my tour guide.