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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Book Notes: The Power of a Praying Wife

While preparing for a Husband Encouragement Challenge post, I was flipping through the book The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian that I read in the first year of marriage, when I realized again just how GREAT this book is! So I decided to go through the book and type up my favorite quotes and passages from the book. So here we go...

"We have God's power on our side. We don't have to leave our marriages to chance. We can fight for them in prayer and not give up, because as long as we are praying, there is hope." (p. 20)

"The hardest part about being a praying wife, other than the sacrifice of time, is maintaining a pure heart." (p.25)

"My heart had to be softened, humbled, pummeled, molded, and reconstructed before He even started working on my husband. I had to learn to see things according to the way God saw them--not how I thought they should be." (p. 26)

"God can resurrect the deadest of marriages, but it takes humbling ourselves before him and desiring to live His way--forgiveness, kindness, and love," (p. 28)

"Submission is something you give from your heart, not something demanded of you," (p. 29)

"Prayer is the ultimate love language....Talking to God about your husband is an act of love." (p.29)

"There is a time to speak and a time not to speak, and happy is the man whose wife can discern between the two." (p.32)

"Prayer is the only thing that always works." (p.33)

"The Lord will always give us words to say, and how us when to say them if we ask Him. Timing is everything." (p.34)

"Our goal must not be to get our husbands to do what we want, but rather to release them to God so He can get them to do what He wants." (p.35)

"It's not the words we speak that make a difference, it is the power of God accompanying them." (p.36)

"You will still be expected to see that heart of your home is a peaceful sanctuary--a source of contentment, acceptance, rejuvenation, nurturing, rest, and love for your family." (p.37)

"Part of making a house a home is allowing your husband to be the head so you can be the heart." (p.38)

"The more time you spend with the Lord, the more radiant you will become." (p.39)

"Accept your husband the way he is and pray for him to grow. Then when change happens, it will be because God has worked it in him and it will be lasting...Your greatest expectations must be from God, not your husband." (p.41)

"We not only bring defeat into our marriages and our husbands when we don't have respect for them, but it shuts the door to new life in us as well." (p.42)

"History tends to repeat itself without the intervention of God." (p.51)

"Only when we recognize that all we have comes from God and seek to make Him Lord over it can we avoid the pitfalls that money, or the lack of it, brings." (p.55)

"The two most powerful weapons against the attack of lies upon your husband's mind are the Word of God and praise." (p.83)

"The only kind of fear we are supposed to have is the fear of the Lord." (p.89)

"A wife can't put pressure on her husband to be something, but she can pray for him to become it." (p.93)

"Whatever God has called your husband to be or do, He has also called you to support it and be a part of it, if in no other way than to pray, encourage, and help in whatever way is possible." (p.95)

"Even though we pray and have faith, the outcome and timing are God's decisions." (p.104)

"Being good friends with godly people who love the Lord doesn't just happen by chance. We must pray that such people will come into our lives. And then when we find them, we should continue to cover the relationships in prayer." (p.132)

"The best way for a man to be a good father is to get to know his heavenly Father and learn to imitate Him." (p.139)

3 comments:

Sharon said...

I LOVE this book! I haven't read it in full yet, but I pick it up every so often. Seems each time I fall into the page I needed the most.
Great choice for a book review.

Servant Becca said...

I love what you share here from Power of a Praying Wife. As we are challenged with encouraging our husband, this posting spoke loudly to my heart. I cut and paste what you have, included it in an e-mail to a sister, and left your blog address so that she can gain other treasures too.

Although none of us will have a perfect relationship, as we follow patterns given to glory God, perhaps others will see that Godly treatment of our mate (eventually). Thanks so much for sharing!

AmyD said...

Love the quotes! It's on my list of books to read for sure! I love the quotes from page 26 and 35. I definitely need to learn to let go and let God.