January 23, 2015

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Read: Ephesians 5:21-33

My family and friends will tell you that I am generous to a fault. However, I know that I am not only selfish, but can possess an attitude of entitlement. I recognize that I have a strong will and will push my agenda until I either get what I want or cause my husband to say ‘enough’.

My thoughts and even my conversations with my husband often contained an abundance of ‘I’. I need, I want and I think were often the lead-ins to my conversations with my husband. I cannot say definitively when I began to consider that my needs, wants and opinions took precedence over his. Once I started down that path, it became easier and easier to justify in my mind - until that day several years ago when my husband simply and calmly stated, “You are my wife, not my mother. You are my partner, not my superior. We are a team, and it is time you remember we are a team. We are in this marriage together, not individually.”  

As I read these, I stop and thank the Lord for reminding me that as my husband is to love me as Christ loved and died for the church, I am to respond to my husband as I would respond to my Lord and Savior.

Pray: 

Adoration: God is holy, mighty, gracious, and merciful. Spend time declaring your love for Him and expressing your thoughts of praise and worship. 

Confession: Ask God to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness. 

Thanksgiving: Express your thankfulness to God for the blessings He has given you. When we consider that we deserve punishment because of our sinfulness, and instead God gives to us His love and mercy, our only response should be one of thankfulness. 

Supplication: Petition God for wisdom. Offer prayers for your activities for this day and any special concerns you might have. Intercede for your immediate family and other relatives regarding their spiritual, emotional, and physical needs.