Praying with my Hubby

Praying with my husband has been the best move I've made in a long time. Brokenness can be mended, hurt can be healed, and trust restored, selfless acts is what marriage and parenting is all about! What a ride it is, a ride with a thousand smiles, screams, ups, downs, fears, joys. Let nothing unbuckle me from the ride of marriage dear Lord. God has intended for Mickey and I to share our lives with each other, until death do us part. "Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate."- Mark 10:9

My husband, Mickey, and I have committed to praying (aka spiritual warfare) and doing a marriage devotional every night, despite our attitude, how tired we are, or the distance between us. The power of technology limits our excuses! Mickey has been consistent at pulling me from business, work, and life to hold my hand and pray with me. As we do this, I feel my heart melt, my spirit rejoice and the Holy Spirit pour His blessing upon us. The feeling is so tough to explain, just try it, and peace can be yours. We intentionally apply ourselves to operate out of obedience to the Lord, with a selfless love that honors the Lord. Are we perfect at this, hahaha, HECK NO, but it's a start to something awesome which becomes routine over time."Be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace."- Ephesians 4:2

The benefits of practicing agape love have offered a more gentle communication between us. A few fresh fruits bearing from our prayerful habit include the ability to bring down walls in fear we will find ways to argue, a sense of security is being nurtured as we bless each other with kind words, daily tasks in the home are being shared with a smile and grace (no grouchy pants, meany monster breaking loose). My husband's selfless acts have given me a hope that change is possible, I am trusting his leadership, and falling in love with him all over again. God has been our unbreakable cord of hope with promises that are full of truth. The good times are always preparing for the spiritual attacks that will follow, we are messing up satan's plans so he's sure to throw us fiery darts. We are FAR, FAR from perfect or a dreamy Disney love story, but we are comparing to not a single person other than our former self. It's been such a joy to feel our marriage shifting in such a beautiful direction simply by praying, practicing selfless love, and hushing any mean or trite comments that want to our out of our unbridled mounts, all that crazy talk right to Jesus in your head, be quick to listen and slow to speak (that's on my daily practice schedule currently). “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience…” Colossians 3:12

Marrying my husband means I was marrying another sinner, a person with secrets, with hurt, with fears, and with questions. Two sinners coming together as one. Love, agape love, covers us. I look past my husband, and my kids when they are acting ugly, to see Christ standing there and asking for my obedience. Listening to Him creates a much better outcome than the one that happens when I operate from my flesh...yikes, trust me, I've tried both. “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” I Corinthians 13:7

Love isn't a feeling that sticks around, it's an emotion that comes and goes, I don't trust the heart it makes me do weird things sometimes. My trust sits in the promises of scripture and the leading of the Holy Spirit. He never asks too much, even though, at times, I may feel that to be contrary. The

growth that Mickey and I have experienced since praying together, and delving into the Bible has no price attached. God's abundant grace can be raw, startling at times, and opposite of what we thought "grace" to be. As my husband speaks his heart, and I do the same, it's impossible not to feel compassion. Vulnerability, a word most of us cringe at, was displayed by Jesus as he was beaten, shamed, tortured, hung on a cross to suffocate to death slowly, all while His clothing was gambled away and was offered sewer vinegar water to moisten His mouth, vulnerability indeed. WOW, Jesus walked in man's flesh, perfectly, dying as our atonement. To be like Jesus we must be vulnerable and chains will break from our marriages. Mickey and I will be darned if pride stands in the way of spiritual growth. We have to daily lay our shortcomings at the cross and ask for Jesus to grow us, stretch us, and pour the fruits of the spirit into our innermost being. A cord of three strands is unbreakable; Jesus, my husband, and myself are daily drawing closer together in order to stand the challenges that hit us head on. “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” – Ecclesiastes 4:12

When we pray, and lift up our marriage, our kids, their future spouses. We are cancelling the appointments satan has to destroy and break our families apart. Prayer isn't the least we can do, but the MOST we can do. Our divorce rate is at an all time high. Remember, as difficult as it may be, Jesus died for all of us, all our sins, and His grace covers all those who ask for it. Who are we to deny forgiveness to those who sin against us? Forgiveness sets us free, brings goodness into our lives, and awakens dry bones! Marriage is two sinners joining as one, sharing a home, a bed, children, memories, spiritual growth, and laying down our fleshly desires as to esteem and grow our spiritual walk with YHWH, Jehovah, Yahweh! Peace be yours my friends, shalom! “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11

The Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. - Ephesians 6:10-18

With Love,

Korina (6 Men & A Mom)

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