We are studying the book, “The Power of a Praying Husband/Wife” by Stormie Omartian. We will touch on all 20 chapters but not all of them will be posted here. I will also give a brief review at the end of the book. The book is published by Harvest House Publishers out of Eugene, Oregon and can be purchased at local Christian bookstores. I purchased the paperback for $12.99. I’ve added photos and graphics for your viewing pleasure.
One of the most profound statements from this book is as follows, “Don’t leave your marriage to chance“. This could be one of the most understated concepts in our lifetime.
Seeds in the marriage
“In order for a garden to not become a salad bar for hungry animals, it needs a fence around it to keep them out”.
Or you could just buy an elephant with a sledge hammer.
We have some pesky moles in our grass. When you walk on the yard you can feel your weight sink in large portions of the yard. It appears to be irreversible. This mob family of moles has taken over our yard. We are no longer in control of what happens in the front or back yard. Even Tucker our fearless Shih-Tzu is afraid to leave the house.
There is one particular patch (maybe 10 x 15) where the grass has completely stopped growing. Michelle stuck a shovel in the ground and turned it and she had a shovel full of grub worms (moles love grub worms I’m told).
Our neighbors have problems with moles too, or at least they used too. They did not sit around 2 minutes before taking action. They purchased two $40 traps at Gemmins and have hung 4 moles on their belt (killed/caught 4 moles). Wow! I’ve been told catching one mole is an achievement, but your lucky if you catch two. The lady next door must be the mole assassin of the neighborhood. If your a mole I highly recommend you skip the house next door. You don’t want to upset the mole “hitwoman”. Because she don’t play around when it comes to her yard or her garden.
We now own one of those mole traps. And I have something else up my sleeve if that does not work.
Maybe we should have this attitude when it comes to our marriage, to be quite serious about any dying patches or any pests no matter how small or large. Do whatever it takes to make things right. Remove the things that are not welcome.
“If you have serious problems in your marriage, know that God can work miracles when you pray. He can change hearts and perspectives in an instant. He can uproot seeds of sin, resurrect love where it has died, and make it not only grow again, but flourish”.
I like that part, the “flourish” part.
“Cling to what is good in your marriage with all sincerity of heart, despise what the devil is trying to plant there. Pray that God will show you how to plant new seeds of unconditional love, (A garden has to be replanted every year.) With proper care, those seeds of love will produce a great harvest”.
Just like a garden, a marriage requires replanting. Are you surprised by this? I was when I first realized it.
If two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by my father in heaven. Matthew 18:19
“But its not about causing our mate to grow into our image, it’s about both husband and wife growing into God’s image, together”. (Stormie)
Even if you could get your spouse to be just like you think you wanted, I’m betting you still would not be satisfied. True satisfaction comes from the Lord.
“Ask God to help you and your wife appreciate your differences…The very thing that is designed to be our greatest blessing can often become an irritant because we don’t ask God to let us see it from His perspective”. (Stormie)
I wonder how many times we miss something from God because on the surface it does not appeal to us. I don’t know about you, but I can look back at circumstances which I thought were one way and turned out to be completely different than I expected. I’m talking about lessons learned or good things that happened where I had no clue that would be the end result.
1 Cor. 2:9
That’s why we have this Scripture text: No one’s ever seen or heard anything like this, Never so much as imagined anything quite like it – What God has arranged for those who love him.
SEEDS OF COMMUNICATION pg. 89
Words are like seeds. They start out small and grow into something big”. (Stormie)
I could stop right there. Because that is some good seed. The incredible power of the tongue/words. Remember, spiritual containers. When that word hits someones soil something will be released, one way or another.
“If a person plants words of anger, indifference, criticism, impatience, or insensitvity in his/her marriage, the fruit of those words will lack of intimacy and warmth, loss of harmony and unity, and the silencing of laughter and joy”. (Stormie)
So in layman’s terms, when Bubba says to his wife Frita, “Why caint u be like other wives”? He is planting a very effective seed. One which can rob them of intimacy, unity and remove the hope for laughter and joy.
“Marriage can seem like heaven. Or it can seem like hell. For most people, it’s somewhere in between. That’s because its not easy becoming one with another person”. (Stormie)
If you have faith as small as a mustard seed … Nothing will be impossible for you Matthew 17:20