Goodness is Sure to Follow {My Marriage Story}

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Five years ago today my husband and I pledged our wedding vows to each other and started our life as a married couple. We had a beautiful outdoor ceremony shared with our family and friends. Then we embarked on an amazing honeymoon cruise to the Bahamas where we enjoyed sunshine, lots of tasty food, new adventures, relaxing moments and fun times.

We returned from our honeymoon and settled into our peaceful new condo. My Husband started a new job and I continued in my teaching career. A year passed by, my Husband’s birthday was right around the corner, and I was ecstatic to learn the news that I was pregnant. I wrapped the positive pregnancy test in white flowery gift bag and gave it to my Husband as a “birthday” gift. Boy was he surprised when he opened that gift! We were floating on cloud 9 and couldn’t be more in awe of  God’s goodness.

Our precious son made his entrance into this world just six days after we celebrated our 2 year anniversary, and we became a family of three. I became a stay-at-home-mom and the days ahead were filled with sleepless nights, middle of the night feedings, and changing diapers. Though I remember being exhausted beyond what I thought I could handle some days, we were both so grateful for the amazing little life that filled our home and hearts with love and joy.

Just after our son turned two years old, we transitioned into a house with room to grow…another blessing we were (and are) so grateful for. Our son enjoyed new places to explore and play, and a new big boy room with a big boy bed. We have enjoyed settling into our home-sweet-home and look forward to sharing many more good memories in our home for years to come.

Although there have been some rocky roads along our marriage journey, God continues to hold us together and bless us beyond what we deserve.

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I look forward to sharing many more years with my amazing husband and sweet son. I am excited to see God’s plans continue to unfold for our little family. We give Him all the glory for every single blessing and we know that when we put our trust in Him, goodness is sure to follow.

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. ~Ephesians 3:20-21 (ESV)

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hannah

Intentional Prayer: Part 2 {Praying For Your Spouse}

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Earlier this week I began this 4-part series on Intentional Prayer. The first two parts are geared more towards the married crowd and those who have kids, but I will be finishing this series next week with two areas that everyone should be able to connect with. Just a heads up, so stick with me!

Here’s Part 1 if you missed it —> Intentional Prayer: Part 1 {Praying For Your Children}.

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Today we are diving into Part 2 which is about praying for your spouse. This plan is designed to guide you through praying the “Fruit of the Spirit” for your spouse over the course of one year.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. ~Galatians 5:22-23 {ESV}

There are nine “fruits” this verse talks about, so the idea is to focus on praying about one “fruit” per month. I have included a simple prayer to go along with each fruit/month. Since there are only nine fruits and twelve months, the last three months repeat three of the fruits that I think pertain the most to marriage {even though they all really do}—The prayers for these three months are geared specifically as strengthening your marriage.

I have organized everything in a chart, and there is a printable version of it below so that you can use it as a reference throughout the year. Use it in whatever way works for you but here’s one idea:

Start keeping a prayer journal if you don’t already do so. Dedicate a certain part of your journal to Spouse/Marriage. Cut out the chart below, and then each month paste the card of the month into the Spouse/Marriage part of your journal. Underneath the card, write down things God reveals to you as I pray throughout the month, ways you see your prayers being answered, bible verses that pertain to that month’s fruit, and so on. You will probably be amazed at how God moves through your prayers. 

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A Year Long Guide To Praying The ‘Fruit Of The Spirit’ For Your Spouse

January

[Fruit: Love]

Prayer: Dear Lord, Help _______ to experience your love in a real way and allow that love to flow through him/her for all the days of his/her life.

July

[Fruit: Faithfulness]

Prayer: Dear Lord, Give _______ a passion to live purely in all areas of his/her life and develop a character of integrity within him/her.

February

[Fruit: Joy]

Prayer: Dear Lord, Fill _______ with an everlasting joy that comes from being filled with Your Spirit.

August

[Fruit: Gentleness]

Prayer: Dear Lord, Help _______ to extend the same grace towards others that You extend toward us.

March

[Fruit: Peace]

Prayer: Dear Lord, Allow _______ to experience the peace that passes all understanding which comes from trusting in You through all seasons of life.

September

[Fruit: Self-Control]

Prayer: Dear Lord, Lead _______ to live a disciplined and balanced life spiritually, emotionally and physically.

April

[Fruit: Patience]

Prayer: Dear Lord, Supply _______ with the patience needed to endure hardships, trials and times of waiting.

October

[Fruit: Love (in marriage)]

Prayer: Dear Lord, Teach my Husband/Wife and I to love each other passionately, unconditionally and in a way that leads us to a deeper intimacy with You.

May

[Fruit: Kindness]

Prayer: Dear Lord, Help ________ to be slow to anger and quick to show kindness and compassion to all.

November

[Fruit: Peace (in marriage)]

Prayer: Dear Lord, Remove any seeds of quarrelsome and bitterness in my marriage, and help us to live at peace with each other.

June

[Fruit: Goodness]

Prayer: Dear Lord, Equip _______ to do good works for Your Kingdom, remind him/her that Your plans for his/her life are good and protect him/her from the evil he/she faces along the way.

December

[Fruit: Faithfulness (in marriage)]

Prayer: Give my Husband/Wife and I the strength to stand up to the temptations of this world, and guard our hearts and minds in you so that we might enjoy the blessings of a pure marriage.

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Many Blessings,

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