Monday, August 03, 2009

Notes...A Woman After God's Own Heart by Elizabeth George

CHAPTER 7 (2nd half of chapter)

Scriptures used in chapter:
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. (James 5:16, NKJV)

The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9, NKJV)

...who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:4, NKJV)

Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives, when they observe your chaste conduct accompanied by fear. Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel— rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. For in this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted in God also adorned themselves, being submissive to their own husbands, as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, whose daughters you are if you do good and are not afraid with any terror. (1 Peter 3:1-6, NKJV)

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:21, NKJV)

The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, But those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty. (Proverbs 21:5, NKJV)

Key points (from previous notes):
- You are to hold your husband first in your heart after God

Yes, But How?
- Ask of your lifestyle, "Am I spoiling my husband rotten?"

...1. Pray for Your Husband Daily - As you invest your time, your heart, and your life in prayer for your husband, you'll wake up one day and find arguments decreasing and a mellowing - even a warming - in your heart toward your husband. Truly, it's impossible to hate or neglect a person you are praying for!...Focusing on your husband in prayer will help you focus on him in your heart, your thoughts, and your actions. You'll also be surprised at the fruit born in your own life from this prayer - the fruit of understanding, cheerfulness, patience, helpfulness, and calmness.

...2. Plan for Your Husband Daily
......- Plan special deeds of kindness: "What is something I can do for DearHubby today that would help him, cheer him up, make him feel special, lighten his load?"
......- Plan special dinners
......- Plan special times alone
......- Plan spcial dinners alone
......- Plan an early bedtime for children
......- Plan to go to bed at the same time

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