With Valentine's Day approaching, there are hearts everywhere. The stores have been decorated since just after Christmas and I'm now decorating at the preschool. This has me thinking a lot about love, and of course thinking about what to do for Hubby for Valentine's Day. It has also reminded me of things I have done for him on Valentine's Day in the past.
When Hubby and I were dating, a friend suggested that I read the book "The Power of a Praying Wife," by Stormie Omartian. She said that although we weren't married, it would be a great thing to read through this book and pray for him in these specific ways. So I bought the book and began to look through it. If you aren't familiar with the book, it has 30 chapters, each with a different prayer focus. Conveniently, most months have at or around 30 days in them. It just so happened that I got the book about a month before Valentine's and decided that as I prayed for him, I would keep a journal of those prayers. For Valentine's Day I gave him the journal with all of the prayers in it. It was a wonderful surprise for him as he realized that my prayers weren't a general "please be with him" every day, but that I had been praying for specific things for him in all areas of his life. It changed our relationship in a very good way because it opened up conversation about how we could pray for each other, but also we started praying together more. We were long distance dating, living 4 hours away from each other at the time and it brought us closer together.
A week after we were married, my mother-in-law gave me another copy of this book. She didn't know I already had one, nor did she know of the impact this book had had on our relationship. It was such a sweet gesture and I still use the book she gave me. We've been married almost 9 years now and I have prayed through this book many times. I still pull it out and go through it and it's always fresh because life circumstances change and you never know how God will work through it.