Monday, October 29, 2012

Marriage Monday: Your Role in Your Husband's Salvation {Link up}


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Welcome back to Marriage Monday! I'm sitting in a cozy corner of a bustling Starbucks somewhere in the Atlanta metro area while my hubby is in a business meeting!  We are headed back to the Georgia coast later today after spending the weekend with my Mom and Dad in South Carolina!  Thanks so much for the prayers and words of comfort and encouragement that many of you have shared with me during my Mom's illness! She is doing fairly well at present -- she is actually able to get up some days and spend a little time in her wheelchair, which is a nice change of pace from being in bed twenty-four hours a day!  She told me yesterday that she still feels cheated -- we all thought she was about to meet Jesus a couple weeks ago, and she said she was so disappointed to wake up in the same room!  ;)

Today, I continue to have the privilege of posting my Mom's precious words of wisdom in my series on Living with an Unsaved Mate. If you are just joining in, you might want to go back and read the Introduction, her advice on Accepting your man just the way he isher counsel on Living in a House Dividedand her experience with What Not to Do to Win Your Husband to the Lord.  Today, she shares what you can and should do to see your husband come to true salvation through Jesus Christ.




May 11, 2012



5. HOW TO WIN YOUR HUSBAND TO THE LORD . . . THE DO'S.

Finally God had my attention and I learned to stop doing the Don'ts and start doing the Do's!  :)  These are the things that I learned to do to help see my husband come to know the Lord.


L   1) Live it!

Live the Christian life before your husband!  Daily actions and reactions as well as faithful attendance at church speak volumes to him.  The Bible teaches that a wife can win her husband without a word by her godly behavior!!


1 Peter 3:1-6 NASV  -- “In the same way, you wives, be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives, as they observe your chaste and respectful behavior. Your adornment must not be merely external—braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God. For in this way in former times the holy women also, who hoped in God, used to adorn themselves, being submissive to their own husbands; just as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, and you have become her children if you do what is right without being frightened by any fear.

2) Seek it!

Pursue holiness and righteousness!  Because the Christ-like life is worth whatever it costs, I pursued holiness and righteousness with all my heart.  

Continue putting off the old ways of the flesh and putting on the new ways of the Spirit-filled life. Keep on growing in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. Not only would I be the benefactor of such spiritual growth, so would my husband and children.  (More on that next week!)

3) Pray! Pray! Pray!

Perhaps this should have been in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place!

Prayer is an awesome God-given privilege as well as a God-given responsibility to His blood-bought children. I found that fasting and prayer went together when I was really seeking to know my God and to align my heart's desires in line with His. When there was a deep prayer burden, such as the soul of my husband, which God alone could meet, PRAYER was and is essential!! .

James 5:16 KJV --  “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much."

4) Persevere

Now if you think I did it perfectly from then on, you are in for a rude awakening! Honestly, if I had a dollar for every time I failed, I would be a rich woman today!! But we serve a merciful and gracious God who bids us to come boldly right into the Holy of Holies, right to His throne of grace where we receive mercy and grace to help in the time of need, and where we receive forgiveness when we confess our sins and also cleansing from all our unrighteousness. It is like God just reaches down and picks us up out of the dirt, dusts us off, and sets us by His side to run anew---where His Presence is ever with us!  



I hope you have been blessed by this series!!  Please check back for the exciting conclusion of Living with an Unsaved Mate next week!!!  I think you know how this story ends -- but you will want to read it for yourself!

Your Turn to Share:

Do you live with an unsaved man?  Or do you have a testimony of your husband coming to the Lord after much prayer and patiently living out Christ before him?  If you have a testimony that will encourage other women in a similar situation, please share!


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I'd love to have you link up your blog to mine!  Please link up any past or present posts related to Christian marriage.  Don't forget to link back to my blog!  Thanks!




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6 comments:

Mary Reed said...

Thank you for sharing this today. I have a dear friend who was married for 40 years to an unbeliever. Though is was so difficult at times, she continued to love her husband well, and love the Lord even more. She never stopped praying for his salvation. At the age of 64, he lay dying from cancer in the hospital, and a nurse lovingly and boldly shared the gospel with him. He gave His heart to Jesus and rejoiced in anticipation of seeing His savior. Two days later he did just that. My friend misses him terribly, but rejoices that he is with our Lord for eternity. God is so faithful!
I'm a new follower via Titus2sday and would like to invite you to visit and, if blessed, follow!
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busymomof10 said...

Thank you Mary for sharing your friend's story! Welcome to my blog! I hope you will come back often! :)

The Mayo Family said...

Thanks for sharing another week of rich words!
I am keeping yall in prayer~
How is Momma doing?
Blessings~
Lori

My Life as a Mom said...

I know friends who live with an unsaved husband and these are important and helpful words of wisdom to people in that sitauatiob. And for me as a friend to know what to say. Enjoyed visiting here! www.toshowthemjesus.com

Michele said...

Thank you for sharing such helpful, encouraging advice. I have been married for almost 2 years to a wonderful, smart, funny man who is an atheist. He attended church and identified as a Christian as a youngster, but no longer feels the same way. I attend church and know that I am going to heaven, having been saved by Jesus.
Attending church alone, and being among "equally yoked" couples does hurt sometimes, and is very difficult. Thank you for showing me that I am not alone <3

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I love the post, thanks for sharing!
-Melanie

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