God is Greater

Devastation of man.jpg“Behold, in this you are not right. I will answer you, for God is greater than man.”

Job 33:12

Last year our beloved Smokey Mountains were ablaze with fire. The devastation that man’s carelessness caused broke my heart as I traveled around Roaring Fork Trail and captured the charred remains of  age old trees. I wanted to cry. But as I hiked up the side of the mountain and looked out over the scene before me, my focus went from the burned stubble to the new life springing up all around. Sprigs of pine trees dotted the mountain floor and other green vegetation poked sturdy heads above the earth. I took this picture, because it spoke God’s life into me.

I sat down and prayed. I asked God’s forgiveness for only seeing the charred remains first. I asked God’s forgiveness for the individuals who caused the fire. And I found peace that in the midst of the ruins, God is greater.

I’ve been through many trials in my life. Some so bad that there will always be a scar. But the thing about scars is that the wound itself is healed, the scar is mark on me is a reminder of God’s deliverance.

I saw that in the forest. There were scars all around, but the healing was in the new growth. The healing was in moving forward and trusting in God who cares more about the foliage than I ever could. The Creator is greater.



Thirty Days of Prayer for My Husband – Day 19: Temptation


“Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Mark 14:38

Father, I know that all of us sin in our daily lives; some intentional and some unknown even to us. I lift my husband up to You today for power to overcome temptation and intentional sin. Especially as a man, I know that he thinks he can handle anything, but Satan is a wily snake that crawls through our garbage and singles out our weaknesses. He puts subtle “come – ons” in front of us at all times and if we aren’t careful, we give in.

Temptation can be seen in so many different areas of life, sexual is the first that comes to mind and I know that my husband would never, on his own, give in to sexual temptation. But Lord, there is so much more than adultery and unfaithful flirting. Pornography is rampant in our society and you can’t get away from it. From the magazines on the counters to the commercials selling products through sexy innuendos. Almost every television program and movie throws at least one erotic scene in for “entertainment.” It is so easy to build a continuous need for that stimulation and in the Name of Jesus, I bind all the demons of pornography that would assail my husband’s mind and make him addicted to lustful views.

Temptation to steal. Oh, not out right, but taking little things from the office, not giving back the $3 that the cashier under charges him…so many “little” things. I ask You, Jesus to make him aware each time one of these temptations is in front of him. Don’t let him cross the line to “oh, this one time won’t matter.” It’s a battle for his soul and IT DOES MATTER!

Temptation to make his job his idol. Time is the most precious gift that a husband and father can give to his family so it makes sense that today’s world wants to take that away from us. Make my husband aware when he needs to stop thinking about and talking about his work and focus on his loved ones. Help him to resist being everything to everyone and to organize his time for his physical, emotional, and spiritual health.

I ask You Father God to reveal all the plans that Satan has for stealing my husband’s testimony through the temptations of the world. Erase images from his mind of any persistent sin issues he may be facing and help him to see clearly the evil of sin, the devil’s schemes and his own insufficient means to do battle alone. I pray, Lord, that my husband would love obeying You and Your Word more than anything that may be tempting him. Show him, Jesus, that giving in even one time leads to defeat while through the blood of Jesus, he has the strength to overcome and conquer leading to righteousness and victory.

In Jesus’ Name,


James 1:13-18, I Corinthians 10:13

Thirty Days of Prayer for My Husband – Day 18: His Emotional Health

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving emotions-menlet your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:6-7

Lord, I pray for my husband’s emotions. We know that, as we are created in your image, we have emotions as you do. I think back on the times when you were angry and how you handled each time with wisdom and justice. I pray that my Hubby would do the same. That when he feels anger, first he will ask you to show him the reality of the situation and where the anger comes from. Show him how to separate his anger from happenings around him and spiritual warfare. Teach him to control his anger toward others, but to focus his anger against Satan on his knees.

I pray for his love, tenderness and joy, that they will fill him to the brim. Show him things throughout the day that will bring these emotions to a smile on his face. Protect him from allowing sadness to lead to depression and from living in fear. These are each and every one a valuable part of my husband’s being, but I need you to show him what is constructive to his life and what is destructive.

Help my husband to recognize all of his emotions – both good and bad. If there is any emotional pain in his life, I pray God that you would bind up those wounds and what he would find help he needs to work through them. I pray that there will always be an open line of communication between us to discuss his feelings. And we give you all the praise, dear Lord.


Psalm 147:31

Thirty Days of Prayer for My Husband – Day 17: His Health

Bless the Lord, O my soul,Thealthy man
    and forget not all his benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity,
    who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit,
    who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy”   

Psalm 103: 2-4

“Father God, I bring my husband to your throne of grace to pray for his physical, mental and spiritual health. Lord, Matthew 4:24 tells me of Jesus healing all those who came to Him, “So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and pains, those oppressed by demons, epileptics, and paralytics, and he healed them.”  I am trusting You to touch my husband and deliver him from any sickness, disease and affliction that may be present in his body. I am asking You to heal his mind of any depression, addiction, and uncleanliness that may be in his thoughts. And, Lord, I ask You to heal him spiritually and arm him with the whole armor so that he will stand strong in the battle for his testimony.

Bring my husband to full health for your good and your glory, Lord, that he might be used of You.


Thirty Days of Prayer for My Husband – Day 14: Our Disagreements

“The beginning disagreement_is_not_hatredof strife is like letting out water, so quit before the quarrel breaks out.”   Proverbs 17:14

Lord, above all, I pray for unity in our marriage. I pray for clarity in any disagreement and control over our emotions. Help us, Lord to not speak before thinking and to ask for forgiveness, from you and from each other, when we do speak in an un-loving way.

We are human, Lord, and as two separate beings living as one, we are not always going to agree. But, Lord, I ask you to remind us when we start to stray from simple disagreement  and start down the rocky road to bickering. I pray for maturity when we reach a threshold of anger and ask you to remove this from our disagreements.

I turn the things that I know that we don’t see eye to eye on over to you, Lord Jesus. It seems that our biggest disagreement over the 39+ years has been about money. Satan knows my weaknesses and blinds me to the wisdom that my husband has when it comes to managing our finances. I have asked for forgiveness more than once on this issue, but we have never go to the point where we go to bed angry; maybe a little disappointed, but never angry. I ask Lord that you continue to help us work our differences out.

Bring us together in unity, Father God, and help us to always pray and seek your direction before we talk things through. Our lives, our marriage, our disagreements, are all in your capable hands. And I thank you.


Ephesians 4:1-3

Thirty Days of Prayer for My Husband – Day 12: Forgiving Him

“For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”             Matthew 6:14, 15

Lord, I know that I am blessed by a husband that almost never needs my forgiveness. Oh, there are times when he hurts my feelings, but we eventually talk it through and I do forgive him. But, Lord, there are some out there that are living with husbands who may be unsaved, abusive, unfaithful and many other hurtful things. I ask, Father God, that you would lead them to pray for their husbands with a forgiving heart. That they would recognize that the pain they are suffering is from Satan and the evil of this world and not from the person they are married to.

I pray that first, each of us can see our husbands as an extension of ourselves and, just as we sometimes hurt our bodies by mistreating it, our spouses can hurt us. Forgiveness is hard, especially when the other person doesn’t feel that they have done anything to need forgiveness. But when we place our focus on fighting on our knees and not with our mouths and fists, we can open the heavenly path to spiritual battle and know that we have already won. Help us to see clearly that You, Lord, are always listening and ready to forgive us when we have trouble forgiving others.

I ask you, Lord, to protect the sanctity of marriage in each situation and to touch each family where they are. I pray for the husband’s eyes to be opened and to become completely submissive to your will and your ways. Teach us, Lord, to be submissive in our forgiveness.


Isaiah 43:25

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Thirty Days of Prayer for My Husband – Day 10: His Weaknesses

“…”My grace us sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”   2 Corinthians 12:9a

Father God, to me, my husband is SuperMan. But I also realize that he is human. Help him to realize this as well. Give him clarity to see where he needs to rely more on you, Lord, and less on himself. Help him to not be ashamed of his weaknesses, but to see them as opportunities to grow ever closer to You.

Father, when he feels that he has to be strong for his family, help him to be the example that his strength ultimately comes from You. Remind him that he doesn’t need to carry the world on his shoulders because You made the world and You are carrying that burden for him. Guide him, Lord in how to care for himself. Remind him that rest is so important to You that You took a whole day for rest after creating the world and all that is in it.

And, Lord, as his wife, help me to care for him in a way that builds him up and respects his strength as the man of this family.


2 Corinthians 12:10; Isaiah 40:29-31