The Books Is Finally Here!!

Pray Truth: Praying God's Word for my Husband's Heart -- now available for pre-order!!!  //  A MUST-HAVE book!!
Friends, I am so. very. excited to let you know that my book Pray Truth: Praying God’s Word for my Husband’s Heart is available for preorder on Amazon!

I still have some work to do in getting the book page and my author page set up, but there it is — ready for you.

 

Why this Book:

I wrote this book a few years ago. I believe in the message of this book, and I believe that God will use this book in a powerful way in the lives and marriages of those who read it.  Many of you who have read early drafts of the manuscript, and I have been so blessed and encouraged to receive your notes sharing how deeply this book has affected you and how God has used it in your lives.

But though I believe God is going to use this book, getting it to this “finished” point has taken what felt like an eternity.

I jokingly blame the delay on having babies or my fear of not getting everything “just right,”  but the reality is that publishing a book like this leaves me feeling all vulnerable and afraid. 

What an awesome calling to share God’s Scripture and to lead others in prayer! {And by awesome, I don’t mean in a “Lego Movie” jingle everything is awesome kind of way. I mean more like the dictionary definition way: extremely impressive or daunting; inspiring great admiration, apprehension, or fear.}

What a calling.

I simultaneously want to raise my hands in praise to the God who invites us to be a part of His work and hide out in fear that I might in some way mishandle Scripture or misrepresent my Savior. 

I pray that isn’t true and that God will receive all glory as He works in ways that we couldn’t have hoped, comprehended, or even imagined.

 

Why Need this Book, too:

The release of this book makes me feel vulnerable in other ways, too.

The thing is: my marriage isn’t perfect.  Like you, we have had our seasons of struggle and areas for growth — we still do!

This book, these prayers, came out of a place of yearning and hoping and a little bit of desperation. 

See, I come from a long line of leavers, and I carried into my marriage wounds and insecurities that threatened me every time my husband and I hit a little rough patch — and we all know that every marriage has a few rough patches. 

But each week, I’d pray with a group of 4 friends, and we found commonalities as we’d pray for our husbands. Similar frustrations, similar hopes, similar concerns and struggles.

Marriage is hard y’all.

It’s a wrestling – with highs and lows and ins and outs and wins and losses.  A marriage is a joining of two people with different personalities and temperaments and backgrounds and styles but both with flesh and a definite sin nature.

Even without the added pressure of job loss or caring for children or the emotional baggage we all carry, a marriage is made up of two distinct people both warring with their own pride, selfishness, and ideal plans.

I asked myself over and over again “Who am I to write this book when we ourselves have so much room to grow?”

But I’m learning over and over again that God takes our woundedness, our brokenness, and uses it for His glory.

 

This Book is for You, too:

So this book is a labor of love and a gift to you. My deep prayer is that God will use this little book of prayers in a profound way in your life and in your husband’s life.

I really believe that God is going to do something so much bigger than me through this book.

Through this journey we will be praying for more than just the outward behavior of our guys. We are surrendering ourselves to God and praying for the deeper issues of our husband’s hearts.

I have seen how God has changed (and is changing) my husband (and me!) when I pray consistently and specifically for him, and I believe that God is going to use this book to not only change our husbands, but to change us and our whole families and the legacies we live.

"Pray Truth: Praying God's Word for my Husband's Heart" -- Available NOW!

Will you help?

Will you help me get the word out by sharing about the book on social media? Pin this post, tweet about the book, or like and share this post on Facebook.

And if you’ve read the book, please leave a review on Amazon!!

 

One Thing Your Marriage Needs

4 Scripture Prayers to Pray Over Your Marriage #praytruth #marriage #prayer #Scripture

Marriage is hard! {Can I get an “amen”?!}

My husband and I are currently in a season of 4 small children, crazy work hours, and not a lot of sleep. Factors that, alone, add a lot of stress to a marriage, but combined, can become toxic. I know that many of you can relate because you, too, are in this season of young children, challenging careers, and pressing responsibilities. But every time I express the challenges of marriage during the little years, someone else reminds me that marriage is hard in their season, too!

Marriage can be beautiful and joy-filled, but every relationship comes with its own set of challenges.

One of the most important things we can do for our marriage is to pray for it. We must be praying for our spouse and our relationship!

Read more here.

 

{I’m over at For the Family sharing 4 powerful Scriptures to pray over and for your marriage!}

 


 

I wrote a whole book of prayers based on Scripture for wives to pray for their husbands. I’m giving it away for a short while longer. Get it here, or it will be available for pre-order soon!

 

Praying for Our Kids — 5 verses to pray

In the past 3 weeks, I have spent 2,471 minutes nursing our newborn baby. Crazy, isn’t it, when you consider how much time is spent feeding a little one?!

To be honest, I have been convicted about how I’ve been spending that time. While it’s easy for me to hop on Facebook or Instagram or get further ahead in one of the books I’m reading, God has been reminding me what a unique opportunity this time is to pray for my children!

The reality is that we have moments like this sprinkled all throughout our days. We might not have 30 minutes of uninterrupted quiet time in the morning, but we do have the few minutes we’re washing the dishes or waiting in the pickup line at camp or sports or school. We have 5 minutes while we clean the bathroom or 10 while we mow the lawn. We have longer stretches on sleepless nights while we snuggle a little one back to sleep.

Will we take advantage of those little moments and take time to pray?

I’m writing over at For the Family today sharing 5 Scriptures to pray over our children. I hope you’ll join me there!

5 Scriptures to #Pray Over Your Child -- and get a #FREE book with #Scripture prayers for our husbands {for a limited time} #parenting #marriage #family

 

Resources for You:
Praying God’s Word for Your Kids: A Resource List

Pray Truth: Praying God’s Word for my Husband’s Heart (FREE for a limited time)


How to Really Change our Kids’ Hearts

How to Really Change the Hearts of our #Kids  #family #Bible #devotions #parenting

I wrote a whole post about family devotions, and it was shared over 800 times.

I’ve written lists of great devotional resources for families and have shared in parenting classes about family devotions and praying with our kids and living authentically at home.

But that doesn’t mean we get it right all the time. In fact, most of the time, we have a long way to go to be where I want to be.

Family devotions can be challenging. Whether it’s because of a busy schedule or lack of leadership or just plain apathy, it’s easy to ditch the effort and skip family devotions all together! Ever been there?

I’ve had many of the same doubts and questions others have shared with me:

  • Where do we start?
  • Which resource is best?
  • Is the effort paying off?
  • What if it’s me leading and not my husband?
  • Do family devotions make any difference?

On and on the questions run, leaving many of us feeling overwhelmed. {My tendency is to overthink things and get stalled before I even start!} But I’ve learned (am learning?) to begin somewhere — to just start!

If you’ve ever felt these same insecurities or asked similar questions, can I just encourage you? Start somewhere. You might not choose the best devotional available. You might not have the best plan in place. But starting somewhere is better than not starting at all!  

Begin. Start where you are and make changes as you go. A little bit of God’s Word is whole lot better than none.

We had a re-start like this in our family this summer. Our family Bible time was set on hold with the arrival of our newest little one, and getting back into normal routines took some time. I felt overwhelmed and didn’t know the best way to start again, so we chose simple.

I grabbed this book off my shelf, even though it’s one we’ve used in the past, with the plan to go through slowly, spending only 5-10 minutes a day at the breakfast table talking about God’s Word and praying together.

I’m ashamed to say that I didn’t expect much, but Friends, God showed up! With this little resource, during our short time together, God spoke to us through His Word.

Though I hadn’t planned it, the verses and stories in the first few weeks of the book were exactly what we needed to hear, totally applicable to the individual struggles we were all facing, and provided for great conversation with the kids!

I was so struck by how God takes the little we give and multiplies it. 

Even more than that, though, God reminded me that we can’t change our kids, and we can’t make our kids change. It is the Holy Spirit who works in their hearts and changes them. One way He does this is through the Word of God.

Among so many other advantages, God has promised that the Word of God is reliable, powerful and doesn’t return empty to the One who sent it.

My job is to expose my children to the Word of God, to help them hide His Word in their hearts. The rest I trust to the Holy Spirit. If I’m not getting my kids in the Word, how can I expect the Word to do its work in their hearts?

We are living proof that even a few minutes together in the Word is worth the effort. Just begin.

 

Question for you:

What keeps you from reading the Bible together as a family? What can I do to help or encourage you?

 

Resources for you:

How to Introduce your Child to Jesus 

Teaching your Child to Pray

Family Devotions: Resources to Help your Family Grow

 

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