I just found this article I wrote for our church magazine about the 30 Day Challenge by Nancy Lee Demoss. I have also decided that it would be fun to have a give-away at the end of the 30 days. To enter, all you need to do is leave a comment saying that you are going to join the Challenge. If you don't have a blog that I can contact you at, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so that I can get a hold of you. In the meantime we will all be praying for each other!
Dear Mothers and Wives,
Last month I encouraged you to let your words be fewer. I pray that you have had many moments these past few weeks to put that into practice. After I wrote that devotion, the Lord presented me with another challenge. He not only wanted my words to be few, but he wanted to change the words I used permanently! He asked me to take a 30-Day Challenge of not speaking negatively, to my husband or about my husband. I honestly didn’t think I could do it. I have always been able to run to my understanding friends seeking the affirmation that I needed when I had been wounded. It was as if the Lord was saying, “That’s enough! Run to me. I am hear and stop speaking bad about your husband”. I knew immediately that I would need accountability. I chose four people whom I knew would call me to the carpet if I stepped out of line. I invited them to take the challenge as well. They were all on board! Through emailing and phone calls, we have held each other accountable and shared our victories. It has been so encouraging! We have added two other people to our group as well. The Lord wants our marriages to be godly. I believe marriage is under a full-blown attack right now. Well, we are taking back some ground
Would you let the Lord do something extraordinary in your marriage? The whole point of this is to not change your spouse, but to change you! You should hear some of the testimonies of these women. Some of them are in very hard situations and yet they are experiencing God’s peace and joy day in and day out as they lovingly speak to their husbands and look for ways to sow peace into their marriages.
OK, so you say, “I’m not married. I’m a single mom. How does this pertain to me?” You can start by practicing on your ex-husband. If you have a habit of speaking badly about him, this is the time to change. If that isn’t a problem, I challenge you to not speak negatively to your children or about your children. We ALL need to work on that one.
Just so you know, our husband’s know nothing about this challenge, yet they are responding in ways that we never could have imagined. They are loving us, serving us, and listening to us. All of this because we chose to follow God’s commands and give them the respect that He tells us to give our husbands, whether they deserve it or not. It is a sacrificial life, but the peace, love and joy that is bearing fruit in our lives is a testimony unto it’s self.
Will you take the Challenge? If so, I would love to hear from you! I’m even considering a give away to all that sign up!
May God bless you, as you become a godlier wife and mother!
From One Mom to Another,