Monday, October 19, 2009

Take The 30 Day Challenge Part 2 Plus a Give-Away!



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 sbfirefighter@qnect.net 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,


Stacie


15 comments:

Kimberly said...

OK - I'm in. After reading your first post on this I noticed oh, half dozen, snide remarks I made. We can do without that in our marriage, so I'm in. The sermon yesterday was from Mark 10 - the divorce section. Our pastor did a nice job. One thing he made a point of, is what if God created marriage in order for us to be holy, not happy? I think that thinking of marriage in that context, eliminates self centeredness.

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

Kimberly, Grandma Becky, Tammy, Hip Chick, Catherine, and Jackie!

Whew! I'm thrilled that you have decided to take the challenge with me! I will be posting a lot on marriage and our mouths this month to kind of spur us on!

Kimberly, love what you said about holy marriage or happy marriage. So true!

Deb said...

I'm in. This is something I've "worked on" in the past--half-heartedly, kinda, sort of. I have an awesome marriage, but I'm not where I should be as a Biblical wife.
HUGS!
Deb

alexis said...

I'll join you! I've done this once, but really enjoyed the blessing of it, so I would love to do it again!

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

Alexis! Thanks for joining in! You're on my prayer list. This is my second time doing it and I am already seeing some benefits.

Mrs. Lukie said...

I'm a lurker...but I'm delurking to say...I'm in!

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

I'm thrilled to see all the wonderful women brave enough to take this challenge. The blessing really is on us women!

Love ya, Stace!

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

BTW, so thrilled to see Susan joining us, too!

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

Mrs. Lukie! I'm so glad you decided to join us!

Jenn @ A Country Girl's Ramblings said...

I'm in! This is something I need to work on! Most often I don't say things out loud, but I am thinking them. I'm ready for this challenge.

RaD said...

Well, you know I'm in but I'm not sure if the friends I mentioned before will officially join in here. I'll do my best to let them know when you update though. Thanks again for this, it's definately well needed!

Amber said...

I will do it. Please pray for me!

J said...

I'm in. Am I too late? This is going to be hard. So glad you're doing this. I need encouragement and help in honoring my husband in this area. Thank you! :)

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

Awesome! That makes 13 of us so far (including me). I have and will continue to pray for all of us as we choose to honor our husbands by not talking negatively to them or about them.

The Lord bless all of you!

I have ordered my prizes and will give you a hint. It has to do with marriage (go figure)!

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

BTW, if anyone wants to join halfway through, they can make that their starting point for their 30 days. I will still enter you into the drawing if you enter before November 14!

Keep praying for each other!

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