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The Power of a Praying Wife: Chapter 14- His Integrity

The righteous man walks in his integrity;
His children are blessed after him.  Proverbs 20:7

There was a time in our marriage when there was little trust between me and Gregg.  I’d say one thing and he wouldn’t believe it.  He’d say another thing and I wouldn’t believe it.  It was a very dark time in our lives, and even typing about it and thinking about it elicits a bit of an emotional reaction in my heart.

Without turning to God and asking Him to fix everything, we never would have regained any trust.  Gregg once told me that he loved me, certainly, but he also trusted me, and to him that was more important.  I think that is very true.  A relationship without trust cannot grow and mature.  It remains stuck on that one issue – integrity.

When you catch friends or relatives or spouses even telling what some would consider harmless lies, it destroys a part of your relationship, and it basically boils down to you can’t trust that person entirely ever again.

But that isn’t entirely true.  Through the power of the Holy Spirit, things can change and trust can be resumed.  Gregg and I have both grown so much spiritually that I feel, without hesitation, that I can trust him implicitly.  I remember buying an anniversary card for him that exclaimed him being a man of integrity and a husband of whom I was so proud.  The year before that anniversary, there was no way that I could have ever signed my name to that card and given it to him.  I know that he trusts me the same way.  It was only through prayer and petition to God that we were able to come to this point in our marriage.

Read chapter 13 of The Power of a Praying Wife and consider the following discussion questions.  Comments have been turned off for this post, and the discussion is open at Hallee’s Daily Brew discussion board by following this link:

1.  Integrity means to adhere to moral and ethical principles.  Do you feel that your husband is a man of integrity?  Why or why not?

2.  Is the man your husband appears to be to other people the same man you see in private?

3.  Is your husband a man of his word?  Is there a way he can improve in this area?

4.  Proverbs 20:7 says: The righteous man walks in his integrity;  His children are blessed after him.  In light of this scripture, what is another important reason to pray for your husband’s integrity?

5.  Do you ever feel that your husband would compromise in what he knows is the right thing to do?

6.  Do you sense that there are influences around your husband that try to sway him from paths of righteousness?  Identify those influences and write a prayer out about them.

7.  Pray the prayer on pages 118-119 in The Power of a Praying Wife.  Include specifics as they pertain to your husband.

Hallee


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