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The Glasgow Farm

If you’re visiting me from Proverbs 31’s Encouragement for Today devotion, Marriage is Hard Work– Welcome! Just thought I would introduce you to a few of the characters from the devotion.

Angel and her  babies born last month. In three months they will be weened and we’ll enjoy a gallon of raw milk a day from her. We’ll make curds and whey, cheese, ice cream, soap and lots of yummy and healthy goodies.

Misty is standing on the milking stand. She wants babies so bad, but isn’t able to get pregnant. Yet for the third year in a row produces milk at the exact time as our other doe who delivers twins! It’s a phenomena!

Organic Produce. The green leaves are dried stinging nettle. In the green bowl are stinging nettle roots.

We’ve got mulberry trees! I make mulberry ice-cream, pancakes, jam, syrup...

 

The chickens are supposed to lay eggs in the coop, sometimes its front door delivery!Benefits of free-range eggs!

Yep, snakes climb right in there. You have to watch out for them when you go to get the eggs!

Snake eating our breakfast in the chicken coop! How dare he! He was escorted out!

Mr. Turkey looking through the window to see what our plans are for the mulberry remnants.

Rooster takes good care of the girls and waking us up every morning.

Our border collie, Sparky chases foxes away, protects the chickens, rounds up  goats, alerts us if snakes are in the vicinity, chases ground hogs, possums, skunks, coyote’s…

 

I mow 5 acres of grass and weeds every week.  I ran over an extension cord and had to untangle it from the blade. It wasn’t fun, but a Proverbs 31 woman is capable!

One of the few plants in our garden ground hogs don’t like! Organic tomatoes fried green tomatoes are yummy!

It’s unbelievable how much work goes into a small farm, but just like a good marriage-the benefits are worth it!

The winner of our last drawing is- Laura Wright Smith! Email me your address!

To enter your name to win a $50 gift card for a date night,  just tell me one way I can pray for your marriage?

Comments

  1. Claudia says:

    Hi i`ve been with my husband for 24 years married 20.. but since January of this year we separated. I dont want to divorce him but we have nothing in common and cant seem ti make each other happy. Please for us. I am content being without him i do miss him and love him. But am confused at the moment i dont know if i should file for divorce or work on our marriage w counseling. He hasnt reach out to me, we bearly speak our 3kids or old enough to contact him if they need him or want to talk w him. Kidsdont really miss him. Pray for all of us i need God to speak to me please. But i am sure that he would need to make a lot of changes in himself.
    Thank youfor listening.
    Claudia

    • Cheryl Sherry says:

      Sharon, My husband is a wonderful man, but doesn’t believe in God. It’s hard to build a marriage with someone that doesn’t know God. We are things differently. Many times I have the desire to pray with him. Although we do pray at the table before each meal as a family. We have two children together. He’s idea of supporting my belief is allowing me to taking our children to church and teaching them what I believe. It’s hard when either one of us is from a Christian family. We don’t have a support system. We also live in a area that is a distant from family. Closes family is 8 hours away. My son has Autism, which is also challenging without a support system. I need my husband on board. Our kids are 11 and 9 years old. Would like to give them a Christian based home to grow up in. I’m willing to work on our marriage. Just don’t know how. Please pray for wisdom, clarity, sound mind, patience, compassion, love and understanding. That my relationship with God will strengthen and I will trust in his way above my own. I will build my home upon my rock, my savior.

  2. Shackleton Dorothy says:

    Please pray that my husbands relationship with Jesus will grow

  3. Lauren Griffin says:

    Communication!
    Oh Lord, help me to guard my heart…cause this mouth…geezze.
    In the hustle and bustle of everday life I tend to forget how powerful words can be (somtimes the unspoken ones are even harsher!)
    Why I forget that my husband is his own self with his own perspective and struggles and not a clone who can read my mind- well, it just escapes me?!?
    Thank you for sharing your story in today’s devotional, it is so easy for me to forget that what I see published on social media is not always an accurate depiction of a perfect marriage;)

    In Faith,

    Lauren

    • Bobbie says:

      Lauren – Have you heard of the author (and blogger), Karen Ehman? She has a book out called ‘Keep it Shut’, and it helps us to, well, keep our mouths shut! I can relate to your comment! I struggle with my attitude, as well.

      Prayers to you!

  4. Wife in FL says:

    Hi Sharon. Your devotion came at a time when I really needed to hear it. I like your farm analogy to marriage. And thank you for reminding me that Satan is the enemy, not my husband. There is a long list of problems in our marriage. I feel like I am the only one who puts any effort into trying to work on our marriage. It gets old continuously “hitting brick walls” with him. I could list several things to pray for in our marriage. But to summarize, I guess it would be for God to reveal to me what I need to do to make our marriage better, and that I will have the endurance to continue to do whatever He asks me, even when I don’t see a change in my husband. But, that change WOULD come soon! Because after 3.5 years of marriage, with most of it spent in counseling, I have not seen any long-lasting changes. And I really WANT to give up!

    • Sarah Kocour says:

      I can relate and copy most of her post as my own. I need to continue to pray that God change my thinking and my high expectations. Also that He would help me to just let things go and not always have to “fix” things right away….. and learn to have more acceptance. Please Godcomtrol my thoughts and help me to fight the enemy who tries to ruin our relationships continuously.

  5. Grace says:

    Please pray for the divorce not to go thru. For restoration of my marriage and well being of my kids.

    • Praying for you,your husband and your kids, Grace. A really helpful book , if you can find it, is ‘Love and Respect’ by Dr Emerson Eggerichs (Integrity Publisher). He gives examples of how people have restored broken marriages through following the biblical principles in his book, even if they are not the one mainly at fault. I know you didn’t ask for a book recommendation so feel free to ignore this.

  6. Jennifer McCutcheon says:

    Hi Sharon, my husband and I have recently moved to a new area we are searching for a new church home and friends who share our faith. Please pray for us as we settle into our new surroundings.

  7. Colleen M says:

    I get married in 15 days. It’s scary to type that. This is the 2nd marriage for both of us. We were young, ignorant and unsaved during our 1st marriages. Neither of which lasted long. We tried to prepare well for this one. We’ve been in counseling for almost a year but Satan still attacks us in our communication. We struggle so much there. Almost everything we say to each other is misinterpreted by the other to the point where we only get along and don’t argue when we don’t talk about anything of substance. What is a marriage without communication? Please pray that we can not only listen to each other, but hear each other’s heart and intent when we speak to one another.

    Thank you for the Proverbs 31 blog. It spoke right to my heart. Thank you for letting God use you to get that word and scriptures to me at 3am.
    I pray continued blessings and strength over your marriage.

  8. Michelle says:

    Thank you for your insight. My husband and I have survived quite a few battles and.challenges!! We continue to pray and follow Gods guidance. Marriage is very hard but we are growing and learning to love Gods way. Please pray for grace of joy for our marriage. Thank you. God bless. Michelle

  9. Peggy Cuomo says:

    Please pray we would continue to hear Hi voice concerning all things but especially our relationship and it’s continued healing!

  10. Rebecca says:

    Sharon,

    What a beautiful testimony (and farm). Our marriage started out rough until we decided to put God and each other first. After four bad years, and five rough ones, the last three have been so good, as we have finally figured out how to be together, love each other, glorify God, and model life for our kids. Please pray that we continue growing and make time together a priority. That is the one area we struggle with still. With building, moving, and three little ones we just don’t make time alone a priority (and there will always be “something”).

    Blessings to you on this day.

    Rebecca

  11. This post is wonderful Sharon, I love every picture, which portrays farm life in a beautiful way. I’m going to share a link to this post with my readers. Thank you for offering to pray for marriages. I’ve been married 26 years to my husband and for the majority of those years, he’s been a pastor of a small church on the coast of Maine. Please pray that God would strengthen us physically, emotionally and spiritually to do His work as a team, and that He would help us carve out time for each other. I’ll pray for your marriage, Claudia’s marriage (who commented above), and praying for dear Lysa and her family.

  12. Jennifer Eury says:

    Your farm is beautiful. One way you could pray for my marriage is romance. Due to a new position at his job he works constantly plus 5 kids we hardly have anytime together. In April we decided we wanted to have date night once a month but last month and this month his job has had him working daily. It is a hard adjustment not seeing him as much. Thanks and good bless.

  13. Linda C says:

    Sharon,
    Thank you for sharing this. My husband and I have been married for 28 years. We have had our ups and downs but the past four years have been especially hard. He is battling addiction to prescription medication. Praising God that he is in Recovery but we both have a lot of work to do in that process. Your comments about him not being my enemy hit very close to home. This disease is one of satan’s most powerful tools to destroy individuals, marriages and families. Please pray for our whole family’s continued recovery from this horrible disease and for our marriage to continue to grow stronger through the recovery process. God has been with me through many years of denial and coping and He has strengthen me. Please pray for me to be able to truly forgive and let go of the anger and resentment that are killing me right now, and for me to trust God in everything because He IS in control.

  14. Linda says:

    I really enjoyed your post. My husband and I just celebrated our 24 year anniversary. I am so blessed to be married to Anthony. Thankfully we are both willing and committed to doing the hard work of making our marriage work but boy sometimes it’s hard. I love your analogy of comparing it to a farm. Thank you for the opportunity to win your prize today.

  15. Sonia Thompson says:

    Dear Sharon,
    Thank you so much for your post on marriage. Whenever I see that one of the devotionals on Proverbs 31 is on marriagw, I immediately feel a combination of conviction and sadness regarding the quality of my own marriage, and yet hopeful for the opportunity to glean something that may be useful in it and in my heart. My husband and I have been married for almost 15 years, and have two beautiful, wonderful daughters together that are my pride and joy. I wouldn’t trade them for the world, and yet, I struggle daily with the fact that they are being raised in a home that is unequally yoked.

    My husband and I have known each other since we were about 13 years old. We married when I was 23 years old, and not yet a Christian myself. To make a long story short, having myself come from a background of great dysfunction and no example of what a good husband, wife, or marriage should look like, I married probably too hastily and for the wrong reasons. Not that my husband is a bad person, but we are very different in many ways, and this makes each day challenging. I was not yet a Christian at the time of our marriage, but my faith has since become the most important part of my life, and I want so badly for it to be the foundation of my home, my marriage, and my children’s upbringing, But my husband is not a believer. This, along with our other multitudes of differences makes life always feel like such a struggle. The life of an unequally yoked Christian, particularly when you are also the sole Christian in your immediate family of origin, is often a very lonely one, and I must work constantly to fight off the life-draining emotions of envy and bitterness.

    I know this was long, but if I may, I would request prayers to simultaneously soften and safeguard my heart to my husband and our situation, to open his to Christ, and over my children to keep them on the path

    Thak you, Sharon.

  16. Alyssa says:

    My husband and I just found out our youngest son has autism. Please pray for us as we take this journey together.

  17. Thank you Sharon! I’ve been married 17 years this December. We have twins that will be turning 13 in August. I would say our hardest challenge is parenting. Please pray for our family, as for me and my house we will serve the Lord. My friend Deborah and I recently started a blog to try to reach out to other woman our age with the same struggles we face.
    I’ve been praying for my husband a lot lately as Head of household, supporting him as he has started a new career path this year. Please pray for him as he parents our children. The middle school years are tough, I Christian father figure with strong values is so crucial. Of course I want to be that supportive submissive wife he needs me to be.
    I look forward to reading your blog & being inspired as I continue my own.
    Thank you!

  18. Melinda Cortez says:

    Hello, good morning. Praise God. I’ve been happily married for 10 years. My beautiful husband and I have 3 son’s. 9, 10, 11 years. My husband still to this day gives me butterfly’s in my tummy. We behave like newly weds. Our love is new everyday. We have had our share of ups and downs. Praise God we worked it out. My husband will son’s ate now baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. He’s got a new, beautiful outlook on life. He’s my love. I am grateful to God for our relationship. I will ask for you to pray for our marriage with God giving us wisdom in all areas of our life as husband and wife, parents, children of the most high God. Amen. Thank you.

  19. Holly Fisher says:

    Hello my name is Holly Fisher and I have been married two and a half years we have been together nine years. We have two beautiful children and I pray that we guide them to God please pray blessing over my Marriage. I want a marriage that shows Jesus love. Thank you.

  20. Rachel B. says:

    Please pray for healing and a marriage that truly honors God as a great example for our three girls. Thank you!

    Rachel

  21. Melinda Cortez says:

    I meant my husband and 3 son’s have been baptized.

  22. Leslie says:

    This post was just what I needed today. My husband was recently diagnosed with PTSD from his job and we have been working hard to reverse the damage that has been done to our marriage from that. I realized from your post that I have become slack in the kindness department. Please pray that I will be kind to him again and that we can trudge through this muck working together.

  23. Lisa O'Quinn says:

    My name is Lisa O’Quinn. I have been married 13 years this September. We havd three kids ages 11, 8 and 9 months. My husband is not a believer. Please pray for his salvation and that I may win him without words. Pray that we can parent together. Thank you.

  24. Rachel B. says:

    Please pray for healing, that our marriage will truly honor God, and be good example for our 3 girls. Thank you!

  25. Shirley says:

    Thank you for you beautiful pictures! June 27th will be our 47th anniversary. Wow, some days it is hard to comprehend how quickly they have come and gone. Yes, it is hard work and your post is so very true that the devil wants to destroy any marriage at every turn. We have raised our children to know the Lord but, sadly two of them have married unbelievers and do not put God in their lives at all. Please pray for them and their families…their salvation first and foremost. Thank you.

  26. I was raised on a farm so I truly understand the hard work that goes into living on a farm. I loved your writing about the hard work & relating that to our marriages. It seems weekly I hear of Christian marriages falling apart. Satan is out to destroy our marriages & we must work ,and ask God for protection & guidance. I am married 30 years,and we need to take more time for each other,to communicate better & to maybe not take each other for granted.

  27. Pamela says:

    Thank you for this post with the pictures of your magical farm. I grew up on a small farm and miss the magic of living in the country. Living on the coast is a dream come true, but I do miss farm life!
    Thank you for your willingness to pray for our marriages. Intimacy is a challenge for me and my husband of almost 18 years. We are raising three teenage boys, two of them with special needs. Exhaustion wins each night. We rarely take time for date nights. Due to past trauma, one of our children needs constant supervision and leaving him with someone we trust is a challenge. I’m personally aware of Satan’s schemes to destroy our marriage. He tried three years ago by filling my mind with lies and promises of something better. Reading Lysa’s post yesterday broke my heart for her and her precious family. None of us are exempt from the father of lies and his scheming, destructive ways. I am praying for complete and total restoration for them. I will pray for each name that comes across these comments. Show us your power and your glory God!

  28. Katie says:

    Wow, I truly needed this devotion today. Thank you! Please pray for my attitude toward my husband. He and I are currently like ships passing in the night. We’ve been married 11 years and just had our 2nd child. Most of the time, he sleeps in another room due to not being able to fall back to sleep when the the baby wakes up at night (which then tends to make me bitter toward him for not “helping”). We both work full time and are flat out exhausted after working a full day at work plus trying to parent and get small tasks done around the house in the remaining 2-3 hours a day that we have after we get home. I don’t feel like he’s pulling his weight with the duties around the house, and my mind is flooded with thoughts of how unobservant, incapable, and inconsiderate he is. I know these are thoughts from the devil…and I shouldn’t be giving in to his lies and acting upon them with my nagging. I love my husband, and I know that this stressful time is just a phase, but it’s really taking its toll on our marriage.

  29. Jacci says:

    Thanks for a great post–I want a farm now! 🙂
    Please pray that we would consider each other first–putting one another ahead of ourselves. We are in a busy season with raising our kids & we have been married 17 years. We are continually sowing eternal seed & waiting for the great harvest that is sure to come. Please pray that I can keep the long-term perspective to stay hopeful & joyful on the long days. I want a marriage that is magical & that glorifies Jesus.

  30. Sharon, this post spoke to me in so many ways. My husband and I were on two different levels doing our own thing. We were like business partners or roommates instead of husband and wife. Things we used to do together fell by the wayside and we had become too busy for each other. This allowed Satan to enter into our marriage. I had an old boyfriend try to come back in my life and I found out my husband was visiting dating sites. We were on the road of destruction. We had to make a decision to walk away from the marriage or stay. Through counseling with our pastor, we are now better than we’ve ever been. We’ve been together 16 years, married 7 years. Please pray that we both continue to put in the hard work to make it a happy marriage and continue to grow in God’s word to make our marriage strong enough to fight the enemy.

  31. Lynette says:

    Hi! Marriage is hard work! But it’s also wonderful!! I guess one way you could pray for us is that we can be drawn closer together spiritually .. it seems life gets on the way of doing Bible reading and prayer together very much. But I desire it so much! I know it’s what we prioritize.. and it needs to become a habit! I’m praying about it, but I am not the head of the home so I can’t keep always saying something..I pray I can be the wife God wants me to be to my husband regardless of this! Thank you for sharing today over at Proverbs 31!!

  32. Sherri Roberts says:

    My husband and I just celebrated 32 years of marriage. We were separated for a short time and decided to stay together and work things out. Please pray for us to not fall back into old habits. You are so right that marriage takes work. Love the pictures and the comparison. Love your encouragement too.

  33. Theresa Kennedy says:

    We have been married 19 years in August, like many marriages outs took a backseat to raising children and we have fallen into routines of doing things ourselves instead of together. We need prayer that we would both commit to selflessness and reconnection. Thank you

  34. Karen says:

    Please pray that God will give me an understanding heart to know how best to serve my husband.

  35. Tegan says:

    My husband and I have been married for 1.5 years. We are in youth ministry together as he’s the youth pastor of our church. Please pray that we can figure out the balance between ministry, family, personal life, and self care. Thanks for an amazing post!

  36. Stephanie Roukema says:

    Hi Sharon,
    I came to your blog from the Proverbs31 devotional this morning. I have been married just shy of 3 years now. Please pray for patience in our marriage, as well as the ability to just let some things go. Your devotional touched my heart this morning and really made me rethink how to protect our marriage. Thank you!

  37. Amanda Ackerman says:

    My husband and I have been married for 14 years. We have 5 kids ranging from 2-13. We are recovering from an affair he had and continuous lies. I feel like giving up daily! I am emotionally drained. But something is keeping me here. Trust is gone and needs to be rebuilt. Just simply please pray for our marriage. Pray Satan stays out of it. He has easy access with the difficulties we are experiencing. We need the hand of God to be put on our marriage and to have a complete renewal between us. Thank you for your words!

  38. Brenda says:

    Such good reminders! Please pray that my hubby and I would be more purposeful, self-sacrificial, and faithful to LIVE AND PURSUE Christ-likeness to each other, our children, and others. That I would be more disciplined and consistent to love and serve for God’s glory alone! Thank you, may the Lord continue to bless and provide for your beautiful farm…

  39. Michelle says:

    What a great post. Our marriage has been struggling for months. My prayer is that God would make us friends. If I’m jonest, I’ve not done much to cultivate friendship. So, I ask for prayer in doing my part of fostering a friendship with my hubby. Happy farming!

  40. Erika says:

    Love your beautiful farm! I need prayers of patience and for discernment in my marriage. We’re 12 years in and still in the little kiddo phase, we’ve grown apart and are both working to rediscover why we fell in love in the first place. Fortunately, God is most definitely at the center of our marriage and we’re confident we will come through this season strong!

  41. Marie says:

    My fiancee and I can’t seem to get married. We have been engaged since Thanksgiving of 2015 when he proposed in front of several of our closest relatives. We have gone from making immediate plans to having to postpone marriage to arguments to thinking of my daughters and when would be the best time to get married and not negatively affect them to being overwhelmed with how do we get married and accommodate our family because they would all depend on us to get them to and from our wedding. ECT… I am in prayer and will remain there asking God to show us His will for marriage. Please pray for us, our families, and God’s direction. Thank you!

  42. Julie Bolles says:

    I really like your blog and discovered it through Proverbs 31. We are raising three teenage boys and between our parenting and both of our full time jobs there is so little time and we are tired. We are trying to find balance in our lives and time to spend together.

  43. Stacy says:

    Thank you for the post on having a strong marriage! I have been married for 20 years. I am blessed to have a husband who loves the Lord and is good to the kids and I. My prayer request for our family is for clarity in making life-changing decisions with his career. We sold a farm several hours away from home and had intended to purchase another in our hometown. Those doors have not opened. Please pray for wisdom to see where God is leading our family and for us to be obedient. We will be leaving in Sept for a mission trip to Romania. Praying for safety and to have eyes that see people the way God does. Thank you!

  44. Jamie Compton says:

    My husband and I are getting ready to celebrate our 12th anniversary. We have 5 kids as a combo of yours, mine, and ours, however, we claim all of them as our own. Our two youngest children have some pretty serious medical conditions that have required a lot of traveling since 2008 to NY and we live in VA. There have been months of separation as I have been in NY with our children and he has been home with our older children and working to provide for us. It has caused a lot of stress and strain on our marriage, we know God is control and has a purpose for all of it, but it has been very hard and exhausting. Please pray for us to deal with the stress of medical stuff well together and that we would find time to just be together. We never have time alone, we haven’t had a date in who knows how long. We get so caught up in caring for our children and doing other things we haven’t taken the time or really been in a financial place where we could make date night a normal occurrence. Thank you for your prayers and I will pray for you and yours and your beautiful farm!

  45. Sharon says:

    Would you please pray that my husband and I would be able to spend more one-on-one time together. He works 6 days a week and we see each other for only brief moments. Sunday’s are great with church and our kids but we really need more time for just us.

  46. Renee says:

    My husband and I are working towards being able to retire and we’d like to travel in our RV full time. Please pray for us as we enter this new season in our life. The kids are all grown and married with families of their own so we are on our own again and getting to know each other all over again.

  47. Thank you for your post. It is a perfect analogy for me to tend my marriage asI do my garden- something I cherish everyday. My husband is a wonderful man who is so incredibly discouraged right now. He chose to raise his two sons following his divorce 13 years ago when the boys were little guys. I came into the picture as a first time -but-older bride a few years ago becoming stepmom and helpmate and wanting so badly to be that Proverbs 31 wife. We have known many joys but it is so much more work than I imagined – emotional work. My introvert melancholy nature is sometimes hard for my fix-it-now husband who just wants to know, “what’s wrong” as if I’m another item on his to-do list. He has led our boys so well but this spring, we have gone through some fairly rough times with our older son who enters college this fall. The conflict is taking its tool on my husband, and I worry about deceptive thinking taking root in his mind and mine. Please pray with me that God’s truth wins, that my husband is released from anger and bitterness towards our son, that son makes wise choices and surrenders his life to God’s redemption. For me, please pray for encouragement and for Holy Spirit control over my mouth. I’m a work in process! -Ann

  48. Judy H says:

    Just celebrated 22 years of marriage. We have 4 children. Our anniversary day
    Was disappointing because it was spending doing what he likes to do drink beer and with his friends drinking beer. He hasn’t always drank alcohol every day . Really rarely drank until
    Past couple years. Now he drinks usually beer , sometimes wine every day. I know he loves me and our children. I’m so concerned about his regular drinking and effects on his health and weight gain.
    Please pray for me as I love unconditional my husband.

  49. I love the beauty of the pictures …except the mouse up the sleeve might have done me in! ?
    Thank you for offering to pray for our marriages…i”m very blessed.. my hubby is a hard worker and would do anything for anyone but I know I don’t always appreciate him like I should. I see and read all the time about the romantic trips or dinners people have or the surprise bouquets of flowers which I never experience because my hubby just isn’t like that! However he doesn’t hesitate to stay up all night with a sick child while he lets me get some rest, or build me a garden bench just because I saw one I thought was pretty. I am so guilty of not appreciating these things that matter most so please pray for me that I will appreciate him for being “romantic” in his own way because at the end of the day I’m one lucky girl and I’m sure there are many people who would give anything for a great guy like mine. Thank you for allowing us to share because just writing this reminds me of what a gift God gave me when he gave me such a wonderful guy!

  50. Michele says:

    Your farm is AMAZING!!
    My husband and I love each other deeply yet we have heart-wrenching struggles over his children. We are both divorced and remarried. My biological son lives with us (and loves my husband like a dad) while my husband’s youngest daughter comes to visit regularly. His older children and the daughter are very much aligned with their mother and see me as an outsider. To make things more difficult, my husband’s older children have walked away from the Lord, following their mother’s footsteps, and the youngest daughter pits her mother against me and my husband. It is hard to have a “family” when there is so much mistrust and dislike. I am grateful for God’s mercy and grace and pray daily for Him to give us the wisdom and the love to persevere.

  51. Anne Kaufman says:

    Hello. My name is Anne and I will be celebrating my first year wedding anniversary next month. Unfortunately this is my third marriage (or fortunately because this time I married my best friend). Thank you for sharing your thoughts on marriage being hard work. I feel the same way. It’s the hardest thing you’ll ever do. Please pray for my husband’s eyes to be continually opened to the love and grace of Jesus. I’ve started sharing my daily devotionals with him which gives us great topics to talk about each day. I’ll be sure to share yours today. May God bless and keep youand your marriage strong. Amen.

  52. Renée says:

    Please pray for our physical intimacy. It has been a struggle throughout our marriage and I’ve prayed, cried, everything. Yet we still don’t have the consistent love life I want us to. Or that my husband needs.

  53. Linda Stebleton says:

    Thank you for your message! Please pray that my husband will know Jesus. We have been married for 51 years. I have known the Lord for over 30 years. Thank you!! We have a great marriage other than being unequally yoked.

  54. Sharon says:

    I loved your devotional and the comparison of how much work it takes. So true. We’ve been married 11 years and he is an amazing, godly man. I thank God for him daily! The past two years have been stressful- death of my Mom, Dad’s remarriage to a dysfunctional woman, sticky relationships with people we were/are close to, and now a move out of state in 2 wks which means finding a new church family. The good part is being closer to his family and a property to call our own. So yes, we always value prayers!

  55. Patricia Ison says:

    Bless you, your husband, and your farm! I grew up on a farm, and live on our own farm today. I know where you are sister! My husband and I have been married 35 years……pray for his health, he has had to retire due to health issues. We want to grow old together, and be able to enjoy our lives together!

  56. Please pray for my heart. The weeds have grown and have changed my desire to do the hard work it takes to make a marriage last. The last few years have been hard and I am weary. I see good in everyday and that is enough to provide hope, but more than hope is needed at this point. Thank you for the beautiful words in your post and opening your wonderful farm to us.

  57. Stacy McCarty says:

    Thank you for this great devotional Sharon. Please pray that I will serve my husband more and put his needs before my own. He serves me way more than I serve him. I can be so selfish. Thank you.

  58. Anonymous says:

    Please pray for reciprocal love and respect for each of us in our marriage.

  59. Thank you for your beautiful devotional and blog post too. Just like your marriage and your farm, I can tell you poured your heart and energy into reaching out to all of us and I thank you. Please pray for a miracle to save our marriage and for our Heavenly Father to work on his heart and mind. I do put in the time and energy and work…and prayers. We have a beautiful baby girl.

  60. Becca says:

    Thank you for the gentle reminder about taking “time off” from the work in marriage and how much damage can be done when we do. We just celebrated our 14th wedding anniversary last week. We’ve had some good and difficult years. As I was thinking over some of them last week I was reminded of the vows we took and realized we’ve been through all of them and I’m sure will go through more “better or worse, rich or poor, sick and healthy” days. I’d ask for prayer in keeping vigilant to not take the “days off” even if just praying for my husband., especially when I’m tired. Thanks!

  61. Jessie L says:

    This spoke to me! I’ve been going through a growing season with my husband of almost 13 years. Asking for prayers for my husbands Spiritual life, that in this season of him being overwhelmed with work (we own our own business) and his physical body injuries (he has 2 bulging disks and 1 herniated) that he can find peace with God and the Lord equip me with how I can help more. That our Faith continues to grow and we can grow as a couple reading the Word and praying, that the Lord breaths new life into the sluggish and the daily routine of life. That we can find time to do a bible study with a Titus 2 couple this summer. He’s struggling and I know only God can help his heart. I’d love a date night to have fun with my best friend and wonderful man of mine. ?

  62. Suzette Parnell says:

    I am praying for my future husband. God knows who is is. And we will meet at his appointed time. I have been divorced since my “babies” were a year old. Thrir daddy died when they were 12. So I am it. They are now 16. Yes. And please pray for this mamas heart as well. 16 is a hard age. For all of us. Thank you Ms Sharon. I live reading about your life on the farm.

  63. Joyce says:

    Ive been married 5 years and today is our wedding anniversary. We have been seperated for 8 months. Im asking for prayer for Gods promise for restoration and to mold me into the wife that God needs me to be.

  64. Kelly says:

    Our marriage is choked with weeds and overrun with vermin! Cobwebs have overtaken every corner, crack, and crevice. This has been the way for a long time! Neglect has caused major deterioration. Please pray for God to send the sunshine and fresh air for the sake of our marriage and our children.

  65. Robin says:

    Hi Sharon. I enjoyed reading your devotion this morning and just love the pictures you’ve included in your blog! – Thank you so much for offering to pray for our marriage. We need it! My husband and I have been married 27 years. “Yours, mine and ours,” we have 6 children, and have 7 amazing grandchildren. We became legal guardians for 3 of the grandkids almost 2 years ago. These children have significant trauma as a result of abuse and neglect. Amidst the whirlwinds of our life, I have neglected to protect the borders of our marriage by keeping it as my first priority. My husband is seriously contemplating divorce. Please pray God’s will be done, for restoration of our marriage, for my husband to take his place as the spiritual leader of our home, for me to protect our borders and pull out the weeds, and complete healing for these precious children. Thank you again! May God continue to bless you and your family!

  66. Amy Fischbach says:

    Thank you for your blog post! We’ve been married for almost 30 years and I would love for the passion flames to be relit. I miss the romance and wooing!

  67. GenaJan says:

    Thank you for that encouraging post. My prayer request is that my husband I will be reunited- about 8 months a ago he left. He has some serious health issues that have sunk him into a deep depression. My prayer is that God will speak to him and draw hi. back , that he will heal the hurt and we will be reunited.

  68. Theresa says:

    Hi Sharon,

    I am newly engaged to a wonderful man, this will be a 2nd marriage for both of us. Please pray for us as we begin to plan or wedding and start our new life together. We have both experienced hurtful marriages before and we know the Lord has healed our hearts in order for us to be where we are today.

    Thank you for your prayers.

  69. Thank you for your words of God-inspired wisdom! I needed this devotional this morning. My husband and I have been together almost 20 years and have 4 beautiful blessings. I feel like our marriage has always been under attack whether it be because of finances, substance abuse, and even separation. Please pray for peace in our marriage that only Jesus can bring. For passion and forgiveness, for us to speak life over our marriage and to pray together, and for our marriage to be in unity with our heavenly Father
    Thank you and may God continue to bless your marriage and farm.

  70. Kellie Cody says:

    We are now entering 3 years that the enemy has attacked my family in mammoth ways. It all began with a child who became a prodigal which then grew to family division. Our marriage is strong and we are together but it is a daily battle to keep the enemy at bay while we wait for God’s glory to shine through restoration to be seen by all?

  71. Marcy says:

    Pray that I will learn to trust my husband again and let go of the past hurts.

  72. Teresa Kuchta says:

    Thank you so much for offering to pray for us! My husband and I have been married 44 years. We are now retired and together quite a bit. We want to serve the Lord and would like an open door in that direction.
    Thank you for sharing the photos of your farm!

  73. Roxie Herrman says:

    Hello, thank you for sharing your life with us. I’ve always wanted to live on a farm, so inviting me to come in and take a peek was a special treat.
    My husband Harvey and I have been married for almost 43 years. Our children look up to us as a match made in heaven, and strive to have a marriage like we have. God has been good to us.
    In October of 2015, our son, Rocky, was diagnosed with a very rare heart cancer. He was 46, single, and no children. My husband and I took him into our home and cared for him until he went to be with Jesus 6 months later in March, 2016. Two months after our son was diagnosed, my husband was told by the doctor he had colon cancer. After two major surgeries and 6 months of chemo, he is cancer free. Praise the Lord!
    Sandwiched in between all of this tragedy, we had 8 deaths of close family/friends, my best friend being one of them.
    Now, you asked how you could pray for my marriage. PRAY!
    My husband has suffered tremendous and has had a difficult time recovering, both physically and emotionally.. It’s caused a lot of strain in our marriage. Pray specifically that we will continue to draw close to each other and continue to glorify God in our marriage. (We lost our 16 year old son, Robert, in a motorcycle accident in 1988.) God got us through the worst when we were baby Christians. He is faithful.
    Thank you for your prayers.
    Roxie Herrman

  74. Tammy says:

    I have no prayer requests for myself, but for my stepson and his family. A young couple just getting their lives settled…3 beautiful children plus one other from a previous relationship. They are contemplating divorce after 9 years together….so sad. They both have faults, but could work on, bit it seems easier to divorce than work on it. I’ve been there…I divorced and gave up too soon…bit God blessed me with another chance and we work at it. Please pray for Chad, Judy and their children. Thank you!

  75. Kim Timmons says:

    Pray that I finally get my head knowledge to my heart to help my family truely see Jesus ??

  76. Amanda Cox says:

    Please pray that my husband and I grow closer to the Lord together! We know and love Him and talk about him often, but I’d love to read Scripture and pray together more too!

  77. My husband and I are finding true joy comes from obedience to God. Please pray that we will continue to seek Him in our marriage. Satan often attacks but we know that we wrestle not against flesh and blood. We want to be an example for others to shine for Jesus in every area of life…mostly our marriage.

  78. Thank you for your words of encouragement; they came just in time. I was brought here by the Proverbs 31 devotional. My husband and I have been married for 3 years and 2 months. I have a child from a previous relationship that my husband has raised as his own, we have a child in heaven, and we have a child in the way. We’ve hit a rough patch in our marriage. Recently, a situation arose, and my husband really hurt my feelings. I need prayer so I won’t be resentful of my husband, that I won’t hold bitterness in my heart, and we both need to work on our communication skills. I’ve expressed to him how hurt I feel, and he is trying to improve the situation, but I’m still feeling hurt. I don’t know if it’s because I’m pregnant and extremely emotional right now, but we need prayer. I know we’ll get through this eventually, but our marriage just isn’t the same right now. I have always wanted to live on a farm, so I love how you compared marriage to farm life. I enjoyed looking at the pictures you shared with us here on your blog, and I read a couple of your other blog posts. Thank you for your words, and for giving me an opportunity to reach out and ask for help, which is something I struggle with. May God’s blessings be upon you always.

  79. My husband and I are going to be celebrating our 10 years anniversary on June 23. Last year was so difficult, from finances, to in-laws getting in between us, to age old issues in our marriage surfacing again. When my husband packed his bags, I thought it was over. My two little babies would come from a broken home 🙁
    By the grace of God, we are still together but please be praying wounds are healed, trust, love and respect are brought back and that we grow individually in Christ each day so we can grow together.

  80. Jennifer Parkerson says:

    Hello, I really enjoyed your article in proverbs 31 encouragement. Please pray for our family. My husband and I have 3 children ranging in age from 8 to 4. Our oldest is on the autism spectrum. I also homeschool them. It’s tough raising kids in general but even tougher when you have a special needs child. We have no family around who can help us when we just need to catch our breath. Many of our days are spent going to and from appointments. For me this is very hard because I’m a not on the go person and it makes me irritable. The pressures and stresses seek to overwhelm me. Please pray for me that I won’t get frustrated in dealing with the day to day pressures and display the fruit of the Spirit. Pray that my husband and I keep growing in our love daily. Thank you.

  81. Meredith Todd says:

    Thank you for sharing so much with us! You are such a blessing to me this morning! Please pray that my husband and I will grow closer together and in Christ. Please pray that we would create a Christ-centered home rather than a ‘me me me’ type of home. Please pray that whether we win this gift card or not, we would have a date night to openly talk about our goals and what we feel the Lord wants us to do with our skills and talents.

  82. Molly Beth says:

    I loved your post! I have been married 10 years. We still have trouble slowing down to listen to each other sometimes (especially when the kiddo is bouncing off the walls!). So, communication is probably our biggest weakness as a couple.

  83. Dana Siler says:

    Thank you for the devotion today. I love your analogy comparing the farm with marriage. You are right- Marriage is hard work. I’ll take your word for it about the farm! Through failed marriages, my husband, of eleven years, and I met and married. I can’t say it’s been easy all the time, but we both put our trust in the Lord Jesus daily. Reading the Bible and praying is so important. It helps to keep our hearts and minds on Jesus!

  84. Denise says:

    Thank you for sharing! My husband has struggled with some unknown illness or health concern for the last year or so. He’s basically incapable of doing more than 1 task a day & that one task usually gets messed up along the way. It’s so hard to stay positive & be kind, mostly because there is no visible reason for any of it. Please pray that I can continue to show love & support for our marriage & for our daughter who is 8 years old & truly doesn’t understand why her dad doesn’t do anything anymore. We both get frustrated when we ask him to do something & it doesn’t get done or gets done incorrectly. Thanks again for sharing.

  85. Susan says:

    Oh my goodness!! What a beautiful farm!! Just gorgeous!! Right up my alley! Please tell me how you have the energy to do all that! Seriously, please!! Anyway, my husband and I of 17 years have little time for ach other. We have 4 children under 9 and he is a busy pastor here in New England. I want so much to be closer to him. We have some work to do. We hope to get a night away in Boston or RI when my parents come in July. Thanks for your devotional on marriage today. I needed to read that. Blessings!

  86. Thank you for this devotional today. My husband and I have been married for 41 years. We care for our parents daily. Without the Lord I know I couldn’t do this. Although I know this wears me out and strains our marriage. I am thankful for the godly husband I have. My dad lives with us and requires much care. Our moms are in memory care because I couldn’t care for them at home anymore.

  87. Please pray to give me patience & the ability to overlook the little things. I am trying to quit smoking and little things (like bringing the stair basket back downstairs – which my Hubby forgets a lot) seem to be annoying BIG things right now!

  88. Cindy Councill says:

    Your post today was just what I needed! Please pray for improved communication between my husband and myself. We really struggle in this area and it puts us at odds quite often. Thank you for your blessing of prayer to us!

  89. Kristy Tate says:

    I loved your devo. My husband and I have been married for 34 years. Yes, it has not always been a fairy tale but we are committed to our marriage. We live on a farm too and love it. Thank you for praying for us!!

  90. Cathy says:

    For my husband to find the love and acceptance of Jesus. To realize that he is not alone and that he greatly loved by more than just my daughter and me. That he is wanted and saved.

  91. Sandi Zagel says:

    Thank you for the reminder to be diligent and your thoughts on a honeymoon mindset. We truly must set our minds in Christ’s love with a fierce determination to obey Him trusting Him for power and protection to follow through daily moment by moment.

  92. Melissa says:

    Thank you so much for your prayers!! Please pray that my husband and I will both be unified and on fire for Jesus. That we would keep Jesus first and each other second. Pray that I will be a proverbs 31 wife and that my husband would love me the way God intends. Please pray that God would bless us with a child. We have been married 5 and a half yrs and we want to start a family. Please pray that our lives and marriage would point others to Jesus and bring glory to God. Thank you so much!!! God bless you.

  93. Sandi Zagel says:

    Please pray we carve out time for one another in the midst of trials.

  94. Pray that We learn to communicate better. And that I/we want to live the honeymoon life.

  95. Please pray for restoration in my marriage. We are 6 months in with counseling. But God…that is how I’ll start the story when He helps us claim victory over satan’s lies and schemes.

  96. My husband and I have been together through so many things which include addiction and alcohism and codependency. Life is so very hard for us which makes it so very hard on our children. It feels like we try so hard to only fall back 10 steps in an instant. Then we start to make some ground to only be blindsided by old behaviors. One old behavior knocks down anything positive that we have done. Then we have to get back up and start over. Please pray for guidance with me on how to “be still”. God is so loud and clear about that and yet I fail all the time at it. I need to be still and my husband needs me to be still. Thank you

  97. Marlene says:

    Thank you for this devotion today. I live the analogy of a farm and marriage! We’ve been married for 18 years and sometimes it needs more work than I ever thought. I can see though that when that hard work isn’t done how easy Satan’s lies and manipulation can grow root and usher in his destruction. Marriage is something that needs tending to daily! We are about to have our first born go off to college soon and will have still one at home with us. Please pray that we continue to grow stronger in our marriage by growing stronger in our relationship with the Lord.

  98. Sharon A says:

    Thank you so much! What a wonderful reminder to protect our marriages! When I was 11 years old our family moved to Florida. One of the first Ladies we met was a widowed, wealthy neighbor lady. After chatting with my mother and me for a few minutes, she looked me in the eyes and said, “When you grow up and marry, always make time to have fun with your husband. Don’t worry about making money and do not wait until you are retired to do things together.” Her husband had a great career, worked hard, she raised their family. They retired to Florida with great plans to travel the world. He died of a heart attack shortly after their move. She was wealthy and had no husband to enjoy it with. She gladly would have lived without it to have him back. I have never forgot her message to me. After 36 years of marriage blessed by God, we still have to work to make sure our marriage is a priority and protected from the world. Even things that appear good, can come into a marriage and destroy! Praying for all those marriages out there to be protected! Be a warrior for your marriage!

  99. R. Foster says:

    Thank you for being a light. Please pray that I would become a Proverbs 31 woman and that I would remember who the real enemy is when my husband and I start to fight. And for wisdom and discernment for my husband and I.

  100. Holly R says:

    Thank you for your words of experience, these were words God wanted me to hear today. Your thoughts have set me on a new path and I hope to gain strength in my marriage. My husband and I have been married 7 years, and it’s been a lot of work. We still have a lot to go. Please pray that we turn to God early in the morning, before anything else, and not let anything get in the way of that. Thank you!!!

  101. What an awesome Devotional this morning. My husband and I have been married for 28 years, Tomorrow! We have been thru some rough patches, but as you said all our hard work pays off! My prayer request would be to not hang on to the little things that grow bitterness and resentment, let them go and move on! Oh and you do have a lovely farm, I really enjoyed all the photos and captions!! Thank you for sharing, and your prayers!

  102. Please pray for consistency in all the things….big and little. We hit a very rough patch two years ago and came through it finally last October. But lately I feel the old tendencies creeping back in….not enough time together, putting God last instead of first, miscommunication that lead to words and hurt feelings. Last time all that led, what could have been the end of our marriage. I’m fearful of it happening again.

  103. Melodie says:

    My husband and I need to find ways to enjoy each other. We don’t have any time together between kids, work, and volunteer projects. We basically figure out our schedule of who has the kids and that is the extent of our relationship. We need to find closeness and intimacy again. I am tired of feeling like this is strictly a working relationship that raises kids, but has nothing in it for the two of us. I want my kids to witness a loving, giving relationship that will better prepare them for their future marriages. Please pray for love to return to our marriage.

  104. My husband & I have been married for 28 years. This year has been a hard year. I have had health & job issues. My husband has worked in maintenance all His life & is a fixer. His relationship with his father was not a good one. His struggle has been trusting in God’s goodness, while seeing me struggle & hurt, but not able to fix it. I want God to reveal Himself in a mighty way so that my husband can see Him & His love & goodness, even in the midst of our troubles.

  105. janis says:

    Good Morning Sharon,
    I followed this link from Proverbs 31. I thank you for writing this! Great word pictures. I ask that you pray for my marriage and protect it’s borders. I ask that my husband Russ, will find Jesus. It is so very hard to be the only believer. Thank you so very much!

  106. Christina says:

    Such a timely message! We have not been tending to our marriage lately and it shows in how we speak and act toward one another. We have allowed the busyness of life and 7 children take our focus of connecting with one another. I so desperately want our connection back because we are AMAZING together!

  107. Mandy says:

    Please pray for my husband and me to close the gap in distance that every day life has caused. Right now we are strangers that pass each other in the hall and i just dont know how to repair us. My faith keeps my hopes up though!

  108. Your post was lovely and thought provoking for me. My husband and I have been married for 22 years. We have 5 precious children, but have suffered greatly since 2 of them ran ahead to Jesus a bit more than 2 years ago. The grief is overwhelming and colors every aspect of life. We find ourselves at a crossroads in his career and our life. I’m angry with him for so many reasons and find myself unable to grant him grace. Please just pray that each of us would seek the Lord with our whole hearts, that by doing so, we would begin to rebuild the life that was shattered so violently when our children died. Please pray that we would not allow the enemy to destroy what remains.

  109. Cindy says:

    Your farm is beautiful! Hard work definitely pays off! Our marriage can use prayers to banish selfishness. That we can focus on caring for the other and not our own devices. Thank you!

  110. Janet Miller says:

    Thank you for this post! Very encouraging and timely. Please pray I would not tire of working on my marriage. My husband has not had enough work for years now, and I am not happy at my job. Trying not to be resentful and angry. Hard to want to serve and love when I feel like sulking. I want to push past my feelings, but am having a really tough time and not feeling God’s presence right now. Thank you! Your farm sounds blissful, nice, hard work and all. I have had animals all my life and know how much work it is even on a WAY lesser scale than your farm. So worthwhile though! Thanks for sharing <3

    • Sharah Winsett says:

      Hello Janet, I just wanted to respond to say you are not alone. I am also at risk of living angry and bitter due to years of my husband not having enough work and being the only one working full time. My prayer is that God will give us both the strength to keep holding on and find times to be still enough to learn just what God is trying to teach us during these trials. Take care 🙂

  111. Janet Mannel says:

    Wow! After just coming in from feeding up this morning, your message is so relevant to me. While I have only a fraction of the animals you do, it still hits home. Thank you so much. And as someone else said, satan is the enemy, NOT my husband.

  112. Elsie says:

    Thank you for the pictures. Living on a farm seems like it would be more peaceful , simplified, and serene. In reality I know that is not always true – life does bring challenges. I ask for prayers to keep our marriage on the right track – to continue to put each other first, to keep the romance alive in our marriage, and to give us His complete and unconditional love for each other and our family. Thanks for praying for all of us.

  113. Andrea Jimenez says:

    Hello! I loved your devotion today and I feel like my husband and I do try and live the honeymoon life although it has its challenges. I had other relationships first, that included 2 wonderful children, but only married for the first time 3 years ago. We married at 38 and 45 and my children are now 23 and 15 and I also have an angel of a grandson! That being said, I feel a bit older and wiser and am glad the Lord had me wait for marriage. He had his reasons for us in life and they are still being shown to me but I love spending time with my husband, discovering new places, meeting for dinner and a movie and sharing so many laughs. My biggest challenge is that he doesn’t have a personal relationship with Jesus. He says he knows he Lord but knowing of and inviting him in are two different things. I would like you to remember Luis in prayer, that he desires to have a relationship with Jesus and also pray that I can be a good example to him and always be the wife that God intended for me to be. Thank you and God bless you!

  114. Melanie says:

    Please pray that our marriage will be strengthened and we find God’s will concerning joining the leadership of a marriage ministry at our church. Please also pray for our dear friend, that her husband will turn to Christ. She is so broken for him.

  115. Sharon,
    Your post today is a blessing for the soul. I would welcome your prayers for the season of transition that my husband and I are navigating. The children are launched, I have opportunities in other states, and husband’s business is portable. Perhaps a change of scenery is in our future, but the prolonged uncertainty is taxing. I heard it said that “just because things are not going the way I planned, does not mean they are not going the way they should.” I pray that those words will take root in our hearts as we discern our next steps.
    Thank you!
    Grace and Peace

  116. Please pray for our marriage as we are entering another new season – my husband is retiring in one week. We are 59 years old and have been made fro almost 38 years. I am battling an aggressive form of breast cancer and I have more decisions to make and surgeries to have. Please pray that our marriage is strengthened through this time and that we will continue to support each other through these tough times ahead.

  117. Please pray that the passion and romance would be reignited within my and my husband’s hearts. As we are in the childbearing years and it’s difficult to keep the romance alive and not become just room mates when babies require so much time and attention. Thank you!

  118. Dori Sheese says:

    Please pray that Satan will stop attacking my marriage! We have been married only 5 years, and the struggles are real!!! (3rd marriage for me!) Thank you for your prayers!

  119. Thank you for the farm analogy, and reminder that my husband isn’t my enemy. Pray for my husband to become the confident and spiritual leader that God wants him to be, and pray for me, that I would fall into place as his supportive, godly wife. It gets tiresome having to do so much of both roles; this leads to resentment and bitterness, fights, etc. neither of us wants that. Pray for all our husbands… Satan is having so much success is Christian families, because we are the heart of Gods plan for me on earth. If we fail, he wins. Thank you!

  120. Cheryl says:

    Please pray for the passion to come back into our marriage, for the little butterflies in the stomach feelings when I see him. Pray that God will help me to realize when I have temptations to gripe about my husband to a friend of the opposite sex that the devil is the enemy, not my husband. Pray that God will protect our marriage of 24 years from outside interference and he will develop in us a marriage to glorify him.

  121. Janice says:

    Please pray that our love will be rekindled. It feels like we are just going through the motions and not connecting like we used to. Pray that I can show respect for my husband and lift him up. We have gone through things that I haven’t respected him as I should have.

  122. Thanks for this good analogy! We live on our “hobby farm”, and are currently nursing a goat back to health after a dog attack. As for our marriage, we are trying to move forward from past difficulties, and knit our union together more with God in the center. Please pray for maturity and a clear perspective. I will pray for you, too!

  123. Sharah Winsett says:

    Dear Ms. Sharon, Thank you for sharing your wisdom to inspire other marriages. I have been married for 6 years and am still learning just how much work ‘our farm’ needs on a daily basis 🙂 Today I am requesting prayer that my husband and I will pray and seek God together at all times, not just in times of difficulty but daily, faithfully come together to know Jesus so that with Christ our marriage can also inspire our children and other marriages around us. Thank you.

  124. Please pray for my husband and I as we adjust to marriage with a 6 month old! Pray that we will remain patient and remember that we must focus on our roles of husband and wife, not just father and mother.

    Love your photos!
    -Jena

  125. Amanda says:

    Thank you for this lovely devotion and opportunity to ask for prayer. My request is for satan to stay out of my marriage and my home, so that my husband doesn’t fall to temptation of any form!

  126. Bobbie says:

    Sharon, I can relate to this on so many levels! Thank you for shining a light on both the work of a small farm, as well as a marriage! My husband and I have a small farm, similar to yours, and I have not thought about the comparisons you share here, but they make total sense! Thank you so much for your honesty and vulnerability, and yes, please pray for my marriage of nearing 25 years! Some may think that the longer it lasts the less work it entails, but I say NOPE! Yes, there is a familiarity that comes with longevity, and of course, a loyalty to one another and the love you share, however, it is a continued effort to keep it running smoothly, and the enemy is ALWAYS going to be there, hoping for defeat. Please pray that the enemy stays away, and that our marriage can continue to grow in love and honesty. Thank you so very much!

  127. My husband and I are going to be married for 12 years this month. Recently we feel more like roommates than husband and wife. With both of us employed full time and having 3 children active in extracurricular activities, romance and intimacy moments are few and far between. Not only that, I feel like we can’t get on the same page spiritually. When I’m on fire for God, he’s unmotivated. And when he’s on fire, I’m slacking. So please pray that God reignite the passion in our marriage and the passion for our Lord and Savior. Help us to make time for each other and to spend time with each other. Lord help me to be the godly wife that he needs me to be. We love each other very much and just need prayers for everything to align for the glory of God.

  128. Thank you for the devotion! It was excellent, and a great reminder that even “rest” can be detrimental when it becomes inaction. One thing to pray for me would be for my husband to find a new job. The one he has takes so much time from our family, and when he’s done working he has nothing left for me or the kids, mentally or emotionally.

  129. Sharon
    I loved your post. I loved the comparison of marriage to a farm. My husband and I will be married for 41 years in July. The work is never ending but the rewards are worth every toil spent. My husband works so hard and every effort is spent to take care of his family. I would ask that you pray for God to find favor and bless his work so maybe he could relax just a little. We lost our son and grandchild to his narcissistic wife and I don’t know how would have conquered the pain without God and my husband. He is my best friend, my counselor, my lover, and my guide to the Lord. Thank you for caring about all of us women and thank you for offering a gift. Many blessings to you and your family.

  130. Please pray that my husband can conquer and defeat his alcohol addiction. It’s been going on for several years. This past January he started in a program that was helping. But recently he has had several setbacks. I know God is able, but it’s so hard when my prayers seem to go unanswered.

  131. Carmen says:

    My husband is struggling with an addiction that is affecting our marriage. He was going to seek help but so far hasn’t taken that step.
    Interestingly enough, my Bible reading today was Philippians 4, which v6-7 says “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” This is something I struggle with – letting God have 100% control, especially in situations like this. But I have to let God work in my husband’s life for him to grow, even if it’s painful for both of us.

  132. Marriage takes work is an understatement. Boy, does it ever!!!
    Thank you for sharing and the opprtunity.
    One way you could pray for our marruage is for better communication between us. It’s our biggest area of struggle. Thank you for taking the time!
    Praying God’s continual blessings over your ministry!
    Have a great day!

  133. I would like to ask for prayer for our marriage this morning. We have been in a relationship before and the damages it left us is crucial. My husband has a big issue of trust. In his previous relationship he was lied and cheated on several times and he thinks every woman is like that. This time we both are Christians but our partners before weren’t. I also want God to soften his heart and give him peace.

  134. Sharon, I really needed your devotion of today on “Marriage Takes Work”. My husband & I have been married 45 years and we still love each other but he is a much more warm-hearted person than I am and I struggle with that daily. The first six years we enjoyed getting to know one another (we got married 6 months after we met)! We have come through and overcome many obstacles in the last 45 years and I pray that God will heat up my heart for my husband. I want the compassion he so desperately wants but I can’t seem to find it – I could blame it on medication but I don’t really think it is that so please pray that God will re-invigorate in me the deep desire to please my husband!
    P.S. Loved the analogy of the farm because I grew up on one but had 4 brothers who did most of the real “farming” 🙂

  135. I would like to ask for prayer for our marriage. My husband has a lot of trust issues due his previous relationship. He was cheated and lied to his own girlfriend and brother. We are both damaged but God has given us another chance at love and recently we got married in February 2017. Our relationship is going good but at times old memories creep up and the devil tries to destroy our trust in one another. Pray for us today that we will love, walk, trust and serve God together no matter the cost. It is hard work but nothing is impossible with God.

  136. Andrea Febo says:

    What a beautiful blog! Please pray for my marriage and family. My husband and I will be married 10 years this August. We are both dealing with some health issues and are are both looking for work. Asking the good Lord for healing and provision. We also have 2 small children and would like to take them somewhere over the summer, possibly the beach. Thank you for praying for us, the Febo Family.

  137. Amy Adams says:

    Just pray that we continue to put God first and that we have the fortitude to continue to fight for our marriage (29 years and counting). God answers prayers, but you are so right. MARRIAGE IS HARD.
    God Bless You.

  138. Connie says:

    Wow, very encouraging. I will say that being married for the second time, and having a blended family has posed so many challenges. So many, that I’ve thought it would be easier and more peaceful to go about our separate ways. I know this is not what God wants but this is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. My kids dad passed away almost 7 years ago and there is so much resentment that I’m wondering if it’s still worth it. Mine and My kids’ joy and peace has been stolen. I want that restored more than anything.

  139. Stacey Cochran says:

    Your farm is beautiful! (except for the snake!) I live in a rural area, and love every minute of it too! My husband is a great man, but right now, he is not the spiritual head of our house. That is something that I desperately want/need. I know that he loves the Lord, he just doesn’t take the time to have a relationship with Him. That’s what I would ask you to pray about for our marriage.

  140. I have an awesome, Christian husband. God brought us together several years after we had each experienced painful divorces. We challenge each other, share our devotions, and hold each other accountable. But my husband is struggling with trusting God’s sovereignty in this tumultuous political climate and in this increasingly dangerous world. I pray constantly for God’s perfect peace for him, and I would greatly appreciate your prayers as well.
    Thanks!

  141. Melissa says:

    We have been together 30 years and married for 22. We have an extremely rebellious teenage son that had torn us apart. I don’t know what to do anymore. We are both worn out. We have very different ideas of how to handle the situation but my son will only respond to my husband so his way is the only way. My constant intercessions just irritate him. I’m prepared to move out. I could use some prayers please. I still love my husband very much but there has been so much pain.

  142. Cheryl Baumgarten says:

    I loved your blog. Such an encouragement. As I reflect over the last 36 years as of June 26th, I am so thankful for the man God has given me. It has been a lot of work at times. looking back I smile, 9 children and now 11 grandchildren (one one the way too!). The road sometimes has been hard, but well worth it. One thing,we had to have God be first place. Today’s verse, Psalm 63:1, yes, early I must seek him. We made a major move, new job, new state, new church family, yes truly out of my comfort Zone. I had always had the privilege as a stay at home, now I am a school bus driver. Looking now to help out more, but still available. Looking into starting a home business from our little farm. These all could be stresser, but we have learned communicate, communicate, and begin the day with God. I love watching my husband study God’s Word as he begins his day. My challenge never give up, God is right there.

  143. Sharon,
    I would like a prayer of thanksgiving for our marriage. I have been married for 30 years to my perfect man. He supports me spiritually as the head of our family, mentally when he encouraged me to go back for my Masters, and monetarily when we decided that I would take a 16 year maternity leave to raise our kids. Now that the empty nest years are moving closer (DD #1 is completely on her own, DD #2 just graduated college and should be moving out this summer, DS #3 will be leaving for college this August, and DD#4 will be a junior in high school), I am looking forward to re-connecting with my husband and having him all to myself! 🙂 We have had ups and downs over the years, but God has blessed us beyond our wildest dreams.

  144. Jennifer says:

    Pray for our blended family. My husband is a good man and father, but being a stepdad can be difficult some days. I pray that my two teen girls have a good relationship with him and grow up loving him, respecting him, and understanding that he loves them and wants what is best for them. Some days are a struggle!

  145. My husband, Doug & I just celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary! We have a great marriage & have spent extra time in making it that way! We are very thankful, for even little things in life, and being thankful for even the tough things can have a positive effect on one’s attitude. I would like specific prayer for my husband, for physical, as well as mental strength, to get through each day. He has been doctoring for almost 19 years for an unknown illness…most of the doctors have told him that it’s all in his head. I just accidentally came across what it is (although NOTHING is by accident in God’s eyes—there’s always a purpose). There is no cure and he will continue to decline, so I just ask for a lot of GRACE to sustain him through it all. He is ready for his eternal home, so it’s just to make it to the finish line, now. We both came from farming backgrounds & farmed for 20 years ourselves, so we can FULLY identify with your posts & stories! God is good—-all the time! All the time—God is good!! Blessings on your ministry!!

  146. Kathryn Christian says:

    My husband works long hours in physical labor so not only is he short on time he’s usually exhausted. We have two children, one is my stepson and I can’t even begin to share the issues we’ve had with his mother and some neglect taking place and the strain, frustration and negative impact it’s had on our family. My daughter has an emotional disorder and it’s a constant up and down and never knowing what to expect which can be very draining for me and confusing for the family. I’ve only been married two years but it has been the most difficult thing in my life. I left my job and my world behind to move to where we needed to be in order to get married. I also lost my father to suicide shortly before our engagement and less than a month after our marriage I was diagnosed with cancer and have successfully beat it twice. I have felt tremendous loss, hurt, pain, fear, lost relationships and on and on… I love my husband but he’s a very harsh person. His temperament is just very rigid, cold and definitely unromantic. I know he loves me and our family and he’s trying to make changes, so any chance we can get to be alone and get away from the house and the stressors there helps us connect. Please pray for emotional healing and strength in my husband and I. Pray that I will respect him and he can cherish me as Good commands. Pray that God lifts the burdens and provides us with the time and tools we need to keep our foundation from crumbling under the stress. Thank from the depths of my heart!!!

  147. Kathryn Christian says:

    Thank you for your blog. Today’s message really touched my heart. My husband an I have had to live apart for the last 3 1/2 years because his government closed his office and revoked his visa. He is from Ecuador and I am from the US. We have managed to keep our marriage strong and united although we are separated by thousands of miles. Now we need to make a desicion where we will live out the rest of our marriage. My son, who is only 17, is on his way to adulthood an independence. I just can’t bear leaving him, but it makes more sense financially for us to live in Ecuador. I pray every day for God’s guidance. At times, I have even considered walking away from the marriage to stay near my son. My heart will break with either choice. Please remember is in your prayers. Thank you for your service in the Lord. God bless you!

  148. Reading these comments makes me realize we just must pray for all marriages.

  149. Ann Hauschildt says:

    Hi,
    I related to your description of farm life as both my husband and I grew up on Iowa farms. We will be celebrating our 40th anniversary this Sunday and we have some adjusting to do as I retired from my middle school music job last week. My husband has been off work indefinitely, due to some illness. This worked out as my mother-in-law was ill last year and passed away in Nov. He was able to help take care of her and since is fixing up her house to sell. My concern is that since she passed, he has gained weight, is depressed and is not taking care of himself. I feel excited and have all sorts of health/exercise plans as I feel free and invigorated. Please pray that we can communicate better and both of us can be our healthiest best! Thanks!

  150. Kenia says:

    I have been married to my husband for seven years and we have two beautiful children. Like all marriages, we have had our ups and downs and just recently after hearing about a divorce of a couple I never thought would get a divorce I realized how much I need to work on myself and my marriage on a daily. I admitted out loud finally that I have a problem allowing negative thoughts about my husband and my marriage to flood my mind and though I have often brushed it off as just possible scenarios or false thoughts, the reality is that these lies I am allowing to enter my mind are harmful to my marriage. I am asking for prayers to replace these lies with God filled truths and for both my husband and I to communicate well as we continue our lives together as husband and wife. Thank you.

  151. Chris says:

    We have dealt with infidelity and I need to be able to trust and forgive and not feel so sad and betrayed. Pray I can feel God’s love as I have not always felt my husband’s. Help us find joy again and continue to grow in our marriage.

  152. Sheena meeuwsen says:

    Hello! Glad I found your blog 😉
    My husband and I have been married almost 12 years this summer, with three amazing kiddos! Last summer, we thought the only way to ‘happiness’ for each of us was a divorce…we’ll God certainly had other plans. He brought each of us to our knees glorifying Him and we will be renewing our vows together this summer with our children by our side! Please pray that we stay focused on HIM and HIS glory, not our own. Thy Will be done. Not ours! We believe our marriage and family was created for God’s Kingdom, not our worldly happiness. We continue to learn that desiring Him is what is brining us true joy. It’s hard at times! Thank you for the prayers!

    How can I pray for you?

    Sheena

  153. Laura Allman says:

    Please pray for us to strengthen our communication skills. Thank you!!

  154. For good communication! Thank you!!

  155. Carolyn R says:

    I know how blessed I am. My husband is great and we have a great marriage. But, I don’t ever want to get complacent or take him for granted, nor do I want the little bothersome things to become big things that separate us from each other. It really scares me that so many marriages around us are falling apart, especially the ones that have longevity like 20-25 years. I love your devotionals because they focus on the most important relationship we have next to our relationship with our God. Thank you and I pray for protection of your marriage and family too!

  156. Vicki H. says:

    Hi there … I love you blog! So glad to find it through P31. It calms my heart to see your lovely farm and to read your words. Thank you!
    My dear hubby and I have been married 37 years. He loves me so much and took loving care of me this past year through my breast cancer battle..chemo, surgery & radiation. I was so blessed to have my Louie. We attend church and raised our children to love the Lord. My Louie won’t do a life group or couples bible study… Nothing but church service which I appreciate but I think he is just going through the motions. I pray for my honey to love the Lord with all his heart.

  157. Michelle says:

    Please pray for my Michelle husband and me to make time with each other a priority in the midst of our crazy, busy lives and the demands of raising and Homeschooling three children and pastoring a local church. Thank you!

  158. Michelle Baker says:

    My husband and I have been through many difficult times. From addiction problems to a vehicle accident ten years ago that almost killed me. But thank God that He wasn’t finished with me yet and I’m still here for my husband and son. He isn’t saved and he I am so concerned about his drinking and marijuana use because of his former addiction. But he won’t listen to reason on this matter so I pray that one day he will learn to trust in the one true source of happiness that alcohol and drugs can’t replace. God bless you and thank you for the prayers.
    Michelle

  159. Janet says:

    My husband and I have been married 20 years. We went on a vacation over Christmas break, and it has been strained ever since. I have been trying to build my relationship with God. He doesn’t have a relationship at all. He has some strain in his family, and he is very bitter and angry. I’ve asked him to go to counseling with me, but he won’t. I pray that we can repair our relationship.

  160. nancy s says:

    Pray that we can find more fun again, amidst the daily craziness. After 30+ years things seem to be the same-old same-old.

  161. Angie says:

    My husband and I will celebrate our 25th anniversary this year. Please pray for the physical intimacy in our marriage and that we would have more time together for just the two of us.

  162. Shauna says:

    Pray for our intimacy. I am addressing hormonal imbalance that is causing a lot of my problems….lack of sex drive, energy, mood swings, etc. I had a wake up call this spring. We were expecting a surprise 3rd Baby and ended up miscarrying. It was a dark moment in my life but God has really helped open my eyes! Pray I can get these hormones under control and he will have patience. He is generally patient, but I know it’s hard! Thanks!

  163. Yvette says:

    Unhardened Heart,
    I’m currently Standing for the Restoration & Reconciliation of my marriage. My husband and I have been separated since July of “2016” but have been going through since “2014”.

    He moved out, because I asked him to stop his infidelity. So as the enemy would have it. He moved out. At this time my God has healed my heart and mind. I actually forgive him and his mistress. My husband is bitter towards me (which is crazy) but he is. Everything that is happening to him are the results of his own decisions. Things are bad between him and the “ow”, he wants to come home, he’s not happy where he lives, his finances, etc..etc… but instead of taking ownership he blames me for standing up for myself saying I wont tolerate this disrespect. I just asked him to stop and he allowed anger, his male chauvinistic attitude, and pride cause him to abandon his marriage and its all falling apart.

    So I’m praying that God would remove the heart of stone and replace it with a heart of glesh, that God would remove the scales from his eyes, and that God would cement his feet so he can stop running from the Truth. Break his heart so that their will be room for remorse.

    God Bless You!!!

  164. Jane McKeever says:

    Oh my…. I need the Lord to work in my husband’s heart, rather than think it is up to me to change him. I pray that he will be that man after God’s heart, but I don’t leave it to God to change him. I need also to be that quiet and gentle woman

  165. Jaelen says:

    Wow Sharon, such a humble offer to prayer for us. I pray that God will heap over your marriage, family and farm His blessings triple – fold of all the love you have poured out on others! Please pray for there to be more love and consideration in my marriage and family.

    Thank you.

  166. Beverly says:

    Hello Sharon, my husband and I have been married 10 years and we love each other very much. We get along really well and will do anything for each other, but he is not really the romantic type. I try to be romantic on our birthdays, anniversary, and on other occasions, but he says that is corny. He was very romantic before we got married and had kids and I don’t know why he has changed. Please pray for our marriage that the romance part would be reignited and that we would grow stronger in the Lord. Thank you so much for your encouragements and your prayers. May God continue to bless you and your family.

  167. Courtney says:

    That God will turn it into the marriage it needs to be. Along with turning each of us into the persons required to have that “God based” marriage.

  168. Samantha says:

    Pray that God will be the center of our marriage.

  169. Dena Gray says:

    Please pray that my husband and I can rekindle our relationship. We have been married for 17 years ans have 3 girls. We have a 15yr old and twin 13yr olds. One of the twins ( Rose) is special needs. We have had many ups and downs in our marriage. We both have lost our mothers and I have also lost my dad ( his father died when he was 7). I have had multiple back surgieres amd now have a pain stimulator placed. With ALL the financial issues and family issues our relationship has taken a back seat. Since we have had the girls we haven’t had a date night in 15 years. My husband and I are both Christians. He is a Godly man. We have both been under a lot of stress. He with is job and I have constant pain while taking care of Rose. His job requires him to be on the road 4 to 5 days a week. So I “hold” down the “fort” while he is gone. Like I said our relationship has taken a backseat in our lives and i qpuld appreciate prayers for us to become closer. Sorry for rambling…

  170. Eva Wiebe says:

    Pray that in the busyness of starting our family that we would remain constant in our daily devotions and keeping God priority in our lives 🙂

  171. Bethany Marker says:

    Please pray that God would continue to direct our steps as a family and that God would provide the right job for my husband.

  172. Cicily Fouse says:

    Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk [ever] come out of your mouth, but only such [speech] as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace (God’s favor) to those who hear it.
    Ephesians 4:29 AMPC
    http://bible.com/8/eph.4.29.AMPC
    This is my prayer that my husband would boast and praise about me and my children would rise up and call me blessed. That the words of my husbands mouth and the meditation of his heart would be acceptable and pleasing in the sight of the Lord Jesus who is his strength and redeemer. That Holy Spirit would give me creative strategies to take care of my household and that I would look well into the things of my house.

  173. Becky J says:

    Please pray for renewed love and joy..we marked 26 years together as man and wife yesterday.. 🙂

  174. Jackie I.M. says:

    Pray for joy to spark in my husband. And our joy together to grow. Thanks!

  175. Hi Sharon,
    Please pray for our hearts and minds to stay focused on Abba. . And to also be an example of Abbas love to our children and the many that stay with us.

    Shalom

    • Lord, thank You for Alyssa, for her tender heart of love and sacrifice. Would You give her an extra portion of every good gift from You! Help their eyes to be kept on You in middle of the hardest days. Raise these children up to be mighty warriors for You! Thank You! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
      I love you Aly!

  176. Marie B says:

    Please pray that my husband and I would be able to reconnect heart to heart. We have been very busy lately our our girls and graduation. Also we had just recently been relocated and bought our first home together. We like our new town and neighborhood and still settling in. Our anniversary is around the corner, June 30th, we are planning a long date night or a one day trip. Hope we would be able to do it.

    • Lord, bless Marie’s marriage and make it better than it’s every been. Open their hearts to love as they’ve never loved before. Revive passion! Thank You! In Jesus’ Name, Amen

  177. Janice says:

    Please pray for me as I have has so many trials in my life, and prayer helps. I was in a relationship for over 20 yearz but it never went anywhere. When he refused to take the next step so we are now, just friends. I need help, with our relationship he wants more but my pride won’t let me be used again.

    • Oh Lord, You alone know all the trials that Janice has been through. Help and heal her. Give her faith for her future. Give her Your wisdom and leading with this relationship. Thank You! In Jesus Name, Amen

  178. Pattie says:

    Please pray that we will be disciplined with our budget, this causes stress on our marriage when don’t. Thank you! Love the pictures of your farm and those pretty dresses!

    • Hi Pattie! Thank you!

      Lord, Give Pattie and her husband wisdom with every dollar they spend. Bless their finances and their marriage! In Jesus’ Name, Amen

  179. Mary Catherine says:

    My husband and I have a wonderful, Christ-centered relationship. We have two precious boys (five and 23 months) that tend to take the focal point the majority of the time. I ask that you pray for my husband and I to find more “date nights” and time for ourselves. We are not struggling in any way, but I miss our alone time. I struggle with this because I want my cake and to eat it too, meaning I want to be with him and my boys always! Thank you for your post about caring for our marriages! (You have a lovely farm!)

  180. Please pray for my husband & I. We are not living the live we should. The harder I try the more he resist. I am weak and I can not live the life I should without his support. He criticizes everyone and I keep telling him he needs to stop. I keep catching myself doing the same thing. I didn’t have a good childhood & it has carried over into my marriage and I don’t think he did either if he was honest with himself. He said the always made him feel stupid & couldn’t do anything on his own. I know what that does to you. Please pray for us!!!

    • Oh Lord, Help May and her marriage! Heal the brokenness and make them whole. Touch their marriage and renew it by Your power. Bless them Lord. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

  181. Margie says:

    My husband and I have been married for 30 years. We have a wonderful marriage with Christ at the center. My husband is very private about his relationship with Christ. I’ve prayed that God would open him up more. I have seen small changes over the last 6 or 7 years. Pray that we will become a couple that prays out loud together, daily. And, that will study the bible together regularly. As of now, I study and pray alone. Thank you for sharing your home, your life, and your Godly insight!

    • Lord, would You intertwine this marriage with You. Open Margie’s husband to desire to pray and read Your word with her. Bless this marriage! In Jesus’ Name, Amen

  182. Penny Sleichter says:

    Please pray that we can keep our marriage top priority in a very busy season of life with young kids, full time job, part time school, church responsibilities and more. I quite often feel the stress of being pulled away from what matters most. Blessing, Penny Sleichter

    • Lord, You alone know how hard this life can be. Would you help this couple make their marriage a top priority? Show them how to do it Lord. Convict them when it’s not happening. Bless their marriage, all the days that they live. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

  183. Shelbi Green says:

    Hi sharon! So my husband and I met, dated, got engaged and married in all from jan 2016 to August 2016 then December 30th found out we are expecting our first child. Then in April we moved to a bigger house for a growing family. Whew busy year and marriage has def not been easy. My husband loves the Lord but please pray he will lead me again spiritual. Satan has distracted and our busy lives now just keep us from spending time with the Lord together. He’s tried to come between us several times. Your story was very encouraging.

    • Lord, You are doing amazing things in Shelbi’s life and her marriage. Would You protect it, and help it to thrive amidst all the busy? Help them to stay in passionate love and not to waver in their faithfulness to one another all the days that they live. Thank You! In Jesus’ Name, Amen

  184. Andtea says:

    Thank you for being willing to pray for your readers’ marriages. My husband pastors and works a full time job outside of the church too. We don’t go out together very much at all. In our 25+ years of marriage, we still have 2 children at home. We realize that we need to make time for each other and we want to…it’s just not always easy with our schedules. Please pray we can make regular time to nurture our relationship with each other. Thank you.

    • Wow. That’s a busy life. Lord, you know how busy Andtea and her husband are. You know there’s little time left in the day for them to spend with one another. Help them to carve out time for one another. Show them how to do it. Bless and protect this marriage, Lord, In Jesus’ name, Amen

  185. Please pray that old wounds may be healed and that God will always be first in both or our lives.

  186. Stephanie Casso says:

    Thank you for your beautiful P31 devotion. It touched my heart!! Two prayer requests please ma’am…that my husband would be one fire for Jesus and that our marriage would be rekindled with renewed passion for each other.in Jesus name AMEN.

    • Amen! Lord, You love to give the desires of our hearts. You are a good, good Father. Would you touch this marriage with passion and ignite it again. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

  187. Jen M says:

    Pray that my husband and I can push through the unresolved anger and bitterness he has towards me and for him to forgive whatever it may be that is blocking the forgiveness and restoration. To remove the pride and the blinders so the Lord can bring healing.

    • Lord, would you resurrect this marriage? Heal it, and make it whole again. Bless Jen and her husband, their marriage and their home. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

  188. JaneB says:

    Please pray that my husband and I can continue to grow in our faith and love of our Lord Jesus Christ. We are both faithful to God, and love Him, but we are lazy christians. Please pray that we make surrounding ourselves with God at all times our priority and not just when it is convenient.

    • Lord would You stir up a holy passion for You between Jane and her husband? Bring them closer through the pursuit of YOU. Bless this marriage! In Jesus’ Name, Amen

  189. Wendy Ornoza Maldonado says:

    Tha k you for sharing your the devotional about farm and marriage. I really do appreciate it. Fod spoke to me through you to consider about these things in marriage. I am newly wed and adjusting with my husband is not as smooth as I thought. It requires a lot of dying to self , which I fail to do because of my own selfishness. Please help me pray for repentance and for God to renew my heart so I could be the wife that HE wants me to be in this gift of marriage. Thank you.

    • Lord, would You help Wendy to put her husband first and bless him as never before! Bless this marriage and make it the marriage You desire for them. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

  190. Jenny M. says:

    I’ve been married for 17 years and we have 2 daughters 12&13. As you can imagine, things get very hectic around here and at times even chaotic. I pray often for my husband and desire communication in our relationship, but often life gets in the way. Many nights I fall in bed exhausted after a busy day only to realize we really didn’t have time (more like take the time) to talk about more than the kids activities and work. Please pray that we would make time together as a couple a priority to enrich our marriage.
    PS – I love your farm! We have a similar setup here: cows,pigs, goats, chickens, ducks, garden, etc.

    • Lord, bring this couple together. Help them to make this marriage a priority. Give them the ability to talk more while taking care of the farm and kids. Bless this marriage! In Jesus’ name, Amen

  191. Heather M. says:

    My husband and I do not have very good communication. That and my husband’s lack of a relationship with God affect our marriage greatly. He believes in God, but doesn’t spend any time with Him and it’s difficult for me to lead my sons to be men of God one day when my husband is not leading our family the way he has been called by God to do. Please pray that God would give my husband a deep desire to know Him.

    • Lord, touch Heather’s husband with a hunger and passion for You. Make him the man You created him to be, one that his children will want to be just like when they are grow men. Rekindle love and communication. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

  192. Elizabeth says:

    Passion alive with a toddler and infant in house. Making time for each other!!

    • Jesus, thank You for this marriage! Revive passion and renew strong love between them. Help them to desire time with one another and to make it a priority.Thank You! In Jesus’ Name, Amen

  193. Alyssa Aleckson says:

    Alyssa – My husband and I are expecting baby 2 in two weeks. Praying for an easy transition for all of us and still making time for our marriage.

    • Lord, You alone know our every need and our every struggle. Help this sweet family, give them ability to love each other more even in middle of the busiest days. Bless this marriage. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

  194. Anonymous says:

    Please pray that I can respect my husband for the world of wonderful things he does, rather than picking at those areas where he lacks.

    • Amanda says:

      The former comment I made had an odd email address on it that was not mine…

    • Lord, Help Steph to be more appreciative of her husband. Open his eyes to the jewel he has as well. Bless this marriage as never before. Thank You! In Jesus’ Name, Amen

  195. vicki says:

    to never ever, ever, ever give up !

    • Oh Lord, help Vicki to never give up, no matter how hard it is. Give her strength and wisdom all the days of her life. Bless her and her marriage in Jesus’ name, Amen!

  196. Kassandra V says:

    What a blessing you are Sharon that you would want to pray over all our marriages, thank you so very much. I would like to able to not react in my flesh when my husband doesnt act the way i think he should…i pray God would greatly bless your marriage and farm ?

    • Lord, You know how hard it is. Help Kassandra to withhold wrong thinking and align herself with You in middle of the hardest moments. Give her the ability to keep her words to herself when they would be harmful. Help him to see where he acts wrong, open his eyes.Bless this marriage, In Jesus’ Name, Amen

  197. Laura Moore says:

    Please pray that we can speak more kindly to each other.

  198. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on working at marriage. Great analogy of the farm!

    How wonderful that you have offered to pray for marriages. Lots of requests for you already. My prayer is that I keep focusing on and giving thanks for all my husband’s good qualities and talents.

  199. Kirsten says:

    Please pray for strength for me and husband to discipline our 3 yr old effectively. His behaviors have been causing strain in our relationship. Please also pray for my relationship OCD to continue to be healed in therapy. God bless.

    Kirsten

  200. Marva says:

    My husband is currently incarcerated. He will be released in August and I’m really nervous about how that will go. I have decided to stand by him (he touched two of our precious grand daughters inappropriately) and our family is shattered. Several of our kids, some of my siblings, my parents, and a lot of our friends think I should leave him. Some of my kids won’t even speak to me and it breaks my heart. We believe that with Gods help we can endure this but it’s not going to be easy. I would really appreciate your prayers! Thank you!

  201. Brandi Tomlinson says:

    Good Morning Sharon and thank you for this post. What a wonderful way to wake up. Please pray for my marriage. We have been married 15 years and in 2012 we were getting divorced. There were multiple affairs on his part and oddly I had no clue and that wasn’t the reason for our divorce. I found out at the end right before we were going to court. He stopped our divorce and immediately got into therapy. It has been hard and still is to this day. He is not a godly man at all. I have seen changes in him over the years that are good changes. Please pray for me that I can be loving and know that Satan is the one who puts all those doubts in my mind and that I can grow stronger in Gods love. I don’t have an intimate relationship with God but want one so badly. I love the P31 website and I know if I keep coming and reading it will happen. There is a plan.

  202. Abbie Cochrun says:

    I loved waking up and reading this blog especially on Fathers Day! I grew up on a farm and reading this gave me even more thankfulness for the hard work and the man my dad is! I no longer live on the farm but my husband and I do love close so we still get to experience the joys of farming together. 🙂
    My husband and I have been married for just over a year. Please pray that we would continue to work hard at figuring out how to love and respect each other. Pray that we would daily work to strengthen our marriage against Satan’s attacks!

  203. Esther says:

    I love this analogy, as my husband and I started a pick-your-own berry farm, and though it’s fun, it is a lot of work! In the same way, I have not been putting that much work and sacrifice into our marriage and my prayer would be that God would continually change my heart, to be humble, selfless, and a Godly help mate to my husband and example to my children. Thanks!

  204. This was truly a blessing and exactly what I needed to read this morning. Thank you for sharing! My husband and I have been married for 2 months now, and in that short time I am truly realizing that I need guidance and direction when it comes to how to be a good wife to him. We are financially struggling and I am learning how to deal with and understand his entrepreneurial spirit, while I am working so hard just to keep our bills paid. I would love prayers that I gain more patience, do not harbor resent, and continue to love him and devote myself to him and to God even when I feel like my efforts will be tireless sometimes! Please pray for my spirit that I may remain positive and loving no matter what comes our way.

  205. Wendy G Bronson says:

    What a beautiful devotional. Please keep my husband Dale & I in prayer. Intimacy left our marriage in the 1st year. He just lost interest. He’s not an affectionate person either. In our 7th & 8th year we crashed. We were three weeks away from filing divorce. We both heard God tell us we had no Biblical grounds. That was 2008. Since then God has grown an amazing friendship between us. In 2013 he was diagnosed with COPD. In 2015 he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Praise. God he’s cancer free! In 2016 we was diagnosed with heart failure. He can no longer work. This changed all we had planned for. We’re thankful for each day. When he doesn’t feel well he doesn’t talk. I have to fight depression from the lack of communication & intimacy. Now they are checking for a swollen abdominal aorta. We celebrate 18 years in October. Please pray for us. Thank you & God bless!

  206. Brittany R says:

    Loved reading this devo about the similarities in marriage and a farm! Such a great reminder that it takes hard work but it is worth it. My husband and I have been married just over 3 years and just bought our first home together. Until now we have been living in a small 1b/1ba basement apartment saving money! With the Lord’s help, we were able to save a nice amount of money to buy our first home. It has been such a joy but also has come with unexpected hardships like unforeseen home repairs which are eating into our savings, and also just disagreements with how we want to decorate our home, what to spend our money on at what time, etc. It is such a gift to be in this home and to even have a home with my precious husband, so I need to remind myself of that as well, with the Lord’s help. Please pray that we are able to give each other tremendous amounts of grace, and also to communicate well in this new adventure that we are navigating.

  207. Please pray for my marriage. It is true that I try to endure the physical part of our marriage. I have no desire for it at all. Our kids are 8 & 10.

    We struggle financially & don’t agree on quite s few subjects including faith, church & the role God should play in our marriage, family & daily lives. I’m feeling very alone.

  208. Kristen Axline says:

    My husband and I will soon celebrate 20 years of marriage. Please pray that we will be more intentional with our time. Make time to be husband and wife (not just mom and dad), time to pray for and with each other, time to encourage and lift up each other, time to listen and speak with each other, spend quality time with our children, serving others, etc. There are so many ways to spend our time and not all of it is bad. Thank you for reminding me of the importance and benefit of hard work on the farm and in our marriage. Your prayers are appreciated.

  209. Jamey says:

    My husband is a Christian in name, but isn’t truly walking with the Lord. I’m praying and longing for God to speak to his heart, and for him to embrace the role of spiritual leader in our house. I want my daughters to grow up in a household in which God is truly in the center.

  210. Julie says:

    I’m responding, in hopes, for prayer! My husband and I are to celebrate our 20th anniversary this year. We are, both, committed to our marriage.
    We have 3 girls. They are 13, 15 and 16. The 15 an 16 year old have autism. They like to term it “high functioning”. For us, we start on the bottom, take medication to bring us level with everyone else, then any experiences we have are times 10 on steroids.
    Our middle daughter has had a hard go of life from birth to now. She has been suicidal for quit some time. She’s been at the hospital or 2 weeks and now at a residential facility. She should come home next week. She’s been gone since May 5th. God has ALWAYS been with her…He is now.
    All that to say, life is hard…but we are committed to our marriage. What really hit me in your devotional is…God honoring. We are committed to our marriage but what does it look like to really honor Him in our marriage? Life is HARD! I want to be a light for God, especially in the hard times.
    We REALLY need to hear from the Holy Spirit, as to, what it looks like for our marriage to be God honoring. Whew…thank you for providing an outlet…and for speaking God’s truth…but especially for your prayer!

  211. Erin Pilling says:

    Hi, I just got married two days ago, on Saturday. My mom sent me the link to your devotional and I plan to send it to my husband while he is at work. The main thing I ask people to pray for us for is to just pray for us and our marriage since it is so new. I pray that we do not lose the love, compassion, strength and that it grows instead of weakens. We want to do whatever we can to make our marriage full. We pray for guidance in our new chapter of life together.

  212. I adore my husband and appreciate how hard he works to provide for our little family. We’ve just (2 months ago) added our 3rd child and I’m exhausted. all. the. time. He isn’t very helpful with household chores and I feel bad asking him for help when he works to physically hard every day. I’m having a hard time fulfilling his need for physical intimacy.

  213. My husband & I have been married for 10 years but recently we were separated for 5 months. We are back together now & working daily to mend our marriage. I have always been a believer & follower of Christ but he has not. Since we have been back together he has attended church with me & our children every Sunday & is talking about/asking questions about salvation & being baptised. Please pray that God continues to work in him so that he may come to have a relationship with Him & please pray for our marriage. Thank you.

  214. Julie says:

    I loved reading about the life that you decided you wanted to have and it be a honeymoon life. In the midst of full-time jobs and children, intimacy and spending time with my husband seems like another chore. I feel terrible even writing this but my mindset is just not there. I also feel that I take him for granted many times. He is a good provider and is a great father. I just feel that the relationship between us needs to be on a deeper level. Please pray that I will cherish my husband and my relationship with him and will show him on a daily basis.

  215. Laura says:

    My husband and I became lead pastor and children’s director at our tiny church just a couple weeks after we wed. Jumping into such responsibility at an already changing time of our lives was very stressful and continues to be. I would appreciate prayers for continued strength in our ministry as well as a growth of love for one another. Thank you so much! ??

  216. Ashlee says:

    Thank you for your words of encouragement. I really love reading the messages you post on your blog. Could you please pray for better communication between my husband & I? We have had a rough few years of miscommunication & lack thereof. These last few weeks have been a complete 180 for us and we are communicating much better. I worry that we’ll fall back into how things used to be. Also, could you please pray that we would make God the foundation of our marriage? Thank you so much. God bless you and your family.

  217. Please pray for restoration of my marriage. We have been married 15yrs (w/3 kids) but separated for the last 2. Definitely NOT what i want, nor was it my idea. I am tired of being a single mom…i hate everyday of it. I’m tired of waiting. I’m just plain worn out. I need God to intervene.

  218. Cherie Johnson says:

    I’ll keep it simple: please pray we make it through this season and are stronger than ever. We do foster care, and we have a blended family (four boys between us, plus two foster girls). We need patience and strength and wisdom. <3

  219. We moved into a fixer upper farm with my in-laws. My husband is clearing land to set up a trailer for them to move into. With an extremely rainy season, it is taking alot longer than we ever expected. Once we have the trailer in place, we still have some remodeling to do before they can move in. We do have some farm animals and will add to our farm once the trailer is in place. There are many other issues we deal with on a daily basis and my dream to decorate the farmhouse and yard are really taking a toll on my patience. I would love to get everything of ours out of the barn and make the farm our home. We have plans for trail signs with quotes and scriptures to show God’s love everywhere on the farm. Someday soon my hubby and I will be sitting together on the porch swing, with a glass of lemonade at the end of a long day….God is good!

  220. Bobbi W says:

    My husband is a full time prison chaplain and supposed to be part time mission pastor. We’re always busy, trying to meet other’s needs, that we neglect us. He’s retiring from the prison soon, so pray we learn how to handle being together more and a healthy balance of ministry and family.

  221. Jennifer Abbott says:

    Please pray for me to support and encourage my husband spiritually and for me to have your honeymoon outlook on marriage. Thank you

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