{wonderfully wed} answering prayers

Thursday, March 13, 2014

I remember exactly when I heard the very best piece of marriage advice I ever heard.

I was single for many years so I had time to read up on this thing before I entered into it. How naive I was to think I had any idea what married life would be like! Even now that I've been doing it for a few years I still feel like a newbie. So I read a lot of advice, gather a lot of tips, and pay particular attention to stories about happy marriages.

There is a lot of wisdom out there. But none more powerful than can be found in the temple. I was blessed to be able to attend a variety of sealing ceremonies before being sealed to my own Beloved Hubby. It was in one of those ceremonies, for my darling step sister, that I heard this little gem that has stayed with me all these years.

Before the actual religious ceremony starts in an LDS temple marriage (also called a sealing because the husband and wife are sealed together in this life and the next), the temple sealer who is performing the ceremony has a chance to offer some sage advice to the couple, often a treat to those family and friends in attendance as well.

The temple sealer on this particular day advised my cute sis to ponder and think about what her new husband would be praying for, to listen carefully to the prayers he offered as they prayed together. He likely had offered many prayers leading up to this day, praying to find her, to be worthy of her, that she would love him as he needed. And there she was, the answer to his prayers.

But this didn't need to end on the temple alter as they were sealed together. She could continue being the answer to his prayers, listening to what he asked and finding ways she could help facilitate those things he most desired in life and in his family. She could be an instrument in God's hands and a partner in His work with her loving new husband.

I've been thinking a lot about that recently as my BH and I have been considering a couple of big decisions. I wonder what he prays about when he speaking alone with His Father in Heaven. Since we talk about pretty much everything I have a pretty good idea, and I've been wondering how I can be a part of the answer to those prayers.

Does he pray that he pray that he will be able to provide for our family today and the next day?
I should express my gratitude to him far more often for the work he does to sustain our family. I should do my best to make sure I use our resources in a wise and wonderful way to make sure we get the most out of the money we do have.

Does he pray that our relationship will continue to grow and blossom as the years grow on?
I can find ways to express my love to him everyday, in old and new ways. I can give him confidence that my love for him burns bright by always treating him as my knight in shining armor, not just my relief babysitter.

Does he pray that our daughter will grow up to have a strong testimony and a beautiful relationship with the Father and her Savior?
I have the responsibility to nurture a strong testimony of my own to guide her as an example and cultivate an atmosphere in the home where the Spirit will feel at home and reside so my daughter can learn from its guidance.

I hope to be more attentive during our prayers together and really listen with an open heart to be able to understand the prayers of my hubby. Then, with the guidance of the spirit, I hope to more fully be the answer to his prayers. I already have a big one under my belt, being his wife and mummy to his kiddos, but there are so many more ways to be an instrument in the Lord's hands in his life.

What are some ways you have been able to be the answer to your spouse's prayers? In what ways do they act as the Lord's instrument in answering yours?

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