Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Word: Fire


I lay in my bed.
Convicted.
I don't pray enough for my husband.
How can I pray for him beyond...
keep him healthy.
keep him safe.
draw him to You, O Lord.

And in the darkness, the Lord whispers to me:

fire

And my belly grows warm,
my heart begins to flutter.

fire

fire for my husband,
an undiminished flame
that will not be snuffed out,
blown out,
extinguished,
living in him,
burning in him

so that

he would be
a light for the world
but also
a light for himself,
not constantly squelching
his own flame
with self-doubt,
a fear of failure,
remorse or regret.

fire

a flame that starts and ends with You,
O Lord,
that can be nurtured and fanned
by your Holy Spirit
unending,
unceasing,
because You are the giver of good gifts,
because You take up residence in him,
because You who started a good work in him
will continue it to the end.

fire

who says you can't pray in poetry?

linking with emily at imperfect prose


and Dayle with Simple Pleasures because praying for my husband IS a simple pleasure!
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33 comments :

  1. Loved the title (which drew me to your post first) and the power of the prayer...I love the fact that God is described as a "Consuming Fire"...another reason your post drew me...

    Blessings...

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  2. that is a beautiful prayer to pray for him...and i know God hears...

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  3. Hi Jen - this is lovely - a creative way of lifting your husband in prayer. Great post
    God bless
    Tracy

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  4. This is beautiful, Jen. Prayer in poetry? Sounds like a psalm to me!

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  5. So happy I stopped by to read this. And no better way to be a wife than to pray these words!! Thank you for putting words to what my heart has been wanting to pray for my own husband. Be blessed!!!

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  6. what a prayer....
    fire
    yes, for our God is a consuming fire, and may we all be consumed with him.

    you have a lovely blog. i look forward to discovering your art.

    so much love.

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  7. Amen!!!! We can bless our husbands so much by allowing Him to tell us how to pray for them. What a blessing you gave your beloved! Precious, precious, precious! :)

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  8. Wow! Now that's what I call a holy prayer!

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  9. Wow! Now that's what I call a holy prayer!

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  10. I loved your last question - who says we can't pray in poetry? Blessings. <3

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  11. the giver of good gifts, and the question of taking up residency within him. i like it. and i like the repetition of the fire.
    here from brian miller's.

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  12. Jen, Amen! Just love that prayer! FIRE. One so strong...nothing can exstinguish it!! Love it! ~ jen

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  13. Prayers in poetry? I can't think of anything more beautiful. Loved this.



    ~Jean

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  14. whoa J - good men need good women

    God Bless!

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  15. Good reminder to pray more, and for those who I love, pray in poetry, love this

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  16. Oh Jen, I love that word. I'm going to pray the same thing for my husband!

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  17. Hello Jen,
    Finding Heaven~~I like the purpose of your blog. Thanks for stopping by mine and leaving your kindred spirits comment. Yes, I'm quite sure we ARE kindred spirits...
    Your poetic prayer... like the fire of Pentecost...lovely, caring, and powerful. So glad emily gives us this opportunity to share our heart thoughts with each other...

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  18. Your prayer for your husband is beautiful, Jen.

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  19. We are so blessed to have them. Aren't we?

    M.

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  20. pray in poetry....oh yeah...you did so beautifully.

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  21. That is beautiful...we so often forget the one who loves us, it was a wonderful reminder for me.

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  22. It's the only fire we should allow to consume us. Have a blessed day, Tammy

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  23. Love it. Just this week my husband asked me to pray for him and I thought how I haven't been as much as I used to. This is perfect.

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  24. yeah..who said?:) beautiful Jen..beautiful!
    xo

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  25. Wonderful writing, and wonderful thoughts! Glad you shared with all of us!

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  26. You and King David! Two great poetry praying children after God's own heart.

    I really, really loved what you expressed IN your poetry prayer too.

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  27. "a flame that starts and ends with You,
    O Lord,"...love how GOD showed you a way to pray "beyond"...

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  28. I think we can all learn something from this post, Jen. Thanks for sharing.

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  29. oh jen. how my own heart leaped with your words here. these are holy spirit words. thank you.

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