I'm pretty sure he hates yours, too.
Heck, he hates all of us but my vocation from God Himself is to bring this particular man to heaven.
I have a particular concern for his hatred of this man.
We always always seem to forget this. That we are fighting an enemy. That there really are forces working against us in our battle for holiness. That there is someone who hates my husband and hates my marriage and would like nothing more than to destroy both. And therein lies his first victory.
Our men are constantly under assault. When the scales fall from our eyes we can see it everywhere. The world, the flesh, the devil are constantly trying to lure them and then when they fall they are the first to scorn them for it. The devil pays special attention to the vulnerabilities of each person and strikes first at those wounds. He wants to claim these men we've been given for him.
I admit, I don't always pray for my husband well. I can nod my head about how important it is but the actually doing of it? I'm not that great about it. That's not okay.
So here's what I'm going to do. St. Joseph's day is nine days from tomorrow. I'd love for you to join me in a nine day novena for our husbands beginning tomorrow. Every day beginning tomorrow we'll pray these prayers for our men and offer our Lenten sacrifices for them (and maybe also choose a single man you know who could use it, too!). Maybe I'll write a post or two related. Please pray with us. Our men need it and our Lord longs for us to bring our spouse to Him. One of the traditional titles of St. Joseph is "Terror of Demons." How about that for hardcore? If you are not of the Catholic tradition and are uncomfortable with the prayers to St. Joseph then I still invite you to unite prayers of your own choosing with ours.
I would love to pray for your husband by name if you'd like to leave it in the comments or email me privately (email@example.com). And if you'd rather not use his name, I'd still love it if you'd let me know you are joining with me in the comments or on my Facebook page. Let's encourage each other.
We'll be using the novena here. Be sure to read the devotion for each day (they're long but good!) then the main novena prayer.
Please share and let's get as many women possible praying for the men the Lord has entrusted to us.
Then let's see how God blesses them and our families because of it.
Update: I'll get your names written on my current list no matter what but posts and lists for the current novena year can be found here:
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