Monday, January 13, 2014

Prayer for Your Husband, Bloggy Break & 3 Christian Books Giveaway!



After praying the below prayer for my husband this morning, it occurred to me that other wives might want what I prayed too! (I have been critical of my hubby lately and God reminded me of this prayer today in my quiet time. It is harder to be critical when we are praying for our husbands. Ugh! Don't copy me in the criticism; copy me by repenting and praying the prayer for our husbands below!)

I have confessed my criticism to the Lord, received His forgiveness and moved on! God has given me a huge blessing in my husband, and a critical spirit does not reflect a thankful heart! (BTW, my husband just likes action over words so hopefully my actions will reflect my repentant heart )

I love giving you what others have given me, and normally that is gold nuggets of wisdom from older women in my life that I tuck inside my blog. Like most things I give out, today' s prayer for your husband it is not original with me, but I have permission to give it out. I substituted my husband's name in the prayer. You can write it out on a card, and insert your hubby's name.

Keep it where you are likely to pray for him. I have done it different ways. At one time, I had all my prayers pinned up on the wall where I prayed (I did that for 10 years in our old house; it was my favorite method by far. I would go in that closet with a small lamp I put in there, and close the door and pray.) Now I keep my prayers in a simple prayer folder with my Bible and I pray immediately after I have read my Bible for the day (I miss some days and it is to my great loss!).

Okay, here's the prayer, you will LOVE it :
Lord Jesus Christ, I invoke Your power and Your Spirit upon Terry. Lord, I pray righteousness and purity and holiness upon him. Lord I pray that You will heal all of his scars, that You will mend up all of those things that keep him from becoming the man that he desires to be and that You call him to be. Lord God I pray that you will breathe excitement into him. That you will bring about in Terry a hope for the future. I pray that I will have favor with Him. I pray that he will see me and his heart will rejoice and his spirit will soar when I come into the room. Lord Jesus Christ I thank You for this man. Thank You for the treasure that He is. I thank You that he loves You more than me. I pray Lord that You will minister to Him and build a hedge of protection around him today. Lord Jesus we need You. All of our hope is in You. Amen.
-Bill McCartney, PromiseKeepers, originally writtten in the opposite  perspective for his wife 

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I’m taking a short blogging break from now until the end of February. Many of you know that my first book, Don't Dump Him: Keep Your Husband in a Throwaway World,  is coming out in January 2015, and my final edits are due March 1. My wise, level-headed hubby sweetly reminded me that I cannot blog and write the edits, too. I will still be continuing with the Wednesday Blog LinkUp Party during my blog break so you can link up your beautiful blogs, and we can keep up with what you wonderful Christian bloggers have been writing. Psssssssst! I'll be popping in to give away Christian books at the Wednesday LinkUp Parties during my blog break! 
I will still be posting on all my other social media platforms -

You may follow my blog here or on Bloglovin'.
So please – follow and visit me there!
Before I'm gone, I want to announce a 3 Christian Book Giveaway from Moody Publishers! Just leave a comment below by 11:59 PM EST, January 28 to enter + one more entry for each share on social media! 
Winners announced on Wednesday's LinkUp Party on January 29!  

Sample Comment to enter: Hi Juana! I would love to win the books! I also shared this link on Twitter and Facebook!

That person would total 3 entries in the drawing. One for leaving a comment, plus one more for sharing on Twitter, and one more for sharing on Facebook.

So here are the books I'll be giving away to three winners! The first two names drawn will each receive Passion Pursuit: What Kind of Love are You Making, and the third name drawn will receive Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl: On Her Journey from Neediness to Freedom.





While I'm gone, I invite you to catch up on my overall blog bio page if you are new here, to get an overview of my main topics that I write and speak on:

>>>JuanaMikelsBio<<< 


All of that is there waiting for you! Plus you are also invited to read through my recent blog archives on my right side bar for 2012 - 2014, too, or walk further back with me to 2009 -2012 to catch up on any older posts that may interest you here.

Keep Walking by Faith!

53 comments:

  1. They all look great! Thanks for the opportunity to win free books. Shared on facebook and twitter. turn2jesus2013@gmail.com

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    1. Great Barbara, you name will be entered 3 times!

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  2. Hi Juana! I'm a newlywed and would love to win the books! Enjoy your blogging break :)

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    1. Hi Shannon, Congratulations! Your name will go in the hat!

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  3. I want the free books! Shared on facebook and twitter! <3

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    1. Hi Shelly! You name goes in the hat 3 times!

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  4. Hi, well I'm not married but in the past I've lived with boyfriends and that didn't turn out the way I wanted but glad cause God works in everything. I'm trusting in believing God for the husband he has for me and would like to equip myself. thanks..

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    1. Hi Ana! So glad that you are here, and that you entered! Your name goes into the hat!

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  5. These books sound totally awesome. I want free books! I always do. :)

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    1. Hey Crystal! I will put your name in the hat for the drawing!

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  6. Love this. Would thoroughly enjoy reading these!

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    1. Hi Hallie & Avery's mom! I have your name in the hat for the drawing on the 29th! Please post your blog on Wednesdays when I have a link-up party each Wednesday:-)

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  7. I would love to have new free books. I will share on facebook and twitter. Thanks for keeping the linky up...one of my goals is to get back to writing at least weekly and link up. Can't wait to see your book, and the prayer...LOVE it.

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    1. Hi Terry, I am putting your name in 3 times since you posted here + one for FB and Tw. I hope you do link up! I appreciate your encouragement on my first book. So glad you liked the prayer for husbands in today's blog. I love it, too!

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    2. Is there a link up this week?

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    3. Yes Terry, I just posted it, but it is all THANKS TO YOUR REMINDER!!! Thank you so much!

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  8. I would like the free books. They look like great ministry tools. Blessings to you, Juana!

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    1. Hi Rachael! I hope all is going well with you! I'm so glad you took time to enter for the free books from Moody! Your name will be in the hat!

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  9. These books sound wonderful! I've been married for 3 1/2 years now and we still need all the help/guidance we can get. Thanks and God Bless!

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    1. Hi Jill! So glad that you entered the contest! Your name goes into the hat for the drawing a week from tomorrow!

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  10. I want the free books, good luck with the edits on the book.

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    1. Hi Nicole! Thank you for the well wishes on the book editing! Your name goes into the drawing!

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  11. I would love to win these books!

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    1. Cara, your name goes into the drawing for next Wednesday's winners! So glad you entered!

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  12. I want the free book

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    1. Hi Carol! You are officially entered into the contest! Your name will be in the hat!

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  13. I'd love to win a book. I shared this on facebook and pinned it on my pinterest board. This is my first visit to your blog, but I appreciate the prayer so much. Very uplifting article (to know that other people struggle with criticism as well) my email is kelseystockton@gmail.com

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    1. Oh, Kelsey, welcome here! I hope you come back:-) When we confess our failures we can start fresh, can't we? I've been hugging my husband more instead of being critical! I'm so so glad you are here and that you entered for the books. Your name goes in the hat, Kelsey!

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    2. I forgot to mention Kelsey that your name will go in 3 times. Once for posting a comment here, + one each for sharing on FB and Pinterest!

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  14. I just got married in June to my Sweet Husband. I'd love the books. :)

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    1. Hi Jenny! Congratulations on your marriage! Oh, how I hope you come back. I love speaking to the young wives and would love suggestions on what you topics you want most!!! Your name goes into the drawing, Jenny! Your profile pic is so cute:-)

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  15. Hi Juana! First, I LOVE that prayer. I cried when I prayed it, and I'm writing in on an index card! Since I stopped working to stay home with the kids, my husband has been working doubly hard to support us. Most days he's great with that, but I think some days he gets discouraged. I've been praying for him, but this prayer said exactly what I feel like the groanings of my spirit was trying to say!

    Also, I'd love to win books! :) I shared on facebook, too (don't have twitter).

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    1. Alissa, it brings me such joy to know that you are going to start praying today's prayer for husbands over your hard-working husband! I know you work hard as a stay-at-home-mom—what an awesome privilege! Also, Alissa, thanks so much for your linking up on Wednesdays. Your name will go into the hat 2 times!

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  16. Hi Juana! I would love to be entered into the sweepstakes for the free books.. Trying to grow everyday in Christ and in a Christ-centered marriage.

    All the best :) - Ann

    PS-Shared on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!

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    1. Hi Ann! You are the first person whose name will be in the hat 4 times. Thank you for sharing! I love your heart for the Lord & to keep Him the center of your marriage. I just got back from eating lunch with my hubby at Costco. When my husband called this morn with the idea, I felt I had a lot to do but Christ in me said, "GO! Your husband wants to be with you! GO! Die to your way & say YES to My way." We had fun & laughed a bunch. We need Jesus to show us how to live!!!!

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    2. Ann, You won the Boy-Crazy Book: Journey from Neediness to Freedom!! Please send me your address today to juana(at)juanamikels(dot)com!!!! Maybe you know a teen to give it to! I've been trying to find you!

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  17. Would love the book! Sharing on FB & Twitter too!

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    1. And Pinterest too, if I can figure out how. Am new.

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    2. Hi Jana! Your name will go in 4 times for posting here, and sharing 3 places. Blessings to you, Jana!

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  18. I would love to win these free books :) thank you for the chance!!

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    1. Hi Lindsey! Your name will be entered into the drawing! Thanks for entering!

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  19. I want the free books :) i could really use them.

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  20. I want the free books! (actually just the first one because I don't have a daughter!)

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  21. Oh I would love to win thsee books! shared on Facebook and twitter :)

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  22. Hi there! I would love to win!! I shared this on Twitter :)

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  23. Always want free books. Shared on FB and Twitter

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  24. Your name will go in 3 times, Deborah!

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  25. I stumbled upon your account on instagram! I love looking up the hashtag #whyilovemyhusband (because I do, and I always post the hashtag Lol) And I saw your book. I love what your doing and I love your faith. Keep up the good work. I'm a newlywed and with so many viral temptations out there, I love when women are virally proud of thier men! I'm even more proud of women being period of thier faith!
    In earnest faith
    Elizabeth Wright @elizabunnyboo

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