Watch now (20 mins) | 1 Peter 3:1-7
Whenever I read this Scripture I think of my parents. When they married my mom was a believer and my dad was not. She was never preachy, but in her quiet way lived for Jesus. Every day she could be seen reading her Bible and praying. My dad was won over to Christ by her constant submission and love. In the times we are living in, women are taught not to submit to anyone, but to be strong and independent. Ephesians 5 also goes along with this Peter passage. "Submit yourselves to one another because of your reverance for Christ..." Submission is not about becoming a doormat. It's about valuing Christ and others enough to make them more important than ourselves. I think the bigger calling is on men, as the head of the family, to love their wives as Christ loved the church: sacrificially with unconditional love. Happy first anniversary, Prayer Walk Community! What a joy it is to be part of this amazing journey of faith. Donny, thanks for submitting yourself to this calling and your leadership of this group. It's a blessing to so many.
Donny, you are brave to discuss this subject on your walk. But it's not one that I can share my perspective in a short paragraph. In my 56 years of following Jesus, I've also heard this taken out of context. But as Jesus told Satan...it's also written. This subject requires research to understand fully. Otherwise, it can confuse, as it has for years. Search scriptures...comparing marriage and obedience to Christ is essential—the Outward adoring as opposed to a gentle inward spirit, etc.
You get insight into the writer's viewpoint when understanding the manners and customs of the period. Eph. 5:21, along with other scripture, will give a picture of the roles and relationship between a husband and wife as God indented.
Congratulations on the success of your walks. Have you considered asking Graham to add the prayer walks to his THC guest room? I believe you would reach people that might not currently follow you. Be blessed. 🙏
Donny, congrats on one year! Grateful to be a part of this community and the prayer walks from the beginning. Being single all my life, the one thing I take from this is the old saying, "Actions can speak louder than words" sometimes when it comes to any situation in life. We also need to come to God with all things, married or not. I'm reminded by 1 Peter 5:7 - Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about what happens to you." Also, no matter your situation, remember 1 Peter 5:14 - Greet each other in Christian love. Peace be to all of you who are in Christ.
I think I'll leave it there this week with my comments. God bless you all!
This subject really blessed me this morning. I'm a very independent and strong willed woman by nature, so this topic is something I struggle with, and want to do what's right. It's so beautiful when done God's way. I'm somewhat new here, and these prayer walks have been a huge gift in my life. I've been a follower of Jesus since I was 11, got baptized when I was 14. In a nutshell, church life ended up bringing pain and confusion more than anything else I've experienced in life. There was several years that I couldn't pray, or read the Bible. I tried again and again, and it seemed the prayers hit the ceiling and stopped right there. Within the last 6 months I've been able to pray again, and God led me to these prayer walks, and I can't say enough about how much I need them. The simplicity of them, the encouragement to seek God, to read His word and to talk to Him. I'm so thankful to God, and to you Donny 🙌🙏
Happy birthday! 🎉🎊🙏
Congratulations Donny! I prayed now thanking God for giving you the courage and persistence to keep spreading the love of Jesus all this time.🙏🙌
I've been so blessed this 1 year through this community, so thank you so much for everything you've facilitated. I will continue to support you in whatever God puts on my heart.
God bless you!🙌
Happy Anniversary, Donny!!! I am thankful for your Prayer Walks – I love going along each week. I, too, am celebrating the one-year anniversary of my blog “That’s Good To Know" this week. I’m hoping my lighthearted stories about aging have also helped people.
My husband and I fell in love when we were teenagers. We have had a passionate partnership -- loving, arguing , laughing, negotiating, building, compromising — for 56 years. We are now more than lovers. We are best friends who care about the other one more than ourselves – as I think Peter talks about in today’s scripture. We feel blessed by a forgiving God who continues to help us on this challenging, but beautiful journey.
Again, Congratulations, Donny, on Walking with God... ~ Jan xoxo
Happy 1 year Anniversary Donny! 1 year that seems unreal, but so many blessing , conversations and friendship have been made in this year. 🙏 This is a very touchy scripture for me, as a wife of 17 years I can say a marriage includes 3 people . GOD 1st , a husband & a wife. Often if someone forgets that God is the Alfa then the marriage struggles. I am first to say I’m guilty of having hard feelings towards my husband because he still wants me to be dependent on him. I now am completely independent and I only rely on God’s grace and assurance in my decisions and often confide in my praying friends. Most of my independence has came from asking God to strengthen me in my Faith, in my fulfillment of his plan for me, in my parenting and as a wife. I always say no matter what happens in my relationship I will always love my husband, and he knows that.I often think of love the person, hate the sin. We are complete opposites and I totally get on his nerves because I’m a “goody two shoes “ but God & sometimes friends constantly remind me “your vow” ...those words are the reason we are where we are today. My marriage is a work in progress and when I get frustrated I hear those words, “submit yourself to your husband..... Obey God’s word” ! Donny Thanks for keeping us on our toes with this scripture. Y’all have a blessed day🙏
Good morning. This was such a beautiful morning. Graham’s Tuesday Reflection last night and your Prayer Walk this morning. Jesus is my morning and I will answer Graham after I reflect. To tell you the truth I am not the obedient type. Mark and I married in 1989 and I was 35. Jesus had been the head of my household. Now I needed to figure out Mark’s role. I have treated him with respect and he has in general been loving and kind. Each relationship should begin with loving God and spouse and respect. I think mostly we do that. Mark has definitely helped increase my patience and I am sure he never knows what I’m doing to do. All I can say is our marriage works because we want it to. Marriage is a path of growing and learning not just loving. Thanks for reminding me of this today. Lastly we all need to treat others in this same way, love and respect. I may not always be in your world but that doesn’t stop the love in it.
Donny, I’m so grateful for your Prayer Walks and to have been along on this special journey along with you for your very first year. I appreciate your openness & honesty. You have given me much to reflect upon this past year and I have been blessed many times over. Thank-you 🙏🏼💞
Congratulations Donny on the 1st Anniversary of your Prayer Walks.. I have been married for 54.5 years and after I became a christian my husband was happy for me to go to Churchy things but he wasn't interested. Then about 3 years ago I asked if he would like to go to a study group with other couples from my church. He surprised me when he said Yes. He even goes when I am not going -if I have something else on or am not well. I have never preached to him in any way, He still doesn't come to church much but that is due to circumstances with the family.
Donny just wanted to thank you for making this year a blessing to me cause you have helped me to look better at my self 🙏🙏 I am not married but have been in an abusive relationship and it's a bad thing to live with 🙏🙏 just wanted people to know that there and you don't have to live in that kinda life style 🙏🙏 not married but I really needed your prayers every time think I am getting ahead something else happens and I have been praying that he will help me and show me what to 🙏🙏 Thanks again for what you do 🙏🙏
Congratulations on 1 year of prayer walks. Thank you for tackling a heavy subject. My interpretation is little different from most. I read Gods instructions for both the wife and husband and see a loving partnership, sharing, growing and involving. It’s when one of the partners doesn’t understand God’s instructions or let’s egotistical ways interfere abuse can happen. No person should be bullied or abused. Isn’t open communication always the solution? Take care my friend. Love ❤️
Throughout Scriptures there are verses that address the relationship between husbands and wives. If I look for a common thread in those verses it is that marriage ideally is a partnership of two people built on love of God, each other and self. In marriage we are to follow all the guidance of Scriptures pertaining to our behavior towards others. I have been married for over 50 years and in that time my guide has been how does Jesus teach me to act toward others, including my wonderful husband. Does the intimacy of marriage negate those teachings? To me it should only strengthen the commands to love God with all my heart and love others as I love myself. Biblical teaching takes it to the highest standard by comparing a husband’s love to Jesus’s love for the church. Donny did a great job alluding to this sometimes forgotten command. As in all things everyone has free choice and in some marriages partners make bad choices resulting in sorrow and difficult decisions. Thank you Donny for guiding us to think about things that are sometimes difficult to discuss. You are a special person leading us on a journey as we study and pray. Thank you. Blessings!!!
Wow a whole year has gone fast.Thank you for leading us this Prayer Walk.❤️🙏
Congratulations on a year of prayer walk.
Thank you for every episode shared!
May God bless you always and may He always be your inspiration! 🙏🏻❤️
Donny, congratulations on one year...I feel my faith and relationship with Jesus has grown with each of the walks. Today I listened to the walk before I took my morning walk, during my walk I reflected on the message today. My faith tells me that the “ instructions” for relationships are for both partners, it’s built on mutual trust, caring, support and most of all love of the Lord and each other.
Thanks for sharing this journey with us and building this great community. Added note the app actually worked for me today! Continued blessings to you!