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January 6, 2012 / joelmalm

More Tears For My Wife

I read Mark Batterson’s new book The Circle Maker and felt the Lord told me to spend 100 hours in prayer over the next five months.  That’s a lot of hours, so I started praying for things to pray about.

I felt like I needed to pray for my wife’s chronic dry eye problems.  It gives her a headache nearly everyday.

I started praying but this thought came into my head: Joel, her grandma had dry eyes, her aunt has dry eyes – it runs in her family.  It’s just the way things are.

I nearly crossed that off my list rather than face disappointment, but today I was quoting Psalm 103 to myself.  I got to this part:

Bless the LORD, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits-
who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases

Will God give my wife’s dry eyes more tears?  I don’t know.  He gets to decide how he gets the most glory.  But I’ll tell you this:  He can do it if he wants.  So I’m going to pray like heaven for the next 100 hours and trust that God knows what he’s doing.

I started thinking (and maybe you should too) – Are there any areas in my life where I’ve resigned myself to things being as they are?  Maybe it’s time to get on your knees and start fighting for some change…



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  1. Amanda / Jan 6 2012 10:36 am

    Could you come write my blog titles? I am incapable of not clicking because your titles ROCK.

    • joelmalm / Jan 6 2012 11:07 am

      Hehe! Thanks Amanda. That’s quite a compliment coming from someone as creative as yourself!

  2. jessica lougheed / Jan 6 2012 8:38 pm

    please pray for me… in every aspect of life you can think of…seriously.

  3. tERRI MCCOMB / Jan 7 2012 5:07 am

    We are trying to figure out where to send Jacob to college, where the $$ is going to come from, what he should major in, etc… And if God wants us to send our two older boys to the U.S. this summer to work, but there’s no place for them to live, and what would they eat?
    Pray that God will lead and guide clearly. THANKS!!

  4. Duane Rod / Jan 7 2012 6:26 am

    Please put my wife Dolly on your list for renewal of her knees and hips. And please put me on for continued strengthening of my back. Thanks Joel

  5. lettyd79 / Jan 7 2012 8:38 am

    very sweet. we need prayer too 😉 would you pray for God’s will to be clearly shown for the building throughout this year. thanks.

  6. Eliana Alonso / Jan 7 2012 5:51 pm

    I got scared when I read the title of this blog, ha!Happy New Year to you and your wife Joel!!!I know God will take care of her eyes, we will join you in prayer as well. My prayer request list is very long, just keep Us(Ed, our daughters Debora and Emma and myself)in your daily prayers. God bless, Eliana

  7. Mark Batterson / Jan 10 2012 12:17 pm

    I’m circling with you guys! Love you both!


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