Recently, I have been profoundly impacted by Stormie Omartian’s The Power of a Praying® Husband. Guys, if you want a happy wife, this one is a must read.
In Chapter 16, Omartian explores the subject of “Her Desires”.
She recounts two stories that illustrate the need for people to
express their God given, deeply seated wishes and the power that can be
released when they are acted upon.
Story 1. She was a woman who wanted to travel and he was a
CEO who was totally devoted to his business. “He wasn’t a bad man. He
was actually a good man who had never inquired about his wife’s dream.
He only thought about his and he was living it.” After serious
difficulties, the man woke up and began to ask about his wife’s dream.
They began to travel together and this helped bring about healing for
her and for their marriage.
Story 2. She was a woman with artistic talent and he was a
man who listened to the desires of his wife. What a man! He suggested
she take an art class and it changed her life. While she went to class,
he watched their two small children. “She bought art supplies for
herself and her children, and the three of them painted together every
When people join together to help each other fulfill their desires, it can be amazing.
Omartian’s own story is a credit to that. She had a dream of seeing her
books go all over the world. Thanks in part to her husband’s prayers,
her books have sold over 10 million copies and have been translated
into 11 languages. Wow!
So where do you start?
- Ask – Ask your spouse, significant other, or team member what their dreams are.
- Listen – “Listen openly as she describes it, with no judgment, no condemnation, and no lecture on why it’s not possible.”
- Pray – Pray that God would either make her dream happen or give her a better one.