Marriage Talk with Gary and Penney

Gary and I recorded a Facebook Live in which Gary talked about several topics including:

  1. Intimacy (which somehow included something about a candy bar and swinging upside down in a tree?!)
  2. The damaging effects of promiscuity
  3. The importance of commitment and covenant
  4. Causes of a midlife crisis and how to handle it
  5. A man’s purpose and how a wife can help her husband find it
  6. Change within a marriage and how God helps us to adapt and get stronger
  7. God’s provision and no fear even in the midst of transition


Favorite Picture Books

Here is a scope about some of my favorite picture books that have stood the test of time for 20+ years in my homeschool with my 10 kids.

Praying for Your Husband: 6 Prayer Priorities for a Godly Marriage

I’m incredibly honored to be a part of the blog series about marriage at Angel Penn’s blog this month. The series has been going on all through the month of February, the month of Valentines Day with its emphasis on love. The series is called 28 Days of Godly Marriage #TheJourneyThroughIDo. Angel Penn has a wonderful blog at It covers some very important, sensitive issues as well as practical areas of marriage that women from diverse backgrounds have shared about with great transparency and candor. Make sure you read all of the posts. You will be glad you did. They are all so good!

My post for the series is here at


As wives, we have a responsibility to be helpmeets to our husbands. One of the best ways to help our husbands is to pray for them. We need to do all we can do to ensure a godly marriage.

As I was preparing to write this post, I thought to ask my husband what one thing he wanted me to pray for him. He said that the thing that impacts him the most is his self-image. He said that he needs to feel like he is accomplishing something and that he is able to take care of his family. I have to be honest and tell you that his self-image wasn’t even on my original list of things I thought he needed prayer for.

So I adjusted my list of 5 things we should pray for our husbands to include his self-image.

Now I present to you my list of 6 things we should pray for our husbands!

1. His self-image

I should have known that he would say this is his biggest prayer need. After all, I saw how it affected him when he was left without the ability to provide for his family and unable to get any kind of job at all for many months. He felt utterly worthless, useless, and hopeless!

I prayed for him without ceasing, because he was desperately unhappy and downright angry. He was certainly not fun to be around.

To read the rest of this post go to Angel’s blog =>¬† ¬†Read more

Marriage Talk with Gary and Penney

Marriage Talk with Gary and Penney

Posted by Penney Hawkey Douglas on Thursday, February 22, 2018