This change of heart was brought about by the unceasing prayers of his wife Lynn, who was herself a former sinner, (a stripper whom he met in one of his drug deals) and his godly mother whose name was not disclosed, who never tired of praying for him because somebody prophesied to her way before he was born, that she would bear herself a preacher. The Lord did convict and convert Sam Childers in 1992, after years of crime and unbridled lust, and he has never stopped serving the Lord (and not anymore some drug lord) since then.
Today, I will share with you about how the godly life of one wife/mother was able to save both her husband and son, from their lives of sinfulness and godlessness.
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For centuries, Saint Monica was revered in the Roman Catholic Church as the patroness of married women. It is time that "modern"women" became more closely acquainted with this this exemplary woman, whose prayers are especially to be invoked by those with wayward children and by wives who desire to sanctify their unbelieving husbands. Such was her unceasing prayers that she was able to help convert her son from a grave sinner to a great saint. Her son is none other than one of the greatest figures in the history of the Church,
READ AND BE INSPIRED!!!
PRAYERS OF A GODLY WIFE AND MOTHER
(Patricius of Thagaste- HUSBAND and Augustine- SON)
MONICA as a GODLY WIFE
PATRICIUS' LIFE BEFORE CONVERSION:
- was a pagan, did not follow any religion
- was violent and loose-living
- had a choleric temper and dissolute morals
- was annoyed by Monica's prayers
- found Monica's charity excessive
- could not understand Monica's desire to visit the sick
- could not fathom Monica's love for slaves
- defiled their marriage bed by sleeping with other women
- This gentle manner, this talisman, consisting of silence and abnegation, were recommended by her to all her friends. When, with faces disfigured by their young husbands' ill-treatment, they came to confide their troubles to her keeping, she smilingly replied, " Beware of your tongue " and they felt she was right, for though her husband was the most violent-tempered man,
he never struck her. He might start with rage, and threaten her, but he never did more, for her gentle gaze always restrained
After 16 years!!!
Her aim to sanctify her husband for eternal life was achieved by the Grace of God.
-As Patricius was dying, his eldest son, Augustine, was seventeen years old. In spite of all the efforts of Monica to provide a good Christian foundation to Augustine's life, he lapsed.
"I went to Carthage, where I found myself in the midst of a hissing cauldron of lasciviousness. I ran wild with lust, the abominable things I did: rank depravity, a surfeit of hell’s pleasures. Bodily desire like a bubbling swamp and virile sex welling up within me exuded mists…"
‘Lord, give me chastity – but not yet.’
He didn’t want God to ‘cure me too soon of the disease of lust, which I wanted satisfied, not quelled’.
Augustine suggested that this might indicate that his mother's belief might end. But she instantly rejoined that the words were not "Where he is, there you shall be."
- In his Confessions, Augustine acknowledged that without the example and continual prayers of his mother he would have been lost.
About five days later she was taken ill by fever - possibly malaria. She died shortly after.
13 "Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. 14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh."
One woman was able to make a difference. She never ceased hoping. She never ceased praying. She was forever steadfast in her faith in God.
... And God rewarded her greatly! :)
This saintly woman was able to help turn her very sinful husband into a believer and her very sinful son into a saint, because of her complete faith and trust in God! And she helped produce not just any saint, but one of the greatest saints who have ever lived on earth!
So, how do we help God change the hearts of our husbands, children, siblings, co-workers, neighbors, or whoever it may be whom we want to bring to Christ?
As wives who want to bring our husbands closer to God, we can win them over without words, simply by praying, submitting to them, and living godly lives.
1 Peter 3:1-5
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|My sister, Erica|
Here are the links that proved helpful and insightful to the lives of Saints Monica and Augustine: