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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Inspiration

"Never spiteful, she treats him generously all her life long."
Proverbs 31:12
The Message

     Below is an excerpt about the life Polly Wigglesworth. She was the wife of Smith Wigglesworth, a British preacher, and a mother of 5 children.

     There came to Bradford a very severe winter and plumbers were in great demand. It was not only through the winter period but for the two years that followed that they were having to repair fallen spouts and other damage done by the storms. Wigglesworth and the two men who were helping him were kept busy from morning till night. In those days of overmuch business and overmuch prosperity, his attendance at religious services declined, and his heart began to grow cold toward God; but the colder he became, the hotter his wife became for God. Her evangelistic zeal never abated, nor her prayer life. Her quiet, consistent Christian life and witness made his laxity all the more apparent, and it irritated him. One night a climax came. She was a little later than usual in getting home from the service and when she entered the house he remarked: “I am the master of this house, and I am not going to have you coming home at so late an hour as this!” Polly quietly replied, “I know that you are my husband, but Christ is my Master.” This annoyed him and he put her out of the back door. But there was one thing he had forgotten to do—to lock the front door. She went around the house and came in at the front door laughing. She laughed so much that he had to laugh with her; and so that episode was finished.

     When some husbands backslide, their wives get sour and nag at them from morning till night, but that was not the way of Polly Wigglesworth. She had a merry heart, and while she was on fire for the Lord, she made every mealtime a season of fun and humor. And she wooed her husband back to the Lord and to his old time love and zeal for God. Her fidelity was severely tested during those months when he was spiritually unsettled, but it was her gracious stability that guided him through the dangerous penod, savmg him from a terrible spiritual shipwreck.

My thoughts:
     Polly Wigglesworth appeared to have a true spirit of positivity. She exhibited a Christlike attitude even though they were going through stressful times and led her husband's heart back to the Lord. She did not allow hard times and stress to deter her from going to church and leaning on her Heavenly Father.

6 comments:

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  2. We should all aspire to be a little like Polly :)

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  3. Nice!!! She does have a gentle spirit...I may have said "excuse me!" if he put me out of the house! :) I feel a bit differently because though I admire, and want to emulate some qualities, I don't want to emulate :) Maybe it s just my stubborn human nature!

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  4. I love this story. So sweet and humurous but there is a lot of wisdom here. I'm not sure I would have been so gracious faced with the same situation.

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  5. Wow! what an awesome story! I will have to strive to be more like Polly!

    Blessings,
    Amy Jo

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  6. Just responded to your awesome reply!!! Looking forward to your response :)

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